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Independent UN expert urges greater efforts to help South Ossetias displacedIndependent UN expert urges greater efforts to help South Ossetias displaced

Walter Kaelin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), cited lack of shelter as the main problem faced by those displaced within South Ossetia during the fighting in August 2008.It is estimated that 680 houses, in addition to a number of public civilian installations, were destroyed in Tskhinvali during the fighting, as well as many villages, he noted in a news release issued following his 5 to 6 November visit.“Reconstruction is progressing far too slowly. Many will have to live through a second winter without having their own roof over their head,” said the expert, who reports to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council. “I also saw several villages, which had an ethnic Georgian population prior to the 2008 conflict, that are now empty and have been systematically destroyed,” he said. Mr. Kaelin said he also met with ethnic Ossetians, who had been displaced during the first conflict in 1991-1992. “All displaced, whether they were displaced in 1991-1992 or 2008, have the right to return and restitution of their property,” he stated. “Return for everyone regardless of where they live now must be facilitated by both sides in a pragmatic way respecting the rights of internally displaced persons.He added that a mechanism “with international expertise” is probably needed to effectively address property issues, given the different waves of displacement in the region.Mr. Kaelin encouraged both sides to make use of the Geneva discussions and other channels of communication to agree on first steps to alleviate unnecessary hardships for the civilian population, while continuing to work towards a more comprehensive solution. The ninth round of the Geneva discussions, a forum that brings together representatives of the conflict parties and the international community to discuss, among other issues, questions relating to refugees and IDPs, will resume tomorrow. The Representative also called on all sides to show more flexibility in agreeing on access routes for the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and help with the recovery and reconstruction effort. “These are practical arrangements that do not in any way pre-determine political questions. With a minimum will to compromise we could have had an agreement long ago allowing humanitarian organizations to help the most vulnerable to resume normal lives.”Mr. Kaelin, who carries out his duties in an independent and unpaid capacity, visited Georgia in October 2008 but had been unable to access the Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia at that time.“Flexibility on all sides has allowed me to carry out this visit,” he noted. “I can report that I have enjoyed full access to all places in the South Ossetia that I requested to see. I also had open and frank discussions with key decision-makers on the South Ossetian side and will continue the dialogue with the Georgian Government.” 10 November 2009An independent United Nations human rights expert who just completed a visit to South Ossetia has called for “more pragmatism and less politics” to improve the situation of those displaced during last year’s armed conflict that pitted Georgia against separatists and their Russian allies. read more

Two arrested for smoking in the planeTwo arrested for smoking in the plane

The two Sri Lankans were initially warned by the Sri Lankan airlines flight crew after the smoke alarm had been set-off. The two passengers were handed over to the Katunayake airport police after the plane landed this morning.They were to be produced in court later today. However the two passengers had got unruly with the crew after they were warned, the police media unit said. Two passengers, who were flying onboard a Sri Lankan airlines flight, were arrested today for smoking in the plane.Both passengers had been smoking in the toilet of the plane while returning from Kuwait late last night, the police media unit said. read more

Syria UNArab League envoy calls on Security Council to agree on resolutionSyria UNArab League envoy calls on Security Council to agree on resolution

