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Nova Scotia Welcomes New Federal Autotheft Legislation

first_img alter, destroy or remove a vehicle information number (VIN); knowingly sell, give, transfer, transport, send or deliver goods that have been acquired through crime; possess property known to be obtained through crime for the purpose of trafficking. A proposed new federal law targeting auto theft and property crime is good news for Nova Scotians, Attorney General and Justice Minister Cecil Clarke said today, April 16. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson this week announced Bill C-53, which would amend the Criminal Code to strengthen car theft laws. The new legislation acts on a commitment by federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers to crack down on the growing area of crime. “Nova Scotians want their governments to make sure that every possible step is being taken to make our streets safer, which includes taking the fight to car thieves,” said Mr. Clarke. “As Nova Scotia’s justice minister, I am delighted that the prime minister has responded to the call of provincial and territorial governments to bring in stronger legislation against car theft.” Bill C-53 would make it a crime to: The legislation would also give additional powers to the Canada Border Services Agency to identify and prevent stolen property from leaving the country. Auto theft costs Canadians an estimated $1 billion a year, as well as $600 million in extra costs to car insurers, who, in turn, pass that on to drivers in the form of higher premiums. “Bill C-53 closes a loophole that criminals are taking advantage of, costing Nova Scotians tens of millions of dollars,” said Mr. Clarke. “I urge all members of Parliament to pass this bill and make it the law of the land.” Nova Scotia has also launched a Fix Youth Crime campaign ( www.fixyouthcrime.com ) to build public support to convince Parliament to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act, based on the recommendations of the Nunn Commission.last_img read more

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Preparing for Winter in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe province is advising Nova Scotians to prepare for potential severe weather this winter and to have emergency plans to ensure families are safe and warm. “When severe winter storms hit, we encourage all Nova Scotians to be ready and to be cautious,” said Lena Diab, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. Environment Canada predicts snow and potential ice pellets and rain for parts of Nova Scotia, starting Sunday morning in Yarmouth. People are encouraged to stay home in severe weather for everyone’s safety, and allow winter maintenance operators to properly clear the roads. If it is necessary to drive during a storm, check webcams or call 511 for provincial highway conditions. Drivers should install snow tires and check 72-hour emergency and car safety kits. “While it is vital to prepare vehicles for winter driving conditions, it is only one part of staying safe,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Drivers need to stay off the roads if possible so crews can get them plowed. “If people must travel, they need to remember to slow down, increase their following distance and allow plenty of time to get to their destination.” Tips to prepare emergency kits are available at http://emo.gov.ns.ca/content/prepare-kit highway conditions are posted at http://511.gov.ns.ca and for webcams go to http://novascotia.ca/tran/cameras/ .last_img read more

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Locéan notre terrain de jeu permet aux élèves dexplorer des carrières novatrices

first_imgDes centaines d’élèves, d’enseignants, de bénévoles et d’innovateurs de la Nouvelle-Écosse participent à des ateliers dans le cadre de la Journée de l’éducation 2016, sous le thème « L’océan : notre terrain de jeux », aujourd’hui 23 novembre, au World Trade and Convention Centre à Halifax. Les ateliers offrent des possibilités d’apprentissage pratique visant à aider les élèves à faire un lien entre les sciences, les technologies, l’ingénierie et les mathématiques et les professions liées à l’océan, à l’innovation et à l’entrepreneuriat. « Je suis ravie de voir autant d’élèves de toute la province se réunir en reconnaissance de l’importance croissante des océans dans nos vies, affirme Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Nous voulons donner aux élèves toutes les occasions possibles d’acquérir les connaissances et les compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réussir, tout en favorisant un enthousiasme l’avenir qui est possible pour eux dans notre province. » Les élèves de la 7e et la 8e année participent à des ateliers sur les sciences de la mer, les technologies océaniques et l’entrepreneuriat. Chaque atelier est organisé par des partenaires locaux, y compris les organismes suivants : Discovery Centre, Clean Foundation, Afishionado Fishmongers, Let’s Talk Science et Ocean School. Les élèves en apprennent davantage sur les liens inextricables entre les humains et les océans. Les élèves de la 9e à la 12e année explorent des concepts liés aux connaissances de base sur les données, à la technologie et à l’innovation. Ils travaillent avec des entrepreneurs locaux pour élaborer des solutions technologiques et entrepreneuriales aux enjeux qui touchent les océans. Dans le cadre d’ateliers de perfectionnement professionnel, les enseignants examinent les domaines suivants : aquaculture, énergie marine renouvelable, optique et acoustique des océans et construction de navires et de bateaux. Les enseignants mettent l’accent sur l’intégration des sciences dans l’apprentissage et sur le lien entre l’apprentissage et les carrières possibles. Les élèves ont également l’occasion de découvrir des possibilités de carrière dans le cadre du salon de l’éducation en matière des océans. La conférencière principale est Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, biologiste de la vie marine, scientifique invitée d’Ocean Networks Canada et membre du conseil de la Fondation David Suzuki. Une version archivée de son allocution, appuyée par Red Space de Bedford, se trouve au http://tinyurl.com/educationday16. « La Nouvelle-Écosse est un chef de file mondial en matière de mégadonnées, ce qui offre aux jeunes d’intéressantes possibilités de carrière et d’entrepreneuriat. Le fait de sensibiliser les élèves tôt à ces possibilités leur permet d’obtenir les renseignements nécessaires pour choisir un programme postsecondaire qui appuie cette industrie variée et intéressante et qui en assure la croissance », affirme Nancy Flam, directrice de projet, Big Data Alliance of Nova Scotia. La journée « L’océan : notre terrain de jeu » est un partenariat entre le ministère de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance de la Nouvelle-Écosse, la Big Data Alliance of Nova Scotia, l’Université Dalhousie, le Nova Scotia Community College, le Institute for Ocean Research Entreprise, Irving Shipbuilding Inc., le Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia et l’Office national du film.last_img read more

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Lanka records highest ever GDP

