New York (UN) – UNSG Antonio Guterres named on Thursday Moroccan Najat Rochdi as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Integrated Multidimensional Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where she will serve as UN resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator in the country, as well as UNDP resident representative.Rochdi, which held the position of UNDP permanent resident, humanitarian coordinator and resident representative in Cameroon since 2013, will bring her huge experience in the field of development and humanitarian action, said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric during his daily press briefing.Rochdi was Deputy Director of the Geneva UNDP representation office and was in charge of Policy, Communication and Operation since 1st of June 2008. From October 2003 to May 2008, she was the Regional Director of Information and Communication Technology for Development in Arab Region (ICTDAR), in UNDP.From 1998 to 2003, she had several high level positions in Morocco. She was appointed as the Deputy Minister for the Small and Medium Enterprise’s (2003). Prior to that, Najat was Advisor in the Prime Minister Office and General Director of International Cooperation (1999-2001).She holds a Doctorate in Mathematics and is an Engineer in Computer Sciences.
It was 160 years ago today that the first World’s Fair was held. Called the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, what would be renamed as the World’s Fair, was held in the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park in 1851. Today, Google honors the 160th anniversary with an animated Google Doodle.Google creates its doodles for special occasions, dates in history, or birthdays. For example, Friday’s Royal Wedding showcased a picturesque rendition of the streets of London after the the wedding. When the doodles started in 1998, they were mostly just creatively redone versions of the Google logo, but now doodles are becoming animated, and even interactive.Today’s doodle is both. At first glance, the doodle is just the Google logo incorporated into the scene of the Expo, but scrolling over the logo brings up a magnifying glass of sorts which lets you take a closer look at the image. Scrolling over the train makes the whistle blow, scrolling over the clock shows you the inner workings of its cogs, scrolling over the fountain shows it spouting water, and scrolling over the dress in a window shows it spinning around. Also shown in the doodle is the Koh-i-noor, which, at the time, was the world’s largest-known diamond.AdChoices广告The Great Exhibition, as the fair is often called, was the idea of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband. He wanted it to be the first exhibition of manufactured products at an international level. It led to many international exhibitions, later called World’s Fairs, which are still held to this day. A large attraction at the fairs are the national pavilions created by the hosting country. Many of the fairs have led to trademark pieces of architecture, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Space Needle in Seattle, the Atomium in Brussels, and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.In case you don’t catch the logo, YouTube user SkyingBlogger captured the doodle in motion in the video below.
Tabac : les Français fument de plus en plusFrance – Roselyne Bachelot vient d’annoncer une hausse de la consommation de tabac dans notre pays. Une situation alarmante qu’elle impute à la crise financière.Interviewée au micro de RMC, la ministre de la Santé a annoncé les résultats de la dernière étude sur le tabac effectuée par l’Institut national de prévention et d’éducation pour la santé (Inpes). Les chiffres sont sans appel : depuis 2005, le nombre de fumeurs en France a augmenté de 2%. Cette hausse se répercute principalement sur les femmes, avec 2,7% de fumeuses supplémentaires, et chez les jeunes qui sont 1,8% plus nombreux à fumer. La consommation de tabac chez les hommes est considérée comme stable puisqu’elle ne comptabilise qu’une hausse de 0,7%.Roselyne Bachelot a estimé que cette hausse, majoritairement ressentie chez les chômeurs et les classes sociales les plus défavorisées, était due en partie à la crise. Cependant, les organismes de lutte contre le tabagisme affirment que dans les autres pays européens subissant la crise, la consommation de tabac diminue. Selon eux, en France, c’est la mauvaise politique de santé publique qui crée la hausse. Ils réclament encore une augmentation du prix du paquet de cigarettes, seul moyen réellement dissuasif à leurs yeux. Le 21 octobre 2010 à 10:03 • Emmanuel Perrin
Mozilla Unveils Firefox Send, a Free Encrypted Filesharing Tool’Side-Channel’ Cyber Attacks Rare, But Chilling Stay on target WhatsApp was already one of the most popular messaging apps around, and it’s about to get a whole lot more popular. Their latest update adds support for video chats.Plenty of other messaging apps already let you make video calls, so what’s the big deal? Isn’t WhatsApp just playing catch-up? You could say that, but WhatsApp had other priorities… like protecting the privacy of its 500 million-plus users.In April of this year, WhatsApp switched on strong, end-to-end encryption. To make it happen, they collaborated with the team at Open Whisper Systems, who created the Signal protocol and app. Privacy advocates — including Edward Snowden — are bullish on pretty much everything Open Whisper does.Encrypted IMs were just the beginning. WhatsApp voice calls could also be encrypted, and so, too, can the video calls you can now place with the app.Switching on video chat support for a half-billion users requires a pretty robust back end. Fortunately, WhatsApp has plenty of computing power at their disposal thanks to that whole “being acquired by Facebook” thing.The acquisition did unsurprisingly raise some concerns with privacy-minded folks. They were worried that Facebook would want to get its hands on all that delicious WhatsApp usage data. In August, they got it. Some of it, anyway.Facebook knows who WhatsApp users are chatting with, and they can see phone numbers. What they can’t see is actual message content. They can’t read texts, peep at the photos and videos you share with your contacts, or eavesdrop on your audio and video calls thanks to the end-to-end encryption.