Addressing reporters in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, today, the Joint Special Representative, Lakhdar Brahimi, said that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis, and that the only possibility was a political solution, with a political process agreed on by everyone.He also said that a communiqué, agreed on by a range of interested parties, “should be turned into a Security Council resolution and he encouraged Council members to continue talks to reach such a resolution,” a UN spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York.The communiqué – issued in Geneva on 30 June following a meeting of the UN-backed Action Group on Syria – called for all parties to immediately re-commit to a sustained cessation of armed violence in a bid to end the conflict that began in March 2011 and has to date claimed more than 20,000 lives.The 15-member Security Council has met several times on the situation in Syria, but has so far failed to reach agreement on collective and effective action to tackle the crisis.As part of his efforts to halt the violence in Syria, Mr. Brahimi has had a range of meetings on the matter, both regional and elsewhere. Last night, in Cairo, he met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil El-Araby. In June, the Action Group had also agreed on a set of principles and guidelines for a Syrian-led transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, which includes the establishment of a transitional governing body that would exercise full executive powers and would be made up of members of the present Government and the opposition and other groups.In addition, the communiqué had called on the parties to implement the six-point plan put forward earlier this year by the former Joint Special Envoy for the Syrian crisis, Kofi Annan, which calls for an end to violence, access for humanitarian agencies to provide relief to those in need, the release of detainees, the start of inclusive political dialogue, and unrestricted access to the country for the international media.The Action Group comprised the Secretaries-General of the UN and the Arab League; the Foreign Ministers of the five permanent members of the Security Council – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States – as well as the Turkish Foreign Minister; the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; and the Foreign Ministers of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, in their respective roles related to the Arab League. In addition to the tens of thousands who have died since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began, some 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighbouring countries, according to UN estimates.The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Lebanon and Jordan starting tomorrow and until the end of the week to meet Syrian refugees and see the increasing humanitarian needs first hand. Ms. Cousin will meet senior government officials in both countries and visit WFP food distributions in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and in the Za’tari refugee camp in Jordan, according to the agency.WFP’s Regional Emergency Operation – aimed at covering the food needs of refugees in neighbouring countries – was launched in July and is now expanding to include the new wave of arrivals of refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inside Syria, WFP has scaled up its operations and is reaching 1.5 million people monthly with food assistance.The agency is one of several UN bodies assisting the ever-growing number of Syrians in need as a result of the crisis. read more

Duratray expanding in Russia with new offices and ordersDuratray expanding in Russia with new offices and orders

first_imgDuratray International says it continues to go against the trend with investments into new markets. This year saw the office openings in both Johannesberg (South Africa) and Saint Petersburg (Russia), allowing the platform for continued growth within those regions. Remaining committed to significant investment in R&D, the development of sustainable products for said markets not only improve productivity of its clients but also exceed in its focus on health and environmental factors within the community.Duratray International entered the Russian market in 2015 supplying its Belaz 7530 fleet to one of the world’s largest coal companies – SUEK. And 2017 also saw a 30+ Duratray fleet enter a leading Russian iron-ore mining company, increasing its productivity more than 11%. The year 2018 expected to grow further supplying a large Duratray fleet into the biggest gold, iron ore and coal mines for the region.Duratray told IM it is positive in the future growth of its current customer base and the development of new relationships in Russia and its surrounding countries. The Russian branch, with Steve Hall as its Deputy General Manager,  is a new base of operations for Former Soviet Union countries together with their established business involvement in Mongolia. Having commenced in the region with sales to Kyrgyzstan in 2014, Siberia in 2015 and Western Russia in 2016. Hall has contributed significantly to the geographic expansion of the company.Duratray International plans to open its Moscow office in 2018, and will continue working closely with the community and its customers to bring sustainability to the industry. At MiningWorld Russia in April, Duratray presented its customised technology – showcasing the Suspended Dump Body Truck and XP Steel Light Dump Body Truck. Manufacturing operations are now well advanced at both St Petersburg and Magnitogorsk facilities with the first deliveries of Caterpillar 793D lightweight steel dump bodies having been made. “Enthusiastic support has been received from local steel manufacturers, all of whom are vertically integrated companies which conduct their own mining operations. Those iron ore and coking coal mines provide future opportunities for supply of Duratray products.”The six Cat-789 Duratray suspended dump bodies (SDB’s) at Kumtor Gold in Kyrgyzstan were recently inspected by Duratray Field Service leader Don Wright. Having passed more than three years in service the SDB dump bodies “have demonstrated exceptionally low wear rates of approximately 10 mm per year on the Wear Mats. This indicates that the replacement life of the wearmats (original thickness 90 mm) would be approximately 40,000 hours or some seven years.”last_img read more

Niklas Landin to miss Golden League tournamentNiklas Landin to miss Golden League tournament

The real test for some of the nations to participate at the upcoming European Championship in Denmark in January 2014, is the “Golden League” tournament that will take place this weekend. France, Norway, Croatia and Denmark will play each other in what is expected to be high-quality games. However, Denmark will have to do without their first choice keeper Niklas Landin from the RN Loewen, who has suffered a back injury. This makes Jannick Green to take the main responsibility on the goal, along with Soren Rasmussen and Marcus Cleverley. ← Previous Story Brazilian girls win Provident Cup in Hungary Next Story → Bundesliga (W): In top game Barbosa leads Thuringer past HC Leipzig jannick greenlandinlowenmarcus cleverleyNiklas Landinrn loewensoren rasmussenUlrik Wilbek read more

