Ministry of Agriculture donates tools and equipment to farmers groups

first_imgShareTweetSharePinFarmer receives knapsack sprayer from Director of Agriculture, Ricky BrumantThe Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries has donated over $76,000 worth of tools and equipment to five banana farmer with the aim of further empowering the banana farmers and help in the management of the sector. The five recipients’ groups were the Eastern, North East, North, South and the Western District Farmers Groups.The equipment included mist blowers, shovels, knapsacks, brush cutters and wheel barrows.The presentation was made at Dominica Agricultural Producers and Exporters Limited (DAPEX) building at Fond Cole on April 10th 2019.Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Reginald Austrie who spoke at the function, said over 3.8 million dollars have been invested in agriculture on the island. “Over the last five years, this government has invested over 3.8 million dollars in this sector. This has been used mainly for the payment for the field monitoring officers. We have been doing a lot of purchase for fertilizers and other inputs, ” the minister stated. “We have recommenced the building of farm sheds and we have also been purchasing tissue culture plants, and that is distributed to the farmers for free and all this is part of the governments investment in the sector and in the industry.”Reginald Austrie, PS in Agriculture, Dr. Reginald Thomas, Director of Agriculture, Ricky Brumant and Angus McIntyreHe said local farmers contribute greatly to various aspects of the country.“I want to thank the farmers of Dominica. I believe that the farmers are making tremendous contribution to not only our food security, not only to our health but also to our GDP,” Austrie remarked. He added, “The ministry of Agriculture, we have to give more support to the farmers through extension services and other services. The state has to recognize the contributions made by those farmers not because of the income generated for themselves but also the impact of their work on the economy and the health of this nation.”He said the equipment that was contributed will make a big difference in the operations of farmers, homes and families.Coordinator of the Banana and Planting Management Programme of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Angus McIntyre said the groups were formed from a meeting held late last year.  “It all started with the minister’s initiative in calling all our core farmers to a meeting in Castle Bruce which was held sometime in November,” he explained. “At that meeting recommendations came up where we were supposed to form the farmers into groups to empower them, to make decisions and to make requests on their behalf; decisions in terms of marketing, labor, production…to help themselves and contribute towards the whole agricultural development,” McIntyre statedMcIntyre added that exercise was undertaken in all the districts and entailed a lot of work.“We formed all the farmers into groups so currently we have 5 groups formed. They all have their president, vice president, treasures [and] secretaries. The groups have even gone out and they have held meetings,” he reported.He said some of five groups comprise more than 50 farmers and are all functional.last_img read more

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British PM Theresa May could meet Russias Vladimir Putin at G20 summit

first_img G20 Summit, Theresa May, Vladimir Putin,  May Putin meeting, British Russia ties, Britain Russia ties, world news, Indian Express Vladimir Putin (Left) and Theresa May (Right).Prime Minister Theresa May is considering a face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at this month’s G20 summit in Japan in an effort to begin a thaw in relations before a new British leader comes to power, The Times newspaper reported. Britain’s relations with Russia fell to a post-Cold War low after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March 2018 with the Novichok nerve agent.May blamed Russia which denied any involvement. Allies in Europe and the United States sided with May’s view and ordered the biggest expulsion of Russian diplomats since the height of the Cold War. Russia expelled Western diplomats in return.The Times said a meeting with Putin would only take place if there was a purpose to the meeting. May last met Putin at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina in November when the Russian president approached her informally. Advertising G20 Summit: US-China trade talks, climate change dominate final session Post Comment(s) G20 summit: India pitches strongly for fight against fugitive economic offenders Modi, Erdogan talk S-400 air defence deal, US sanctions Related News By Reuters |London | Published: June 17, 2019 1:04:37 pmlast_img read more

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Study Women with nonsmall cell lung cancers live longer than their male

first_img Source:https://www.swog.org/news-events/news/2018/09/24/women-nsclc-live-longer-men Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 25 2018Women diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) live longer than their male counterparts, according to results of a SWOG study presented today by Kathy Albain, MD, the Huizenga Family Endowed Chair in Oncology Research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer’s (IASLC’s) 19th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Albain led the international study, S0424, for SWOG, the cancer clinical trials group that is part of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN), the nation’s oldest and largest publicly funded cancer research network. Albain and her SWOG team studied 981 patients newly diagnosed with stage I, II, or III NSCLC and grouped them into four cohorts based on sex and smoking history. Then, they analyzed data on cancer stage, patients’ tumor type and mutations, hormonal influences, treatment plans, and survival rates. Patients were followed for five years, or until their deaths, in order to determine overall survival, or how long they lived after enrolling on the trial.Related StoriesSlug serves as ‘command central’ for determining breast stem cell healthStudy: Megakaryocytes play an important role in cell migrationMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorS0424 is the first prospective trial of this scope for NSCLC, designed specifically to follow survival outcomes. It was a collaborative trial within NCTN, and included researchers from Canada and Japan.Regardless of smoking history or any other factor, women in S0424 had significantly better overall survival (OS) rates compared to men. The analysis found that female never-smokers (FNS) and female ever-smokers (FES) had significantly better OS compared to male never-smokers (MNS) and male ever-smokers (MES). Five-year estimates reported overall survival at 73 percent for FNS, 69 percent for FES, 58 percent for MNS and 52 percent for MES.”Women with NSCLC live longer, even when we control for every factor that might influence survival in NSCLC, including tobacco and other exposures, lifestyle factors, disease stage, treatment, tumor biology and hormonal factors,” Albain said. “Additional study is needed to further investigate favorable survival for women in this population, and our large clinical trials need to be equally balanced for women.”last_img read more

