Winning 15 medals in sports ranging from archery to athletics, which included five yellow metals, Commonwealth Games hosts India produced yet another scintillating display to get back to the second spot grabbed last evening by England.Teenager Deepika Kumari and Rahul Banerjee won gold medals in individual recurve events on the last day of the competition to help India end their campaign in archery with three golds, one silver and four bronze medals.India’s Prajusha Maliakkal celebrates after winning the silver in the women’s long jump event of the Commonwealth Games at Jawharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTIBesides these two titles, India also bagged two bronze medals in archery through senior pros Dola Banerjee and Jayanta Talukdar in the individual recurve event.World freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar and boxing pin-up boy Vijender Singh came up with thundering displays that fetched them a gold and a spot in the semi final respectively.Pistol shooter Harpreet Singh and tennis player Somdev Devvarman were the others to fetch gold medals for India to boost the overall tally to 29, just one short of their record tally of 30 won eight years ago at Manchester.There were also two silver medals from athletics during the day, a discipline in which India have never won more than one medal at any single Games in the past and now have claimed four here.Field athletes Vikas Gowda, in men’s discus, and Malliakal Prajusha, in women’s long jump, won the two silver medals.India’s Sarvanjit Singh (L) celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan in men’s hockey preliminaries of the Commonwealth games at the Major Dhyanchand National Hockey Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo: PTITo cap a great day, the Indian men’s hockey team shed their nerves when faced with a do-or-die situation and hammered arch-rivals Pakistan 7-4 to qualify for the semi finals.Barring Akhil Kumar, who was knocked out in the quarter finals, most other medal contenders in the boxing ring took their places in the semis with Vijender’s knock-out of his Elias Nashivela in just over a minute being the most impressive one.advertisementWorld freestyle wrestling champion Sushil Kumar too produced a superb display to win the 66kg class to add lustre to a splendid Indian show on the mat that fetched India their tenth gold from the mat.India’s tally of 29-22-22 kept them ahead of England’s 26-45-30 while Australia were speeding ahead of the rest with a total haul of 61-36-37.–with PTI inputs
Yeh Khula AasmaanCast: Raghuveer Yadav, Raj Tandon, Anya Anand, Yashpal Sharma, Manjusha Godse, Kishor Nadalskar, Nitin KerurDirection: Gitanjali SinhaRating: A teenager grapples with his no-show in academics. The pressure to qualify for IIT is killing him. Mom and dad are too busy to pay attention and the boy has no one to turn to.You get the familiar picture of urban crisis this film is trying to set up. It’s not really the first time that Bollywood has tapped the subject, and debutant Gitanjali Sinha tries narrating her coming-of-age tale with a retrospective twist. When life gets messed up on the fast lane, get far away from the maddening crowd. Head back to the village for a pep dose of self-discovery.Debutant Raj Tandon plays Avinash, the young hero of the film who is lonely, depressed and confused. The turnaround in his story comes when Avinash visits his Dadu, Gulab Rai (Raghuveer Yadav). The boy finds a support system in the grandfather. Realising Avinash’s problem is psychological, Dadu – a kite running champ in his heydays – decides to instil self-realisation in the boy using the sport as a template.The kite-flying metaphor used to unravel lessons on life, love, friendship and hope are, however, predictably drawn. That bit is a snag, as is the snail’s pace of the narrative. Yeh Khula Aasmaan could have been watchable fare had its makers worked at a tighter screenplay.Raj Tandon makes a fine debut, and Raghuveer Yadav’s Dadu is credibly essayed. The actors, though, can’t save the tedious show.advertisement
New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Injeti Srinivas has been appointed as secretary at the corporate affairs ministry, according to an official order.A 1983 batch IAS officer from Odisha cadre, he replaces Tapan Ray who superannuated on September 30.Srinivas would be taking charge at a time when the ministry has stepped up the crackdown on shell companies as part of larger efforts to curb illicit fund flows.The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Srinivas as corporate affairs secretary.He is currently secretary at the Department of Sports as well as Director General of Sports Authority of India (SAI).The corporate affairs ministry, which is implementing the Companies Act, has been taking stringent action against firms that have not been carrying business activities for long, apart from disqualifying directors associated with such entities.Besides, implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) comes under the ministry.Srinivas is a graduate in Economics and has a Masters in Business Administration. Among other roles, he has served as development advisor of UNDP and as chairman of Odisha State Financial Corporation. PTI RAM ABM