The Sri Lankan economy registered its highest post-independence growth rate of 8.3 per cent in 2011, over the 8 per cent growth in 2010, with increased contribution from Industry and Services sectors, the Central Bank said this evening. The increased foreign exchange inflows  contributed to this stabilisation, while prudential measures implemented by the Central Bank supported this  development.Significant foreign inflows  in the first three months of the year included the inflows to the Government securities market amounting to US dollars 400 million and inflows to the Colombo Stock Exchange of US dollars 164 million. Thereafter, on 2nd April 2012, the eighth tranche under the IMF-SBA facility amounting to US dollars 427 million was also received.These and other foreign receipts to the private sector and the Government, have now raised the gross official reserves (without ACU balances) to approximately US dollars 6.1 billion as at 4th April 2012, which is equivalent to 3.6 months of imports, the bank said. The growth in Agriculture sector was subdued, but was adequate to enforce a substantial downward pressure on domestic commodity prices. While year-on-year non-food inflation increased in March 2012 due to the full impact of the adjustment of domestic energy prices and bus fares, year-on-year food inflation remained negative for the third consecutive month. Domestic foreign exchange market has shown clear signs of stabilization following the expected volatility during the early stages of allowing greater flexibility in the Rupee/US dollar exchange rate, the bank said.Accordingly, the Rupee, which depreciated against the US dollar to Rs. 130.41 on 21st March, appreciated by 3.94 per cent during the period from 21st March to 4th April 2012 to reach Rs. 125.47. Overall, the year-on-year change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index increased to 5.5 per cent in March 2012 from 2.7 per cent in February. The Central bank also said that broad money supply (M2b) grew by 21.9 per cent, year-on-year, in February 2012. Net Credit to the Government (NCG), increased substantially by Rs. 136.3 billion during the first two months of the year, while credit extended to the private sector also increased, year on-year, by 34.4 per cent (amounting to around Rs.100 billion in the first two months of the year).These developments resulted in the continued high growth of monetary aggregates, although the recent policy measures introduced by the Central Bank are expected to decelerate the expansion in broad money supply in the near term. Towards such outcome, it is essential that the current shortfall in Government revenue is effectively addressed and public expenditure is further rationalised, so as to significantly lower the reliance on bank sources to finance the Government budget deficit.Such a course of action would reverse the trend observed in the first quarter of 2012, and in that context, the recent upward revision of customs and excise duties on selected items by the Government is a display of its commitment to the necessary fiscal consolidation process, the Central Bank added. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Central African Republic UN rights official calls for international efforts to avert

“These developments are extremely worrying and should ring alarm bells around the world for sustained and urgent efforts to be taken to prevent the [CAR] from plunging into disaster,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement in Geneva, urging the international community to prioritize the disarmament of all sides and accountability for perpetrators of serious human rights violations. “Too often in history we have seen the political manipulation of religious and ethnic differences result in horrific violations and long-term damage to the social fabric of a country. I urge leaders at both national and local levels in the Central African Republic to stop stoking violence on the basis of religion,” she added, citing a litany of rights abuses including killing, sexual violence, arbitrary detention, attacks on hospitals, intimidation and destruction of property.CAR has been thrown into turmoil since Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again and the mainly Christian anti-Balaka movement has taken up arms.Over the past two weeks Christians and Muslims have launched reprisal attacks against each other in and around Bangui, the capital, where some 210,000 people have been driven from their homes. Nearly 750,000 people have been displaced overall out of a total population of 4.6 million, 40,000 of them fleeing to neighbouring countries, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).A UN human rights team has received reports of ongoing abuses by both anti-Balaka groups and ex-Séléka forces in various parts of the country. “In Bangui, individuals who had fled from their homes do not want to return for fear of imminent attacks by anti-Balaka groups, which, according to reports, appear to be getting more heavily armed and organised by the day,” Ms. Pillay said. “In the west of the country, in Bouar, our team witnessed clear attempts to foment fear and distrust among religious communities, and the reported involvement of armed elements from neighbouring countries. We have also received reports that ex- Séléka forces have been distributing weapons to the Muslim civilian population.” Other incidents cited included the reported lynching of at least 12 Muslims in Bangui in the past 10 days, reprisals by anti-Balaka groups in Bouar where at least 18 civilians had been massacred by ex- Séléka forces two months ago, and reports of numerous deaths in attacks, reprisals and counter-reprisals in Bohong, 75 kilometres from Bouar.But Ms. Pillay also noted the “laudable efforts” by Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga, Pastor Nicolas Guerékoyamé and Imam Omar Kobina Layama to foster inter-religious peace.“The Archbishop, the Pastor and the Imam have been showing important leadership at a time when it is so badly needed by their followers, and they have managed, with some success, to defuse tensions between communities,” she said. “We have seen young Muslims take it upon themselves to protect churches, and churches are serving as safe havens for internally displaced people, regardless of their religious backgrounds. Such developments are extremely encouraging and I call on all religious and community leaders to redouble their efforts to ensure that entire communities are not vilified in the dangerous cycle of violence and reprisals that we have been witnessing.” Christian and Muslim leaders in other towns, including Bouar, have also held joint meetings and are working together to spread messages of tolerance to the civilian population.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that children were being targeted in the violence. The agency also feared a looming nutritional crisis, spokesperson Patrick McCormick told a news briefing in Geneva.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been scaling up to reach more than 1 million people in 2014 in the face of huge challenges and the dangers to staff on the ground. WFP is distributing food wherever it can, including hospitals, orphanages, churches and mosques, spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs told the briefing, noting that with its partners it has distributed nearly 506 tons including rice, split peas and oil to over 118,000 people in Bangui so far in December.UN World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic said hospitals continued to be targeted by unidentified armed groups. A hospital in Begua, on the outskirts of Bangui, was looted earlier this week by unknown militias. Shooting continues in Bangui, making visits by WHO teams to hospitals and medical centres much more difficult, he added. read more

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Two more Ohio State football players named to award watch lists