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Study explores the interaction between drinking water and public health systems

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Sep 26 2018A research team at Wayne State University recently received a four-year, $1.57 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for its project, “Water and Health Infrastructure Resilience and Learning.” The award is part of a multi-institutional $2 million collaborative project funded under NSF’s Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes program.The project — which includes examining drinking water and public health systems — will provide new insights as to how these systems interact, with a focus on crisis events. The team will also explore how these systems learn about and adapt to changes and how the public engages with these systems.Shawn McElmurry, Ph.D., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, and Matthew Seeger, Ph.D., professor of communications and dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, will lead the multi-institutional team. The project also includes researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina.”This project builds on previous work conducted in Wayne County and Flint, Michigan,” said Seeger. “We learned a great deal about how water systems function under stress and how communities respond. This grant will allow us to extend that understanding.”The project will assess how different kinds of disruptions, from routine challenges to large-scale disasters, shape the community’s relationship to water systems. The project also aims to understand how tightly coupled interdependent systems such as water and public health can help enhance resilience.Related StoriesWar against mosquitoes saves lives and money in Sri LankaLong-acting contraceptives do not increase risk of HIV, concludes new studyCommon antibacterial agent may be bad news for bone healthStudy data will include interviews with managers of water utilities and public health agencies. It will also include a national survey to understand how well water and public health infrastructures can adapt to future challenges. Information gained from project partners and the national survey will be used to identify factors and develop models to enhance resilience of the two systems.”Our multidisciplinary team gives us the ability to study these systems from multiple perspectives,” said McElmurry. “We learned the value of this in Flint, where changes in water quality impacted more than just the water distribution system. Our team includes political scientists, sociologists, disaster researchers, epidemiologists and water engineers, giving us many tools for examining the complexities of water and health systems.”The overall goal of the project is to promote access to cleaner, safer drinking water for all communities, including the socially and economically disadvantaged. Collaborations with the Water Research Foundation, National Association of County and City Health Officials, American Indian Mothers Inc., the Wayne County Health Department, and others will assist in conducting the study and translating research results to new practices and policies that reduce the burden of disease in vulnerable populations. The project will also provide training for students, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM-related fields.Source: https://newsroom.wayne.edu/news/2018/09/24/nsf-award-to-provide-new-insights-on-how-drinking-water-and-public-health-systems-interact-23062last_img read more

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At 10 the WorldChanging iPhone Is Kind of the Same

