Jamie Oliver announced this month that his Food Revolution Day Campaign (FRD) calling for legislation that gives every child the right to receive education about food, has reached over 1.6 million signatures and has reached every country in the world.The next target for FRD is to get “this vitally important issue taken up by the G20 to create a global conversation,” he says.Meanwhile, Oliver has launched another campaign, called Jamie’s Sugar Rush lobbying the UK government to introduce a sugar tax on all soft drinks that have sugar added.In a series of YouTubes, Oliver shows the personal tragedies of people who have required medical intervention due simply to the overconsumption of sugar in their daily diets. They highlight a six year old boy whose teeth are extracted due to rot from drinking sugary drinks, as well as a foot amputee, one of 7,000 per year in the UK, from diabetes. As well, there are video demos of how many teaspoons of sugar are hidden in what we drink, and what we eat in a normal breakfast, more than double the daily intake allowance.“[The sugar tax] has already been done in Mexico and France,” says Oliver in his press release, “with over $1 billion dollars being raised to support preventative and educational initiatives. The first evaluation of the tax is also indicating a marked reduction in consumption.”You can check out his videos here.Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
APTN National NewsA northern Manitoba Cree First Nation put a stop to business at a mining company Monday.The action attracted the likes of Bill Travers and Pam Palmater.They say the company operates on “unceded” Cree land.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has the story.
During his stay in Sri Lanka, General Raheel Sharif will meet the President of the Socialist Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. General Sharif will also meet the top leadership of Sri Lanka’s Armed forces. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif arrived in Sri Lanka, this afternoon, on a long overdue visit, on the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Lieutenant General A W J C De Silva. The 4 day visit is General Sharif’s first visit to Sri Lanka.General Raheel Sharif was received at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Sri Lankan Army Commander Lieutenant General A W J C De Silva, High Commissioner of Pakistan Maj Gen ® Shakeel Hussain and Defence Attaché Col Muhammad Rajil Irshad Khan. The visit of Pakistan’s Army Chief will provide both sides with an opportunity to review ongoing cooperation and collaboration, and to discuss ways to further broaden and deepen this relationship. General Raheel Sharif is Pakistan’s 15th Army Chief and carries with him a vast experience of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. He was commissioned in 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment in 1976. He has been holding the appointment of the Chief of Army Staff since November 2013.Since independence, Sri Lanka and Pakistan have consistently maintained close, cordial and mutually supportive relations. Both nations have assisted each other during testing times in their history. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have comprehensive and mutually beneficial training collaboration for Army, Navy and Air Force. Over a period of time, a strong bond of commitment and mutual understanding has been reached between both the countries. Both the brotherly countries are committed to work more closely in all fields to boost cooperation and peace efforts in the region. (Colombo Gazette)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A settlement being pursued by the maker of OxyContin aims to resolve all claims against the company filed in both state and federal court.The proposal also provides a formula for dividing settlement money among states and local governments.A person familiar with the talks but not authorized to discuss them publicly tells The Associated Press the proposal is being floated by lawyers for Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and the controlling Sackler family. Purdue would enter a structured bankruptcy that would resolve all claims.They are negotiating with several state attorneys general and a lawyer representing local governments as part of a massive federal litigation in Cleveland.The settlement, if reached, would apply to the nearly 2,000 lawsuits in federal court and hundreds of other local government and state lawsuits.Geoff Mulvihill And Andrew Welsh-Huggins, The Associated Press
“The Secretary-General commends both sides for their determination to reach a lasting and sustainable peace in Aceh and strongly urges them to demonstrate continued resolve and commitment throughout the implementation of the agreed terms,” said a statement issued by a UN spokesman in New York.It said that Mr. Annan looks forward to the signing by the parties of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the tentative deal on 15 August, and hopes this breakthrough heralds a new and brighter future for the people of Aceh.”He also applauds the crucial role played by [former Finnish president] Mr. Martti Ahtisaari as the mediator in these negotiations,” the statement said, adding that Mr. Annan is encouraged to learn of the readiness of the European Union (EU), and possibly Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), to provide a monitoring team in Aceh once the MOU is official.