Chalk up the sixth and seventh different Buckeyes football players named to award watch lists this preseason. Redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino was named to the Butkus Award watch list, an honor that highlights college football’s most outstanding linebacker. His teammate, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, which recognizes the nation’s top wide receiver. Sabino, who was named Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in its 24-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida, recorded 62 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Sabino is one of three OSU players who will travel to Chicago for the 2012 Big Ten Media days on July 26 and 27. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Brown’s 22 career grabs for 310 yards and two touchdowns at OSU leads all active Buckeye receivers for the most receptions and yards. Brown totaled 205 of those career yards last season on 14 catches. Additionally, three more football players were named to either their second, third or fourth award watch list after redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, senior defensive lineman John Simon, and junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins were named to college football’s Lombardi Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best lineman. Simon, who has also been named to the Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Award watch lists, made seven sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2011. Like Sabino, the 2011 Associated Press All-American will be present at the 2012 Big Ten Media Days. His efforts in trenches, however, are not unaided. His defensive line comrade, Hankins, amassed 67 tackles and 11 tackles for loss last season. The junior has already been named to both the Bednarik Award and Outland Awards watch lists. Hankins was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Stoneburner, the third Buckeye named to the Lombardi Award watch list, is one of eight tight ends selected to the honor’s watch list. It’s the second time the redshirt senior has been named to an award watch list this preseason – his first honor coming from the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s best tight end. Stoneburner enters the 2012 season with 37 career catches for 445 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his placement on multiple award watch lists, though, he and redshirt senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort are indefinitely suspended from the team after Shawnee Hills Police arrested Stoneburner and Mewhort for “obstructing official business” at about 2:30 a.m. June 2 by the Bogey Inn near Dublin, Ohio. Both, however, in addition to Simon, Hankins, Sabino and Brown, are expected to be large contributors to OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus. read more

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Croydon bus station crash 15yearold fighting for her life as driver arrested

A fifteen-year-old girl is fighting for her life after a double-decker bus mounted a pavement in Croydon, crashing into a group of pedestrians.The driver of the bus has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and remains in custody at a south London police station.The London Fire Brigade said the bus collided with a car, a single-decker bus, then crashed into a bus shelter by West Croydon bus station.There were 20 people on the bus, 17 of whom were injured “to varying degrees”, according to the fire service.A spokesperson added that the two people in the car were suffering from shock.The fifteen-year-old was seriously injured. She was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital.A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said: “We have been treating nine patients following a bus collision on Station Road in West Croydon.”One person is understood to have been seriously injured, but others are believed to be mainly more minor injuries.”A video, posted on social media, shows the bus at an angle, which suggests it came off the road before crashing into the bus stop. Pictures show debris strewn across the street, and the smashed front of the bus. West Croydon Bus Station is closed. A serious accident. 198 mounted the pavement avoiding something and many people run over or hit. Air and road ambulance, Fire and Police on the scene. Avoid the area. I hope to never see a scene like that again, all you can do is pray… https://t.co/nIqqOFuiGn— Juliet Appiah-Nyanta (@romeoisnotfunny) November 11, 2018 A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at approximately 12:20hrs on Sunday, 11 November to reports of the collision in Station Road, Croydon.”At this early stage it is believed a route 198 double decker bus had been in collision with a car, another bus and a bus shelter at the location.”Officers, London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance all attended the scene. Bus crashes into West Croydon bus station.. 😳 pic.twitter.com/ETADofbb9P— Aylin ❤︎ (@aaylinyilmaaz) November 11, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “A girl, believed aged 15 and a passenger on the route 198 bus, was treated at the scene for injuries before being taken to a south London hospital. She remains there in a critical condition. Her next of kin have been informed.”A number of other people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.”A man – the driver of the bus – has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and remains in custody at a south London police station.”Enquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing by officers from Croydon read more

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Ivano Balics come back to Croatia – HSG Wetzlar Speculation

The story of the New Year’s Eve was the end of professional career of legendary Croatian playmaker Ivano Balić and his comeback to Croatia in a role of manager of the national handball federation responsible for the coordination with the coaches of the national teams. The vice-president of the Croatian Handball Federation, Zoran Gobac, stated about this idea for Index.hr, while HSG Wetzlar Bjorn Seipp called this info as “speculation, nothing more than that” and expressed club’s plan to negotiate with Ivano and his manager about extension of the deal. ← Previous Story The 43rd Yellow Cup: Home team and Slovakia to test WCh 2015 teams Next Story → Austria count on 23 players 13 days before Qatar 2015 Ivano Balić HSG Wetzlar read more

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La mémoire retrouvée grâce à des cellules dodorat

first_imgLa mémoire retrouvée grâce à des cellules d’odoratGrâce à une greffe de cellules souches nasales, des souris amnésiques ont retrouvé la mémoire. Une expériencemenée  par des chercheurs français, qui tend à prouver que la mémoire est liée à l’odorat de façon encore plus profonde qu’on ne le pensait jusqu’alors.Soutenus par le CNRS, des chercheurs de Marseille et Montpellier ont prouvé le rôle extrêmement fort que joue l’odorat dans l’évocation de souvenirs. Lors d’une étude dont les conclusions sont publiées dans le Journal of Clinical Investigation, ils ont greffé des cellules souches olfactives humaines dans le cerveau de souris amnésiques. Un mois après l’intervention, des tests comportementaux ont révélés que ces rongeurs étaient à nouveau capables d’apprendre, de mémoriser l’emplacement d’un objet ou encore d’associer une récompense à une odeur. Ces souris greffées ont obtenu des résultats similaires aux rongeurs non lésés, tandis que les souris amnésiques qui n’ont pas été greffées n’ont jamais retrouvé leurs capacités d’apprentissage et de mémorisation.Les chercheurs affirment en outre que les cellules souches nasales humaines se sont parfaitement implantées et se sont bien différenciées des neurones. Pour l’heure, d’autres recherches sont menées sur des animaux souffrant de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Des travaux qui comme l’espèrent les chercheurs, pourraient un jour permettre l’autogreffe de cellules souches nasales chez des patients amnésiques. Ceux-ci pourraient alors être leur propre donneur, éliminant ainsi le risque de rejet immunitaire. L’autre avantage de ces cellules nasales réside dans le fait qu’elles sont faciles à prélever et à cultiver.Le 25 juin 2011 à 13:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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UPDATE Vancouver man dies a week after crash near Clark College