first_imgMarket Growth Apart from some minor cosmetic changes, today’s iPhone doesn’t look much different from the handset that launched a decade ago.”An iPhone 7 next to 10-year-old iPhone looks the same,” said IHS Markit’s Fogg.”Both have unibody metal design, and function much the same way,” he said.To continue to be successful in the market, Apple likely will need to follow the industry with a design refresh. This could include removing the bezel so that the whole front is nothing but screen.”To do this, they would need to move or miniaturize the buttons,” Fogg added. “Everyone is trying to do that right now, but that could lead to some different smartphones. That is important, because in this space innovative design is still the key thing.” Market Disrupter Time for a Facelift? Mobile phones used to be about making phone calls and to a lesser extent sending text messages. Today, thanks to the emergence of smartphones, the world is connected via the handset.”The iPhone ushered in a new way of connecting — connecting with each other by voice, video, text, social networks and so on,” said telecommunications industry analyst Jeff Kagan.”The iPhone is much more than just connecting with each other, and it has created an entirely new area for business to grow,” he told TechNewsWorld.It has allowed individuals to do banking and pay bills, search the Web, price compare while shopping, and even make purchases. The road ahead could be the automobile and connected car.”Uber and Lyft transformed the taxi and limousine industry using the iPhone and Android as their way to connect with countless customers worldwide,” Kagan pointed out. “The iPhone is transforming the automobile industry. Just look at any new car today, and you will see how you can connect the iPhone and use it on the dashboard screen.” The iPhone’s success launched the smartphone age, with Google’s Android operating system arriving just a year later. Combined, those innovations made the world of mobile computing a reality and helped diminish the PC’s importance.”Now, a smartphone is the primary device — if not the only device — people in emerging markets or underserved segments of [the U.S.] market use to access the Internet,” said Crandall.The iPhone also changed the Internet, he added.”Rather than accessing any site or application on the ‘World Wide Web’ via a Web browser, the iPhone’s framework of mobile apps has created a fragmented reality that threatens the open Internet and complicates the development landscape,” Crandall explained.As a result, “we’re even seeing apps that are designed for a limited mobile device — small screen, less memory, slower processor — being marketed for use on laptops and desktops via Windows and Chrome OS,” he noted. Move Over, PC The first iPhone now is remembered for its innovative design, but the truth is that it was underpowered when it was first released. It was a 2G phone when the industry already was moving to 3G, and its camera was lackluster compared to many other high-end handsets.Functionality mattered more at the time, though, and Apple kept refining it. With each new product update, the iPhone became a little better — and those incremental improvements changed the handset lifecycle.”Ten years ago the operating system for mobile phones was updated every two or three years,” recalled Fogg.”Now Apple updates its OS every year,” he added. “The pace of innovation that Apple has pursued over the past decade is really extraordinary.”center_img Just as the iPod may have saved Apple and allowed it to develop the iPhone, that device in turn has driven the company’s R&D efforts, which have supported other products including the iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV.However, Apple largely has stuck to its proven strategy of improving the handset and releasing a new model. It has seen steady sales, but it is unlikely it can reach higher market share — especially as Google’s Android OS also has been successful over the past nine years.”Apple doesn’t play at every price point, so some people simply are priced out,” noted Fogg.”Apple has always targeted the top of the market with premium models, reaping the greatest profits in the industry,” said Netpop Research’s Crandall.”The company has used these profits to bolster iTunes, Beats, development of Apple Maps, and other R&D,” he noted.This strategy may not serve Apple so well in the long term, however, especially as it has lost significant market share to Android.Google’s OS “now accounts for approximately 65-70 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, and even [more] in emerging markets,” said Crandall.For this reason, Apple has started to move downstream with its SE models, but it still must compete against third-party Android manufacturers, including Huawei and Samsung, which can provide lower-cost smartphones.”The real question is,” said Kagan, is “will another OS enter the picture and successfully compete with iPhone and Android?”Even if that should happen, “the Apple iPhone will continue for the foreseeable future,” he maintained. “It remains a great quality device with a huge customer base and solid ecosystem.” The iPhone isn’t the first product line that Apple shepherded to market dominance by differentiating from existing products. Although the company had been practically at death’s door a decade earlier, it revitalized itself with the introduction of the iPod in the fall of 2001, and that success led to development of the iPhone.The iPhone “was completely different from anything on the market when it was released in 2007,” said Ian Fogg, senior director for mobile and telecom at IHS Markit.”It featured a 3.5-inch touchscreen interface that offered graphic acceleration that responded to finger movements, and it had a desktop quality Web browser,” he told TechNewsWorld.”It also offered a metal unibody design that was unlike anything else on the market,” Fogg added.Thanks to these and other features, “the iPhone changed the game entirely,” said Josh Crandall, principal analyst at Netpop Research.”The combination of space-aged materials — gorilla glass and flat batteries — and pocket-sized convenience brought the Internet into the palms of our hands — anytime, everywhere,” he told TechNewsWorld. “It flipped Silicon Valley’s perspective from building a faster laptop to focus on a ‘mobile-first’ world.” Slow but Steady Connecting the World Apple celebrated the 10th anniversary of its iconic iPhone on Thursday. Since former CEO Steve Jobs debuted the original device, the company has gone on to sell more than a billion handsets worldwide, and the iPhone has become one of the most successful product categories in the electronics industry.The iPhone proved to be a major disrupter in the mobile phone category after its unveiling on June 29, 2007. At the time, the industry was dominated by companies such as Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, and Palm. Over the past decade, those players have seen their respective market shares erode — to the point that the companies or their mobile businesses either were bought or otherwise exited the market.Once-dominant R.I.M., whose BlackBerry earned the moniker “crackberry” for its seeming addictiveness, is now just a niche player that no longer manufactures phones.The iPhone helped usher in the age of touchscreen-friendly devices, while in essence killing off flip and so-called “feature” phones. Today, the smartphone is dominant, and whole product categories now offer the touchscreen user interface that the iPhone popularized. Peter Suciu has been an ECT News Network reporter since 2012. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, mobile phones, displays, streaming media, pay TV and autonomous vehicles. He has written and edited for numerous publications and websites, including Newsweek, Wired and FoxNews.com.Email Peter.last_img read more

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Tobacco heating products cause less staining to teeth than conventional cigarettes