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed their “amazing victory” over rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday nightSpurs defeated Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium to book a place in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup after goals from Son Heung-min and Dele Alli.And Pochettino, who left out Harry Kane in one of four changes for the game, was delighted to get his first win at Arsenal’s own backyard.“I feel so happy, very pleased. It’s my first victory at the Emirates and the first clean sheet for Tottenham (at the Emirates),” Pochettino told the club website.“The performance was very solid and at the end we got what we wanted, to be in the semi-finals and now we prepare for Chelsea in the semi-finals.“It was a tough game, a derby, you need to play differently because there are a lot of emotions. It was so competitive. Arsenal have a very good team. The game was very exciting.“It was an amazing victory for us, for our fans. They enjoyed it a lot. A few weeks ago when we lost here they suffered a lot and this is a moment to enjoy.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Spurs will now compete in semi-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2014/15 campaign.Pochettino’s men will face Chelsea in the next round, who ironically were the ones who beat them in the 2015 final.“It’s an important thing to be in the semi-final,” continued Pochettino.“It’s our fifth season and (we’ve been in) four semi-finals. Remember, we played the final against Chelsea (League Cup, 2015), another semi-final against Chelsea at Wembley in the FA Cup (2017) and Manchester United in the FA Cup (2018).“We are close. The effort is massive and the most important thing is to be there, competing and trying and one day maybe we will get the reward we deserve.”The first leg between Spurs and Chelsea will take place on January 7 at Wembley.
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A series of crashes involving four vehicles Monday night on the northbound Interstate 5 bridge near Woodland resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to two women.Ronnie Walker, 61, of Spokane was struck by a vehicle and died instantly.Investigators with the Washington State Patrol closed all three northbound lanes for more than five hours as they pieced together the circumstances of the pileup. The incident started at 9:25 p.m. as a single-vehicle wreck when Sarah Aguilar, 34, of Longview lost control of her Durango SUV, crashed into the inside barrier on the bridge and came to a stop in the left lane, according to Trooper Steve Schatzel, a spokesman.Laura Dunham, 34, of Woodland was in a light brown Ford Focus along with her son, Mitch. The pair stopped behind the Durango to help Aguilar.Several other vehicles, including one containing Walker and his brother, stopped in front of the crashed Durango. On foot, Walker came back to help, too.
More than a quarter (28%) of HR manager respondents in New Zealand are conducting salary audits to help close the gender pay gap in their organisation, according to research by Robert Half.Its survey of 100 HR managers in New Zealand also found that 30% of respondents are implementing pay transparency within their organisations as a measure to close the gender pay gap.According to New Zealand’s Ministry for Women, there was a 12% gender pay gap in the country in 2016, based on the median hourly earnings of women and men in full and part-time work.The research also found:82% of respondents acknowledge a difference in salaries across genders in their organisation.97% of respondents are actively working to close their organisation’s gender pay gap.30% of respondents plan to close the gender pay gap by implementing a system where promotions are linked to fixed pay rises.27% of respondents are monitoring promotions and pay rises in a bid to tackle their organisation’s gender pay gap.19% of respondents are eliminating salary negotiations when starting a job.12% of respondents are openly discussing salary setting, pay rises and bonuses within the organisation in order to address any gender pay gaps.3% of respondents are not taking any measures to address the gender pay gap.Megan Alexander, general manager at Robert Half New Zealand, said: “It is encouraging to see Kiwi [organisations] taking measures aimed at closing any salary gaps within their organisation. This approach not only enhances [an organisation’s] reputation for ethical business practices, it can also lead to greater productivity as competitive and fair remuneration policies can underpin enhanced staff performance.“[Organisations] who take measures to close any pay discrepancies are well-placed to promote themselves as a fair and attractive place to work. but it’s not just about attracting quality talent. An encompassing approach where staff are [rewarded] fairly and uniformly on the basis of their contribution to the [organisation], and not in line with gender, is also critical to a strong retention rate.”