first_imgA Vancouver man died Thursday from injuries he suffered in a June 6 motorcycle accident.Martin Harris, 55, was taken off life support after a week at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Police said Harris was riding a Honda Trail 90 motorcycle east on McLoughlin Boulevard just west of Clark College when a westbound 1999 Audi A6 turned left in front of him. The driver of the Audi, Brienne J. Schneider, 29, of Portland, made the left turn into a day care facility and didn’t see the oncoming motorcycle, stopping in the eastbound lane just prior to Harris’ crashing into the car, Vancouver Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The low-speed crash occurred about 7:45 a.m.Kapp said the traffic investigation unit has determined that the cause of the crash was Schneider’s failure to yield. The investigation, however, is ongoing and no citations have been issued, she said.The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Harris died of multiple blunt force injuries.“We’re still just in utter shock,” said sister-in-law Cammie Harris. “We really don’t know the whole story ourselves.” She said Harris had been riding motorcycles since he was 12 years old and was on his way to work at the time. Harris, a family counselor, was described as a “smart, caring, loving man.”last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Service Technician at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time CVI Sheet Metal Worker at Cochrane VentilationFull-Time Youth Counselor Supervisor at NFI MassachusettsFull-Time Temporary Receptionist at Kirkwood PrintingFull-Time Service Manager at AramarkPart-Time Nanny For 2 Wilmington ChildrenFull-Time Team Leader (Night Shift) at DSMFull-Time ICT Coordinator 2 at DSMFull-Time Cosmetologist at SupercutsFull-Time Business Planner at L3 Technologies(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

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FDA approved vs FDA cleared Why you need to know the difference

first_img Apple Watch gets FDA-cleared EKG features The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for telling us which foods, drugs and medical devices are safe for us to use. And while we assume that anything that’s been cleared or approved by the FDA has been rigorously tested, that’s not always true.There’s a big distinction between a drug or medical device that’s been FDA approved and those that are FDA cleared. Given that more and more tech products are being vetted by FDA, it’s important to understand the difference.I have to tip my hat to John Oliver from Last Week Tonight for the inspiration for this guide. In his June 2 episode, he covered the dangers of using older medical devices to get FDA clearance, which I’ll explain below. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice We tested the Apple Watch EKG against a hospital EKG Comment Tags What does the FDA regulate?For the most part, the Food and Drug Administration evaluates the safety and efficacy of:Prescription drugs for humans and animals Over-the-counter drugsBiologics (e.g. vaccines, blood products, biotechnology products and gene therapy)Dietary supplements (not all are subject to FDA regulation)Medical devices (everything from tongue depressors to pacemakers)Surgical implants Food additivesCosmeticsProducts that give off radiation (e.g. X-rays, microwave ovens)Tobacco productsInfant formulaBefore Apple’s ECG app was cleared, AliveCor’s KardiaBand allowed the Apple Watch to generate an EKG. Sarah Tew/CNET What does ‘FDA approved’ mean?”FDA approved” means that the agency has determined that the “benefits of the product outweigh the known risks for the intended use.” Manufacturers must submit a premarket approval (PMA) application and the results of clinical testing in order to get approval.When deciding to approve a product or drug, the FDA has to decide if the benefits outweigh the risks. The FDA is usually inclined to approve a product that has a higher risk if the potential benefit is significant — like an artificial heart valve that can save someone’s life.What products need to be FDA approved?FDA approval is usually mandatory to market or sell products in the US that might have a significant risk of injury or illness, but can also benefit your health — such as prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, vaccines and Class III medical devices.The FDA categorizes medical devices into Class III, Class II and Class I. Complex medical devices that are implanted in your body, are life-sustaining, or have the potential to cause significant injury or illness in the body are in Class III. Those include implanted pacemakers, replacement heart valves and even breast implants.Lower-risk devices and products used outside of the body, like condoms, motorized wheelchairs and bandages, fall into Class II and Class I. For reference, Apple’s ECG app for the Apple Watch is in Class II.What does ‘FDA cleared’ mean?Class II and Class I medical devices are usually “cleared” by the FDA, which means the manufacturer can demonstrate that their product is “substantially equivalent to another (similar) legally marketed device” that already has FDA clearance or approval. Those already-cleared products are called a predicate.For instance, let’s say hypothetically Samsung wanted to create an app that can record a singlechannel electrocardiogram (ECG, aka EKG), which is what Apple’s ECG app does. It could get FDA clearance if it can compare its product to Apple’s and demonstrate that it is safe, effective and equivalent in how it works.Companies must submit a “premarket notification submission” or 510(k) to the FDA so that it can review the product and clear it. Once the FDA declares that a new medical device is substantially equivalent to a predicate, it is “cleared,” and can be marketed and sold in the US. 9 Photos 4:28 Wellness The system isn’t perfectThe problem with the FDA’s approval system, as John Oliver pointed out, is that often companies get their product cleared by using older predicates that were recalled for safety reasons.Just because a device was FDA approved or cleared does not always mean it is safe. That’s why you see ads for class-action lawsuits asking if you or a loved one used a FDA-approved product, and suffered permanent bodily harm or died as a result. Those defective products ended up causing significant health problems, even though they were cleared or approved.It’s important to understand that the FDA does not develop any of the products it evaluates for approval. Nor does it conduct its own testing — instead, it reviews the results of independent lab and clinical testing to determine if the product, drug or food additive is safe and as effective as it claims to be.Which consumer tech products are FDA cleared?This is by no means an exhaustive list of medical tech devices and products that have been recently cleared by the FDA, but a few we’ve covered at CNET include:The Monarch external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation (eTNS) system, that sends mild electrical stimulation shocks to the nervous system to treat ADHD.The Apple ECG app, which allows the Apple Watch series 4 to measure the electrical impulses from your heart to generate an EKG.AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L, a portable sensor that connects to your smartphone to generate an EKG. The Verily Study Watch, from Alphabet’s life sciences firm, which can conduct an EKG.Not technically tech, but the Impossible Burger’s soy leghemoglobin, or “heme,” which has been designated as “generally recognized as safe” by the FDA.Why does this matter?Apple’s latest foray into health tech — first making it possible to conduct an EKG on the Apple watch, and the soon-to-be-available Noise app, which can protect you against hearing loss — is proof that hospital-grade healthcare is making its way into the mainstream. We are only going to see more consumer health tech devices in the coming years, and many will be FDA cleared.Despite the ongoing problems of products getting cleared based on older, unsafe predicates, don’t be turned off by that label. Most of these consumer devices won’t be invasive or likely to cause significant bodily harm. But if the day ever comes when Apple creates a Class III device, at least you’ll be informed enough to understand the implications.  1last_img read more

