New Brunswick promises greater transparency on unexpected child deaths

first_imgFREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is promising greater transparency when it reviews child deaths.In recent years, the province’s child death review committee has reported its recommendations from investigations into the unexpected deaths of children under the age of 19, but it provided few details — citing privacy concerns.Greg Forestell, the province’s chief coroner, said starting Jan. 1 the reports will include more details, such as the child’s age and whether they were receiving services from the Department of Social Development.“Following consultations with the integrity commissioner and the child and youth advocate, brief anonymized summaries of the circumstances of the death will now be released to the public along with the report recommendations,” Forestell said Wednesday.He said it’s important that the effort to provide increased transparency maintains a level of privacy for the deceased and their families.“I want to point out that child deaths in our province are usually the result of natural deaths or accidental causes,” Forestell said. “Incidents of abuse or neglect causing death do not make up the majority of cases. Overall, the rate of child deaths in New Brunswick is below the national average.”New Brunswick’s child death review committee was created in 1996 following a number of high-profile tragedies.Among them were Jacqueline Brewer, a 28-month-old girl who died in the south end of Saint John as the result of dehydration and neglect, and John Ryan Turner, a three-year-old from Miramichi who starved to death.Norm Bosse, the province’s child and youth advocate, said he welcomes the changes, calling them a step forward.He said getting better information to the public can help put a greater focus on the well-being of young people.“An informed public is a public that can sometimes prevent things from happening, and child deaths just happens to be one of them,” Bosse said.last_img read more


first_img“The bottom line is that executives tend to prefer the safer choice and the safer choice historically has been white male directors just because they’ve had more experience.”It’s a cycle that’s been difficult to break. Advertisement Some major studios have announced inclusion programs to help give under-represented filmmakers a foot in the door. The catch? You have to have experience, which is often part of the problem in the first place.Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu has a growing portfolio of celebrity snapshots, videos and commercials. But when he wanted to make the jump into directing television, he hit a glass ceiling.“There is an unfortunate catch-22: How can directors direct without experience? How can you get experience without directing?” said Wu in an interview at his Toronto photo studio. Login/Register With: Facebook Canadian fashion photographer Justin Wu was part of showrunner Ryan Murphy’s director mentorship program, which has opened doors for him after years of trying to break into television. (Nigel Hunt/CBC).Hollywood has been grappling with criticism over a lack of inclusion for years.The 2019 Diversity Report from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) analyzed 167 of the top-grossing films in 2017. About one in 10 directors were people of colour. That number would have to more than triple to reach proportional representation in the U.S. The level of diversity was marginally higher for TV productions. Advertisement Advertisement Actors such as 12 Years A Slave’s Alfre Woodard and The Wire’s Lance Reddick were among those participating in a script reading for the Ghetto Film School mentorship program. (Kim Brunhuber/CBC) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State offense needs identity check