zoom Korea-listed Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) booked a net profit of KRW 15.9 billion (USD 13.9 million) in the first quarter of 2016, up by 45.9 per cent when compared to the KRW 10.9 billion from the corresponding quarter in 2015.Nevertheless, SHI’s operating profit dropped by 76.8% to KRW 6.1 bn and its sales were down 3.1 per cent year-on-year reaching KRW 2.5 trillion.The shipbuilding major has released its results one day after a major deal cancellation from Royal Dutch Shell for three floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units worth a total of KRW 5.3 trillion (USD 4.6 billion).However, the shipyard has set sights on Gail’s LNG carriers and has formalized a deal with India’s Cochin Shipyard Limited on technical cooperation for building LNG ships in India earlier this month.The MOU is set to bring SHI USD 400 million for collaborating with Cochin Shipyard, which is the only local yard capable of meeting GAIL’s tender requirements.World Maritime News Staff
COLCHESTER COUNTY: Fred Tupper Bridge There will be closures on the Fred Tupper Bridge until Friday,March 5 while repairs are being carried out. The bridge will beclosed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. It will beopen evenings and on weekends. There are detour routes in placeon Meadowvale Road, South Branch Road and Cove Road. Local Area Office: 902-671-2614 Fax: 902-671-2787 -30-
QUITO, Ecuador — A senior Ecuadorian official said no decision has been made to expel Julian Assange from the country’s London embassy despite tweets from Wikileaks that sources had told it he could be kicked out within “hours to days.”A small group of protesters and supporters of Wikileaks’ founder gathered Thursday outside the embassy in London where Assange has been holed up since August 2012. He has feared extradition to the U.S. since WikiLeaks published thousands of classified military and diplomatic cables.Earlier, Wikileaks tweeted: “BREAKING: A high level source within the Ecuadorian state has told @WikiLeaks that Julian Assange will be expelled within “hours to days” using the #INAPapers offshore scandal as a pretext–and that it already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest.”Another tweet said it had received a secondary confirmation from another high-level source.Ecuador’s foreign ministry released a statement saying it “doesn’t comment on rumours, theories or conjectures that don’t have any documented backing.”Later, a top official said while Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno was angered by the apparent hacking of his personal communications, he denied WikiLeaks’ claim and said no decision had been taken to expel Assange from the Embassy. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter.On Tuesday, Moreno blamed WikiLeaks for recent allegations of offshore corruption that in appeared in local media outlets and the publication of family photos to social media.Moreno accused WikiLeaks of intercepting phone calls and private conversations as well as “photos of my bedroom, what I eat, and how my wife and daughters and friends dance.”Moreno provided no evidence, but the speech reflected ongoing tension between Assange and his hosts at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.WikiLeaks in a statement called Moreno’s charges “completely bogus,” saying it reported on the accusations of corruption against the president only after Ecuador’s legislature investigated the issue.Assange’s defence team suggested on Twitter that Moreno was trying to use the scandal to pressure the WikiLeaks founder.___Goodman reported from Bogota, Colombia.Gonzalo Solano And Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press
Hamilton got a little bit brighter Wednesday night, as the CP Holiday Train rolled into the city for its 20th anniversary. The vibrant train arrived along Lawrence Rd. just south of Gage Park shortly before 8 p.m.This year’s train featured 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of l-e-d lights.The Sam Roberts Band performed free concert in support of local food banks.