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Governor orders reorganization of commercial fisheries commission

first_imgGov. Bill Walker issued an administrative order Tuesday that transfers many functions of the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) into the Department of Fish and Game. The reorganization will save the state more than $1.3 million a year, according to the governor’s office.The CFEC, an autonomous state agency, is responsible for deciding what commercial fisheries to limit, who gets to participate in them and adjudicating appeal cases. It also issues permits and licenses, which bring in the majority of the agency’s revenue.The administrative order moves CFEC’s licensing, permitting, research, information technology, accounting, payroll, procurement and budget services to Fish and Game. This transfer would affect about a dozen of the commission’s 25 employees. Some vacancies and at least one office manager will be eliminated, according to Fish and Game Deputy Commissioner Kevin Brooks.Brooks said the reorganization will be done in phases.“We’ve got to do it orderly and make sure we maintain services to the fleet. We don’t want to do something that’s going to disrupt issuing permits to fishermen. We’re not going to take any action that’s going to compromise the ability of the folks doing the job to keep doing that job,” Brooks said.CFEC will retain its adjudication functions, which include the positions of three commissioners, a hearing officer, legal staff and clerical positions.Brooks said part of the $1.3 million of savings includes the three commissioner positions going from full-time to part-time in January 2017. Other savings will come from not renewing CFEC’s building lease when it’s up in August 2017.Brooks said the ideal long-term solution is to move the 12 reorganized employees to Fish and Game headquarters.“We can get the groups working together and get some of the synergies we’re hoping to get by bringing the licensing staff together and our IT staff together,” Brooks said.A report by the Legislature’s audit division released in October suggested similar changes to the governor’s order.A different report by Fish and Game drew attention to backlogged permit application cases, a slow work pace by the three commissioners who head the agency, and alternatives to the agency’s organizational structure.Rep. Paul Seaton and Rep. Louise Stutes both have tried to eliminate CFEC with bills in 2014 and 2015.last_img read more

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KTR will play pivotal role in speeding up PRRLI project

first_imgMahbubnagar: Telangana Rashtra Samithi working president K T Rama Rao’s birthday was celebrated at Shantivanam, the rehabilitation centre for mentally and physically retarded children in Mahbubnagar district headquarters on Tuesday.Marking the occasion, Excise Minister Dr V Srinivas Goud visited the Shantivanam as chief guest to a programme organised and interacted with the children and enquired with them about the facilities provided at the centre. The Minister later celebrated KTR’s birthday by cutting a cake. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Later, the Minister distributed blankets, notebooks and wheelchairs to the physically- handicapped students at the centre. “KTR has urged not to celebrate his birthday on a grand note. As per his request, we are celebrating his birthday with a service motive and have decided to spend time at Shantivanam and cut a cake to celebrate his birthday with the children,” said the Minister, while sharing his thoughts. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Goud further said that KTR is striving for the all-round development of Telangana and improvement in livelihood of all sections of people in the State. The Minister informed that very soon KTR was going to play a key role in speeding up the construction of Palamuru Ranga Reddy lift Irrigation Project (PRRLI) and hoped that once this project was completed, the entire erstwhile Mahbubnagar district would be converted into a green belt and boost the agriculture and allied sectors and increase employment and improve economic condition of people in the district. Red Cross Society chairman Nataraj, TRS Mahbubnagar district president Koramoni Venkataiah, party leaders Cherukupally Rajesh, KC Narasimhulu, Narasimulu Yadav, Purushottam and others took part in the programme.last_img read more

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50 Years After Martin Luther Kings Death His Children Are Still Grieving

first_img– / 4On April 4, 1968, a movement lost its patriarch when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on a hotel balcony in Memphis.Yolanda, Martin, Dexter and Bernice King lost their father.The loss has not gotten easier in 50 years, but his three surviving children each bear it on their own terms.“That period, for me, is like yesterday,” said Dexter King, now 57. “People say it’s been 50 years, but I’m living in step time. Forget what he did in terms of his service and commitment and contribution to humankind … I miss my dad.”His children cling to the few memories they have left of him. For years, they have had to publicly mourn a man who was among the most hated in America at the time of his death — a task they have been reluctant and, at times, angry to carry out.Now that King is among the most beloved figures in the world, his heirs are forced to share him with the multitudes who have laid claim to his legacy. For more than a decade, they have had to do this without two of the family’s cornerstones: their mother, Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006, and eldest child, Yolanda, who died in 2007.As adults, the siblings have earned a reputation over their infighting, which has spilled into rancorous lawsuits over heirlooms including their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize. Today, the three say they are in a “good place” and have managed to compartmentalize their differences and come together as a family in times of difficulty.Their recollections are a reminder that at the center of this tragedy was a young family, robbed of a loving husband and father, who was just 39. All are older now than King was. The tributes to their dad — from the buildings and streets that bear his name, to statues in his home state and in the nation’s capital — are points of pride, but also constant reminders of the void he left.___Martin Luther King III’s eyes crinkle into a smile as he recalls the happier times: in the pews at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta helping his dad greet new members, tossing a football or baseball on the lawn of the family home, swimming lessons at the YMCA.When he came home from the front lines in the fight against racism, King’s somber expression would give way to smiles and a playful mood. For them, he was not an icon, but a buddy.King III and his brother also traveled with King. Months before he was killed, they accompanied King as he mobilized people in South Georgia to attend his upcoming Poor People’s Campaign in Washington.“That was our time for camaraderie,” recalled King III, now 60.King III said he can still get emotional around his father’s death. If he listens too closely to King’s “Drum Major Instinct” speech, in which the preacher muses about wanting to live a long life, he still gets moved to tears.For years afterward, King III tensed whenever he saw a news bulletin like the ones that told him his father was killed, or that his uncle, A.D. King, had been found dead in his swimming pool, or that his grandmother had been killed by a madman while playing the organ at Sunday service at Ebenezer — all while he was still a child.“I was afraid, because I was like, ‘Is this going to be something else that happens to our family?’” he said.___Bernice King, the youngest, was once envious of her siblings, who had many more memories of King. Shared stories from her mother, sisters and brother, as well as home movies, helped humanize her father.Nicknamed “Bunny,” Bernice King said she cherishes the scant moments she remembers sharing between father and daughter, like the “kissing game” they would play.“That stayed with me so vividly,” said Bernice, now 55. “I’m glad I had that, because everything else, other than a few memories of being at the dinner table, I don’t recall. I wish I knew him more.”She admitted to struggling with having to share her parents with strangers over the years.“It bothered me,” she said. “It’s hard to have the private moments … It’s like everybody else has a part of him, and that’s always hard to deal with. But I won’t let it get in the way of what they have done and what they mean to the world.”___That night and the days that followed the killing remain frozen in Dexter King’s memory. He remembers his mother telling them something had happened to their father as she prepared to head to the airport. After Coretta Scott King left, their caregiver answered the kitchen telephone, started screaming and fell backward.Dexter, then 7, knew the worst had happened.When King’s body returned to Atlanta, Dexter remembered running up and down the aisle of the airplane, and seeing his father’s coffin on the floor.“I asked my mom, ‘What’s that?’” he said. “She explained, ‘Your dad is going to be sleeping when you see him and he won’t be able to speak with you. He’s gone home to be with God.’”Dexter King spoke of his father’s warmth and playfulness, a departure from the serious approach he took to his work. Seeing him in his roles as pastor and civil rights leader, Dexter King said he and his siblings were aware that their father’s work was important.“You saw the interaction and the energy, just the way people reacted to him,” he said.He was again struck by the people’s reaction at his father’s funeral, as a seemingly endless sea of mourners formed a funeral procession through Atlanta.“There’s Dad, and there’s the leader the world owns,” Dexter continued. “Generally, I accept that. But he had a family. As kids, we did not choose this life. And I don’t know that my dad chose it. It really chose him. We’re human, and in some ways, we’re still grieving.” Sharelast_img read more

