CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Keltic Drive Keltic Drive from the tracks east for two kilometres to Sydney River Bridge, will be reduced to one lane for milling, upgrading and repaving until Tuesday, Nov. 30. A pilot vehicle and traffic control are on site. Alternate route: Highway 125 to Exit 4 and 6. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. Local Area Office: 902-565-6841
New Delhi: The Centre will initiate work on the infrastructure development of Sultanpur Lodhi town as proposed by the Punjab government at the earliest, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assured Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday. The Chief Minister had called on Puri, the Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, here to press for early approval for the Rs 321 crore infrastructure development projects proposed by the state government for Sultanpur Lodhi town. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah The town holds historical significance due to its association with Guru Nanak Dev, whose 550th Prakash Purb is being celebrated this year. Puri said he had already instructed the department to immediately vet the proposals and secure the necessary approvals to start work on priority, an official spokesperson told IANS after the meeting. To the Chief Minister’s request for inclusion of the three Municipal Corporation towns of Patiala, Bathinda and SAS Nagar in the Smart Cities Project being assisted by the Central government on a sharing basis, Puri assured to consider the same as and when the project is expanded to cover new cities. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony The Union Minister said he was committed to helping Punjab in any way he could and would look into the demands of the state. He later told mediapersons that he would ensure maximum flights from Punjab to cater to the demand for global travel. The Chief Minister said, in response to media queries after the meeting, that the Union Minister had promised to look into the state’s demands related to urban development and aviation. Earlier, during the meeting, Amarinder Singh said Patiala, besides being an old heritage city, had also been declared a Counter-Magnet Town to the national capital region (NCR) by the NCR Planning Board. Strengthening infrastructure in all the Counter-Magnet Towns would also help in reducing migration to Delhi, he pointed out. The Chief Minister also urged Puri to approve early clearance for a NCR Planning Board loan for the Patiala Nadi Hydrology project, for which the state government would soon submit a formal proposal. Bathinda, he said, was a fast growing and principal town in southern Punjab while SAS Nagar (Mohali) was a satellite town of Chandigarh with the highest growth potential in Punjab. To strengthen the state’s global connectivity, the Chief Minister sought inclusion of Chandigarh under the Open Skies Policy for Asean countries, while asking for an urgent review of the current policy of bilateral spots to facilitate more international flights out of Chandigarh, especially to the Gulf countries and Turkey, thereby enabling greater connectivity with the rest of the world. The Chief Minister also asked the Union Minister to consider the proposal to name Adampur Airport as Jalandhar Airport for easy booking of flights by tourists and NRIs. On the occasion, Puri presented his book “Delusional Politics” to the Chief Minister.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has instructed the police to seize any government vehicle for election related work.He has also warned heads of government institutions that legal action will be taken against them if government vehicles are used for election work by candidates contesting the September 21 provincial polls. The use of government property including vehicles is a violation of election laws.Election monitors have reported the misuse of state vehicles for election work especially in the Central and North Western Province. (Colombo Gazette)
ST. WILLIAMS The strawberry crop in Norfolk is later than usual but all indications are it will be worth waiting for.As it happens, berries love this spring’s cool wet conditions.It makes for a later crop, says Kevin Schooley, executive director of the Berry Growers of Ontario, but the quality is there, as is the yield and size. Indeed, indications are this year’s crop could produce a record harvest.“We’re hearing the message that everything is later than normal,” Schooley said Tuesday in St. Williams.“But we’re also getting the feedback that everything is looking great. Our acreage is no more than it has ever been, but we’ve been having the weather they like – that cool coastal climate where they thrive.“It gives the plants longer to develop and more time for the fruit to fill out. We’re hearing the fruit will be a good size. It also bodes well for raspberries and blueberries.”Schooley and 20 others – mostly food writers, bloggers and social media influencers from the Toronto area – took part in a farm tour Tuesday in Norfolk.They came to the epicentre of Ontario berry production to meet farmers first-hand and discuss production techniques and challenges. The intelligence they gathered will be shared with food-conscious consumers in the city and beyond.The day-long visit featured stops at Blueberry Hill Estate in St. Williams and Strawberry Tyme near Vittoria.One of the more high-profile guests was Sue Mah, a dietitian in Toronto who frequently appears on City-TV, CTV and CBC television. Mah also lectures at Ryerson University and has a large following on social media.Mah was eager to visit Norfolk following new research confirming that Ontario berries are a superfood with numerous health benefits.