The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 15, 2017 – Providenciales – Uk Ministers are now frantically trying to change the rules that prevent Britain from spending its aid budget to help the UK territories hit by Hurricane Irma.International Development Secretary Priti Patel fired off a letter to the global body which ruled that the UK cannot use its aid cash because the three overseas territories of Anguilla, Turks and Caicos and The British Virgin Islands are deemed “too wealthy”.She wrote to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to demand reforms to change the rule.“We believe that the international rules should take into account the vulnerabilities of small island states. These rules were first established over 40 years ago. The world has changed dramatically since then, and we will work constructively with international partners to ensure the rules remain relevant and up to date.” her letter stated.But other ministers said she should go ahead anyway and use the aid budget to help the victims of Irma even if that means breaking the law.Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has just returned from a trip to see the devastation in the Caribbean, told a press conference it was ‘natural’ that the money should be used to help those affected. Johnson also said Whitehall (the British Civil Service) was working furiously to get the rules changed.The UK has pledged £57million towards disaster relief in the British territories and the public has helped to raise around £1.3million so far. Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for you
KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 16, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, More flu deaths in the County bring this flu season death toll to 16 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County health officials today reported five more influenza deaths in the region, bringing this flu season’s death toll to 16.One of the five was a 38-year-old man with underlying medical issues; his vaccination status was unclear. The other four also had chronic illnesses and only one had received the flu vaccine, according to the county.“Influenza deaths are very unfortunate but serve as a reminder that the flu can be deadly, especially for the very young, the elderly and those with existing chronic conditions,” said Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, the county’s deputy public health officer. “The best way to prevent getting influenza is getting vaccinated.”According to the county’s weekly flu report for the week of Jan. 6-12, there have been 2,623 lab-confirmed flu cases this flu season. In comparison, the county had tracked 12,484 flu cases and recorded 142 deaths at this time last flu season.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially those with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.County residents can get vaccinated at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.org, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. January 16, 2019 Updated: 2:56 PM Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The decision by Melco Resorts and Entertainment to end VIP operations at Studio City is aimed at improving the profitability of each VIP table by relocating them to a more suitable property, according to analysts from brokerage Sanford C Bernstein.Melco made the surprise announcement on Tuesday that it would cease VIP play at Macau’s Studio City from 15 January 2020, barely three years after introducing the segment to what was originally a mass market-focused IR. Load More 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August RelatedPosts In a note, Bernstein said that Melco was likely putting an end to Studio City’s lease agreement in order to better utilise the 46 tables in question.“In 2020 the key will be for Melco to put the 46 tables to better use – generate higher economic return on these tables at City of Dreams (and potentially Altira),” analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu said.“From Melco’s perspective, the recovery of the tables will allow the company to optimize profit per table to Melco for these tables. The profit generated per table (factoring in Melco’s 54% ownership in Studio City) is greater at City of Dreams (in both VIP and Mass) and even at Alitra.“So theoretically, the tables can be put to better use elsewhere in Melco’s portfolio. This may take some time as the newly installed tables will need to ramp up – but at City of Dreams, the Morpheus property will help hasten ramp up.”Studio City currently pays around US$7 million per quarter for lease of the 46 tables, equal to around 9% of the property’s VIP GGR.Although their removal will represent a cost saving, Bernstein said that the overall impact will be negative with Studio City standing to lose 10% of its EBITDA from 2020.Melco has struggled to find the right mix for its Macau properties in recent years, having replaced Gabe Hunterton as Property President of City of Dreams 12 months ago with former Studio City boss David Sisk. Sisk’s position at Studio City was subsequently filled by Geoff Andres. Evan Winkler appointed President as Melco Resorts implements latest management overhaul