In a Season Three episode of “The Office,” prankster Jim Halpert imitates rival Dwight Schrute’s appearance and antics for one day, mocking Dwight’s infatuation with bears and random facts. Dwight threatens Jim, saying, “Identity theft is not a joke, Jim. Millions of families suffer every year.” But to be a victim of identity theft, one needs an identity, something distinct, a desirable characteristic that can be captured and mimicked. No need to secure credit card information or Internet passwords — the Ohio State offense has no identity. Expectations have never been higher for the No. 2 Buckeyes. Many forecasters will be irked if they are forced to erase OSU, penciled into the BCS Championship game with Alabama by most, from their projections. Should the Crimson Tide reach college football’s summit, it will be on the shoulders of their running back tandem, reigning Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and explosive sophomore Trent Richardson. The Buckeyes’ rushing duo, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine, is under-used and far less talented. OSU breezed through its non-conference schedule, racking up 49.2 points per game in a 4-0 start. It piled up yardage through the air as quarterback Terrelle Pryor averaged nearly 27 passes per contest. So with Pryor in the locker room suffering from a quadriceps strain during Saturday’s 24-13 win over Illinois, what happened to the Buckeyes’ playbook? Coach Jim Tressel doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have the same trust in backup Joe Bauserman that he does in his Heisman-hopeful signal-caller. Therefore, OSU’s offense dried up like a prune. Even when Pryor returned under center after missing seven snaps, Tressel continued to call Herron’s number. OSU rushed on 11 straight plays at one point, and for good reason, with Pryor not feeling up to the task. “The worst thing was when I came back and the guys said I was all right and they were saying, ‘Come on, Terrelle, lead us,’” Pryor said. “It was hard because I knew I couldn’t do anything about it. There’s no way I could do anything about it, except to hand the ball off and get a couple passes. But it kind of hurt even dropping back.” No team can be fully dependent on one playmaker as its entire source of offense. The Buckeyes ran around like chickens with their heads cut off when Pryor was sidelined. Bauserman threw two passes — one completed for a 1-yard gain and the other completed to the wrong team. Last year, OSU relied heavily on its running game during the challenging conclusion to its Big Ten schedule. The Buckeyes piled up at least 225 rushing yards in five consecutive games — all wins. Before that commitment to smashmouth football, OSU flirted with the inconsistency that plagued it Saturday. Just ask Purdue what kind of offense it faced when it beat the Buckeyes last October. In the Boilermakers’ 26-18 upset, Pryor had a hand in 52 of OSU’s 59 plays. Saine carried the ball the other seven times, six of which came in the first half. Every team faces adversity. The Buckeyes dealt with their first road trip and their first conference test. They didn’t expect to lose the centerpiece of their offense at a critical juncture of the game. But it’s how teams adapt to such misfortunes that determines which squads are cut out for hardware at season’s end. Adaptation comes easier for teams with balance. Take a perennial 50-home run hitter out of a power-starved lineup and the club’s offense will struggle. Remove one of a lineup’s three 25-home run batters and the team shouldn’t skip a beat. The Buckeyes have that top-tier slugger. But they also have complements capable of contributing to the offense’s production. Tressel needs to strike a balance between a Pryor-centric approach and a Woody Hayes-esque, run-only style. Over-reliance on Pryor is a recipe for disaster. Yes, he can change the complexion of a game every time his number is called. But he becomes more effective when defenses have to worry about Herron and Saine as well. Dwight from “The Office” has attributes that are easily identifiable, namely, a mustard-colored shirt, beet-stained teeth and a fervent love of authority. Take a look at the OSU offense, and the only characteristics you’ll find are inconsistent and unidentifiable. read more

Slavko Goluza resigns

Croatia looking for a new head-coach! Slavko Goluza resigned after four years on the Croatian NT bench. The main reason was sixth place at Qatar 2015, which caused a lot of media tensions and critics afterwards Goluza decided to leave job on which he was appointed in 2011 as successor of Lino Červar (2003-2010).Goluza won three medals with Croatia. He began with fifth place at WCh 2011 in Sweden, continued with bronze medal at EURO 2012 in Serbia, Olympic Games in London and WCh 2013 in Spain, while he stayed out of medal podium at EURO 2014 in Denmark, when Croats finished fourth.The sixth place from Qatar is the worst placement in the last 13 years (since 2002), when amazing generation with Balic, Lackovic, Metlicic and Co. began revolution with gold in Portugal – WCh 2003.– It is obvious that I didn’t meet expectations of Croatian public despite the fact that we achieved our goal – placement at Olympic qualifications. I want to take off of all the pressure from Croatian Handball Federation, players, but also my family at the first place – said Goluza. wrote yesterday that first pick to replace Goluza is Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic. ← Previous Story RK Metalurg icon Filip Mirkulovski to TSV Hanover Burgdorf! Next Story → “Vranjes has seen Elahmar” – Egyptian star to SG Flensburg! croatiaSlavko Goluza read more