Boundless, an events and experiences club for public sector workers, has won Best employer and Best health and safety at the 2018 Best Business Awards.The Brighton-based organisation was commended by a panel of independent judges for putting people at the heart of its cultural transformation over the last four years.Sir Michael Lockett, chairman of the judging panel, said: “Boundless has seen startling results after undergoing a cultural transformation and becoming people-focused. By creating a work environment that encourages people to do their best, profits, staff engagement, new memberships and customer retention have soared to new highs.”He added: “The most effective changes are to communicate the [organisation’s] strategy to staff and encourage them to reach their full potential. The restructuring and empowerment of staff has revitalised Boundless and given it a new lease of life.”Boundless, founded as the Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) 95 years ago, has 230,000 members and offers public sector and civil service employees experiences, discounts and deals for their free time, and owns and operates several leisure retreats across the UK.Carl Fillery (pictured), chief executive officer of Boundless, said: “It’s an honour to receive these awards. Four years ago, we embarked on a journey of cultural transformation with the aim of creating a work environment that was more human, nurturing and caring.“With our people at the very heart of this process, we have doubled employee engagement. I’m so proud of our team and the outstanding contribution they have made to our organisation.”Commenting on the organisation winning the health and safety award, Lockett said: “Boundless has placed health and safety at the heart of the organisation at directorship level and taken exactly the right action to protect the safety of staff and clients in a leisure and activity environment.”The Best Business Awards are open to private, public and third-sector organisations, with four rounds each year. Winners for each year hold their titles for 12 months.
A hearing re-examining long questioned murder convictions opened in state court in Fairbanks today. A group of Native men, who’ve come to be known as the Fairbanks Four, were convicted of the October 1997 beating of 15 year old John Hartman on a downtown street, but new evidence has leveraged another look.Download AudioAlaska Natives George Frese, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, and American Indian Kevin Pease, were convicted of killing John Hartman by juries in two separate trails, but their case has long been plagued by allegations of sub-par forensics, coerced confessions, unreliable witnesses, and even racism.Fairbanks Four supporters rallied outside the courthouse where attorneys, lead by the Alaska Innocence Project introduced a key witness. William Holmes, a man serving double life sentences for other killings, says a group of his friends, not the Fairbanks Four, beat John Hartman in a random attack.Testifying Monday, Holmes describes himself as the driver, who dropped off three friends, who ran out of sight after Hartman, then returned a few minutes in an agitated state.“… Excited, out of breath… all of that. And I was asking them, ‘What happened? What happened?’ And they just kept saying ‘Little J was trippin’, he stomped him out. Little J was trippin’; he stomped him out.’ So I looked over at Jason Wallace and I said, ‘Man, what happened?’ And he was just kinda looking like — he didn’t say anything. He was just in his own, looking forward. (He) didn’t respond.”Holmes former friend Jason Wallace, who’s also serving life for an unrelated murder, told a public defender agency employee about the incident in 2003, claiming he was just the driver, a recently unveiled rendition of the story that will come up later in the month long hearing.State prosecutor Adrienne Bachman acknowledges new evidence in the case, adding she’s also plans to bring forward witnesses, including an Alaska Native cab driver who says she saw the Fairbanks Four near where Hartman was found dying in the snow.“And she describes the unusual haircut of Kevin Pease, the face of Marvin Roberts, and the elusive — or evasive — action of two other boys who she perceives are Native or Asian.”Bachman says the witness who may appear later in the hearing, describes feeling a catch in her spirit, knowing something was amiss.