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DC Democrats Prep for 2016 Elections

first_imgDonna Brazile is a political commentator and Democratic Party activist. (Photo Courtesy of wikimedia.org)The District’s Democratic Party is working to ensure it will be a force in the 2016 local and presidential elections. The District has proven since the 1973 advent of Home Rule  to be a Democratic Party bastion of power. Nevertheless, party leaders are urging Democrats in the city not to become complacent.“We cannot take it for granted that Democrats will automatically win in this city,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told party members at the 11th Lorraine H. Whitlock Memorial Scholarship and Recognition Dinner on June 25. The dinner honored Whitlock, who is deceased, and party members Derek Ford and Barbara McCoy, and presented a scholarship to H.D. Woodson 2015 valedictorian Christopher Chandler.Political observers have repeatedly pointed out the city’s changing racial and economic demographics are not reliably Democratic and that has gotten the attention of party leaders also.“We have to get fired up for 2016,” D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) said at the Whitlock dinner. “We are ready for a Democrat to win the White House in 2016.”The Democrats have a 10-1 advantage over Republicans in District voter registration Party. Democrats hold all the city’s major elected offices, with the exception of two independents on the D.C. Council.In the 2016 Democratic presidential race, it appears that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has the significant advantage among D.C. party members. “She is the most ready and the most capable, and most formidable candidate that the Democrats have,” former D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle said at a Democratic fundraiser on July 1. “She brings a lot to the table and as a secretary of state and a senator.”Marlena Edwards, a Ward 4 Democratic activist, agrees with Biddle. “Hillary Clinton has mettle,” Edwards said at the fundraiser. “She is known all over the globe and she is seen as an excellent leader. The U.S. is behind in electing women leaders and this is our chance to change that.”While Bowser didn’t state her presidential preference, she has recently interacted with Clinton. “I was at the U.S. Conference of Mayors [meeting] and I waited in line to greet Secretary Clinton,” the mayor said at the Whitlock Dinner. “When I got to her and introduced myself, she pulled me over to the side. She said that she was aware of what was going on in D.C. and wanted to connect with me in terms of an urban strategy.”Not all Democrats favor Clinton. Andy Litsky, the advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 6D04, wants U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to win the Democratic nomination. “I am going for the underdog,” Litsky said at the July 4th Palisades Parade. “I want to make sure that all views are heard and generate a discussion about what is going on in the country and Sanders has some really good ideas.”Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner 7B03 Gary Butler is on Sanders’ bandwagon also, tweeting on June 28 that “I support Bernie Sanders for president.”The District will send 37 delegates to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next year and there is intense jockeying taking place for the 11 delegate positions reserved for activists and residents. “We will likely [add] two more spots for delegates but we are at 37 right now,” D.C. Council member Anita Bonds (D-At Large) and chairman of the D.C. State Democratic Committee said at the July 1 fundraiser.“There are about 26 spots reserved for what we in the party call superdelegates, such as the mayor, the chairman of the council, and [national Democratic leader] Donna Brazile, and labor union leaders.Brazile, who attended the fundraiser, said that while the District is sure to go Democratic in 2016, it is in a neighboring state where the help is needed. “We need D.C. Democrats to campaign in Virginia,” she said. “Virginia is very important. We need people in D.C. to get Virginians to support Democrats.”Bonds said that District Democrats will go “wherever is needed to win.”“Some people think it is too early to talk about the 2016 convention but if we don’t prepare now, we could lose out,” she said.last_img read more