Le cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 612 ans liPadLe cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 612 ans liPad

first_imgLe cadeau de Noël souhaité par les 6-12 ans: l’iPadSelon une étude de Nielsen, spécialisé sur la consommation, les listes de Noël chez les 6-12 ans américains voient la tablette phare du géant Apple en tête du classement…Encore mieux! Les deuxième et troisième cadeaux souhaités ne sont autres que l’iPod Touch et l’iPhone. Les parents ne risquent pas de se ruiner, n’est-ce pas?À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?L’iPad est en haut de la liste avec 44 % de vote, 30 % pour l’iPod Touch et 27% l’iPhone. Le père Noël ne pourra pas se tromper de cadeau, à moins de ne vraiment pas avoir compris le message…Cependant, d’autres produits ne sont pas loin derrière comme la Nintendo 3DS avec 25% ou le Kinect avec 23%…Les jeux vidéo, eux aussi, ont des beaux jours devant eux. Quant aux français, une autre étude indique que nous dépenserons 7 milliards d’euros sur internet pour l’achat des cadeaux. La place des produits Apple dans ces estimations n’est pas définie mais on peut supposer qu’elle sera tout de même conséquente. En conclusion, c’est un sacré budget pour les parents ! Au siècle dernier, avec une petite boite de Playmobil, une peluche ou un ballon de foot, l’histoire était réglée. Le 19 novembre 2011 à 18:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Holiday Closures New Years DayHoliday Closures New Years Day

first_img• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday, no home delivery. The postal unit at the Shell gas station, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year.• BANKS: Many banks closed Monday; check your bank for details.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections on regular schedule this week. In Camas, garbage and recycling normally picked up on Monday will be picked up Tuesday.• BUSES: C-Tran follows regular Sunday schedule on Sunday, and regular weekday schedule on Monday. TriMet buses and MAX will operate on Sunday schedule on Sunday and Monday.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Fort Vancouver Regional Library closed Sunday, open Monday. Camas Public Library closed Sunday and Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. stock markets closed Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Closed Sunday.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open.• VANCOUVER MALL: Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Department stores’ and restaurants’ hours may vary. The library in the mall is closed Sunday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Offices closed through Monday. Circulation customer service phone lines, 360-694-2312, open 6 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 4:30 a.m. to noon on Monday.last_img read more

NoCanada Mariners Paxton pitches nohitter in TorontoNoCanada Mariners Paxton pitches nohitter in Toronto

first_img TORONTO — James Paxton looked up at the 20,000 Canadian fans cheering for him and pointed to the giant maple leaf tattoo on his right forearm.The Big Maple picked the perfect place for the game of his life.Paxton became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, pitching the Seattle Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.“You couldn’t write this stuff,” Paxton said. “Pretty amazing to have it happen against the Blue Jays, at home in Canada.”Not bad, eh?The 29-year-old lefty from British Columbia got a standing ovation at Rogers Centre. The crowd rooted for him in the late innings, realizing he was one of their own — his tattoo of Canada’s national symbol includes an image of a family home near Vancouver.“The fans were great,” he said. “They were giving me some trouble in the seventh inning, but once I got past that, they started kind of cheering me on. It was cool.” Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton, back to camera, is mobbed by teammates after throwing a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)last_img read more