Kurnool: A 50-years-old shepherd was killed by some unidentified persons and took away his 30 goats. The incident has taken place at Surya Thanda in Thuggali mandal of Pathikonda constituency. Actually, the incident has taken place on Thursday night but came to light on Friday morning. As per the information was given by the Circle Inspector of Pathikonda, R Soma Sekhar Reddy, the deceased who has been identified as Ramulu Naik was a resident of Surya Thanda in Thuggali mandal. On Thursday morning he has taken his sheep and goats for grazing to a nearby hillock. He is known to be taking rest near Bodabanda temple while the goats and sheep were grazing. Taking the advantage, some unidentified persons attacked on Ramulu Naik and killed him later fled the scene with 30 goats, said the Inspector. Also Read – Telugu Day fete held at DPS Advertise With Us The family members of not finding Ramulu Naik did not return home despite odd hours on Thursday taking the help of villagers began to search his whereabouts at the surrounding areas. With the efforts did not reap any result dropped the search operation for the time being but continued since early in the morning on Friday. At last, they succeeded to detect the deceased who is lying in a pool of blood near Bodabanda temple. Aghast with the unexpected situation they immediately called the Thuggali police. Also Read – Second batch of banking course begins Advertise With Us We rushed to the spot and shifted the body to Pathikonda hospital for autopsy. Clues team and dog squad were pressed into the filed to track the information of the accused, added the officer. However, we have filed a case basing on the complaint lodged by the family members. A team has been formed to nab the absconding accused. The facts behind killing Ramulu Naik will come to fore after a thorough investigation. The deceased was survived with wife and three children, said Soma Sekhar Reddy.
Investors’ gaze will now be on Azim Premji-controlled Wipro after the top two IT software services companies — Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys — declared their September quarter (Q2) results on Thursday and Friday, respectively.Of particular interest, will be the company’s revenue numbers and whether they exceed the $1,931 million to $1,950 million guidance for the September quarter given by the company when it declared its June quarter results in July. The revenues came in at $1,930.8 million for the June quarter.Wipro shares were trading at Rs 475 on the BSE at around 12.49 pm. Infosys, which declared its Q2 results on Friday, reported 8.2 percent YoY to $2,587 million and 3.5 percent on a sequential basis. However, the company slashed its full-year revenue guidance in constant currency terms to 8-9 percent from 10-5-11.5 percent given after the declaration of June quarter results.TCS reported 5.2 percent YoY growth in revenues to $4,374 million.Both the companies had warned of headwinds from a revenue growth perspective during the quarter gone by.”It has been an ‘unusual Q2’ for TCS. Growing uncertainties in the environment is creating caution among customers and resulted in holdbacks in discretionary spending this quarter. In additional, volatility in markets like India and Latin America also muted revenue growth,” N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of TCS, had said in a statement.Infosys expressed similar views and lowered its revenue guidance for the current fiscal.”While we continue to navigate an uncertain external environment, we remain focused on executing our strategy and increasing momentum of our software plus services model. Considering our performance in the first half of the year and the near-term uncertain business outlook, we are revising our revenue guidance,” Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, said in a statement.Infosys and TCS shares were trading with minor change at Rs 1,041.30 apiece (down 1.02 percent) and Rs 2,340.85 (up 0.53 percent), respectively, at around 1 pm.The BSE Sensex was up 69 points at 27,712.
The draft National Online Media Guideline-2017 has been approved in the cabinet. Photo: Focus BanglaDraft National Online Media Guideline-2017 gets cabinet nodStaff CorrespondentThe cabinet on Monday gave the go-ahead to the draft National Online Media Guideline-2017, making mandatory the registration of online-based media outlets with the proposed Broadcast Commission.The information ministry will discharge the functions of the Broadcast Commission until the commission is set up.The draft guideline also stipulates that the online version of a newspaper does not require the registration.The cabinet meeting was held in parliamentary complex with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam briefed newsmen at Bangladesh Secretariat about the outcome of the meeting.The cabinet secretary said newspapers registered under the Printing Presses and Publication (Declaration and Registration) Act 1973 would not require the registration again for their online versions.But, the newspaper authorities should inform the commission about its online version and will have to pay the registration fees, he added.He said the commission will fix the registration fees.The cabinet secretary said the guideline has been drafted in light with the National Broadcast Policy.He said there are some 1,800 online media outlets in the country now and some of them were given approval.UNB adds: Besides, the commission will make recommendations to the government for giving licences to television, radio, internet TV or other digital broadcast stations and it will issue licences upon the government’s approval.Alam said the commission could issue show cause notice, initiate investigation, recommend to the government for further proceedings against online media outlets if they broadcast something in violation of the National Broadcast Policy-2014.On its own, the commission will be able to take action against online media outlets if it believes that they have violated the code of conduct and breached discipline, he said.The commission will also be given the authority to take measures against a online media outlet if any content poses a threat to security, territorial integrity, peace, public order and unity of the country or if it is vulgar, false and malicious or if the content is against the spirit of the liberation war and distorts national history and heritage.