News WAV Media Launches New Battle Rap Competition Series https://twitter.com/WAV_Media/status/923253636356075520 Email Twitter “Versus”: New Rap Web Series From WAV Media wav-media-launches-new-battle-rap-competition-series The music discovery and artist amplification service has launched a new talent competitionBrian HaackGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2017 – 5:43 pm Artist amplification and music discovery platform WAV is launching a new web series that’s being billed as “battle rap meets ‘Survivor.'””Versus”will see 11 aspiring artists go head-to-head in a variety of challenges, with each contestant looking to avoid being voted off the show by their peers. Once they group has been whittled down to a final pair, the two challengers will each perform an original song using beats provided by Sonny Digital and Scoop Deville, best known for their production work for artists such as Future, 2 Chainz, and 21 Savage (Digital), Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar (Deville). Facebook The winning contestant will be selected by viewer vote, and will receive a cool $10,000 cash prize plus a record deal. The show will also feature a slate of celebrity judges, with Trinidad James, Curren$y, Murs, and Casey Veggies among the first names announced.The show’s host and master of ceremonies will be industry veteran and “lifestyle specialist” Kenny Burns, best known for his entrepreneurial work with Diddy and promotional efforts on behalf of Jay Z.”Versus” premiered today exclusively on Billboard; the series can also be watched using the WAV app.Music’s Biggest Tech Innovations Of 2017 (So Far)Read more
40 hybrid patrol cars obviously are not enough to cover all of New York City. However, the city has analyzed the precincts that are most likely to benefit from the hybrid police cars. These precincts include those with large areas of coverage, as well as precincts that may be smaller but sport a great deal of stop and go traffic. The idea is to maximize the benefit of the cars by putting them in areas where the positive environmental gains — and the economic profit — are most evident.The City of New York actually has 3,300 hybrids in service (out of 26,000), but they are mostly assigned to departments that do not see a lot of public safety action: parks and rec, buildings and sanitation. The NYPD will be monitoring these patrol cars to make sure that they are safe and efficient. Hopes are that more hybrid patrol vehicles can be added in the future, helping the NYPD save money on gas. The cost of an Altima, at $25,391, is only a little more than the Crown Victoria ($24,875) and the Chevy Impala ($23,967) also used. As a result, it should be possible for the gas savings from the Altima to more than make up the difference.Also interesting: The Nissan Altima Hybrids are actually made in the U.S.A. The Crown Victorias and Imapalas? Made in Canada.More information: Red, Green and Blue.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Hybrid police cars for the NYPD. Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — New York City has a goal to reduce its overall carbon footprint. For Manhattan, the goal is to reduce greenhouse gases 30% by 2017. As part of this effort, the New York City Police Department just added 40 hybrid cars to its fleet. The Nissan Altima Hybrids are the first NYPD alternative fuel patrol cars, but they probably won’t be the last. The NYPD plans to deploy at least 100 hybrids in total this year. Stop or I’ll download Citation: NYPD Goes Green (2009, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-nypd-green.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistant for Chrome by Martin Brinkmann on July 05, 2016 in Google Chrome – No commentsPersonal Shopping Assistant is a free browser extension for Google Chrome designed to improve the shopping experience in several ways.Microsoft Garage is a place where Microsoft employees tinker and create new solutions based on ideas they have.The Chrome extension Personal Shopping Assistant is the latest product released by a Microsoft Garage project.Even though it is called Assistant, it has nothing to do with the recent trend of pushing personal digital assistants in products.In fact, Personal Shopping Assistant has more in common with price comparison extensions than anything else. But, it goes beyond and in a good way.Microsoft Personal Shopping AssistantThe Chrome extension adds an icon to the browser’s main toolbar that controls most of its functionality.Personal Shopping Assistant was designed to keep records of items and products that you come across when browsing shopping sites such as Amazon or Newegg.The extension does so automatically and without user interaction. It lists items in its interface, picks up names, pricing information and customer reviews along the way, and may display product shots on top of that.It keeps track of how many times you look at a product as well, and weights products accordingly.You may furthermore use filters listed at the top to display items from specific shopping sites only, and to sort the listing by price, customer rating or reviews.While that can be useful on its own, it is probably not something that would convince the majority of Chrome users to give it a try.Additional featuresPersonal Shopping Assistant supports three features that go beyond the functionality.Favorite any item to receive price change information in Chrome.Compare multiple products with each other.Check for pricing on other shopping sites the extension supports.Typical workflows would look like this: you visit a product page or multiple pages listing products. When you are interested in a product, you may either run a price comparison check, or add a product to the favorites to get price change notifications.If you have not made your decision on a product yet, you may have