Im not confident but I am hopeful New boundaries create new challenges

first_imgAS THE LARGEST party in the State, Fine Gael’s ambitions know no bounds right now and its targeting five seats in European elections next year, creating a significant challenge for all of its current MEPs in the redrawn constituencies.While much focus has been on whether junior minister Brian Hayes might be the party’s candidate in Dublin – to replace the outgoing Gay Mitchell – the battles facing Fine Gael in the two other constituencies are just as intriguing.With Ireland East abolished, a new super-constituency of ‘Midlands-North-West’ (MNW) – stretching from Mayo across to Louth and Donegal down to Laois – will see Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins (below) compete for two of the four seats.Both told in Brussels this week that they will definitely be running, with Higgins (above) even offering a prediction as to how it will turn out: “The way I see it is Mairead will take the first seat with [Fianna Fáil’s] Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher. “Then we’re going to have a dogfight between Marian Harkin, Sinn Féin and myself for the other two seats.”Higgins is relishing the challenge and again dismissed speculation that party HQ may seek to replace him on the ticket with Mayo TD John O’Mahony pointing out the vast difference in the size of their support base.“Look, there’s an awful gap between [O’Mahony’s] 7,000 votes in Mayo in the last general election and 81,000 votes which I got in the European election [in 2009],” he said.“That’s a fair bridge to gap and all I know is that I will be very confident come the next election that I will top the 81,000 votes that I had the last time. I will actually increase on that, my profile is huge, thanks to my staff in the office, they’re absolutely brilliant.”“I know I am going to be the candidate, and I know I am going to be elected.”McGuinness (below) is more guarded in her predictions, but said she is “enthusiastic” about the her new constituency, adding: “I think it’s physically very large.”The former journalist’s new constituency set-up sees her lose four counties in the old Ireland East – Kilkenny, Carlow, Wicklow and Wexford – and gaining several others including Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Cavan, Monaghan, Longford and Westmeath.“Elections are always tough. I’ve fought a few, I’ve won a few and I’ve lost one,” she said, adding that she wouldn’t mind if a third Fine Gael candidate is added to the ticket.Meanwhile, in the redrawn Ireland ‘South’ constituency, sitting Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly (below) also faces a significant challenge to retain his seat, saying he is “not confident, but I am hopeful, in the sense that you can’t control how elections are going to go.”“Your second election is the hardest election because I came in to the last election as president of the GAA and people looked at me with potential perhaps,” he said.“Now they will be looking at me from the point of view of delivery. That’s the right way to have it.”Outlining the logistical challenge, he noted that in Ireland South from Bray to Ballinaskelligs in Kerry it is a 474 kilometres. Whereas in the new the Dublin constituency, from Balbriggan to Bray, the drive is less than 50 kilometres.“But listen the decision has been made,” he said. “And we’re all in the same boat, so let’s have a go at it. An election is an election, it’s tough, it’s demanding but I am fit and raring to go.”Kelly’s possible running mates include outgoing Irish Farmers’ Association chairman John Bryan with the former GAA president also name-checking two sitting Fine Gael TDs, the government chief whip Paul Kehoe and Agriculture Committee chairman Andrew Doyle.“At this stage it is pure speculation,” he said. “There’s going to be a convention, sometime perhaps in January, and at that stage I am quite sure HQ and everyone else will have whittled it down to whoever is best.”Pics: Photocall IrelandRead: Will Brian Hayes run for Europe? ‘I haven’t made my mind up yet,’ he saysRead: Dublin a three-seater in Ireland’s new-look European constituency mapRead: This Fine Gael TD is not ruling out a European Parliament bid next yearlast_img read more

As Washington growers struggle with labor shortage vote in Congress on farmworker

first_imgA bill aimed at easing the nationwide shortage of farm labor that has led many Washington growers to lose money won’t get a summer vote in Congress.The House of Representatives legislation would make it easier for employers to bring in people from other countries for temporary agricultural work, offer legal status to undocumented farmworkers already living in the U.S., and require that employers use a system that confirms work eligibility.H.R. 6417 was hobbled by divisions nationally within the farm community over how to address the labor shortage. The House adjourned for the summer on July 26.The legislation has been closely monitored by Washington fruit growers, who have increasingly struggled to find the tens of thousands of workers they need to bring in the harvest.Rep. Dan Newhouse, R- Sunnyside, a bill co-sponsor, said in June he had a commitment from House leadership for a vote in July. When that didn’t happen, Newhouse said in a written statement that he would continue to push for a vote once the House reconvenes in September. But getting action on legislation this fall will likely prove difficult as the November election looms.last_img read more

Officials contact suspect in pushing of girl off bridge

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit has contacted a suspect after a girl was pushed from a bridge at Moulton Falls on Wednesday, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release from Friday.The release stated that the suspect is cooperating with the investigation, but that the Sheriff’s Office won’t release any more information on the incident at this time, including the name of the suspect, who is female.Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park after expressing hesitation about voluntarily jumping off the bridge while standing on its edge Wednesday. She fell more than 50 feet into the East Fork of the Lewis River, and belly-flopped into the water, despite her attempt to land toes first.Holgerson broke five ribs in the fall, and both of her lungs were punctured. During a press conference Thursday at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where Holgerson is recovering, Trauma Surgeon MaryClare Sarff said it might take months for her to fully recover.last_img read more

