Rabat – The Fez World Sacred Music Festival hosted artists from around the world in an attempt to open a dialogue between religions, counter terrorism, and highlight the status of women throughout history.The 22nd annual festival, which kicked off on Friday evening under the patronage of Princess Lalla Salma accompanied by Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser of Qatar, aims to pay tribute to the contributions of women in the development of Morocco throughout history.This year’s festival is celebrated under the theme “Women Founders.” Abderrafih Zouitene, president of the Fez Foundation and the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, said during a press conference that the main objective of the festival is to open a dialogue between religions, and to prove that Morocco is a country of coexistence, tolerance, and peace, in addition to correcting the negative image of Islam that has been formed after recent terrorist attacks.The president of the festival also said that this year’s festival pays tribute to many Moroccan women who have made major contributions to their society.Among these women that had a positive impact on the Moroccan society is Kenza El Awrabiya, the wife of Moulay Idris, who played a role in unification between the Amazigh people and the Arabs, which forms the basis of Moroccan society.Also honored was Fatima Al Fihriya, the founder of Al Karaouine Mosque in Fez, which is regarded as the oldest degree granting university in the world.Zouitene said that this year introduced a new concept, where each Festival honors one particular country. India, a country of such great history and culture, was the first country to be honored.The 21st Fez Festival of World Sacred Music in 2015 was a great success. Many African artistic and musical groups performed and paid homage to the historic links between Morocco and the rest of the continent.
by News Staff Posted May 11, 2012 6:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email UK bank shares fall the morning after JPMorgan Chase disclosed $2 billion loss LONDON – A surprise trading loss of $2 billion at JPMorgan Chase’s London operations has added pressure on British regulators to toughen financial oversight, a possibility that sent bank shares tumbling.JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, said it lost $2 billion in the past six weeks in a trading portfolio designed to hedge against risks the company takes with its own money.The news caused financial stocks to slump in London. Ian Gordon, analyst at Investec Securities, said that may be based on a fear that JPMorgan’s difficulty will lead to tougher regulations on banking.Barclays, which has a large investment banking arm, was the biggest loser, shedding 2.5 per cent at midday. Royal Bank of Scotland fell 1.6 per cent, Lloyds Banking Group 1.5 per cent and HSBC 1.3 per cent.The British government has traditionally used “light touch” regulation of banking and trading in London, traditionally one of the world’s biggest financial hubs.But since the banking crisis which began in 2008, British authorities have been reconsidering that approach. On Wednesday, the government announced that it would be legislating new regulations in the current session of Parliament, including forcing banks to insulate their retail operations from riskier investment banking.London accounts for 46 per cent of the over-the-counter derivatives market, 70 per cent of eurobond turnover and 19 per cent of global hedge fund assets, according to the City of London, which governs the financial district.The Wall Street Journal reported that JPMorgan was in touch with Britain’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Authority, about the trading loss, but neither the company nor the regulator would comment.“The portfolio has proved to be riskier, more volatile and less effective as an economic hedge than we thought,” CEO Jamie Dimon told reporters. “There were many errors, sloppiness and bad judgment.”The Journal and Bloomberg News reported in April that other investors were reacting to massive positions taken by a London trader identified as Bruno Michel Iksil, who worked in the Morgan’s risk management arm, the Chief Investment Office.At the time, Dimon dismissed concerns as “a complete tempest in a teapot.”According to the register of the Financial Services Authority, Iksil joined JPMorgan Chase and J.P. Morgan Europe Ltd. on Nov. 1, 2007.Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America are among more than 240 foreign banks which have offices in London, Europe’s biggest financial centre.Swiss bank UBS last year reported losing $2 billion through unauthorized trades allegedly made by a junior employee in London.Jordan Lambert, a trader at Spreadex in London, said the market reaction on Friday was understandable.“When such shocks occur, it is wise to err on the side of caution and consider whether it is a possible tip of the iceberg scenario, especially when one contemplates the interconnectedness of the banking system,” he said.