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 15 2018A study by scientists at British American Tobacco has shown that e-cigarettes and tobacco heating products cause significantly less staining to teeth than conventional cigarettes.For the first time at BAT, scientists assessed and compared a novel e-cigarette (EC), a tobacco heating product (THP) and a conventional cigarette for their impact on teeth enamel staining. The results are published today in the American Journal of Dentistry.While cigarette smoke caused significant enamel discoloration, vapour from the EC and aerosol from the THP caused only minimal staining (see Figure 1).These next generation products (NGPs) do not involve combustion; the vapour and aerosol they produce are less complex and contain significantly lower levels of certain toxicants compared to cigarette smoke.Related StoriesRoot canal work is not as bad as people thinkScientists identify new genetic mutation behind serious skull disorderResearchers likely found way to grow new dental tissue for patientsIt is well known that smoking cigarettes causes stains on teeth that cannot easily be removed by regular brushing, but little is known about such effects from NGPs. So scientists at BAT conducted in vitro teeth staining studies to compare the effect of an EC, BAT’s THP glo, and a reference cigarette (3R4F).Tests were carried out on enamel blocks cut from bovine incisors. To mimic conditions in the mouth, the enamel blocks were first incubated with saliva to allow the formation of a pellicle layer, a protective protein film that normally forms on teeth. The enamel blocks were exposed to the particulate matter (isolated from the smoke/vapour) for 14 days and then whole smoke/vapour (equivalent to one pack of cigarettes per day) for 5 days.The enamel samples were assessed before, during and after treatment; colour readings were determined by an independent laboratory using an established method involving a commercially available spectrophotometer and trained scientists.Discoloration of enamel blocks exposed to cigarette smoke was apparent in as little as one day and continued to increase as the concentration of cigarette smoke increased. In contrast, exposure to vapour from the EC or THP resulted in little or no colour change that was comparable to the untreated controls.”Many studies have postulated that it is the tar in cigarette smoke that stains teeth. We now have a method where we can rapidly assess in the laboratory the level of enamel discoloration by cigarette smoke and vapour from our ECs and THPs,” explains Annette Dalrymple, a senior scientist at BAT R&D.”The data generated from this study clearly shows that the EC and THP assessed caused minimal discoloration–very promising for consumers of our NGPs. However, further studies are required to understand the long-term effect on teeth staining and oral health when smokers switch to using NGPs.” Source:http://www.bat-science.com/last_img read more

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Study findings could set new standard of care for advanced anal cancer

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 22 2018A new approach to treating advanced anal cancer is safer and more effective than the most widely used current treatment, according to the first ever randomized clinical trial in this group of patients.Around 1,300 people are diagnosed with anal cancer each year in the UK and this number is rising by around three per cent per year. Due to small patient populations, there is very limited evidence to guide treatment decisions, and international consensus among clinicians is lacking. The findings from this study will set a new standard of care for this rare type of cancer.The international randomized phase II trial, led by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and presented today (Monday 22 October) at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2018, analyzed data from 91 patients in four countries, including the UK, Norway, the US and Australia.The researchers found that a chemotherapy combination of Carboplatin and Paclitaxel – which is primarily used to treat other cancers, including ovarian, womb and lung cancer – performed better overall compared to chemotherapy treatment with Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil.In the trial, endorsed by the International Rare Cancer Initiative (IRCI), Carboplatin and Paclitaxel performed better both in terms of survival rates and safety. Until now, when anal cancer had spread or come back after treatment, doctors had considered Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil to be the preferred first-line treatment option.Study Chief-Investigator Dr Sheela Rao, Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden, said: “The results of this study will immediately change patient care. While treatment with Cisplatin and 5-fluorouracil was generally considered a reasonable option for advanced anal cancer, we now know that carboplatin and paclitaxel is more effective and better tolerated. In our study, these patients lived seven months longer overall.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancer”Around 30 per cent of people with anal cancer will develop advanced disease which cannot be treated surgically, and all of these patients are eligible to receive this chemotherapy combination.”Professor David Sebag-Montefiore, a study co-author and Cancer Research UK anal cancer expert, said: “Making progress in rare cancers is incredibly difficult, so it’s very exciting to see these results which, in my opinion, are practice changing. This important research informs both patients and their cancer teams that the combination of the chemotherapy drugs carboplatin and paclitaxel should be first line treatment for advanced anal cancer.”This study also shows the benefit of international collaboration within the International Rare Cancer Initiative (IRCI) – it can deliver results in rare diseases that individual countries cannot achieve on their own.”Professor David Cunningham, Director of the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said: “These findings set a new standard of care and highlight the importance of international collaboration for advances in the treatment of rare cancers. We now have the backbone for future trials into novel treatments for advanced anal cancer, including immunotherapy.” Source:http://www.royalmarsden.nhs.uk/last_img read more