Ukraine proRussia rebels swap war prisoners

first_imgDONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian authorities and pro-Russia rebels exchanged nearly 370 prisoners Friday, a major step toward easing hostilities in eastern Ukraine.Ukraine handed over 222 prisoners and the rebels released 145 people, according to Russia’s state RIA Novosti news agency — the biggest one-time prisoners swap since the pro-Russian insurgency flared up in eastern Ukraine in April. The Interfax news agency quoted Svyatoslav Tsegolko, a spokesman for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, saying that 146 Ukrainian prisoners were released Friday and another four will be freed on Saturday. The figures corresponded to earlier Ukrainian official statement, which said that 150 Ukrainian prisoners were to be released.Hundreds of others were released during previous months.Numbers of those to be released varied Friday and tensions were flying high as buses carrying the prisoners arrived at a site north of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk. At some point during the exchange, separatist rights ombudsman Darya Morozova was quoted by Tass news agency as saying that the exchange was pushed back until Saturday.Russia’s state television showed Ukrainian war prisoners boarding buses in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk before being driven to a location north of the city where the exchange took place.last_img read more

House Majority Delays Passage Of SB 91 Crime Repeal

first_imgIt was heard the same day it was introduced, on Thursday, and public testimony was scheduled one day after its first hearing for Friday. Representative Lance Pruitt (R-Anchorage): “Alaskans are sick of stall tactics being employed to avoid passing the voter-demanded repeal of SB 91.” The governor’s office has taken to social media to urge the House to act on his constitutional and crime-related proposals while thanking the Senate for hearings it’s held. The House recently passed a bill dealing with protective orders sponsored by a House member. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Majority introduced an omnibus crime bill substantially different than the crime package that has been moving through the Senate.center_img According to a release from the House Majority, they’ve had a package of four bills, HB 49, 50, 51, 52, sitting in House Judiciary and State Affairs since February 20. Representative Cathy Tilton (R-Wasilla): “With only three weeks left in session, constituents are rightfully concerned that the House Majority is not going to solve the issues of theft, arson, vandalism, assault, and general misconduct that has plagued our state since SB 91. They should have been hearing the Governor’s crime bills, but we’re now running out of time.”last_img read more

Hang rapistkiller demand protesters

first_imgZaheerabad: The leaders of Zaheerabad Nayi Brahmin Seva Sangham submitted a memorandum to the revenue officials on Tuesday, demanding sternest punishment to the person accused of killing a child in Hanumakonda on June 9. They said the accused should be hanged, so that such crimes wouldn’t repeat in the future.last_img

Coal India posts 16 rise in net profit for Q2

first_imgState miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Friday said it posted a 16% rise in consolidated net profit at Rs.2,543.80 crore for the second quarter ended September, compared to Rs.2,192.38 crore in the same quarter of the previous fiscal, on the back of higher sales.”The profit after tax (PAT) for the second quarter ended September 30, 2015 stood at Rs.2,543.80 crore as against Rs.2,192.38 crore for the same period last year registering a growth of around 16% (YoY basis),” CIL said in a stock exchange filing.Consolidated net sales were at Rs.16,957.59 crore during the quarter, which was an increase of 8% over the Rs.15,677.98 crore sales in the corresponding quarter of the last fiscal.”The increase in earnings is largely due to the higher production and offtake during the current period compared to the corresponding period in the previous year,” Coal India said.Coal production during the second quarter of the current fiscal was 108.20 million tonnes (MT) as against 102.42 MT for the second quarter of the previous year.”The offtake for the second quarter of 2015-16 was 121.99 MT (251.38 MT up to 30.09.2015) compared to 110.49 MT in second quarter of 2014-15 (230.09 MT up to 30.09.2014),” the statement said.Coal India stock closed at Rs 337.65 a share, 2.60 percent higher than its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more