visited several that serve the same purpose. You may then use the compare feature provided by the extension to compare those products right in the interface.The extension won’t list product details however, only price, rating, customer reviews, and price comparison information.You may pin the extension, which moves it to its own window on the side of the Chrome browser window. The effect is that it remains visible all the time, while the integrated popup won’t. It uses the full width and height for that though by resizing the Chrome window automatically.The extension displays a favorite button and a feedback button by default. Options to disable these buttons are provided in the settings.Closing WordsMicrosoft Personal Shopping Assistant for Chrome is an interesting extension. Its main appeal is that it combines price comparison options and price change notifications with an automated product history.Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Personal Shopping AssistantSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/personal-shopping-assista/dhelmjcpoddajfaldodimlaehbalhgag Advertisement
FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 Blog | Dave Fornell, ITN Editor at ASTRO | ASTRO| November 08, 2018 | Dave Fornell, Editor Key Technology Trends in Radiation Therapy at ASTRO 2018 Laurent Levy, CEO of Nanobiotix, explains the use of his company’s nanoparticles to enhance the radiation sensitivity of tumor tissue to improve patient outcomes. The images show the initial tumor and enhancement areas due to the nanoparticles and the resulting outcomes following treatment. 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 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 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 Artificial Intelligence to Aid Treatment PlanningArtificial intelligence (AI) was one of the big topics discussed in sessions and on the ASTRO 2018 show floor. ASTRO also had numerous sessions on the application of AI and how it may aid several areas for research and speeding workflow. Sessions included discussion for deep learning applications in treatment planning, clinical decision support, automated image-guided adaptive radiation therapy and how it can aid in genomic/radio-biologic data mining. AI is being developed to help automate treatment planning software and cut the time it takes to develop plans from hours or days, down to minutes. In early 2018, Mirada Medical received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for world’s first AI-powered auto-contouring solution. The DLCExpert software is used for automatic contouring of computed tomography (CT) scans based on next-generation deep learning contouring (DLC) is now in use in multiple academic medical centers worldwide. The vendor highlighted this technology at ASTRO 2018. Examples of AI auto-segmentation and contouring were also demonstrated by RaySearch and examples of AI-automated plans where shown in sessions. See an example of this AI technology in the Editor’s Choice VIDEO.Read more about AI in radiation oncology in the article “Smart Machines To Empower Oncology Docs and Patients, Say ASTRO Experts.”On the ASTRO show floor I ran into Steve Jiang, Ph.D., director of the medical artificial intelligence (AI) and automation lab and vice-chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas Southwestern. He is one of the top experts on how AI is being integrated in radiation therapy. Watch an interview with him in the VIDEO “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Radiation Therapy.”Another expert in the field is Kevin Moore, Ph.D., DABR, deputy director of medical physics and associate professor, University of California San Diego. We spoke at AAPM in July about his daily clinical use of an artificial intelligence treatment planning software. Watch an interview with Moore in the VIDEO “Real-world Implementation of Deep Learning for Treatment Planning.” 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 Related ASTRO 2018 Coverage:Market for MRI-based RT Could Soon Widen VIDEO “Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative Radiation Oncology Tech at ASTRO 2018Smart Machines To Empower Oncology Docs and Patients, Say ASTRO ExpertsTrends in Proton Therapy — Faster Therapy Delivery, Single-room InstallsNovocure Leverages Electricity Against Toughest CancersSBRT As Safe And Effective As Conventional RT For Some Prostate Cancer Patients Here are a few of the radiation oncology technology advancement takeaways seen at the 2018 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in October.To see some of the newest technologies displayed on the expo floor, watch the VIDEO “Editor’s Choice of the Most Innovative Radiation Oncology Tech at ASTRO 2018.” 