FILE – In this July 25, 2016 file photo Brianna Wu, a software engineer and video-game developer, sits at her workstation in Boston. Wu, the co-founder of a gaming software company who made headlines two years ago when she was threatened, said she wants to run for one of Massachusetts’ nine U.S. House seats. Wu said her platform will focus on privacy rights and online harassment. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) by Steve Leblanc, The Associated Press Posted Dec 23, 2016 9:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BOSTON – In the gaming world, Brianna Wu has earned a reputation battling the online harassment campaign known as Gamergate, a fight that led to rape and murder threats from the darker recesses of the male-dominated realm.Now the 39-year-old Boston-based software engineer is setting her sights on another male-dominated institution: Congress.Wu, a Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter, said she made the decision almost immediately after the November election.“On election night I was standing 30 feet from where Hillary should have accepted the presidency. I had planned to go back to Boston and work on shipping our next game, but I knew I couldn’t do that,” Wu said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press, calling President-elect Donald Trump “an incredible threat to the United States and American values.”She’s said she wants her campaign to focus in part on privacy rights and online harassment, but also on the wider economy which she said is rigged against Massachusetts families.Wu is lead engineer at the video game company Giant Spacekat. She rose to prominence after becoming a target of Gamergate, which has subjected several women in the video-game industry to misogynistic threats after surfacing in the summer of 2014.The threats became so intense that Wu and her husband had to leave their home.While Wu says she wants to run for one of Massachusetts’ nine U.S. House seats, she has not announced which one. She said it will be in the greater Boston area and she won’t challenge Rep. Katherine Clark, whose district covers a swath of the city’s northern and western suburbs.Clark has championed bills in Congress aimed at cracking down on the kinds of online harassment that Wu faced. Clark said earlier this year that she began fighting online harassment after hearing Wu’s story.As a political novice, Wu faces the daunting challenge of unseating an incumbent Democrat. After online threats, gaming engineer plans run for Congress
“Assisting Israel and Turkey in restoring their good relations had been a core objective of the Secretary-General’s efforts in the aftermath of the May 2010 flotilla incident,” Mr Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement released today.“Today’s announcement is an important and hopeful signal for the stability of the region.” According to media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel apologized in a personal phone call to Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the deadly commando raid on the Turkish ship – the Mavi Marmara – that was part of a six-ship flotilla. The move was reportedly brokered in part by United States President Barack Obama during his visit to the region this week. Officials from Israel and Turkey also said that diplomatic relations had been fully restored and that ambassadors would be reinstated.In the May 2010 incident, the Mavi Marmara was intercepted in international waters by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), which subsequently opened fire, killing nine and injuring over 50 with live bullets, according to the UN-backed fact-finding mission tasked with shedding light on the incident. In today’s statement, Mr. Ban also voiced appreciation for the role of President Obama in reaching what he described as a “positive outcome.”
La souche de la bactérie tueuse a bien été identifiéeCe jeudi, le Centre européen pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies a confirmé l’identification de la bactérie à l’origine de l’épidémie de contamination qui a fait 18 morts (dont 17 en Allemagne et une en Suède). Cependant, le canal de transmission est toujours inconnu.Les cas de diarrhée hémorragique qui se multiplient ces derniers jours en Allemagne et dans d’autres pays européens sont dus à une souche rare d’une bactérie entéro-hémorragique E. coli O104-H4. Une information que vient de confirmer le Centre européen pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies (ECDC). Le 29 mai déjà, l’ECDC soupçonnait cette souche d’être à l’origine de l’épidémie qui sévit surtout à Hambourg, en Allemagne, qui semble être le foyer de la contamination.