“One of the biggest areas of research has been around blueberries and mental health,” Mah said. “One cup to 1 1/2-cups a day can improve cognition and memory. And with no detrimental effects. Blueberries are a real powerhouse for brain health.”The host at Blueberry Hill Estate was Nick Vranckx, who spoke about market demand and how it has encouraged his family to plant 13 different varieties.This diversity provides for early pickings and late pickings, big fruit and small fruit, and acidic berries versus sweet berries.Vranckx also spoke about the challenges of bringing a harvest to market. His 12-acre high-bush crop requires, at the peak of the season, 100 pickers — all of them local.He mentioned that growers have all kinds of tricks to keep birds from stealing their crop. These range from lasers to air cannons to loud recordings of birds in distress. Some growers are experimenting with drones.The worst pest of all, Vranckx added, is the spotted-wing drosophila, a fruit fly native to Asia that has been a serious problem in Ontario and around the world now for five years.With a population that peaks in early September, the insect is so destructive that it can shorten the blueberry harvest by two to three weeks.“It’s a global problem,” Vranckx said. “Hopefully, a global solution will come out of it.”Down the road at Strawberry Tyme, the guests got a first-hand look at a new approach that eliminates the back-breaking aspect of the harvest.The Cooper family this year is experimenting with plants in soil-free, elevated gutters. This allows workers to stand and pick the fruit at waist level.This approach is well-established in Europe. Good results here suggest this innovation could become standard within the local industry.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com
“The UN Police, in full cooperation with the leadership of the LNP, recognizes that it is crucial to give to Liberia the police that it deserves, said UN Police Commissioner Mohammed Alhassan at the launch at the LNP Headquarters in the capital Monrovia. Mr. Alhassan said that such a police force would be known for proper conduct, would protect the rights of citizens and democratic life, would be transparent and accountable to the law and would maintain a safe and secure environment for all. “It is time for a police force that is staffed by the best of the best,” he concluded. Those “best” must include more women, added Luiz Carlos da Costa, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Operations and Rule of Law. “Though a milestone, it is not enough that the Chief of the LNP is a woman. The new LNP must have a proper gender balance,” he said. LNP Chief Beatrice Munah Sieh called on youth, particularly females, to make history by coming forward to serve their country through the police force, since the LNP has had difficulty up until now attracting the required 3,500 recruits. Since the first LNP recruitment campaign was launched on 5 May 2004, 1,633 officers, comprising qualified, existing LNP officers and new recruits have undergone training. This new recruitment drive targets 1,374 police officers and will take place simultaneously throughout the country.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related”Retrograde step” to withdraw from CCJ – De la Bastide on Barbados PM’s threatMay 23, 2018In “latest news”Barbados disappointed at level of support for CCJFebruary 28, 2018In “latest news”LETTER: The APNU/AFC’s selective acceptance of Appellate Court’s ruling is no surpriseMarch 26, 2019In “latest news” Guyana’s Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, has said Guyana stands fully behind the Caribbean Court of Justice’s (CCJ) as its final appellate court.It has now been 15 years into its establishment in neighbouring Trinidad and the CCJ only has four of 15 members choosing the court for final appellate jurisdiction.Recently, the electorate of Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda voted against joining the CCJ in nationwide referendums, opting to continue using the United Kingdom’s Privy Council as their final appellate body. Coupled with that, major island nations such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago (where the court is located) do not have the CCJ as their final appellate court, which is putting the credibility of the regional institution under scrutiny as highlighted by respected columnists and other writers in the Region.Greenidge, however, has assured Guyanese that the APNU/AFC Government has full confidence in the decisions of the court.“The public can be assured that the Government will continue. If it is dissatisfied with decisions taken at the court at this level (Appeal Court in Guyana); we are reasonably confident that the Court (CCJ) will render acceptable decisions. Of course these are courts and you are never going to be able to guarantee with everything that you say. There is the question of interpretation of law,” the Minister pointed out.Some decisions of the CCJ have not found favour with Government, such as the November 2017 order upholding US$2.2 million judgement that was awarded to Trinidad road construction company Dipcon in 2015 by a High Court Judge in Guyana. This decision was handed down after the Judges at the CCJ observed that Guyana’s Attorney General, Basil Williams, had failed to file an application to the Court for special leave to appeal the case. Justice Rishi Persaud’s judgement was tuned to $455 million in local currency.Minister Greenidge while acknowledging that Government may not agree with all of the CCJ’s findings, said the Administration views the Court as a competent body.The Vice President outlined that from looking at many of the CCJ’s decisions with the benefit of hindsight, the court has taken the Region forward. He also maintained that the number of countries that joined the Court is not an issue as it “does not affect the quality of the Court.”In one of the CCJ’s recent decisions, Judges struck down a colonial era law that banned men and women from wearing clothing associated with the opposite gender. This effectively removed the barriers to cross-dressing locally, though both the High Court and Appeal Court had ruled that cross-dressing for “an improper purpose” was prohibited.Nevertheless, the Caribbean-based Judges declared that this characterisation was vague. Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Dominica are the only countries that fully subscribe to the CCJ.
Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats. My friend, Nichole, told me that we needed to go to Shanahan’s Pub & Grill. She previously told me about the Donut Nook, so I have come to rely on her as my guide to classic Vancouver gems. I arrived at Shanahan’s on a Tuesday afternoon and the first thing I noticed was that there was a lot of visual stimulation.There were several TVs showing different programs. Around the top of the bar there was a painting of The Dude and The Jesus from the film “The Big Lebowski,” a statue of a penguin with a Jameson scarf wrapped around its neck, several Santeria candles, beer signs and other assorted decor. As I stared at the bar, I thought it would be fun to make a list of all the things I could see when I was sober and try to find them again after I had had a few beers.I wasn’t sure what to do next. I overheard someone say to a friend — “You just sit down.” So I found a booth in the back and tried to move the molded red plastic of the seat into a form that would keep me from sliding. I found a groove to hoist myself into and waited for Nichole. She appeared and soon after that we were greeted by our server, Barb. We ordered sandwiches (The Dublin and a BLT) and we knew we needed Shany Fries (that was the main purpose of our visit). But do we want a half order or a full order? Barb skillfully eyed us and said that if we were getting sandwiches, a half order would be plenty.The food here is all scratch made. As I bit into my Dublin sandwich, I thought to myself “This sandwich would make Guy Fieri cry tears of joy.” The braised corned beef fell apart in the bun and was topped with melted provolone cheese, saut?ed peppers and onions, and a spicy creamy horseradish sauce. The chips on the side were house made — quarter-size disks of deep fried potato. The Shany Fries were a drunk person’s dream — french fries and Tater Tots covered in melted cheddar, bacon bits, and chopped scallions with a side of ranch. Thank goodness for Barb, because the half order was plenty. I can’t imagine the size of a full order of Shany Fries or what motorized contraption they must use to propel it to the table.As I walked out, I ran into my friends, Brandee and Ryan. We decided we needed to rent a bus and organize a bar crawl. This is the kind of conversation you will find yourself having if you spend time at Shanahan’s. It is the kind of place that makes day drinking seem like a good idea and time become irrelevant.
Real Madrid defender Achraf Hakimi is a reported target for Serie A giants Napoli for a move this summer, claims Gianluca Di MarzioDue to the lingering doubts that surround Elseid Hysaj’s future at the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli are believed to be eyeing a move for Hakimi as a back-up in the event that Hysaj decides to leave.The right-back has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with reports in Italy stating that he is set to follow Maurizio Sarri out of the club this summer.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.In light of this, New Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti has identified Hakimi as an ideal back-up for Hysaj and knows the 19-year-old from his time in charge of Real.The Italian tactician is keen to sign Hakimi from his former club this summer and could even make the Morrocan his first-choice right-back next season.Hakimi made a total of nine appearances in La Liga last season.
Click to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Almost all (95%) HR and benefits professionals belong to a pension scheme provided by their employer, according to research by Employee Benefits.This is the highest percentage of a sample to do so since we first carried out this research in 2008, up from 91% in 2014 and 89% in 2008.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, reward and benefits professionals in December 2016, also found that of those that do belong to an employer-provided scheme, 18% are members of a defined benefit (DB) scheme, while 85% belong to a defined contribution (DC) scheme.Just under two-thirds (64%) are members of a group personal pension (GPP) plan, while 12% belong to a trust-based money purchase plan, 11% to a stakeholder scheme, 6% to a master trust, 4% to a group self-invested personal pension (Sipp), and 2% to a hybrid scheme.As in 2014, the most common contribution level for both respondents who are active members of a DC scheme and their employer is 5% of salary. The survey also found that 16% of respondents pay 10% of salary or more into their pension. More than a quarter (28%) say their employer contributes 10% of salary or more into their DC pension scheme.Salary sacrifice remains a popular mechanism for making pension contributions, used by 84% of respondents who are active members of a DC pension scheme.