If you go to Thailand, watch out for snakes. Pretty good advice anywhere, actually.A security video from an internet cafe showed one poor guy, casually lezving the establishment after checking some e-mails. As he opens the door he gets jumped by huge aggressive snake that will forever haunt his dreams.The terrified patron runs back inside the cafe, before crashing into another guy and falling on the floor in a heap. We would all do the same thing, no shame in that game.You kind of feel bad laughing at the guy. Well, not really, it’s hilarious:h/t For the Win
Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more March 11, 2009 – Infrahealth Group of companies, a health care software and services provider, said its patent-pending solution, Infrahealth Insurance Verification and Eligibility System (IVES) in available.Infrahealth IVES is being released to doctors groups throughout the nation in response to the growing need for a streamlined and cost effective insurance verification system, designed to decrease payment denials for non-verification or lack of benefits. This Web-based solution facilitates eligibility verification, referral checking, pre-authorization and pre-certification. IVES is more than automatic extraction of simple data available on insurance websites or by Interactive Voice Response. IVES representatives are reportedly experts in making calls to the insurance payers and asking the right questions to get all the details needed in order to obtain proper reimbursement. “We’re keenly aware of our competitive advantage because we effectively execute and deliver cost saving solutions to our physicians,” said Priyam Sharma, CEO of Infrahealth Group of companies. “Taking physician practices and needs into account in these hard times, Infrahealth has developed this unique solution for the healthcare industry that will increase their bottom line by a considerable margin.”Reducing costs by an average of 71 percent and increasing the reimbursements to physicians, IVES reportedly features the following:• Making the time consuming phone calls to the payors on your behalf • Obtaining details from payers according to your specifications • Customizing verification forms for your practice free of charge • Pre-authorization, referral checking, pre-certification available • Turn-around time between 1 to 12 hours • Sophisticated Web-based platform – no software installation required • Unlimited user ids for no additional charge • Integration with all scheduling systems available free of charge • Integration with all billing systems available free of charge • Share benefits with billing staff online • Automatic fax for referrals • Vast search capability for patient verifications• Audit trail available instantly • Scanning and data collection of patient insurance card available • Vast reporting capability, customized to your needs For more information: www.infrahealthives.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | March 11, 2009 Infrahealth Group Releases Software to Streamline Insurance Verification News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more
News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Technology | November 03, 2014 RaySearch Receives FDA Clearance for RayStation 4.5 The treatment planning system features ultrafast and robust optimization News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more RaySearch Laboratories AB has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for version 4.5 of its treatment planning system RayStation.The new version includes a wide range of new features that will help cancer centers improve their treatment planning process and also enable them to take adaptive planning a step further. For example RayStation 4.5 offers ultrafast and robust optimization for proton and photon treatments, boosted dose calculation, automated breast planning and biomechanical deformable registration using the unique MORFEUS technology.The ultrafast multi-purpose optimization engine in RayStation, rayOptimizer, can solve virtually any posed optimization problem within radiation therapy using all degrees of freedom of the treatment unit.In the 4.5 version, the robust algorithm can take density and patient setup uncertainties into account. This gives the clinicians a structured tool to handle safety margins more efficiently in the planning process which has the potential to further increase the plan quality.RayStation’s unrivalled speed of optimization and dose computation has also been improved even further in the new version. The dose calculation algorithms have been rewritten entirely and every step in the process has been optimized to improve computation speed. The new version also includes support for optimization and dose computation using the GPU which lets the user benefit from the latest developments in computer technology as well. Together these improvements lead to extremely fast computation speeds. Optimization and clinical dose computation for a standard prostate IMRT case is done in less than ten seconds and even for a more complex 9-beam IMRT head and neck case on a high resolution 2 mm dose grid, the optimization and dose computation are executed in approximately 30 seconds.RayStation 4.5 includes a major step forward in the field of automated treatment planning. The new rayAutoBreast module provides tools for automated generation of tangential breast IMRT plans using heuristic optimization and includes features such as:Automatic detection of radio-opaque markers defining the breastAutomatic contouring of all the relevant target and risk organsAutomatic setup of beams, including heuristic optimization of gantry and collimator anglesAutomatic creation of objective functions, optimization and segmentation settings and clinical goalsrayAutoBreast was initially developed at the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in Toronto, Canada. Between 2009 and 2012, PMH ran a large-scale clinical study to evaluate