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Scientists develop smart microrobots that can change shape depending on their surroundings

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 21 2019One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich.The group of scientists – led by Selman Sakar at EPFL and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich – drew inspiration from bacteria to design smart, biocompatible microrobots that are highly flexible. Because these devices are able to swim through fluids and modify their shape when needed, they can pass through narrow blood vessels and intricate systems without compromising on speed or maneuverability. They are made of hydrogel nanocomposites that contain magnetic nanoparticles allowing them to be controlled via an electromagnetic field.In an article appearing in Science Advances, the scientists describe the method they have developed for “programming” the robot’s shape so that it can easily travel through fluids that are dense, viscous or moving at rapid speeds.Embodied intelligenceRelated StoriesGrowth problems in preterm infants associated with altered gut bacteriaStructure of bacteria responsible for traveler’s diarrhea decipheredStudy: Surveillance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to be core focus for healthcare facilitiesWhen we think of robots, we generally think of bulky machines equipped with complex systems of electronics, sensors, batteries and actuators. But on a microscopic scale, robots are entirely different.Fabricating miniaturized robots presents a host of challenges, which the scientists addressed using an origami-based folding method. Their novel locomotion strategy employs embodied intelligence, which is an alternative to the classical computation paradigm that is performed by embedded electronic systems. “Our robots have a special composition and structure that allow them to adapt to the characteristics of the fluid they are moving through. For instance, if they encounter a change in viscosity or osmotic concentration, they modify their shape to maintain their speed and maneuverability without losing control of the direction of motion,” says Sakar.These deformations can be “programmed” in advance so as to maximize performance without the use of cumbersome sensors or actuators. The robots can be either controlled using an electromagnetic field or left to navigate on their own through cavities by utilizing fluid flow. Either way, they will automatically morph into the most efficient shape.Inspired by nature”Nature has evolved a multitude of microorganisms that change shape as their environmental conditions change. This basic principle inspired our microrobot design. The key challenge for us was to develop the physics that describe the types of changes we were interested in, and then to integrate this with new fabrication technologies,” says Nelson. In addition to offering enhanced effectiveness, these miniaturized soft robots can also be manufactured easily at a reasonable cost. For now, the research team is working on improving the performance for swimming through complex fluids like those found in the human body. Source:https://actu.epfl.ch/news/smart-microrobots-that-can-adapt-to-their-surround/last_img read more

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New chemoimmunotherapy regimen for aggressive form of lymphoma gets FDA approval

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 24 2019A cancer therapy based on the work of Ben Seon, PhD, at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. On June 10, the FDA granted accelerated approval to polatuzumab vedotin as part of a new chemotherapy/immunotherapy treatment combination for patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma -; a new chemoimmunotherapy regimen for this aggressive form of lymphoma.Polatuzumab vedotin incorporates a form of immunotherapy known as a monoclonal antibody -; a manufactured protein that can bind to and kill tumor cells. Roswell Park has played a role in many other FDA-approved innovations in cancer treatment and diagnostics, including the work of Dr. T. Ming Chu in developing the PSA test for prostate cancer, Dr. Thomas Dougherty’s work establishing photodynamic therapy (PDT) as a treatment option for some cancers and work by Dr. Ravindra Pandey and others to develop photosynthesizers used in PDT. The approval of polatuzumab vedotin marks the first time an immunotherapy from Roswell Park has been part of an FDA-approved treatment.The FDA has discretion to grant accelerated approval to drugs that fill an unmet medical need in addressing a serious medical condition. Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the United States and worldwide. More than 18,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with DLBCL each year.Manufactured by Genentech Inc., polatuzumab vedotin is an antibody-drug conjugate that specifically targets CD79b, a protein expressed in the majority of B cells -; the immune cells that B-cell lymphoma affects. Beginning in the late 1980s, it was Dr. Seon, a member and Professor in the Department of Immunology at Roswell Park, who found a way to isolate CD79b and similar antigens, creating the specific antibody that would later become known as polatuzumab vedotin. Related StoriesMother calls for protein shake regulation after daughter diesNanoparticles used to deliver CRISPR gene editing tools into the cellNovel vaccine against bee sting allergy successfully tested”Dr. Seon has played a fundamental role in the development of antibody-based therapy for lymphoma,” notes Roswell Park Chief of Lymphoma Francisco Hernandez-Ilizaliturri, MD. “The results of the most recent clinical trials show that this is an effective combination for many patients, and we hope that this important new treatment option will help a number of patients in the future.””I didn’t take the conventional approach. I decided to develop a new system for isolating antigens,” says Dr. Seon, a longtime Amherst, N.Y., resident. He is especially proud that a therapy he developed has helped many patients at Roswell Park, one of the participating sites in the clinical trials incorporating polatuzumab vedotin.”My father died from stomach cancer when I was a high school student, and my brother died of cancer many years ago in his 50s,” says Dr. Seon, whose work has been supported in part by donations to Roswell Park and by the National Institutes of Health. “So it’s always been in my mind that hopefully someday I could find a new cancer drug, a better cancer drug.” Source:Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center What Ben has done is really remarkable. Through his systematic, diligent approach, he came up with ideas decades ago in his lab that larger teams have only begun to hit upon in the last few years.”Kelvin Lee, MD, the Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology and Senior Vice President for Basic Science at Roswell Parklast_img read more