Gowher RizviGowher Rizvi, international affairs advisor to prime minister Sheikh Hasina, on Friday claimed India has never raised with his government the issue of alleged illegal Bangladeshi migrants staying on its soil.He has asked New Delhi to prove that the ‘illegal immigrants’ of Northeast India are indeed Bangladeshis.”At present they are the residents (whose names are not there in the National Register for Citizens list) of India and India should prove that they are residents of Bangladesh, and not India,” Rizvi, also a historian, said at the India Today Conclave East in Kolkata.Rizvi said most people in Bangladesh see the issue of illegal Bangladeshi migrants in India as an “internal Indian discussion”.”I do want to say I respect it, it is an Indian discussion. And the Indians will discuss and debate what is in their best interest.”We have the closest and the fondest of relationship with the current Indian government. In fact, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi ji is very, very popular in Bangladesh. In 10 years, that I have been adviser to PM (Hasina), this issue has never been raised with us.”Rizvi said he did not find it surprising that New Delhi never broached the illegal migrant issue with Dhaka, but contested union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju’s statement that over 20 million illegal Bangladeshi migrants were now staying in India.”I don’t think that is very surprising, this is a process. And the process has started, and at some point, the process will come to a point, when this thing might be on the table.”But at that level, many more things will happen. We heard the figure of 20 million. I don’t know where this figure has come from. We can pluck any figure from the air. So we will have to talk about the figure,” he said.However, he said if there were Bangladeshis illegally staying in India, Bangladesh will obviously want to take its citizens back.”The important thing is that there has to be a process to determine. And there has to be a process by which that determination takes place,” he said.Rizvi said the Rohingyas have been persecuted and they were deliberately thrown out from Myanmar as a part of ethnic cleansing and it is not acceptable.”We should distinguish between Rohingyas and those ‘illegal immigrants’ of Northeast India. Both cases are entirely different,” added Rizvi.He said India was providing relief materials to help Bangladesh cope with pressure of sheltering the Rohingya refugees on its soil.”In fact, India is the first country to bring relief to Chittangong. Second, India has promised to build homes for the Rohingyas in Myanmar. It essentially means that Rohingyas would have homes when they go back,” added Rizvi.
Every time a new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 is released, it always feels like ages since the last one. Considering how the previous video dropped seven months ago, that feeling is understandable. Thankfully, the good folks over at Rockstar Games have made the agonizing wait for the upcoming Western game a little easier with a brand-new trailer. As with the previous video, this one focuses on the story of Red Dead Redemption 2. As you would imagine, it’s pretty intense stuff.We learn the game takes place in 1899. This is an interesting era to set a Western game in considering how most of America had been settled and tamed by this time. This is also true of the first Red Dead Redemption, which took place in 1911. Dutch van der Linde, who was the main antagonist of the previous game, is the focus of the new trailer. We see him and his gang getting up to all sorts of trouble with the law. Despite their nefarious actions, the members of the gang see themselves as part of a brotherhood. This is a problem for the game’s protagonist, Arthur Morgan, who is having second thoughts about being in the criminal organization.Though this was indeed a solid trailer, it doesn’t feature much in the way of actual gameplay. We’re still some months away from its October release date, so hopefully, we’ll get some meaty gameplay footage before then. After all, Rockstar did promise more details this summer. We’ll surely learn everything players can look forward to. I am especially interested to see what the game is going to do in terms of its online. Online has been a huge breadwinner for Grand Theft Auto V, so it’ll be interesting to see if this title features a similarly robust online experience.Red Dead Redemption 2 releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Red Dead Online’ Finally Fully LaunchesThe Actual Pinkertons Are Suing the Makers of ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Stay on target
Kolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.