À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?L’infection peut dégénérer en syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU), entraînant une destruction des cellules sanguines et des atteintes rénales. Dix-huit personnes sont déjà mortes, dont 17 en Allemagne et une en Suède.La souche identifiée est tellement rare, qu’à ce jour “un seul cas” concernant “une femme en Corée en 2005” avait été rapporté dans une publication scientifique, précise Le Monde. Hilde Kruse, experte en sécurité alimentaire de l’OMS, a déclaré à l’AFP que “c’est une souche unique, qui n’avait jamais été détectée auparavant chez des patients”. Cette nouvelle souche a “des caractéristiques variées, qui la rend plus virulente et productrice de toxines”.Les autorités continuent aujourd’hui de chercher à déterminer l’origine de cette nouvelle bactérie, qui a contaminé 1.900 personnes dans huit pays européens depuis début mai.Le 2 juin 2011 à 14:58 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une plainte d’Universal Music contre DeezerLa maison de disques a porté plainte contre le service de streaming, qui exploite son catalogue alors que l’accord de licence a expiré depuis le 1er janvier.Depuis le mois de mai, une procédure a été engagée par Universal Music contre Deezer devant le tribunal de grande instance (TGI). Les deux parties ont d’ailleurs rencontré la juge en charge de l’affaire mardi. Le tort de Deezer aux yeux de la maison de disques ? Avoir continué à utiliser son catalogue alors que l’accord de licence s’est terminé le 1er janvier 2011. Mais selon Zdnet, Universal Music souhaite que le service de streaming revoit son modèle économique en réduisant son offre gratuite…Bien que Deezer ait déjà réduit l’écoute gratuite à 5 heures par mois, la firme dirigée par Pascal Nègre souhaite que le site français prenne exemple sur le Sudéois Spotify, qui a opté pour 5 écoutes gratuites d’un même morceau. “Nous ne voulons pas supprimer le gratuit mais l’encadrer”, a ainsi expliqué l’avocat d’Universal. “Depuis trois mois, le modèle du streaming ne plaît plus à Universal qui le remet en cause et qui, du jour au lendemain, bouscule les conditions d’accès à son catalogue”, a de son côté répondu celui de Deezer. Des querelles qui trouveront une réponse le 17 août prochain.Le 6 juillet 2011 à 19:39 • Maxime Lambert
Appareils photo et camescopes, troqués pour des smartphones Nos téléphones deviennent tellement performants, notamment en terme de capture photo et vidéo, qu’ils feraient de l’ombre aux appareils habituellement dédiés que sont les caméscopes et les APN, d’après une récente étude.Aux Etats-Unis, près de 27% des photos effectuées viendraient de smartphones. C’est ce que révèle une étude conduite par le cabinet NPD et qui révèle ainsi une tendance croissante : les appareils photos ont de plus en plus de mal à rivaliser avec la nouvelle génération de téléphones portables. Rien d’étonnant quand on sait que les derniers smartphones embarquent des capteurs photos de 8 mégapixels et peuvent enregistrer des vidéos en Full HD. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?En un an, le nombre de photos prises avec les téléphones aurait augmenté de 10 points contre une baisse du nombre de celles capturées avec un appareil photo qui est passé de 52 à 44%, rapporte Zone-numérique.com. Toujours selon cette enquête, 50% des personnes interrogées utilisent en fait leur smartphone pour des photos cocasses et dans l’instant. Un taux qui s’explique non seulement par le fait qu’on ne transporte pas systématiquement son appareil photo à l’inverse du téléphone portable, mais aussi par la volonté de partager rapidement les fameux clichés sur les réseaux sociaux. En revanche, pour les évènements importants, mariages, fêtes ou voyages, l’appareil photo reste maitre : l’utilisation d’un smartphone pour les prises photos et vidéos ne dépasse pas les 30%. Une tendance qui ne suffit néanmoins pas à freiner la chute des ventes. Durant les 11 premiers mois de 2011, les ventes d’APN et de caméra ont significativement chuté aux Etats-Unis : baisse de 17% en volume et 18% en valeur pour les APN ; 13% en volume et 27% en valeur pour les caméscopes.La technologie des smartphones se faisant toujours plus développée, il est difficile d’imaginer comment les caméscopes et les appareils photos classiques vont pouvoir sortir de cette tendance, peut-être en ciblant un public de passionnés ou de professionnels. Le 27 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
A man got away Tuesday evening after robbing the Brewed Awakenings coffee shop in Orchards at gunpoint.Sheriff’s deputies were called to the coffee shop, at 6500 N.E. 117th Ave., shortly before 7 p.m., after an employee reported the shop had been robbed at gunpoint, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said the man entered the business right as it was closing. He leveled a dark-colored revolver at the employee and demanded cash from the register. The employee handed it over, then the man left.No one was hurt, the sheriff’s office said. A police dog team responded to try tracking the manbut was unsuccessful.The sheriff’s office described the suspect as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build and long beard. He wore a yellow coat with a hood, in the style of what one might wear for skiing or snowboarding, and black gloves.