Moriyasu says Japan wont change tactics against next rivalMoriyasu says Japan wont change tactics against next rival

first_imgThe Samurai Blue defeated Vietnam 1-0 in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals and will now play against Iran in the Semifinals.A penalty kick goal by Ritsu Doan in the 57th minute was enough to give Japan the 1-0 win over Vietnam in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.The Japanese are looking for a fifth Asian Cup, as they take on Iran in the Semifinals.And for coach Hajime Moriyasu the team won’t change tactics against their next rivals.“It was very important that we won. Our players were able to keep the clean sheet. It was another experience for us in terms of development as a team,” said Moriyasu to The Khaleej Times.“Vietnam has a very tight defense and they never give up.”“So it was very difficult to create chances. But today Japan moved the ball well. Yes, at times we did lose the ball, but we managed to create chances,” he added.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“It would have been better if we had scored more. Vietnam played with patience. But we need to improve our accuracy in the final third.”“Overall the players did well. They did what they needed to do,” he explained.“It doesn’t matter who we will play. We will prepare for the game well in the next three days.”“Our approach would be same. Of course, your strategy changes depending on your opponent. We have had different experiences in different matches,” the coach added.“We had defended deep against Saudi Arabia. So we have learned from all these experiences.”Iran will meet Japan in the Semifinals on January 28th at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.last_img read more

Eusebio craves for a solid RomaEusebio craves for a solid Roma

first_imgEusebio Di Francesco praised Roma’s effort and unity in their win against ChievoStephan El Shaarawy, Edin Dzeko and Kolarov were all on the scorers’ sheet at the Bentegodi, to wrap a 3-0 win.“We started strong, Chievo fought back and gambled everything, but we were always in control and could’ve had a few more goals,” the Coach told Football Italia.💬 | Tonight’s captain – and goalscorer – on the performance… #ASRoma #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/cSC97QTVAY— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019“You can leave 20 minutes to the opposition during a 90-minute game, no matter who you are up against, as long as you defend well and remain solid. We didn’t do that.“Chievo were very aggressive and ran big risks at the back as a result, so we had to make more vertical passes and cut their defence open. I have told the players that in those situations, if there is the option for a through ball, we should take it.“It’s fundamental to play this way that the forwards help the team, that we remain solid and don’t leave gaps between the lines. There are risks with through balls, we often read it well tonight and caught Chievo offside repeatedly.”Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.Kolarov bowed to the fans. Was it sarcastic or a genuine attempt to make up with the ultras?“I think it was a great gesture, to apologise to the fans after what happened, but once again I need to point out this lad played for a month with pain-killing injections. He could barely walk when he arrived at training and would play because we needed him.“He can say the wrong thing sometimes, but he’s a great professional and nobody can complain about his approach on the field.”Dzeko found the net and hit the crossbar, but still has only five Serie A goals this season.85′ | ♻️ | Third and final substitution for the Giallorossi…⬅️ Stephan El Shaarawy➡️ Justin Kluivert0-3 | #ChievoRoma pic.twitter.com/kvD7gWsR5h— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) February 8, 2019last_img read more

Heavy Use for New Heavy Weapons Range at Ft BraggHeavy Use for New Heavy Weapons Range at Ft Bragg

first_imgAfter the opening of a new multipurpose machine gun range at Fort Bragg was delayed for four years, soldiers have been keeping the training area busy as they attempt to qualify on the service’s biggest weapons.Range 66A — which was built for soldiers to train using the M249 squad automatic weapon, M2 .50-caliber machine gun, MK 19 grenade launcher and M240 machine gun — has been used every day since it opened in September. The range is the first of its kind at the North Carolina post and is booked through the next four months, reported the Fayetteville Observer.With 87 live fire ranges, Fort Bragg has more training ranges than any two other installations put together. But without a range to qualify on heavy weapons, soldiers needed to secure a waiver to count their qualification scores from other ranges.The range was scheduled to open in 2011, but contractor issues pushed back the opening until last fall, according to the story. It was built at a cost estimated between $3 million and $5 million.The range features 150 automated targets and sensors to provide soldiers’ scores in real time. The targets range in distance from 100 yards to almost one mile away, and appear and disappear as part of a synchronized display.Having the ability to program different scenarios allows staff to essentially create a new range.“We have the options,” said Master Sgt. Kris Barnette. “That’s great. They won’t become familiar with one thing.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Railway road in city turns into dumping yardRailway road in city turns into dumping yard

first_imgKakinada: The facility for rail commuters provided one-and-a-half year ago has now turned out to be a place for dumping of municipal waste in Kakinada smart city. Former Kakinada MLA V Venkateswara Rao took the initiative for provision of facility for passengers from west side of the railway station towards Sri Nagar (Bhanugudi area) noticing the plight of passengers particularly during night times to reach their destinations. The way was provided with tree plantation on both sides and centre markings also. But the same was now turned as place for dumping of municipal waste. Several rail commuters express unhappiness and anger over dumping of municipal waste on both sides of the way leaving little space for road users. They expressed over this concern. When contacted, AMC Ch Naga Narasimha Rao said that he will inspect the area and take necessary measures to remove the waste.last_img read more