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Sweden introduces ecofriendly aviation tax

Citation: Sweden introduces eco-friendly aviation tax (2018, April 1) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-sweden-eco-friendly-aviation-tax.html Google under fire over anti-Semitic search results in Sweden All flights departing from Swedish airports will now have an added charge in a bid to lessen air travel’s impact on the climate “The objective of the tax is to minimise the carbon footprint of flights following a sharp increase in air travel,” climate minister and Greens spokeswoman Isabella Lovin wrote in Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.All flights departing from Swedish airports will have an added charge of between 60 to 400 krona ($7 to $49, six to 39 euros), depending on the destination.It will apply to everyone except babes in arms, flight crews, passengers stopping over without changing planes and—in some circumstances—those in transit to take another flight.According to a survey published on March 25 by Dagens Nyheter, 53 percent of Swedes are in the favour of the new tax.However the opposition Centre party has criticised the move, calling for airlines to be required to use a percentage of biofuels. Explore further © 2018 AFP Sweden introduced a new aviation tax on Sunday that will add an extra charge to all passenger flights from the country in a bid to lessen air travel’s impact on the climate. 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. read more

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Best Buy to buy a provider of health devices for the aging

first_imgConsumer electronics retailer Best Buy is pushing more into the health field, acquiring a company that provides emergency response devices for the aging. 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. Citation: Best Buy to buy a provider of health devices for the aging (2018, August 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-health-devices-aging.html Explore further Amazon partners with Best Buy on smart TVs, a “win-win” Best Buy said Wednesday it’s paying $800 million for GreatCall. The San Diego, California-based company, which has more than 900,000 paying subscribers, offers services like an easy connection to operators who can connect users to caregivers, answer questions, and more.It’s the latest move by a retailer to deepen its presence in health care. Best Buy already sells health-and-wellness products, and offers an activity-monitoring service for aging adults in 21 markets.Moody’s Lead Retail Analyst Charlie O’Shea says the deal lets the company “expand and broaden its services and deepen its customer relationships with a massive and growing segment of the U.S. population.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Final winter Detroit auto show a shadow of its former self

first_img“It’s run out of gas now,” said analyst Michelle Krebs of Autotrader, adding she was hopeful the event would reenergize in June.The famous Detroit auto show, which took on international importance in 1989, has been increasingly eclipsed in recent years by Silicon Valley. Citation: Final winter Detroit auto show a shadow of its former self (2019, January 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-winter-detroit-auto-shadow.html Over the years, Detroit has been relegated to being the place to learn about big cars (pickups, SUVs and crossovers) that will be driven by American consumers in the near term. But the future of the industry—innovations in autonomous driving and electric propulsion—is being discussed in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.Meanwhile, luxury and upscale cars are being introduced at shows in New York, Los Angeles and Miami—even Pebble Beach in California. In 2008 at the Detroit Auto Show, Dodge rolled out a big new SUV with bulls and cowboys on downtown streets. The spectacle stopped traffic. The purpose of the change in schedule from winter to summer was to bring back some of that magic and put the show once again at the center of the global automobile scene.”Warmer weather, ride-and-drives, hill-climbs maybe, all sorts of kind of exhibitions, dynamic opportunities for people to be in and out of the cars, ride in them, for the manufacturers to show what they couldn’t previously do inside,” said Doug North, co-chairman of North American International Auto Show—the official name of the Detroit event.’Opportunity to re-imagine’Many were rooting for the show to succeed. Explore further “The influence of the Detroit auto show remains significant,” insists Yu Jun, president of the Chinese group GAC Motor.”The show is going to be able to try new things and deliver new experiences that it simply can’t now,” says Ford Chairman Bill Ford, while GM spokesman Patrick Morrissey said it was an “opportunity to re-imagine the auto show.” Detroit could appeal to tech companies, which have so far been a symbolic presence in the capital of the US car, even as their ambitions in transport are large.Philippe Schricke, project manager at Velodyne LiDAR, which develops laser technologies used in sensors for autos, said that, while the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas remained the “priority,” his company now had more time to prepare for Detroit. “Detroit was an afterthought for us but since now it will happen six months after CES, instead of a few days after, we can think of new products to display,” he told AFP. © 2019 AFP In the past, a spectator may not even have found a place to sit down—unless it was inside a car—much less find food inside the hall. At the Infiniti display, a striking new electric vehicle concept car filled with technology, stood unadmired, deserted on a riser. Had this car been introduced two years ago, there would have been a torrent of selfies.South Korean automaker Kia Motors turned part of the showroom into a tree-lined country road to demonstrate the features of its new Telluride SUV but few were scrambling to try the experience. The absences of Sergio Marchionne, the former CEO of Fiat Chrysler who died in 2018, and Carlos Ghosn, the jailed chief of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, were strongly felt in the media room.The two industry captains with big ambitions could set the tone of the show or change the conversation in the blink of an eye. ‘Running out of gas’ The transitional auto show this year has been a subdued one In the past, a spectator may not even have found a place to sit down The cavernous exhibition hall had an unusal amount of space They surf social media to kill boredom in a mostly empty convention hall.Swaths of valuable real estate—once occupied by sports cars and German luxury vehicles—are filled with cafe stands and pop-up restaurants.This is the solution organizers came up with to fill space vacated by automakers who this year skipped what had once been the flagship US auto exhibition. The Cobo Center, a concrete and glass bubble on the banks of the Detroit River, sheltered exhibitors this week during the final January edition of the auto show.Starting next year, the show will be held in June, avoiding the frosty Detroit winter. The transitional auto show this year has been a subdued one, more lightly attended by press and industry than in the past, with fewer new car announcements.A quiet hallMercedes, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volvo, Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls Royce were all conspicuous in their absence.The cavernous exhibition hall had an unusual amount of space occupied by refreshment stands, food booths, and tables and chairs, even as appetizers and glasses of Champaign sat wilting. As row upon row of automakers’ latest models gleam in the bright lights of the Detroit auto show, the exhibitors ready to greet industry insiders and journalists are looking down—into their smartphones. Detroit auto show, and industry, prepare for transition ‘It’s run out of gas now,’ said analyst Michelle Krebs of Autotrader 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.last_img read more

