CT Lung Cancer Screening No Cure-All for Smokers

RSNA News Release OAK BROOK, Ill. (June 10, 2008) — Screening for lung cancer with computed tomography (CT) may help reduce lung cancer deaths in current and former smokers, but it won’t protect them from other causes of death associated with smoking, according to a new study published in the July issue of the journal … Read more

Pandharipande named Radiology Chair at Ohio State

ITA Director Pari Pandharipande will become The Ohio State University College of Medicine Chair of Radiology.

G. Scott Gazelle, Director Emeritus of the ITA stated “Ohio State has recruited an incredible leader and person in Pari Pandharipande, who will be sincerely missed by all who know her at the MGH. Pari is an outstanding scientist and leader and is destined for great success in her new role.”

Study reveals trends in opioid overdose deaths in nine states during the COVID-19 pandemic

BOSTON – The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the social support and economic stability of many individuals, which experts have warned could lead to a rise in opioid overdoses and opioid-related deaths. In a recent study shared on medRxiv, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School characterized how the nature of such deaths have changed in nine9 U.S. states since the onset of the pandemic.

ITA Staff Honored at System Dynamics Society Conference

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At the 2021 System Dynamics Society conference, one paper authored by ITA researchers Erin Stringfellow, PhD, Celia Stafford, MPH, Catherine DiGennaro, BA, recent MIT graduate Tse Yang Lim, PhD, and others received two prestigious awards – the Lupina Young Researchers Award and the Dana Meadows Award. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sponsored the work: Reducing Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose in the United States: Model Development and Estimation

Removing The X-Waiver Is One Small Step Toward Increasing Treatment Of Opioid Use Disorder, But Great Leaps Are Needed

by Erin J. Stringfellow, Keith Humphreys, Mohammad S. Jalali April 22, 2021

Buprenorphine treatment is among the most effective options for people with opioid use disorder (OUD), but it remains underutilized. Increasing buprenorphine treatment receipt is one of the most reliable ways to reduce opioid overdose deaths. Currently, the treatment of OUD with buprenorphine in outpatient settings is restricted to clinicians receiving an “X-waiver” under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000. To receive this waiver, qualified clinicians must attend waiver training sessions for eight hours; other eligible practitioners, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, must attend an additional 16 hours of training. Clinicians must then submit a Notice of Intent to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration before they can begin prescribing; in some states, non-medical doctors must also have a qualified supervising physician.

ITA Scientist Leads Modeling Study on Colorectal Cancer Screening for USPSTF

Amy Knudsen, PhD, Senior Scientist at the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment, led a team of researchers commissioned by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) to estimate the benefits, burdens, and harms of colorectal cancer screening. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in May 2021, helped inform the USPSTF recommendation to lower the starting age for colorectal cancer screening to age 45.