Subway Teams With Foursquare to Measure TV Ad EffectivenessSubway Teams With Foursquare to Measure TV Ad Effectiveness

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety It is something advertisers have long said they need: proof their many 6-, 15-, 30- and 60-second commercials result in consumer activity. As the linear TV audience has dispersed among streaming video, DVR playback and many other methods of consumption, the industry is struggling to count viewers in a way advertisers will support. Despite the rise of mobile tablets and subscription video on demand, most TV networks continue to derive the bulk of their ad revenue based on the number of linear viewers their TV shows attract.  Linking ad exposure to a purchase or response could give TV networks reason to seek premiums from sponsors, said several of the executives involved in the new effort.Foursquare has offered the technology since 2016, but the field is crowding as more advertisers obtain more granular measures of their advertising. A+E Networks, for example, last month said it would measure such elements as foot traffic, sales and website traffic in a bid to tie results to a schedule of TV commercials. AT&T’s Turner has also begun to guarantee specific business outcomes as part of ad sales.Foursquare matches exposure to TV ads measured by a partner, Inscape, to a consumer panel.“TV is a critical part of the media mix and being able to measure it, alongside digital, is a necessity of any solution,” says Jared Hand, vice president of national sales of Foursquare.center_img Location-technology company Foursquare wants to get in on the race to devise a better yardstick to measure the effectiveness of TV commercials.Sandwich-chain Subway has agreed to use Foursquare’s attribution technology that measures how effective TV ads are at driving consumers to stores, restaurants and other retail outlets. The partnership helps to illustrate the growing demand Madison Avenue is putting not only on how many consumers their commercial reach – typically gauged by data providers such as Nielsen – but also on whether those ads actually prod potential customers to consider a purchase of the product being advertised to them.The technology “allows us to have even more accountability for every dollar spent on behalf of our franchisees,” says Melissa Sutton, Subway’s director of media. By attempting to tie commercials to purchase behavior, “we’re able to gain a more holistic understanding of the role TV ads play in our broader media plan, and identify the combinations of media, channels, and creatives that drive the most return on investment.”last_img read more