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IMA declares Kerala safe destination leads 300strong contingent to conference in state

first_imgKerala Health Minister KK Shailaja (file pic) government health care Nipah virus claims three lives in Kerala RELATED Bats not primary source of Nipah outbreak in Kerala: Report COMMENT SHARE Nipah virus claims 10 lives in Kerala SHARE SHARE EMAIL Telangana sends blood samples of 2 fever patients to Pune institute for Nipah virus test center_img healthcare industry June 03, 2018 The Indian Medical Association (IMA) may have just delivered a huge vote of confidence to Kerala, reiterating its status as a safe destination even as it recovers smartly from isolated Nipah virus infections.The IMA voted with its feet while taking a 300-strong contingent to Thiruvananthapuram for its conference, boosting the morale of the state administration in no small measure.LAUDS LOCAL DOCTORSAnd the IMA president Ravi Wankhedkar said as much while declaring the state as a safe destination for travel. The Nipah virus outbreak doesn’t hold any threat anymore here, he said.He went on to laud the local doctors for smartly stopping the virus in its feared tracks. The state government and the healthcare agencies here have done a wonderful job.They may have been handicapped by the lack of warning or previous experience, but that did not prevent them from doing just what was expected of them, and that too, in emphatic fashion.This was achieved without any prior training or equipment. It is commendable that it took just two days or as many infections when other affected countries have taken months or a few years to do it.’MAKING A STATEMENT’Kerala is safe from the virus, Wankhedkar stated, adding that around 300 doctors arriving in the state for the conference was their own way of stating as much.A seemingly relieved Kadakampally Surendran, minister for tourism, Kerala, was quick to welcome Wankedekar’s statement delivering a ‘clean chit’ to the state as a safe destination for travellers.Arrival of renowned doctors in such large numbers to the state has immense significance, he said, and conveyed his salutations to them. Health minister KK Shailaja said the medical teams of the central and state governments and the private sector need to be complimented for effectively containing the outbreak.UNDER CONTROL”Of the 18 positive cases reported, 16 have died. The remaining two are recovering well at the Kozhikode hospital. In all, we had sent 193 samples, of which 175 were negative,” she said.“Almost 2,000 people have been reported to have come in contact with the affected and, therefore, this figure might go up. Things are in control, but we have to be very careful,” said Shailaja.But even as the situation is stated to be officially under control, people in Kozhikode district are taking extra precautions with many people seen wearing masks outdoors.Local reports say businesses and market places are less crowded, while some movie theatres have downed shutters. The administration had advised that meetings, conventions, and such other assemblies be avoided as a matter of abundant caution. Kerala Published on Nipah virus claims one more life in Kerala COMMENTS epidemic and plaguelast_img read more

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Road show on investment opportunities in Europe