Former England manager Gary Neville, revealed an incident that Raheem Sterling had back in the 2016 Euros after so much scrutiny.The whole racial slur situation with Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City has taken on a life of its own, Gary Neville has a direct experience with the player’s reactions to being scrutinized due to his skin color.It was back in the 2016 European Championship in France when England got eliminated by Iceland, all the players were being targeted for criticism after such a shameful way to go but the bashing was especially personal against Raheem Sterling.The player had enough one time and he decided to take his quarrel directly to Neville for advice, the idea was for Gary to give him a better way to cope with so much criticism but the assistant manager back then had no idea how personal things got against Raheem.That’s exactly when Gary Neville realized the level of racism that is still very present in modern England, colored players really do have a very difficult time to coexist with the rest of the world when they represent the England National Team, even the media portrays them in a very different light compared to the rest of the players who are white and have blue eyes.During a very revealing program for Sky Sports where the main discussion was about Raheem’s recent problems, Neville revealed that this has been going on for years now and praised Sterling for having such a strong stomach to deal with all of it.“He came to see me one on one in 2016, I think it was three or four days before the Iceland game,” Neville said on Sky Sports.“Pre-tournament, I don’t know if you remember, he was getting absolutely battered. Getting so much stick, we were aware of that. Fans were onto him, the media was onto him. Asking a lot of questions about him.”“It then continued into the tournament, into the stadiums, to the point where those groans and boos, little things. It takes a lot for a player to come and see a coach. I was in the analysis room, I remember the analysts leaving.”Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“He walked in and started to unload on me – why was this happening? Why was this so personally accepted? He’d accepted he’d get criticism for playing for England for his performance levels. He’d accepted he’d be scrutinized as an England player, he didn’t want any special treatment.”“But that it was so vicious, he felt so targeted, he didn’t know what to do about it. I saw someone that has a great mentality and is tough but is also vulnerable in terms of how does he deal with it, how does he cope with it, how does he come out of it?” he added.The most interesting part in all of this is the reaction that the player is getting inside of the pitch for both his club and country, as getting criticized so much would’ve broken anybody by now but Sterling seems to thrive when things get even more difficult for him.The fact that he currently is considered the best English player in the world right now, speaks volumes of how impressive his character is and how much we all should appreciate having the chance to witness his career as a professional.Raheem Sterling is arguably one of the most talented players in England’s recent history, he is paving the way for others during such challenging times and he will be recognized by the rest of the world when the time is right.It’s always refreshing to see a player who is getting battered by criticism so much, responding to all the negativity on the pitch with amazing performances and Sterling has been doing it for years now.Neville’s account of this specific incident from 2016 was arguably one of the most important moments in the football world this Monday, worth to analyze in its entirety.Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher discussed the abuse of Raheem Sterling and racism in football on #MNFRead the full transcript and watch the video here: https://t.co/d8LMTNyaw1 pic.twitter.com/6rKQI7jfKp— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) December 10, 2018Do you think Raheem Sterling will maintain the level of performance despite all the criticism he’s been getting? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A former South Florida commissioner is now in the clear after being accused of taking bribes.Bill Julian was placed under criminal investigation, last year, after accusations of taking favors from a developer surfaced. He allegedly took favors in exchange for a vote on a multi-million dollar construction project.The former Hallandale Beach commissioner vowed he was innocent.“After a 15-month long investigation, I’ve been found completely innocent of all charges that was levied against me by former rivals during the political campaign,” Julian said. “To think that the public, I would lose their confidence, that I was honest.”After 14 months, the State Attorney’s Office finally vindicated him.Julian lost his seat during last November’s election. He plans to run again.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