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first_img Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., and Lauren Libero, Ph.D., utilized structural MRI to analyze three factors that could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Image courtesy of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. March 9, 2015 — Rajesh Kana, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues are the first to combine three different measures of the brain to distinguish people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from matched, typically developing peers. This multimodal approach, published online in the journal Cortex, uses anatomy, the connectivity between different brain regions and levels of a neurochemical for measurement; this is distinct from many previous studies that have used a single neuroimaging measure. While those studies uncovered widespread functional and anatomical brain abnormalities in ASD, the results were not highly consistent, possibly reflecting the complex brain pathology in autism spectrum disorders.At this time, autism diagnosis is based on behavior. Kana’s multimodal neuroimaging-based classification is a step toward a possible biomarker for autism and possibly diagnosing autism at an early age, perhaps as early as 6 months, when the brain is very plastic and intervention might be more effective. “But that’s a long, long way off,” said Kana, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences and an associate scientist in UAB’s Civitan International Research Center.This preliminary study needs to be validated with a larger sample, Kana said; but it “emphasizes that the brain abnormalities in autism may not be confined to a single area. Rather, they are distributed across different areas at multiple levels and layers.”Kana, corresponding author of the study, examined 19 high-functioning adults with ASD and 18 typically developing peers, who were matched for age and intelligence. Using the 3-Tesla scanner in the UAB Civitan Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, Kana’s group performed structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure brain cortical thickness (volume data), diffusion tensor imaging to measure the connectivity of white-matter fibers of the brain and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy to measure brain neurotransmitters like N-acetylaspartate. The brain’s white-matter areas are like electrical cables that link different regions of the brain.The same MRI machine does all three measurements, using different settings for each. The volume data take 10 minutes, connectivity measurements take 12 minutes and the spectroscopy takes 30 minutes. While some participants were comfortable in the tight space of an MRI, others needed training in a nonfunctioning simulator MRI before any testing.Kana’s group found significant differences in some specific measurements using each of the three neuroimaging approaches. They then combined certain of these key differences into a decision tree model — akin to the differential diagnosis flowchart used by clinicians. This decision-tree model gave a classification accuracy of 91.9 percent for distinguishing ASD subjects from the controls.“Autism is such a heterogeneous disorder, and every patient presents with different symptoms and levels of severity,” said Lauren Libero, Ph.D., first author of the study. “That makes it really challenging to try to find one explanation within the brain for the very complex symptoms of autism.”“This study is important,” said Libero who is now a post-doctoral scholar at the University of California-Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders), “because we found that different combinations of alterations in the brain could lead to the same or different levels of symptom severity. This could explain why previous studies have found varying results when it comes to which areas of the brain are affected in autism. There likely is not one uniform pattern affecting everyone with autism.”“We also found that combining different MRI techniques led to better classification of our participants with autism,” Libero said. “Most previous studies have focused on using one technique at a time, even though we have evidence that there are alterations in the brain in autism in terms of structure, white-matter connectivity, and brain chemical concentrations. When we are looking at a disorder that is so complex, multiple modalities of investigation can be more efficient to separate autism from other disorders, or to identify subgroups within autism. Our study found a way to combine measures of brain structure, white matter diffusion, and neurochemical concentration to classify our participants by their diagnosis, as well as their level of autism severity.”Specific significant findings in the Libero et al. Cortex paper include:Increased cortical thickness in ASD participants, compared to controls, across the left cingulate, left pars opercularis of the inferior frontal gyrus, left inferior temporal cortex and the right precuneus;Reduced cortical thickness in the right cuneus and right precentral gyrus;Reduced white matter connectivity (as measured by reduced fractional anisotropy and increased radial diffusivity) for two discrete clusters on the forceps minor of the corpus callosum; andReduction in N-acetylaspartate in the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Just three of these significant differences — radial diffusivity in the right forceps minor, cortical thickness in the left pars opercularis and fractional anisotropy in the left forceps minor —yielded the best decision tree for distinguishing ASD participants from controls.Kana and colleagues also built a decision tree with five of the significant findings that sorted ASD participants by disease severity.For more information: www.uab.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more News | March 09, 2015 Autism Detection Improved by Multimodal Neuroimaging Tracking three different measures via structural MRI could allow autism diagnosis as early as six months News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read morelast_img read more