UNHCR seeks open borders for people fleeing Rakhine

first_imgRohingya children make their way through water as they try to come to the Bangladesh side from No Man’s Land after a gunshot being heard on the Myanmar side, in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh August 28, 2017. ReutersUNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations, has urged Bangladesh to open borders for people fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.”UNHCR believes it’s of the utmost importance that it [Bangladesh] continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Tuesday at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.The UNHCR also called on the international community to support Bangladesh in doing so, with all necessary aid and other help.As of Sunday it was estimated that some 5,200 people have entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since Thursday, according to UNHCR statement a copy of which obtained by UNB.The UNHCR mentioned that Bangladesh has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades.In light of the dramatic worsening since Friday of the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UNHCR has communicated to the government of Bangladesh its readiness to support Bangladesh in helping refugees fleeing across the border.Several thousand were reported to be in locations along the Myanmar side of the border, it said.On the Bangladesh side of the border, some people are in cordoned off areas near the border, and others are mainly in Kutupalong area.The UN agency said most are women, children, or the elderly, and there have been reports of wounded people among them.Aid efforts involving the Bangladeshi authorities, local communities, UNHCR partners and NGOs have been under way, including arrangements of food, water, and medical help to the new arrivals.”UNHCR is grateful to the Bangladeshi authorities for the support being provided. Rapid needs assessments are being planned, however with the precarious situation inside Myanmar we are concerned that numbers of people needing help may rise further over the coming days,” Edwards said.The spokesperson said UNHCR is aware of several reported instances of people being prevented from entering Bangladesh. “This poses a very grave risk to the individuals affected.”Meanwhile, in Myanmar’s Rakhine State access to populations in need of help is severely restricted. “We’re appealing to the Myanmar authorities to do everything possible to facilitate humanitarian help and ensure the safety of our staff,” Edwards said.last_img read more