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 A Novel PET-guided Radiation Therapy SystemDisplayed for thw first time at ASTRO was RefleXion Medical’s biology-guided radiotherapy (BgRT). It uses a novel positron-emission tomography, computed tomography (PET-CT) system combined with a linac in a single gantry that offers a new approach to real-time adaptive therapy.It is the first system to utilize the cancer itself to guide radiation delivery, even in tumors that are moving. The system uses positron emission tomography (PET) to track the radioactive tracer uptake in cancer cells to lock onto the tumors and eliminate or reduce the need for margins to account for motion. The PET system triangulates the location of the radio tracer for accurate, 3-D, real-time tumor tracking. The RefleXion system also has the ability track and treat several sites at the same time. The system does not yet have any regulatory approvals, but there are several luminary centers already interested in possibly acquiring this technology for use in clinical trials. Emory is one of the centers interested and I shot a VIDEO interview with Kristin Higgins, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology at the Emory Clinic at the Winship Cancer Institute, and associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, on the technology.Trends in Proton Therapy SystemsThe key messages at ASTRO regarding proton therapy systems were that these are getting smaller, pencil beam therapy will likely become the standard of care in the coming years, and two new treatment methods may significantly cut treatment times and improve outcomes.Varian and IBA showed new concepts with their systems to speed treatment delivery. Varian announced at ASTRO it is working on a way to deliver a single fraction, one second, very-high dose of protons to a tumor to enable a one day, one-and-done session called Flash therapy. The vendor said its newer cyclotron has the capability of delivering much higher proton dose rates than previous generation systems, enabling it to deliver ultra-high dose rates of 40-120 Gy per second.IBA announced at ASTRO that the first patients have been treated using a Spot Scanning Proton Arc (SPArc) plan at the Beaumont Health Proton Therapy Center in Royal Oak, Mich. Instead of using a traditional series of beams that intersect a tumor and require the gantry or patient to be rotated for each beam, proton arc therapy leaves the beam on as it rotates around the patient, enabling much shorter therapy delivery times. Watch a VIDEO interview with Peyman Kabolizadeh, M.D., the medical director of Beaumont Proton Therapy Center, who talks about the use of proton arc therapy.Read more in the article “Trends in Proton Therapy — Faster Therapy Delivery, Single-room Installs.”Tumor Tracking Imaging Using PET-CTGE Healthcare showed an interesting new imaging technology that allows 4-D visualization of tumor movement during respiration on PET-CT called MotionFree. The technology now available on GE’s PET-CT scanners reduces blur caused by respiratory motion to make nuclear images much clearer. This can aid in identification of smaller tumors that otherwise would have been missed with conventional PET imaging. The MotionFree software also automatically detects and eliminates motion blur on PET scans and to enhance 4-D visualization. The correction algorithm improves overall PET image clarity, making the scans look more like CT images. 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 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 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content 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 Dave Fornell, ITN Editor at ASTRO Dave Fornell is the editor of Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine and assistant editor for Imaging Technology News magazine. Find additional ASTRO coverage with links to late-breakers, videos and other news in “Late-breaking Radiation Therapy Clinical Trials at ASTRO 2018.”Learn more about recent trends in radiation oncology and treatment planning in the blog “The Hottest Topics in Medical Physics at AAPM 2018.” The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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 MRI-guided Radiation TherapyThe ViewRay MRIdian is currently the only FDA-cleared magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiation therapy system on the U.S. market, but there were two more companies with systems pending FDA review at ASTRO 2018. MRI offers excellent soft tissue detail and allows direct visualization of tumors, including real-time tracking of tumor movement to ensure the beam stays on target. Tissue response can also be viewed with the onboard MRI.The Elekta Unity system will likely become the second FDA-cleared system. It is currently pending FDA 510(k) approval. It was the centerpiece of the Elekta booth at ASTRO. It gained European CE mark earlier this year and is being reviewed by the FDA. It uses a Philips 1.5T MRI system, which is a standard magnet strength in general radiology MRI systems. It should offer higher image quality than the ViewRay system, which uses a 0.3T imaging system. The MagnetTx Aurora MRI-guided radiation therapy system was also shown at ASTRO 2018. This start-up company submitted for FDA 510(k) review this fall. The company has been developing the system over the past decade. It uses a unique cryogen-free 0.5T MRI system, so there is no need for a vent stack. It also offers a large 110 cm bore, allowing room for the patient table to be moved to align the iso-center of tumors with the linac beam.Read more about MR-RT systems in the article “Market for MRI-based RT Could Soon Widen.”ITN visited one of the MRIdian install sites at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Watch the VIDEO of that visit and interview with Benjamin Movsas, M.D. Improving Radiosensitivity and Personalizing Radiation DoseRadiation oncology has largely had a one-size-fits-all mentality in treating patients, but patients’ healthy cells and their cancerous tumor cells can greatly vary in their sensitivity and response to radiation therapy. ASTRO had numerous sessions on research efforts to better tailor therapies to each patient to cause less collateral damage to health tissues and more damage to cancer. This