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first_img Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Newer SystemsSiemens introduced several new systems in its Artis series, including the Artis Q, Artis Q.zen and the Artis one. These incorporate both new X-ray tube and detector technology to not only lower dose, but also cut energy consumption by up to 20 percent from previous generation Artis systems. Siemens’ new X-ray tube uses flat emitter technology, which enables smaller, square focal spots that the vendor said leads to as much as 70 percent improved visibility of small vessels and improved image quality. The Artis Q.zen combines this X-ray tube with a new crystalline detector that enables patient doses as low as half the standard angiography levels. New software suites for various specialties have been introduced for Philips’ angiography systems, including interventional oncology, interventional neurology and for the hybrid OR suite. The oncology suite can perform two passes with the C-arm for to collect images of the arterial and tumor phases with contrast to combine them into a single image to help guide embolizations. The software also features automated feeder vessel detection.  Philips EchoNavigator software enables fusion imaging with live 3-D/4-D transesophageal echo (TEE), showing the relation of the TEE image on live or captured image angiography.  Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Siemens Healthcareusa.healthcare.siemens.com Philips Healthcareusa.philips.com/healthcare GE, Toshiba aqnd Philips offer software to visualize the dose accumulation (peek skin dose) on a patient in real time. All these systems show an illustration of the distribution of received X-ray radiation to serve as a reminder to move the C-arm to avoid radiation burns. Dose limits also can be set.  At the 2015 American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting, Toshiba highlighted its 3-D rotational angiography capabilities and its new transcatheter valve planning and image fusion capabilities. The 3mensio Structural Heart software facilitates pre-operative planning of aortic valve procedures, mitral valve procedures and left arterial appendage (LAA) closures. It can also fuse 3-D CT or MRI images with live fluoroscopy to enable procedural guidance. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 The Artis Q, Artis Q.zen and Artis one include the Clearstent Live application, which freezes motion in the region of a stent, allowing the physician to mask out movement of the beating heart and place the stent in precisely. The Artis one also offers new tools for cardiac imaging, including HeartSweep, which uses dual-axis rotational angiography to image the entire heart in a single, smooth C-arm movement instead of multiple acquisitions from different projections. This single-sweep movement has the potential to speed up procedures and save contrast agents.  GE Healthcaregehealthcare.com  At RSNA 2014, Toshiba introduced its new line of combination computed tomography (CT)/angiography systems. It combines an Infinix Elite angiography system with an Aquilion Prime or Aquilion One Vision Edition CT system.  This offers an all-in-one interventional lab and CT solution to deliver real-time CT images during procedures instead of CT-like rotational angiography images. It can significantly improve workflow with its SURE Guidance technology, allowing image transition between modalities. At RSNA 2015, Toshiba showcased its Infinix 4DCT, which merges the Infinix Elite angiography system and Aquilion One Vision edition CT system. The Aquilion One Vision is capable of capturing an entire organ in one rotation with 640 slices and 16 cm of anatomical coverage. The combination of the interventional lab and CT eliminates the need to transfer patients between departments and allows clinicians to decrease procedure time and maintain patient safety.  Designed as an angiographic interventional system, Trinias offers a new 12-inch Crossover flat panel detector for multi-procedure versatility that accommodates any type of angiography procedure. Combined with Score Pro image processing, the systems provide excellent visibility and numerous image guidance functions, as well as sophisticated 3-D application techniques. When used as a cardiac or neuro interventional system, Trinias is equipped with a new 8-inch flat panel detector. The system also has Score StentView, which improves visibility of existing stents in vessels. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Radiation ReductionAll the new angiography systems on the U.S. market offer dose-lowering technologies. These advances include improved X-ray tubes, more sensitive detectors and software to help improve image quality at lower doses, in addition to noise reduction. The Philips Allura Clarity is an example of the next-generation system that can help lower standard procedural dose by 50 to 75 percent. The operator can easily adjust the frame rates to help reduce dose, and the system incorporates Philips’ ClarityIQ software to achieve excellent visibility at low X-ray dose levels for patients of all sizes. The software helps correct for motion, reduces noise, auto enhances the image and corrects pixel shift on cine images. The ClarityIQ technology is also available as an upgrade for the majority of Philips’ installed base of monoplane and biplane interventional X-ray systems. Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical Philips added a new 16-bit digital detector on its FD20 platform. This offers four times higher contrast and higher DQE. Also, the new detector is designed so it does not need active cooling.  Comparison ChartThis article served as an introduction for a comparison chart for angiography systems on the U.S. market. To access the chart, click on the “Comparison Charts” tab at the top of the screen. 