the performance of their automated treatment planning methodology for tangential breast intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Automated planning was used for 97 percent of the patients receiving tangential breast IMRT during the time interval studied i.e. in 1661 patients. The study results showed an increase in clinical acceptance using this fully automated method. PMH concluded that the method can add tremendous efficiency, standardization, and quality to the current treatment planning process and that its use will allow faster adoption of IMRT together with increased access to care improvements for breast cancer patients.RaySearch and PMH also collaborate in adaptive radiation therapy and a new feature in RayStation 4.5 is the MORFEUS technology initially developed by PMH. The unique MORFEUS technology contains a set of algorithms for deformable image registration based on biomechanical modeling of anatomical structures. This makes it possible to track how the radiation dose is delivered to the patient taking into account changes occurring in the patient’s anatomy over the course of treatment. This information can be used to further refine the treatment which has the potential to increase tumor control as well as reduce the risk for side effects. The development and extensive validation of MORFEUS has been documented in several publications in renowned scientific journals.This know-how is now incorporated in RayStation and enables cancer centers to take adaptive planning a step further. The advanced biomechanical modeling in MORFEUS incorporates not only the material properties of various anatomical structures, but also how they interact and affect each other. Examples include the sliding interface between the lung and the chest, and structural impact of bronchial tree in the lungs.“RayStation 4.5 is a big step forward in our quest to provide a tool that lets the clinicians focus all their skill and experience on evaluating and refining plan quality. The number of menial repetitive tasks is minimized with our tools for automated planning, and in this release we have achieved game-changing computation speed that I think will revolutionize the whole treatment planning work process. As the computation time is measured in seconds rather than minutes, the user can efficiently create and refine the treatment plans in one sweep instead of opening a second case or going on a break during computations. This is a huge improvement for the clinics that I believe ultimately will lead to better treatment plans as the clinicians will be able to test more options to further tweak the treatments for higher quality”, said Johan Löf, CEO of RaySearch. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more
In the latest curve of Costa Rica’s roller coaster process to legalize in vitro fertilization, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has thrown out several challenges to President Luis Guillermo Solís’ decree regulating the fertility procedure here. But before supporters can celebrate the news the president’s decree still must overcome another challenge filed this week.The Constitutional Chamber, known as the Sala IV, threw out four legal and constitutional challenges, according to a statement from the judicial body Friday afternoon. The decision came one day after the Solís administration appeared before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to present an update on its progress to legalize the procedure.Costa Rica banned IVF in 2000. Solís signed a decree on Sept. 10 legalizing IVF in Costa Rica after years of court battles and inaction from a lethargic legislature. The president said Costa Rica could not risk possible sanctions from the regional human rights court when he signed the order. Advocates celebrated the act but religious conservatives vowed to fight the executive order.Casa Presidencial counsel Marvin Carvajal welcomed the news but downplayed its importance in the face of another constitutional challenge that was filed this week against the decree. “This is not a substantial change,” Carvajal said in a statement released by Casa Presidencial.The latest challenge argued that the decree violated the principle of separation of powers when the executive branch took steps to regulate the procedure before the legislature voted on its long-delayed bill, among other issues. Until this latest challenge is resolved, the decree published in the official government newspaper La Gaceta on Sept. 11 remains suspended.Carvajal said that Casa Presidencial would present its case to the Sala IV on Nov. 3.“We believe with great conviction that this decree complies with the order of the IACHR to guarantee the fundamental rights of Costa Ricans,” Carvajal said. “We hope the decree will pass the constitutional test.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica IVF decree loses support of public health care system Costa Rican president presents draft decree to legalize in vitro fertilization After legislative inaction, Costa Rican President Solís’ IVF pledge will be put to the test Costa Rica’s Supreme Court strikes down decree on IVF legalization, orders lawmakers to act
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March 30, 2009 Today, we continue the report from March 27. 2009 on the installation of guardrails along the new Visitor’s Entrance path. In this photo, Landscaping Coordinator, Ron Chandler, is leveling the vertical end points of the mesh, so that round bars can be smoothly attached as a finish edge. [Photo: csa & text: dkt] Next, in the top right corner photo, you can see Ron spot-welding the 20′ long bar, while a clamp and a jig are holding it in place. After the whole piece has been attached, he comes back to connect each individual vertical bar to the horizontal edge. [Photo & text: dkt] We will continue reporting on this project on Wednesday, April 1. [Photo & text: dkt]
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