More than 40 percent of tablet users are using the device to add to overall news consumption, according to the PEJ report, allaying some fears that mobile is simply a replacement for laptop/desktop use.Multi-device users don’t appear to be using one device as a substitute for another either. People who get news through multiple platforms spend about the same amount of time on each of those platforms as people who use just one.”We continue to see building evidence that people are using these devices to add to their news consumption,” Mitchell says. “People are finding a way to continue to fit more and more news into their day. The more gadgets you have, the more news you tend to get.”In-Depth Mobile ReadingTablet users have been especially active in reading long-form stories, with 19 percent of them doing so on a daily basis.The evidence suggests the majority of tablet owners read multiple pieces per sitting and often end up engaging with articles they were not initially looking for. That tendency runs in direct contrast to the “search-find-and-run” habits typically found in the laptop/desktop setting.”Reading is not something people enjoy doing in long-form on the desktop,” Mitchell says, pointing out that the average time on news sites is less than two minutes when accessed via laptop or desktop. For publishers, that means users are willing to both visit more of their pages and spend more time on those pages once they’re there.Mobile Advertising and SubscriptionsAdvertising potential was a bright spot in the survey, with the numbers suggesting far higher click-through rates on mobile platforms (between 12 and 14 percent) than on laptop/desktop screens (less than one percent).Barratt says that it’s now up to the advertisers to convert those users who are clearly engaging.”The Pew research just shows the people have adopted it, the people are there,” she says. “But the advertising community is still trying to catch up. I think the tipping point will come when the time people spend and the investment advertisers make will start to level out. New media takes a lot of time and money to get up and to get working.”Converting those users could be even more important as consumer attitudes about paid digital subscriptions don’t appear to be softening any time in the near future. The desire for free content only seems to be becoming more ingrained-just six percent of tablet users say they paid for content, down from 14 percent a year ago.”When we asked people, ‘Well, why is that?’” Mitchell says, “We get the question back: ‘Well, why would I?”To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! One third of adult Americans now get news via mobile devices, Amy Mitchell of the Project for Excellence in Journalism reported during a panel discussion as part of Advertising Week in New York yesterday. Surely, the announcement came as no surprise to the standing-room-only crowd at the NASDAQ Building in Times Square-many of whom were taking notes, tweeting and surfing on their own smartphones and tablets during the session. Mitchell, joined onstage by moderator Nick Blunden of The Economist, Denise Warren of NYTimes.com and Jane Barratt of ad agency mcgarrybowen, was the centerpiece of the session, dovetailing her presentation with the PEJ’s latest study, “The Future of Mobile News,” released on Monday. The results show a rapid growth in mobile audiences, highlighted by the finding that half of adult Americans now own a smartphone, tablet or both.More Devices Means More News
Close to 200 executives from traditional and emerging media companies gathered Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt in New York to explain how they’re dealing with the collision of two worlds. There’s a growing confluence of print and pureplays, old guards and startups, content and ecommerce, that called for a discussion—MediaMashup was the forum. [Photography by Doug Goodman]Here are some highlights from the show:
“Alaska’s flag, may it mean to you,” goes the Alaska Flag Song. Well, that raises a question. Beyond the blue and the gold, just what does it mean to you to be an Alaskan? That’s the subject on the next state-wide radio call-in show Talk of Alaska. On a day celebrating independence, we’ll be looking at the what it might mean if the state of Alaska was independent – a nation of its own. How would we define ourselves?Listen HereHOST: Steve HeimelGUESTS:John Havelock – former Alaska Attorney General, author of “Let’s Get It Right”Statewide callers Participate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to email@example.com (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.