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Omega Medical Imagingomegamedicalimaging.com Toshiba recently introduced a new line of combined CT and angiography systems, allowing true CT imaging on demand in the interventional lab.Angiographic imaging system vendors have developed several new technologies to address emerging cath lab trends, including the need to reduce radiation dose, improve image quality and enable advanced procedural image guidance. All three of these points have become increasingly important as more complex procedures are attempted in interventional cardiology cath labs and hybrid ORs. These procedures include transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip repairs, left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusions, atrial and ventricular septal defect closures, and new interventions for both electrophysiology (EP) and heart failure.All of the major vendors in the United States introduced new systems and technologies in the past few years to reduce dose and enhance visualization in the cath lab. The vendors have tailored their systems into various models for specific specialties and at various price points depending on the degree of functionality. Most vendors also offer software to enhance visualization of stents and other devices.Advanced Imaging, Guidance, PlanningNewer imaging systems enable advanced 3-D imaging with rotational angiography, which uses a quick spin around the patient to create a computed tomography (CT)-like, 3-D image of the anatomy. This can all be done tableside in the cath lab. Some systems allow these images, or CT or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 3-D images, to be overlaid or fused with the live 2-D fluoroscopic images. This fusion technology is used with TAVR planning and navigation software to better guide precise device placement. Software also allows 3-D images to be integrated with EP electromapping systems to guide catheter ablation procedures without the need for live fluoroscopy, helping to reduce dose. GE Healthcare introduced its revolutionary Discovery IGS series in 2013. The laser-guided system captures the advantages of floor- and ceiling-mounted fixed systems and the mobility advantage of mobile C-arms without any of their inherent limitations. The imaging device is on a mobile, wheeled gantry that can be moved anywhere in the room like a mobile C-arm, but offers precision, high-quality imaging and features of a fixed system. At the touch of a button, clinicians can move the system to the table for imaging various anatomies and then move it aside and park it, allowing room to optimally position physicians, nurses, technologists, anesthesiologists and other personnel for surgery, with unobstructed access to the patient. The gantry comes with a new wide-bore design, which allows for steep angles and ease in 3-D acquisition, especially for large patients. It uses the same digital flat-panel detector technology as GE’s fixed-based Innova angiography imaging systems.  Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more At the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2014 annual meeting, Siemens introduced its Artis With Pure technology, which simplifies the use of Siemens’ 3-D rotational angiography. The software suggests imaging protocols for ease of use and offers step-by-step instructions to create a fusion image.  Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more Shimadzu’s new angiography system platform is the Trinias series. It uses high-speed Score Pro image processing technology, and a smart ergonomic design aids intuitive functionality. The Score process enhances fluoroscopic images while maintaining as low as achievable dose considerations. News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Toshibamedical.toshiba.com Siemens’ Syngo Dyna 4-D imaging now enables a combined digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and DynaCT (a CT-like 3-D image) at the same time to show filling of vessels with contrast. The Syngo DynaCT SMART feature can remove metal streak artifacts tableside from 3-D reconstructions. A Quick Zoom feature also allows zooming in on a region of interest tableside without the need to manually manipulate images in the control room. These technologies can be retrofitted on older Artis systems.  Feature | January 27, 2016 | Dave Fornell Trends in Interventional Lab Imaging Systems Advances in the cath lab include the need to lower radiation dose, boost image enhancement and enable fusion imaging Dedicated cardiac and neuro cath labs generally use smaller detectors in the range of 8-10 inch diagonal to allow steep C-arm angulations to get different views of the coronary anatomy. Larger detectors in the rage of 15-20 inch diagonal offer a larger field of view for peripheral procedures and interventional radiology.   Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more At RSNA 2015, GE showcased its Assist brand, a collection of new interventional imaging software packages designed for specific clinical subspecialists. The suite offers simple to use fusion imaging for computed tomography (CT) 3-D image reconstructions that can be overlaid or fused with live angiography in the cath lab. The new Assist suite of targeted software solutions include Vessel Assist to better navigate vessels for chronic total occlusions (CTO), transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) and interventional neuroradiology arteriovenous malformation (AVM) and aneurysms. The EVAR Assist aids endovascular aortic repair (EVAR). Needle Assist is for bone interventions and pelvic bone osteosynthesis. FlightPlan for Liver helps with liver embolizations. Valve Assist is for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). PCI Assist aids complex percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) navigation.  News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Detector ConsiderationsWhen looking at systems for labs utilized by multiple users (interventional cardiology, vascular surgeons, interventional radiology, etc.) the size of the X-ray detector should be kept in mind, as different users have different requirements. Detector size is expressed in one of two ways: height and width, or as a diagonal measure from corner to corner. So a 20 x 20 cm detector can also be described as a 10-inch diagonal detector.  Toshiba’s Spot Fluoroscopy software for its Infinix-i systems allows clinicians to observe a target region of anatomy using Spot Fluoro’s live fluoroscopy, while viewing the last image hold (LIH) in the surrounding area that has been collimated out of the field of view to cut dose.  News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 11, 2019 Mednax National Cardiac Centers of Excellence Program Highlighted at SCCT 2019 Mednax Inc. and Mednax Radiology Solutions announced that Chief Medical Officer Ricardo C. 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