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Glass Unites the MNightCU at SDCC

first_imgStay on target Everything comes together in January 2019 when Glass shows us the titanic struggle between Bruce Willis in a raincoat, Sam Jackson in a wheelchair, and James McAvoy running on all fours with a stupid accent. It’s coming to be great.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Forget Avengers 4, forget Wonder Woman 1984, and forget whatever next X-Men movie Fox manages to get across the finish line before Disney swallows them whole. The only upcoming superhero movie you need to look forward to now is Glass, the conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s inexplicable superhero trilogy that began with 2000’s Unbreakable and got a surprise 2017 follow-up with Split.Like any proper superhero finale, Glass is a big crossover featuring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy reprising their roles from previous installments as well as low-key schlock queen Sarah Paulson as a new character, a psychiatrist who tends to those who believe they’re superheroes. Watch the Glass trailer from San Diego Comic-Con and witness the culmination of the real M(Night)CU.If you aren’t up to speed on your Unbreakable lore, here’s a quick recap. Unbreakable was Shyamalan’s first movie after The Sixth Sense and while it’s not as universally loved it is certainly better than The Happening or Lady in the Water. Bruce Willis stars as David Dunn, a man who discovers his super strength and invincibility with the help as Samuel L. Jackson, a comic book nerd who secretly believes himself to be a brittle-boned supervillain named Mr. Glass.Many years later, Split chronicles James McAvoy as a man with two dozen split personalities including one called The Beast who can manifest feral superhuman powers. The movie itself was part of Shyamalan’s modest return to form with tight little dumb thrillers. And people went nuts when the ending confirmed its connection to Unbreakable.center_img ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film last_img read more

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Lithiumion ultracapacitor could recharge power tools in minutes

first_img More information: Ioxusvia: Technology Review Explore further 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Improved polymers for lithium ion batteries pave the way for next generation of electric and hybrid cars Ioxus’ product line of hybrid lithium-ion ultracapacitors. Image credit: Ioxus. The new lithium-ion ultracapacitor was developed by Ioxus, a company based in Oneonta, New York. The company specializes in making ultracapacitors for hybrid-electric buses and engine start-stop systems in fuel-efficient cars. In general, hybrid lithium-ion ultracapacitors are similar to traditional lithium-ion batteries, except that they store charge at the surface of the electrodes instead of within the electrodes. Although the concept of hybrid lithium-ion ultracapacitors has been around for 20 years, demand for alternative energy-storage devices has inspired recent improvements.Typically, standard ultracapacitors can store only about 5% as much energy as lithium-ion batteries. Ioxus’ new hybrid system can store about twice as much as standard ultracapacitors, although this is still much less than standard lithium-ion batteries. However, the advantage of ultracapacitors is that they can capture and release energy in seconds, providing a much faster recharge time compared with lithium-ion batteries. In addition, traditional lithium-ion batteries can be recharged only a few hundred times, which is much less than the 20,000 cycles provided by the hybrid system. In other words, the hybrid lithium-ion ultracapacitors have more power than lithium-ion batteries, but less energy storage.In the future, the hybrid lithium-ion ultracapacitor could also be used for regenerative braking in vehicles, especially if it could be scaled up to provide greater energy storage. Since vehicle braking systems need to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times, the hybrid system’s cycle life will also need to be improved. Citation: Lithium-ion ultracapacitor could recharge power tools in minutes (2011, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-lithium-ion-ultracapacitor-recharge-power-tools.html (PhysOrg.com) — Although many people keep a few power tools in the garage or basement for weekend projects, the tools usually don’t get used very often. Fully recharging the battery in a drill or saw can take several hours, even if the tool is only used for a few minutes. But with a hybrid energy-storage device that combines a lithium-ion battery with an ultracapacitor, power tools could be recharged in about one minute and have a lifetime of more than 20,000 charges. The downside is that the power tool could run for only about 1/15 as long as it would on a normal battery.last_img read more

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Child lifters TMC asks people not to get swayed by rumours

first_imgKolkata: The South 24-Parganas unit of Trinamool Congress has asked people not to get swayed by rumours that child lifters are kidnapping children to remove their kidneys and other organs.In the past one week, rumours have surfaced that some child lifters are kidnapping children to remove their kidneys and other organs across vast areas of South 24-Parganas that include Diamond Harbour, Kakdweep, Muchisar, Sarisha and its neighbourhood and even in Behala, Sarsuna and its adjoining areas. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe rumours claim that the child lifters are raiding the houses after dusk and abducting children. They allegedly come on motorcycles and leave the area with the children within a few minutes. Following the rumours, night vigil by local youths has been intensified. The members of different clubs have set up night guards to win the confidence of people. The club members are going to different areas to dispel the fear sparked by the rumours, through public address system. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe night guards are asking for the identity proof of people who are found loitering in the villages. They have also asked the villagers to get in touch with police the moment they hear any rumour. Zilla Parishad member Shamima Sheikh said that the rumours are being spread to highlight the poor law and order condition in areas that fall under the Lok Sabha seat of Abhishek Banerjee, All India Trinamool Youth Congress president. She said the party has asked people not to take up law in their own hands and contact police in case they find people who are found loitering in the villages.last_img read more

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Ultrasound Enhances Quality of Patient Care as Technology Advances