News | Oncology Diagnostics | September 18, 2015 EM Imaging Obtains Global License for Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer Detection Agent Optical imaging agent improves detection of pre-cancerous polyps by 25 percent over colonoscopy News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more System used during the EMI-137 trial PreviousNext News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Contrast Media | August 05, 2019 Bracco Receives FDA Approval for Varibar Thin Liquid for Oral Suspension Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Varibar Thin Liquid (barium… read more News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more 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 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 System used during the EMI-137 trialSeptember 18, 2015 — Edinburgh Molecular Imaging Ltd. (EM Imaging) has signed an exclusive global license for a novel optical imaging agent that could improve the detection of early-stage colorectal cancer.EM Imaging recently signed the licensing agreement with GE Healthcare Ltd. The company will now complete the development of the imaging agent “EMI-137” that can help doctors identify colorectal cancer early.In a recent scientific study, reported in the scientific journal Nature Medicine, the EMI-137 agent allowed doctors to see more early-stage colorectal cancer (CRC) and precancerous tumors, which can then easily be removed via colonoscopy. However, screening with a colonoscope, which is currently the most common method, can miss up to 25 percent of precancerous growths, especially smaller, flat lesions.James Hardwick, M.D., lead investigator on the study said, “Of the 47 precancerous polyps detected in this study, 12 were missed using a standard colonoscope. This underlines how unreliable this method can be, and we therefore welcome life-saving new technology like EMI-137. This agent has the potential to make polyps light up like light bulbs – allowing clinicians to detect and remove more polyps, prevent more cancers and save more lives.”Evidence that colorectal cancer can be prevented by the removal of pre-cancerous lesions and polyps (abnormal growth of tissue) is strong. The EMI-137 agent can help doctors more easily identify these suspicious lesions, take a sample (biopsy) or remove the lesion completely. Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in women and the third most common in men, and is a major cause of death. The Phase I/IIa study in 35 subjects (20 healthy volunteers and 15 patients with high risk of CRC) showed that optical molecular imaging using the fluorescent agent is feasible and safe.Fluorescence colonoscopy in patients receiving intravenous EMI-137 enabled the visualization of all neoplastic polyps that were visible with white light, and additionally, detected previously missed polyps that were not visible with white light alone. This enables the detection of polyps missed by other techniques.EMI-137 is a water-soluble compound consisting of a 26–amino acid cyclic peptide, conjugated to a fluorescent cyanine dye, that binds to human tyrosine kinase (c-Met), a receptor frequently overexpressed during cancer growth. EMI-137 has the potential on intravenous administration to image a wide range of cancers — including breast, esophageal, ovarian, thyroid, bile duct carcinoma and lung cancer — due to its specific targeting of the c-Met–receptor.Sian Godwin, head of licensing at GE Healthcare, said, “We’re pleased EM Imaging will develop and commercialize GE-137, as optical agents can be useful in clinical and research settings for a wide range of common diseases. We see broad partnership and licensing across our research and development portfolio as a way to increase access to new technologies in precision medicine, help develop better diagnostics for patients and reduce the cost of healthcare.”Neville Young, M.D., program manager, Colorectal Therapies Healthcare Technologies Cooperative, said, “The NIHR [National Institute for Health Research]-funded Colorectal Therapies HTC, based at the University of Leeds, drives a national network of clinicians and academics who are funded to support the development of innovative new technologies that have the potential to benefit patients affected by colorectal disease. We are excited to be working with EM Imaging to help demonstrate both the cost effectiveness and clinical efficacy of their new colorectal tumo r tagging peptide. This technology offers the possibility to identify and remove more easily any cancerous polyps in a patient undergoing a colonoscopy.”For more information: www.edinimage.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Image courtesy of Imago Systems
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 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Lung Cancer | July 18, 2016 CT Follow-up Sufficient for Some Lung Nodules Study affirms that majority of individuals with nonsolid nodules identified on CT scans survive News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 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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July 18, 2016 — Annual low-dose computed-tomography (CT) screening can eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery in nonsolid lung nodules, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.Nonsolid nodules (NSNs) are usually asymptomatic growths in the lung. Their name derives from the fact that the normal lung tissue is visible through the nodule on a CT image. NSNs are becoming a more common finding in the wake of recent guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that recommend annual CT screening for longtime smokers. Surgical removal is one treatment option, even though NSNs are rarely life-threatening.