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL events The World Trade Centre Kochi (WTCK) in association Brussels Invest & Export organized a road show for companies seeking opportunities to expand to Europe.The trade mission from Belgium met major companies here to discuss and know more about the business possibilities there.According to Mark Van de Vreken, Consul General, Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium, the affordable cost of living and accessibility to other major EU cities makes Brussels an ideal place for outside businesses to invest. Brussels is India’s 11th largest economic partner. The Gems & Jewellery sector accounts for 80 per cent of Brussels’ business with India. Brussels also presents opportunities in the field of ICT, life sciences, natural extracts, agri-food, pharmaceuticals, tourism, education etc.Vivek George, Deputy Manager, WTCK also spoke. The event was attended by representatives of companies from various sectors such as IT, natural extracts, tourism, healthcare etc. B2B meetings were also arranged for those looking for business opportunities in Brussels. SHARE October 02, 2018 COMMENT Published on COMMENTS Kochilast_img read more

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Tanzanian team visits SELCO facilities

first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 03, 2018 SHARE SELCO Foundation has hosted a delegation from Tanzania that came to study the Indian model of financing the renewable energy sector.Harish Hande, founder, SELCO, said, “We hosted 11 leaders in the renewable energy and development sector from Tanzania from November 26 to December 3. There were in-depth discussions and experience sharing through interactive sessions in Bengaluru, and field visits to facilities across the coastal Karnataka.”The delegation was taken to SELCO’s Manipal centre. The delegates also visited installations in Udupi and Kundapura taluks and interacted with rural end-users. The visits included solar-powered milking machine at Muddumane developed in partnership with Ksheera Enterprise. They also saw different home-lighting solutions implemented through innovative financial linkages; livelihood centre at Namma Bhoomi in Kundapura; livelihood solutions in the form of pottery, sewing machine, blacksmith blower and photocopy centres etc. On the last two days, SELCO got a comprehensive insight into the renewable energy ecosystem and scenario in Tanzania from their individual and organisational perspectives. center_img COMMENTS Published on Tanzanialast_img read more

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Albanian police arrest Russian Islamic State fighter

first_img World 09 Jul 2019 Albanian opposition resume protest to oust PM (Reporting by Benet Koleka; Editing by Toby Chopra) Related News World 14 Jun 2019 Albania busts gang trafficking migrants into EU, arrests 8 {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}center_img TIRANA (Reuters) – A Russian national accused of fighting for the Islamic State militant group against Syrian government forces was arrested in Albania and will be extradited to Russia, Albanian police said on Friday.Police said the 34-year-old man, identified as R.M., who was born in and a resident of Norilsk in Russia, entered Albania illegally after a court in Russia’s Chechen Republic ruled in April 2015 he should be arrested for being part of a terrorist group.”In June 2013, this citizen left Russia for Syria, joined the illegal armed group named ‘Islamic State’ and was an active participant in fighting against government forces in Syria,” a police statement said. It added NATO member Albania’s anti-terror unit had spent several months locating and identifying the Russian national wanted by Interpol Moscow. Increasing numbers of Russian and Ukrainian citizens visit Albania during the summer holidays. World 08 Jul 2019 Alleged Islamic State fighter on trial in Netherlands for war crimes Related Newslast_img read more

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Watchmakers sixth boutique opens in PJ

first_imgSillard (right) showing Teo some of the novelty pieces available at the newly opened TAG Heuer boutique. Eat And Drink 22h ago A truly Malaysian Swiss roll – Eat & Drink The new TAG Heuer boutique at 1 Utama shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} CELEBRATING its sixth and latest boutique in Malaysia is renowned Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer.The new boutique located on the ground floor of 1 Utama shopping centre, Petaling Jaya is its third in Malaysia to feature the new global design concept. South-East Asia and Australia TAG Heuer managing director Amelia Sillard said the company was always looking out for new locations to open boutiques.“As our brand continues to grow in Malaysia, we hope to share this unique experience with our customers across the country. AdChoices广告“One major factor which drove our decision to open a boutique in 1 Utama is the footfall the complex attracts. “Nestled in the heart of the city, this complex is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Klang Valley,” she said.At the opening ceremony, Sillard was joined by Bandar Utama City Centre Sdn Bhd director Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok and TAG Heuer Malaysia retail manager Geetha Rengarajoo for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.The boutique carries an extensive range of novelties, including the new TAG Heuer Carrera Lady and special editions which were on display during the event alongside heritage pieces.The iconic Monaco timepiece, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, was also in the spotlight at the launch.Five limited editions will be successively revealed throughout the year in honour of the anniversary.Paying tribute to contemporary style, these new models are inspired by the different decades from 1969 to 2019. Tags / Keywords:center_img Related News Related News Football 09 Jul 2019 Leicester sign midfielder Tielemans from Monaco Central Region , On the watch Athletics 07 Jul 2019 Athletics: Lyles to race 100m in Monaco, then decide world planslast_img read more

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