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first_imgFeature | November 23, 2011 | Dave Fornell PET/MRI Enters the U.S. Market Simultaneous acquisition of anatomy and function with lower radiation dose is now possible. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more Related Content 12PreviousNext This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more center_img The Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR system features separate PET and MRI scanners with one automated table gantry. News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system. News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system.The new imaging modality of positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was introduced in the U.S. market in 2011. The Siemens Biograph mMR (molecular MR) gained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance as the first dedicated PET/MRI system. Philips followed with 510(k) in November for its Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR.The Siemens system is the only system to combine both modalities into one machine, allowing simultaneous imaging of location, function and metabolic activity of organs in a single image.“The Siemens PET/MRI system allows two tests to run simultaneously without having to move the patient to a different scanning system,” said Alberto Gutierrez, Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostic Device Evaluation and Safety, FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “Minimizing changes in a patient’s position between tests allows physicians to compare images more easily and helps them get the most accurate information possible.”The Biograph mMR uses MRI rather than computed tomography (CT) to produce detailed images of the internal structures of the body. Because MRI makes images based mainly on the concentration of water in the body, it can produce greater detail of nearly all the internal structures of the body as compared with CT X-ray imaging. This may provide additional information about a patient’s condition.Additionally, the Biograph mMR (molecular MR) system allows physicians to acquire images at a significantly lower radiation dose compared with a PET/CT system. Although the radiation dose from the PET exam remains unchanged, MRI does not use ionizing radiation, so the dose from the CT scan is eliminated.In addition to Siemens, Philips Healthcare and GE Healthcare also developed PET/MRI systems. All three vendors took different approaches to how their systems operate and how they overcome the technical issues of combining PET in or near intense MRI magnetic fields.  Promising Future for New Modality“PET/MR is likely to have a major impact in the future, as PET/CT did when it was introduced,” said Michael Graham, M.D., Ph.D., director of nuclear medicine, University of Iowa, during a press conference on key molecular imaging research at the 2011 Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) meeting. “I think we will see this technology proliferate over the next few years.”He said it might be used to image complex soft tissue, such as the brain, head, neck and pelvis. It also will be very appealing for pediatric imaging to help reduce radiation dose from CT scans.While MRI provides exquisite morphological and functional details in soft tissue, PET goes further to investigate the human body at the level of cellular activity and metabolism.PET/MR is a tailored imaging modality for women and children, said Bruce Rosen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of radiology, Harvard Medical School, director of the Martinos Center of Biomedical Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital. He said it eliminates CT radiation dose and that MRI is better at imaging soft tissue anatomy, such as female pelvic organs.It also is ideal for oncology, because Rosen said MRI is good at imaging tumor angiogenesis, monitoring hypoxia to see if treatment is working. MRI allows tractography, imaging tracts of neuron activity to determine what is tumor and what is healthy brain tissue. It can measure blood-brain barrier permeability, too.“Combining MRI technology with PET in a single integrated system adds the advantages of the extremely broad spectrum of diagnostic MRI procedures to the arsenal of available PET procedures,” said Alexander Drzezga, M.D., TU Muenchen, Munich, Germany, lead author of a study of the Siemens system, which he presented at the SNM meeting. “This could potentially result in the development of new imaging agents that bring together specific diagnostic strengths of PET and MRI.“It offers exciting scientific options to image physiologic and pathophysiologic processes at the same time and to improve our understanding of both,”  Drzezga added. “This and further studies could potentially open a whole new hybrid imaging discipline within the field of nuclear medicine.”Siemens’ ApproachThe Siemens Biograph mMR received European CE mark in the first week of June and FDA clearance the second week of June this year. Four machines are already installed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston under an FDA investigational device exemption (IDE).Graham said the Siemens PET/MRI system is a major departure from previous PET systems. Traditional photomultiplier tubes could not be used because of the immediate proximity of the MRI magnets. Instead, Siemens uses avalanche photodiodes (APDs), new types of detectors that use ceramic instead of metal components.Another development that helped facilitate a combined PET/MRI scanner was larger bore sizes. The 70 cm-bore MRI systems introduced in recent years provide the additional space needed to install the PET detectors, which reduces the bore size to about 60 cm.The Siemens system allows completely simultaneous imaging of both anatomy and function, which cannot be done in either the Philips or GE solutions. This exact coordination in images may enable new avenues of clinical research, such as mapping brain response to stimuli.Siemens representatives are quick to point out there is no time savings or benefit in using two separate devices and creating two separate imaging exams and then merging them. That type of exam can take 60 to 90 minutes, they say, whereas the Siemens mMR can do simultaneous imaging in about 30 minutes. They say it is similar to an MRI exam, except with the addition of an FDG injection for PET.New types of artifacts will be encountered with PET/MRI systems due to the MRI coils. Siemens says using the coils built into the mMR table is not an issue, because the system’s software has already mapped these coils and will correct their image artifacts. But the use of movable coils may present artifacts that need to be corrected. This issue is overcome in the GE and Philips systems by separating the imaging systems.Philips ApproachThe Philips Ingenuity TF PET/MR gained European CE mark in January 2011 and gained FDA 510(k) clearance in November, with a system being used for investigational purposes at Mt. Sinai Hospital.Philips Healthcare created a system that uses a separate PET and MRI scanner located in the same room. The innovation is the use of an automated table gantry. The system images the patient on the MRI and then rotates 180 degrees to image the patient in the PET scanner. The mobile table allows imaging of patients to be done without moving them from one table and scanner to another, which leads to misalignments on the merged hybrid images.The system requires more space than a single MRI or PET scanning room, instead taking the space of between one-and-a-half to two rooms.GE Healthcare’s ApproachInstead of developing a new, dedicated PET/MRI system, GE developed a single mobile patient table that is transferred between its PET/CT and MRI scanners for registered, tri-modality imaging. It maintains patient positioning between the two scanners for better registration by keeping the patient in the same position. The table loads into each scanner using a set of identical rails. The PET/MRI system is FDA-cleared. The GE systems combines the Discovery PET/CT + MR Discovery 710 and Discovery 3T 750w.Vivek Bhatt, general manager, PET/CT, GE Healthcare, said GE took the approach of examining the clinical value of PET/MRI first, without spending a lot of time and money to develop a standalone system before a definite need has been established. He said the GE system offers a cost-effective solution that uses hospitals’ existing GE scanning equipment and allows clinicians to research the modality.Gustav von Schulthess, M.D., Ph.D., department of medical radiology, University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland, has been using the GE PET/CT+MR solution to study its clinical value.All three vendors are expected to show their new PET/MRI systems at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting in Chicago. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. This whole body image was done on the Siemens Biograph mMR PET/MR system.last_img read more