“When you biopsy a nonsolid nodule, it’s usually pre-malignant, noninvasive, or due to some other cause like infection or fibrosis,” said study co-author Claudia I. Henschke, M.D., Ph.D., from the Department of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.In a study published previously in Radiology, Henschke and colleagues analyzed data from more than 57,000 participants in the International Early Lung Cancer Program (I-ELCAP), a worldwide initiative aimed at reducing deaths from lung cancer. They concluded that NSNs of any size could be followed with annual repeat CT scans, as any cancers found were at a very early stage and deaths among the study group were not due to those cancers.For the new study, the researchers attempted to validate the I-ELCAP findings by looking at data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), a large trial that compared low-dose CT with chest X-ray for lung cancer detection. They searched the NLST database to identify all participants who had at least one NSN on a CT scan and subsequently died of lung cancer.Among the 26,722 participants, 2,534, or 9.4 percent, had one or more NSNs. Of those, 48 died of lung cancer. Twenty-one of the 48 had no NSN in the cancerous lobe of the lung. A review of the remaining 27 cases found that death was unlikely to be caused by the NSN, as long as annual follow-up was done.“The causes of death in this group were likely due to another solid or part-solid nodule in the same lobe of the lung,” said study lead author Rowena Yip, MPH, senior biostatistician at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “In the one death related to a growing nonsolid nodule, the time from prior CT to diagnosis was greater than three years.”The new findings, along with previous research, could help spare patients from the costs, complications and stress of unnecessary biopsy and surgery.“We think that we have enough data now to say that these nodules can safely be followed by annual CT scans and do not have to be biopsied or treated right away,” Henschke said. “Survival remains 100 percent as long as the nodules remain nonsolid, and for those that ultimately do progress, the one-year follow-up interval is short enough that they still remain entirely curable.”Some NSNs go on to develop solid components, a change associated with a higher risk of being invasive cancer. The Mount Sinai researchers plan to study these part-solid nodules to learn more about optimal screening intervals and help improve the odds for people with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women. Current screening guidelines cover only about 18 percent of people who end up dying from lung cancer, Henschke said, and leave out an important group: people who have had long-term exposure to secondhand smoke.“We’re hoping that by making screening more efficient we will convince CMS to slowly broaden the guidelines to include others at risk, including those exposed to secondhand smoke,” Yip said.For more information: www.pubs.rsna.org/journal/radiology FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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. 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Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, December 21, 2016 BOSTON — Alan E. Lewis, chairman of Grand Circle Cruise Line, announced four new small ship itineraries for 2017 today. The itineraries will operate along the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, cruising along the coastlines of Italy, Malta, Slovenia, and Croatia aboard Grand Circle’s 50-passenger sister ships—the M/V Athena, M/V Arethusa, and M/V Artemis. Each itinerary includes international airfare from New York and offers limited free Single Supplements for solo travellers.“We are excited to offer itineraries that explore a popular region of the world through a popular mode of travel—small ship,” said Lewis. “Our 50-passenger ships can access small ports that larger ships cannot, and our travellers will be able to explore the cities, towns, and villages beyond these ports to engage firsthand with local people, their cultures, and ways of life.”Grand Circle Cruise Line’s four new Small Ship itineraries are:Italy’s Western Coast & Islands: A Voyage from Rome to VallettaAboard the award-winning, 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Aeolian Islands, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim Temple, Mdina16 days from $5995 ($375/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementsMore news: Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsUndiscovered Adriatic: Eastern Italy, Venice, Puglia & MaltaAboard the award-winning 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Venice, Ravenna • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Urbino, L’Aquila, Tremiti Islands, Monopoli, Alberobello, Otranto, Stilo, Riace • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, and Mdina17 days from$7495 ($441/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementVoyage to Istria: Italy, Slovenia & CroatiaAboard the award-winning 50-passenger M/V ArethusaVisits Italy: Venice • Slovenia: Piran • Croatia: Pula, Rovinj • Italy: Aquileia, Trieste12 days from $3695 ($308/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free Single SupplementItalian Coastal Odyssey: Hidden Italy, Sicily & MaltaAboard the award-winning, 50-passenger M/V ArtemisVisits Italy: Rome, Anzio, Ponza, Pozzuoli, Procida, Sorrento, Paestum, Civita • Sicily: Salina, Strait of Messina, Mount Etna, Siracusa • Malta: Valletta, Hagar Qim, Mdina • Italy: Riace, Stilo, Otranto, Alberobello, Monopoli, Tremiti Islands, L’Aquila, Urbino • Republic of San Marino • Italy: Ravenna, Venice27 days from $13,990 ($519/day), incl. international airfare from New YorkLimited Free single supplement The Canadian Press Grand Circle announces new small ship itineraries in 2017 Share
DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who was tortured and murdered in 1985. Courtesy of U.S. Justice Department. Explosive new reports aired in the United States and Mexico link U.S. government intelligence agents to the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena.A Fox News report contended that U.S. Central Intelligence Agency assets were present during 30 hours of torture administered to Camarena before he died, and that a CIA contract pilot flew his alleged killer, Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, to Costa Rica.Caro Quintero was nabbed in a raid on his San Antonio de Belén mansion by Costa Rican cops and DEA agents on Easter Week of 1985, and he was summarily deported to Mexico. Fox News incorrectly reported that the Mexican government nabbed Caro Quintero.The drug kingpin was recently released from a Mexican prison on a legal technicality after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence and has since vanished. He is once again a fugitive and is being sought for extradition to the United States.According to Fox, CIA agents were present at Camarena’s torture by virtue of having infiltrated the Mexican government’s now-defunct Federal Security Directorate (DFS by its Spanish acronym), which at the time was so corrupt that it served as a protector of drug trafficking cartels.“Our intelligence agencies were working under the cover of DFS. And as I said it before, unfortunately, DFS agents at that time were also in charge of protecting the drug lords and their monies,” said former DEA officer Héctor Berrellez, in charge of investigating Camarena’s murder.“Berrellez says two informants from the Mexican state police, who witnessed Camarena’s torture, independently and positively identified a photo of one man, a Cuban, who worked as a CIA operative who helped run guns and drugs for the Contras,” said the Fox report. A CIA spokesman roundly denied the accusations of involvement in Camarena’s murder, telling Fox News that, “It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent or the escape of his killer.”The Mexican magazine Proceso, which interviewed the same three U.S. drug enforcement sources as Fox, went further, saying that the U.S. government ordered Camarena’s murder because he had stumbled upon the effort to run cocaine into the United States and use the proceeds to help arm Nicaraguan Contra rebels fighting to unseat the Sandinista government.Proceso identified Camarena’s killer as the legendary Cuban CIA operative Felix Rodríguez, a veteran of the Bay of Pigs invasion and someone at the scene of the 1967 execution of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Bolivia.According to Proceso, Rodríguez introduced the drug trafficker Juan Matta into Mexico to act as a link between Colombian drug traffickers and Caro Quintero’s Guadalajara cartel with part of the proceeds from the trafficking going to the CIA to help fund the Contras. The CIA ordered Camarena kidnapped because he had come across Rodríguez’s operation, Phil Jordon, former director of the DEA’s El Paso Intelligence Center told El Proceso’s Jesús Esquivel.Jordon confirmed to Fox News that CIA assets were in on Camarena’s interrogation.“In [Camarena’s] interrogation room, I was told by Mexican authorities, that CIA operatives were in there. Actually conducting the interrogation. Actually taping Kiki,” Jordon told Fox.A former pilot for the CIA, Tosh Plumlee, told Fox that he was hired by U.S. intelligence to fly covert missions and that “he flew C-130s in and out of Quintero’s ranch and airports throughout Central America during the 1980s.”“The United States government played both ends against the middle. We were running guns. We were running drugs. We were using the drug money to finance the gun running operation,” Plumlee said, Fox reported.The reports revive old accusations that the CIA was somehow involved in running cocaine between South America and the U.S. in order to raise funds for the Contras, at a time that the U.S. Congress had prohibited the CIA from arming the Contras.In response to an outcry over the publishing of a three-part series in San José Mercury News that linked Contra drug money to the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles, in the United States, the CIA’s Inspector General issued a report that denied agency responsibility in the drug trafficking, but acknowledged that the CIA-contracted pilots and other “assets” used by the CIA were involved in drug trafficking.According to Fox News, “In 1998, CIA Inspector General Fred Hitz told Congress he ‘found no evidence … of any conspiracy by CIA or its employees to bring drugs into the United States. However, it worked with a variety of … assets [and] pilots who ferried supplies to the Contras, who were alleged to have engaged in drug trafficking activity.’“Hitz said the ‘CIA had an operational interest’ in the Contras. And while aware the rebels were trading ‘arms-for-drugs’ the CIA ‘did nothing to stop it.’ ”The author of the San José Mercury News series, Gary Webb, drew widespread criticism for linking the CIA to the proliferation of crack cocaine in the United States, and three major newspapers, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post published stories ostensibly debunking the series.Webb’s editors acknowledged flaws in the reporting and assigned the reporter to a lesser post covering a northern Californian suburb.Webb eventually quit the newspaper and, unable to find a job with any other major news outlet, committed suicide in December 2004. 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