first_img 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 3-D and 4-D ultrasound technologies help to determine congenital birth defects. The golden colored images offered by 3-D/4-D ultrasound aid in detecting defects distinctly as compared to grey colored images delivered by 2-D ultrasound systems. The past decade has witnessed significant developments in ultrasound technologies ranging from portable devices, wireless transducers to 3-D/4-D ultrasound imaging and artificial intelligence. Researchers and scientists are endeavoring on developing technologies that simplify diagnostic procedures, improve efficiency of clinicians, and enhance image quality. These research and development activities focus on improving overall quality of patient care. In addition, manufacturers are emphasizing on implementing automation in premium-tier systems, portable devices, and point-of-care (POC) solutions. The prime focus of vendors will be on offering cost-effective devices with growing innovation and competition in the global industry. The concerns regarding overexposure to radiation by conventional systems and other devices, including MRI or CT have enabled manufacturers to concentrate their efforts on developing less radiation. The trend of using smart fusion technologies, i.e., acquiring images using a combination of ultrasound and MRI, for interventional and therapeutic applications is also gaining momentum. In its recent report on ultrasound devices market, Allied Market Research highlights how advancements in ultrasound technology will influence the global industry. As per the report, the market is estimated to reach $10,476 million by 2022. Following are the technological advancements that shape the ultrasonic devices industry: News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 31, 2019 Studies Confirm Clinical Value of ShearWave Elastography for Liver Fibrosis Evaluation SuperSonic Imagine announced the publication of the results of its prospective multicentric clinical study conducted in… read more 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 08, 2019 360 Degree View of an Echocardiography Exam on the SC2000 System This is a 360 degree view of a live cardiac echo demonstration for the Siemens Healthineers Acuson SC2000… read more read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | July 26, 2019 Intelligent Ultrasound Group Collaborating With the National Imaging Academy Wales Artificial intelligence (AI)-based ultrasound software and simulation company Intelligent Ultrasound Group plc (AIM:… read more Point-of-Care Ultrasound SolutionsUltrasound has become ubiquitous in point-of-care (POC) solutions to determine and diagnose vascular and cardiac issues. Innovation in ultrasound devices gives rise to handheld, portable devices that are cost effective and saves time of patients as well as clinicians. Philips introduced app-based ultrasound system, Lumify. A smartphone turns into an ultrasound device by connecting Philips transducer through USB port and using Lumify app. Smartphone screen works as a display and transducer performs all the functions regarding acquisition and image reconstruction processing. Linear and phased array transducers are available in this system. Mindray launched its touchscreen device, TE7, which is similar in size of tablet in July 2015. Various exam presets along with enhanced cardiac functions such as continuous wave Doppler are included in this device. The device enables users pinch, drag, zoom in, zoom out, and swipe the images. Another handheld system that allows users to conduct number of different exams is iViz by Fujifilm. It supports high-resolution color flow images and has 7-inch display touchscreen. Full bi-directional communication is possible with the help of electronic medical record (EMR) enabled by vendor neutral archive (VNA) of Fujifilm. This implies that patient data can be sent and analysis can be received through few steps. Though these technologies are in its infancy, the future looks bright for portable devices offering POC solutions. The usage of these technologies and handheld devices among clinicians, gynecologists, and gynecologists will grow over the period of time. Following the emergence of technologies and inclination of manufacturers toward innovation, the ultrasound devices will improve quality of patient care, enhance productivity of clinicians, and transform medical imaging. Editor’s Note: Snehal Chougule is a healthcare technology market analyst with Portland-based Allied Market Research. For more information visit www.alliedmarketresearch.com/ultrasound-devices-market. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Feature | Ultrasound Imaging | August 31, 2016 | Snehal Chougule Ultrasound Enhances Quality of Patient Care as Technology Advances Recent advances in technologies such as emergence of artificial intelligence, 3D/4D, and POC solutions help in increasing productivity of clinicians and overall quality of patient care 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 09, 2019 360 Degree View of a Mitral Valve Ultrasound Exam on a Vivid E95 System A view of a mitral valve on a GE Healthcare Vivid E95 … read more 3-D/4-D Ultrasound TechnologiesAvailability of better visualization owing to advancements in 3-D and 4-D ultrasound technologies helped gynecologists to determine congenital birth defects. The golden colored images offered by 3-D/4-D ultrasound aid in detecting defects distinctly as compared to grey colored images delivered by 2-D ultrasound systems. So, congenital birth defects such as spina bifida, cleft palate, and others are easy to detect and conduct diagnostic procedures. In addition, cardiologists benefit from these technologies due to availability of real-time data and quantitative diagnostic information. “Patients, of course, love 3-D pictures, but as radiologists we have to be careful that we’re not performing an ultrasound for the fun of it,” said Deborah Levine, M.D., co-chief of ultrasound and director of obstetric and gynecologic ultrasound at the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston. “Radiologists will perform a whole diagnostic study before ever providing that 3-D picture for the patient.”Different tools are available in 3-D technologies, such as multiplanar display, which helps in rendering orthogonal views for fetal brain and cavities. In addition, it also helps gynecologists to view baby’s face, hands and other features through surface rendering and determine genetic syndromes. Maximum intensity projection is another tool that assists clinicians to view structures of bone, including skull or vertebra more distinctively. Whereas, thick slice scanning helps them to visualize toes, fingers and anomalies like cleft palate better. 3-D inversion mode is helpful in examining fluid-filled structures, including brain ventricles or fetal stomach.3-D ultrasound helps in improving precision in fetal weight estimation by measuring fractional thigh volume. This, in turn, helps in assessment of prenatal nutritional status by assessment of soft tissues of fetal limbs. Wesley Lee, M.D., co-director, Texas Children’s Fetal Center, Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, Houston, Texas, is conducting a research based on this method. Emphasizing the role of 3-D ultrasound in assessment of fetal limbs, he said, “We have to develop new ways and novel approaches for determining which babies are truly malnourished. That’s why we are using fractional limb volume as part of the fetal weight estimation procedure to assess the fetus before delivery.” The examination of the moving heart and obtaining dynamic multiplanar views of the heart is possible with the help of spatial temporal image correlation (STIC) technique, which uses 4-D ultrasound. Benefits of 3-D and 4-D ultrasound technologies such as practical, easy to use, safe and shorter exam time gives ultrasound a new life and increased relevance in medical imaging.  News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 05, 2019 Digital Health Devices Used at Point of Care May Improve Diagnostic Certainty A West Virginia-based rural medical outreach event showcased the use of point-of-care technology in an ambulatory… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more 3D Auto RV application image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Artificial Intelligence Aids Ultrasound ImagingClinicians face issues in reproduction of images in echocardiography as results vary based on the sonographer’s experience and techniques used. This issue was addressed by Philips Healthcare with an introduction of artificial intelligence software, Anatomically Intelligent Ultrasound (AIUS). The software collects image volume data with the help of 3-D echo and optimal version of diagnostic views is created. Quantification measurements are computed from 3-D dataset and clinicians can carry out assessment of diseases and explore treatment options with highly reproducible images. AIUS also helps in saving time by obtaining dimensions three to six times faster as compared to manual methods. Advances in artificial intelligence technology help clinicians in workflow enhancement. 360 Photos | Ultrasound Imaging | July 11, 2019 360 Degree View of a Smartphone Performing a Cardiac Ultrasound Exam This 360 degree photo shows a basic, point-of-care cardiac echocardiogram being performed using a smartphone turned i read more Related Content The ScanTrainer transvaginal simulator is one example of Intelligent Ultrasound’s simulation technologies. Technology | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 02, 2019 Philips Extends Advanced Automation on Epiq CVx Cardiovascular Ultrasound Platform Philips recently announced new advanced automation capabilities on its Epiq CVx and Epiq CVxi cardiac ultrasound… read morelast_img read more

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