includes the use of radiomics (the study of small radiology image features to find commonalities to better risk stratify patients), genomics (the study of the genetic profiles for both patients and cancer cells) and liquid biopsy blood tests to capture circulating tumor cells and eliminate the need for invasive biopsies.To find out more on the use of genomic testing to personalized radiation therapy I spoke with Javier Torres-Roca, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology, Moffit Cancer Center, and co-founder of the genomics company Cvergenx. In this VIDEO he explained how genomics can be used to assess a patient’s radiosensitivity, which can be used to increase or decrease the radiation that needs to be delivered to treat the tumor and spare surrounding healthy tissue. To find out more about the use of liquid biopsies I spoke with Aadel Chaudhuri, M.D., assistant professor of radiation oncology, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. In this VIDEO interview he explains his research on using blood tests to assess tumor response to radiotherapy.An interesting technology that was discussed in sessions is the use of nanoparticle injection into the tumor to enhance the tissue’s radio-sensitivity. I spoke with Nanobiotix, a company that developed a crystalline nanoparticle that enhances the effectiveness of RT several times-fold. The metallic-based particles also show up on CT scans so it can be used as a permanent fiduciary marker to track tumor response. 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
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It begins at the breaking point, unendingly, sitting in a bed: in empty hours that melt into each other as I stare at the wall. In people escorting me to the bathroom, a cart carrying countless pills arriving five times a day on the dot.Tests, all kinds of them: blood, urine, liver function, somebody grabbing my arm without my permission at 6 a.m to write down my blood pressure. Calls to Alonso at 9 in the morning from a public phone, painting coloring books, visits from my mom, reading “Rayuela” (and hating Cortázar), waiting without patience for the soap on at 7 p.m. Looking out the tiny bathroom window at the people down in the street, bustling like ants. Wanting to be one of the ants again.When Nacho Alpízar declares in the middle of a party in a mocking tone that I’m completely crazy, psych-ward crazy, crazy for real, his words ring with a little truth. It doesn’t stop him from being an ass, but they still ring with some truth.However we, Nacho and I, were taught between testimonies not to judge others. We leave that power to God, who judges us worthy of love despite it all. There are days where I don’t know what I believe in, or if I believe anything at all. But confusion notwithstanding, and despite not knowing who I am I think I know what my testimony is, and how it all began to lead me to that hospital bed.It always starts with two messy pigtails. With a sweaty fringe that gets in your eyes with the sun, untied laces and scraped knees. It always starts where it should never start: there’s a certain value to innocence that is lost slowly, allowed to bloom at its own pace, little by little. The cost of stolen innocence, the one that’s lost too soon, is one that none of us knows how to pay. I’m still trying to crunch the numbers, the numbers of a debt that isn’t mine, and negotiating with myself to get out of bed and pay the dues on days when my eyelids feel heavy with past lives.It was with messy pigtails that I began to spiral at unsurmountable speeds. It’s almost as if a life out of control looks for the comfort of chaos and calls it a home. I belong here, despite not being from here; it’s all I’ve ever known.It takes almost more bravery than I possess to state the obvious: with messy pigtails, scraped knees, with no understanding of what was happening and why it made me feel a shame so intense that I felt the need to shower three times a day to try to get it off, and didn’t allow me to look my mom in the eyes if I had it in my mind.I was only five at the beginning. My dad was suddenly and involuntarily gone, and my mom found herself too depressed to do much except lock herself in her room. It was in these times of newfound freedom, with my mother’s door permanently locked and with hopes of seeing my dad walk in through the front door still alive that a man, still in his teens, approached me.A man I was supposed to trust, and so it goes. Long blurry hours, stretched through weeks that melted into months followed this initial approach, locked in a room, listening to his voice and feeling his warm breath uncomfortably tickling my ear: telling me to relax, he wanted it wet, it felt so good, it would only hurt a minute.I wonder in vain if he knew he was lying as he said the pain would last only a minute. Tickles and heavy hands and touches in places where it felt uncomfortable and heads forced down and the pain. Other things that, even now, my arms shake too hard to describe. I don’t want to describe them.It’s not hard to talk about in the way other things are hard to talk about. I think about it sometimes, in detail. Everything that went down invades my mind the same way he invaded my body: without consent.I think about it at times, on purpose, to see if it still hurts, and there are days where I find it doesn’t. I can see it in my mind’s eye in an almost cold, scientific way. Like if I focused hard enough, maybe it wasn’t something that happened to me. Despite being able to see, feel