News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Technology | October 07, 2008 Sectra to Show Photon-Counting Full-Field Digital System Related Content Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems A new photon-counting full-field digital mammography system, Sectra MicroDose Mammography, reportedly increases throughput and minimizes radiation exposure. The system can now be equipped with a stereotactic add-on for clinical examinations.The system features the latest developments within photon-counting technology. Photon-counting is a technology for better images, lower dose and fundamental advantages in several advanced applications, such as contrast mammography, dual-energy and tomosynthesis. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more
Related Content Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. 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). News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more read more Feature | Women’s Health | November 11, 2015 | Jeff Zagoudis Reassessing Breast Cancer Risk Increasing public awareness of breast cancer risk factors is driving the healthcare industry to re-examine how risk levels are determined in testing and imaging Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more University of Oklahoma professors Bin Zheng, Ph.D., (left) and Hong Liu, Ph.D., are developing innovative imaging technology and quantitative image processing methods to significantly improve efficacy of breast cancer screening. (Photo courtesy of Hugh scott, University of Oklahoma)The fight against breast cancer has been a highly visible campaign for several decades, with numerous high-profile charities, research groups and celebrity cases helping shine a large spotlight on one of the most frequently diagnosed forms of cancer. Aside from working to find a cure, a large part of the conversation has focused on how to most accurately determine who is at high risk for contracting the disease. Actress Angelina Jolie generated a large amount of buzz in May 2013 when she announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy. She elected to have the surgery because she had tested positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation, a factor that greatly increased her risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s announcement sparked a documented increase in interest about genetic testing in the public: A survey put out a few days later by a North Carolina State University researcher found that out of 229 female participants, 30 percent said they intended to get tested for the BRCA1 gene mutation. A second study, presented at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium in San Francisco, concluded the announcement likely doubled genetic referrals, testing and detection of BRCA mutation carriers over a six-month period at a Canadian academic center. This kind of surge leads to the question, however, of whether genetic testing is appropriate for that large a number of people. It is, after all, just one method for assessing breast cancer risk, and each has its merits. Conversations such as these, however, are pushing innovators to take a closer look at how risk levels are determined and how the science can be refined. Genetic TestingGenetic testing for the BRCA mutation has been part of cancer risk assessment since the mid-1990s, according to Kristie Bobolis, M.D., a hematology and oncology specialist at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif., and the program chair for the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). In the ensuing years, however, researchers have continued to discover more genes, both high- and intermediate-risk, that could be potential warning signs, leading to the development of genetic panels that can test for multiple gene mutations simultaneously. The side effect of this evolution, said Bobolis, is that testing has become more complex for both physicians and patients. The increased versatility of these tests, combined with stories like that of Angelina Jolie, have made the idea of universal genetic testing for breast cancer a hot topic of debate. In a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Mary-Claire King, Ph.D., professor of genome sciences and medicine (medical genetics) at the University of Washington, Seattle, suggested such a program was needed in the United States. King and a colleague in Israel conducted a study of that country’s Ashkenazi Jewish population, where 1 in 50 women carry a harmful BRCA mutation and90 percent of breast cancer cases can be attributed to the anomaly. The study also tested Ashkenazi Jewish men, as they have an equal opportunity to inherit and pass on the gene to their children. This method allowed researchers to detect a large number of individuals, both male and female, at high risk irrespective of a woman’s personal or family history of cancer. In an accompanying opinion piece, King suggested that similar population screening should be conducted on all women in the United States beginning at age 30.Elisa Long, Ph.D., assistant professor in decisions, operations and technology management at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), read the study and wanted to test the feasibility of King’s proposal, so she teamed up with Patricia Ganz, M.D., director of the division of cancer prevention and control research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, to crunch the numbers.According to Ganz, unlike in the Ashkenazi Jewish population, BRCA gene mutations only account for 5-10 percent of the 233,000 new breast cancer cases annually in the United States. Furthermore, the most widely used genetic test (offered by Myriad Genetics) sells for approximately $4,000 per test. Using those numbers, they determined that universal screening would cost $1-2 million to detect a single BRCA mutation.“Even though you may test everyone in the population, you’re only going to find a small number — around 0.025 percent — who are likely to be carriers, and all of the other women you test will still be at risk for breast cancer,” she said. Ganz still believes that universal genetic testing could be possible one day, but said the cost of BRCA screening would need to drop by 90 percent before that vision could be achieved. “I think we could get to that point, though,” she stated. A large part of the reason costs were so prohibitively high is that Myriad Genetics had been the first to clone the BRCA gene sequence in the 1990s and had patented the sequence. The patent was invalidated by the U.S. Supreme Court in a June 2013 ruling. Since then, new products have started to emerge, including a $249 BRCA test recently announced by Color Genomics. Further complicating the economic feasibility of genetic testing, Medicare reimbursement and insurance coverage of the tests has fluctuated in recent years. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set the maximum reimbursement rate for BRCA1 and 2 testing at $2,795. The 2014 maximum rate was $1,440 —a 49 percent reduction from the previous year. Setting the Bar for MRI While genetic testing has received much of the spotlight, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has also been expanding its versatility as a risk assessment tool. One of the primary advantages breast MRI has over conventional mammography is its ability to see through dense fibroglandular breast tissue, detecting cancers that might be hidden on a mammogram. Dense breast tissue increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer all by itself — and yet, many risk assessment models do not figure density into their calculations, according to Alan Hollingsworth, M.D., medical director of the Mercy Breast Center in Oklahoma City. “We’ve known that mammographic density is a risk factor, and yet it took 20 years to get it integrated into certain models we use on patients, and most people still aren’t using those models,” he said. Today, patient selection for breast MRI screening is based on guidelines issued by the American Cancer Society (ACS) in 2007. Under the guidelines, MRI is recommended for patients at high risk of developing breast cancer, with “high risk” defined as a 20-25 percent or greater lifetime risk under the BRCAPRO model and other mathematical models. For patients just below that level, in the 15-20 percent range, ACS said there was insufficient evidence to recommend for or against MRI screening.What the guidelines do not consider is that the majority of patients fall into that second-tier category, as approximately 80 percent of patients who develop breast cancer do so without exhibiting any of the risk factors typically used to calculate risk levels. Furthermore, according to Hollingsworth, even among those who do qualify as high-risk and are eligible for MRI screening, the cancer yield will only be 3-4 percent. “So women with dense breasts were in double jeopardy — they had a higher risk, even though it was modest, and also it was more likely it was going to be missed on the mammogram,” he said. Hollingsworth and Mercy radiologist Rebecca Stough, M.D., assessed the effectiveness of the ACS guidelines in a study published in the March/April 2014 edition of The Breast Journal. Out of 1,643 breast MRIs conducted between July 2004 and December 2011, a total of 33 malignancies were discovered. Under the ACS guidelines, only 15 of the 33 would have met the 20-25 percent lifetime risk threshold to be recommended for breast MRI. “Risk-based screening has reached its limit. It can’t get any better,” Hollingsworth said. Building a New ModelIn order for breast MRI to become a more effective tool for breast cancer risk assessment, Hollingsworth believes a new model has to be created incorporating factors like breast density. That is why he has joined forces with two researchers at the University of Oklahoma who are developing a computer-aided technique that could increase the number of patients who could benefit from breast MRI screening. The model in question — being developed by Hong Liu, Ph.D., director of the Center for Advanced Medical Imaging, and Bin Zheng, Ph.D. — utilizes computer-aided detection (CAD) to assess imaging features of both mammograms and MRI scans. Such technology is already in use, but the Oklahoma model is looking for bilateral asymmetry of two new, specific factors — namely, mammographic density and background parenchymal enhancement (BPE). By putting these two factors in the hands of a computer, they can also reduce subjective variability between observers. As a result, said Zheng, “We should be able to predict the risk of harboring mammography-occult cancer at an early stage.” For Hollingsworth, the idea was intriguing. “They had identified women at very high short-term risk — the risk was nine- and tenfold in relative terms — and if you’ve got risk that high that’s short-term, you’ve got to ask yourself, is it really not risk but are they identifying early cancers there,” he said. “They’re seeing the very first signs of cancer through this computerized image analysis. So I said I’d love to do MRIs on those people.”Hollingsworth followed up, and in late August the group received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct initial research. The grant has four primary objectives:• A retrospective study of 4,000-5,000 mammograms, assessing density and BPE to rule-in patients for MRI screening;• A similar prospective rule-in study;• A rule-out study of approximately 500 patients already receiving breast MRI exams to determine efficiency and how often they need to be screened; and• Building a risk assessment model that factors in fibroglandular density and MRI enhancement patterns in addition to traditional risk factors.Hollingsworth hopes that over the course of the five-year study, the cancer detection yield rate can be increased from 3-4 percent up to 10 percent, “which would be vastly more cost-effective than we’re selecting patients for MRI today,” he said.Whether through MRI, genetic testing or other models, risk assessment is key to breast cancer screening, prevention and treatment. While traditional models and the epidemiological risk factors that inform them are still relevant, new discoveries necessitate a shift in thinking, which the new models and methods discussed are working to implement. In the words of Zheng, the idea is not to replace the existing models, but to provide supplemental information so that providers and patients can make the most informed decisions about their healthcare. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more
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The largest tulip garden in Asia opened for tourists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar. The garden features thousands of tulips, which have blossomed in the Zabarwan hills along the banks of Dal lake. Other than the 46 varieties of 1.5 million tulips, many other species of flowers – hyacinths, daffodils and ranunculus have been added this year.Source: NDTV
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