Vaccination against influenza starts next month in Costa Rica

first_imgThe Social Security System, or Caja, will conduct a campaign to vaccinate some 550,000 people against influenza viruses between March and April.The campaign represents an investment of $3.7 million and is aimed primarily at reducing health complications due to respiratory viruses. Costa Rica usually sees a spike in these diseases during the rainy season that runs from May to November.The campaign will focus mainly on vaccinating high-risk people, mostly pregnant women, children under 24 months and people from 60 to 64 years old, explained Caja’s Director of Immunization, Vicenta Machado Cruz.Since 2004, Caja has used the vaccine produced for inhabitants of the northern hemisphere. But Machado said this year the Caja would use the vaccine for the southern hemisphere. A recent investigation by the Costa Rican Nutrition and Health Research Institute indicated that viruses circulating in Costa Rica have greater similarity to those circulating in the southern hemisphere.Authorities hope the change will protect more Costa Ricans against getting the flu. Facebook Comments Related posts:Annual vaccination against influenza begins early Caja distributes influenza vaccine Caja to distribute flu vaccines next week Cartago hospital confirms death from AH1N1 viruslast_img read more

Three NZ properties score a Perfect 10, the world’s leading online accommodation site, has recognised the efforts of three New Zealand property owners as part of its annual Guest Review Awards.The three New Zealand winners were Kereru Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Russell, Rathlin Cottage in Twizel and Bay Vista in Kaiteriteri.The three properties have received the prodigious Perfect 10 award in recognition of consistently achieving a 10 out of 10 score based on guest reviews.Globally only 262 properties have received the award from a possible 855,000. Owners of the Kereru Cottage Bed and Breakfast are Jacky and Doug Henderson.The couple have run the intimate one bedroom luxury accommodation since 2014 and have welcomed guests from all over the world.“Winning the award is fantastic and a great reward for the hard work we’ve put into setting up Kereru Cottage,” says Jacky, who previously owned a holiday property management company.“We’re not as young as we used to be but we love what we do and know how to keep our guests happy.”Keeping guests happy has meant that nearly every guest that has stayed at the cottage has left a perfect review on, which verifies all reviews to ensure they are from genuine guests.On the secret of their success Jacky added; “When guests arrive it’s important to make them feel like they’re the only people in the world that matter.“We make sure they know all the benefits of their stay with us, where everything is, that the fire is roaring if it’s cold and what to see and do when staying in the Bay of Islands.“It’s also important to give guests their privacy when needed but also be on hand to help with any questions they have or information they require.”There are more than 3,400 New Zealand properties listed on the OTA site, which acts as a global marketing platform to help accommodations know matter their size attract guests from all over the world.Tracey Foxall, Area Manager New Zealand for, says; “To win a Perfect 10 award is no mean feat and a huge achievement considering how few properties around the world won the award.“The best thing about the Perfect 10 awards is that they’re based entirely on genuine guest reviews so it’s open to any accommodation listed on You don’t have to be five-star luxury hotel to win one.” Booking.comSource = Booking.comlast_img read more

Air India to launch direct flights from Ahmedabad to London

first_imgAir India announced that it will introduce a direct daily flight connecting Ahmedabad with London from January 15, 2016, instead of December 15, 2015.A senior Air India official said, “Our Ahmedabad-London connection will be via Mumbai initially and we will convert it with a direct flight only from January 15, 2016, when we have the adequate crew required for the flight.”While addressing to 60,000 wildly cheering British Indians at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London, Modi had said, “From December 15, there will be direct flights between London and Ahmedabad.”The new service AI-131 will be operated by a Boeing B-787 Dreamliner. The plane will be operated on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai-London sector.The daily flight will be a boon to the 1.5 million-strong Indian diaspora living in Britain, catering to the strong demand of more than 6 lakh Indians from the state of Gujarat. The passengers travelling by the direct flight will not need to change aircraft at Mumbai.It will take off from Ahmedabad at 4.30 a.m. to reach Mumbai at 5.45 a.m., depart Mumbai at 7.05 a.m. and reach London at 11.30 p.m. (local time).On the return sector, flight AI-130 will leave London at 1.30 p.m. (local time), arrive Mumbai at 4 a.m. the following day and land in Ahmedabad at 6.45 a.m.last_img read more

Accor has announced that Raffles Jaipur and Raffle

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