and smell it so clearly, my mind rebels against the notion of putting it into words. It would make it personal, tangible, real. It’s safer unworded in my mind.I can’t say that everything I am is a result of this one repetitive event. No one is. Many bad things have happened, and not everything I am is bad, despite the constant voice in my head that whispers I am.I can say, however, that when I arrived at the hospital in an overdosed haze, sleepless nights weighing on my eyes, lack of food making me weak, and while sitting in a wheelchair I told my psychiatrist everything I had stored for so many years, she looked at me and wondered how I hadn’t ended up there sooner.She asked me if I wasn’t angry. Angry at my dad for leaving and my mom for not taking care of me and above all else with the person who did what he did, for having done what he did. Anger is too simple a feeling to describe what I felt.I was furious, naturally. Furious, but that wasn’t the emotion in the forefront of my mind. I was exhausted. I was filled to the brim with hatred, not for him but for me, for being the person all these things had made me: a person with a system full of more pills than it could process, with arms cut up in desperation to get out of my own skin, with more shame than I knew what to do with and with the omnipresent possibility of not being able to go on anymore. Exhausted of looking back and feeling sick to my stomach and looking ahead to see nothing except myself, carrying what I considered to be my own dead weight.That day I was admitted to the psychiatric ward of the hospital. In the beds next to mine you could find women who came and went, most of whom had suffered some degree of sexual violence, all meticulously recorded in their medical records.The sweetest old lady I had ever met had been raped so many times, by so many different men, that she had stopped bothering to count them. Once freed of the situation, she found herself still mentally trapped in a cycle of abuse that lead her to work in prostitution, the only thing she thought she could do. Old habits die hard.I saw them and I saw myself, sometimes as if I was outside of myself, as if the person I am were a complete stranger. Where does my self end and where does all that I am that is not mine, that comes from the actions of those around me, begin?I want to know this, to know who I am, and most importantly, I want to be mine again. There is no amount of tears, pills, days with no food, or cuts that can alleviate the pain of belonging outside myself.It’s something that’s hard to understand, impossible to explain. I know my impulses; they’re my own. But I could never find rhyme or reason to them. I don’t know what makes me, what makes us, react the way we do, facing destruction with self-destruction, when all evidence suggests the logical response would be to save ourselves. In the practice, logic has no place in this discussion.There will always be those who see us as weak. Always those who don’t understand and find themselves unable to empathize or feel compassion. There will always be uncles who ask that five-year-old why she can’t be happier or easier to deal with, like our cousins, and why we’re so nervous: it’s only a hug.There might always be Nachos, mocking our pain publicly at parties, trivializing years of struggle and trauma and making a joke out of others’ pain. There will be those who think jokes about rape are genuinely funny, those pesky feminists who just can’t take a joke. But we are so many, and it shatters my heart just to think about it. In that place that some people and even we can perceive as weakness lies our strength.That empathy, the understanding, the sisterhood and above all else the bravery to keep raising our voices even when the words are begging not to come out. To tell our story is to break the taboo, to give light to all other victims who are afraid and to reassure them that they are not alone, and silence is only good for the oppressor.I’m not sure how to give this a proper closing. The world can be a pretty scary place. I remember this one time when I was little that my mom forced me to go to this mass in which the priest read a passage of the bible in which, in the height of his suffering, Jesus looks to the skies and exclaims “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”I remember feeling a cold so intense that I thought I would never feel warm again. I got home and lay on the bathroom floor, crying as though hypnotized, in my mind the phrase “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” on repeat like a broken record, like a string of rosaries all prayed one after the other.I talk about it now because today I know that I haven’t been abandoned or forsaken. I know I am not alone. By my side are millions of women brave enough to put a stop to this cycle of suffering in silence, who raise their voices and say “Me too.”I have absolute confidence in the fact that I will fight every day to reduce the amount of women who have to feel this shame that isn’t theirs so intensely. It belongs to someone else, that shame, and I will not remain silent while there are other five-year-olds lying on the bathroom floor wondering why God abandoned them. Alienated. Ashamed of something that is not their fault.Mariana Loría Truque is a student of communications in the University of Costa Rica. She’s a big fan of breakfast and making jokes inappropriately soon after a traumatic event. Instagram: @marianalorita Facebook Comments
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