This is an extremely interesting and novel approach which shows great promise and we will look forward to it being translated into clinical applicationDr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation However the new technique could reduce the need for fillings of cements, which are prone to infection and often need replacing a number of times.When fillings fail or infection occurs, dentists have to remove and fill an area that is larger than what is affected, and after multiple treatments the tooth may eventually need to be extracted.Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation: “This is an extremely interesting and novel approach which shows great promise and we will look forward to it being translated into clinical application that could undoubtedly be a progressive step in the treatment of dental disease.“While fillings have remained highly effective in repairing large cavities, they are susceptible to wear-and-tear and can occasionally be in need of repair and replacement. This presents problems as the dentist could have to remove and fill a larger area each time and after numerous treatments the tooth may then have to be extracted.“Creating a more natural way for the tooth to repair itself could not only eliminate these issues, but also be a far less invasive treatment option for patients. With dental phobia still being very common, using a natural way to stimulate the renewal of dentine could be an especially comforting proposal for these groups, for which undergoing treatment can often be a cause great anxiety.”The procedure has so far only been used in mouse teeth, but it was shown to ‘fill the whole injury site’.And Tideglusib has already been shown to be safe in clinical trials of patients with Alzheimer’s disease so scientists say that the treatment could be fast-tracked into dental practices. The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports. Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer’s patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.Researchers at King’s College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so that they generate new dentine – the mineralised material under the enamel.Teeth already have the capability of regenerating dentine if the pulp inside the tooth becomes exposed through a trauma or infection, but can only naturally make a very thin layer, and not enough to fill the deep cavities caused by tooth decay. Professor Paul Sharpe, lead author of the study, of the Dental Institute, from King’s College London, said: “The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine.“In addition, using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics.”Currently dentists use man-made cements or fillings, such as calcium and silicon-based products, to treat larger cavities and fill holes in teeth.But this cement remains in the tooth and fails to disintegrate, meaning that the normal mineral level of the tooth is never completely restored. But Tideglusib switches off an enzyme called GSK-3 which prevents dentine from carrying on forming. Scientists showed it is possible to soak a small biodegradable sponge with the drug and insert it into a cavity, where it triggers the growth of dentine and repairs the damage within six weeks. The tiny sponges are made out of collagen so they melt away over time, leaving only the repaired tooth. An image showing repair after four weeks (left) and six weeks (right)Credit:King’s College Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
← Previous Story Dinamo Bucharest win Romanian Super Cup 2016 Next Story → “Mini Super Globe” in Doha powered by El Jaish Sports Club IHF Super Globe 2016 The 10th IHF Super Globe starts on Monday in Doha. Get prepared for the first major handball event in season 16/17…KARABATIC TO CONTINUE WITH EURO TROPHIES SEASONS SINCE 2005?Do you know that probably the best handball player of XXI Century, Nikola Karabatić, didn’t miss to win at least one trophy at international stage since 2005! Amazing fact, but 32-years old French superstar stayed without joy of winning some major trophy with his teams – THW Kiel and FC Barcelona or France, in season 2004/2005, his last in Montpellier, where he showed big potential by winning EHF Champions League in 2003. The series of the VELUX EHF Champions League trophies with Kiel and Barcelona, and a lot of gold medals with France since Men’s EHF EURO 2006, will be challenged in year 2016, when 2014&2015 HP World Handball Player didn’t won anything on international level with PSG Handball and France, but Super Globe is coming…WAITING FOR THE THIRD NON-EUROPEAN FINAL…Statistics doesn’t hide anything. This will be the tenth IHF Super Globe, nine is won by European teams. The only non-European team who did it is Qatari Al Sadd, who beat SC Magdeburg 35:32 in 2002 at the most important match of group stage (there were no knock-out system). All Sadd, official host of 2016 event, also played at two finals in 2010 and 2014. Are there any chance to see some of Qatari teams (Lekhwya or Al Sadd) or Brazilian Taubate, ahead of TOP European rosters….SYDNEY UNIVERSITY TO SURPRISE ONCE AGAIN?The Australian representatives, Sydney University made a big surprise last year with an quarter-final win over Al Sadd 21:20. That was the first ever victory for Australian handball team, who showed development in the clashes with Barcelona and Veszprem after it. Are they capable to repeat that against the same rival – Al Sadd, and what they learned since the last September in Doha?SPANISH-GERMAN KINGDOM TO BE BROKEN?Event at Duhail Sports Hall will be the tenth IHF Super Globe event, eighth in Doha. Six titles have been won by teams from Spain, two went to Germany and one won Qatari team. Is it time to get new country – IHF Super Globe if we know how strong are PSG Handball and Vive Tauron Kielce?DOHA – THE HOME OF SUPER GLOBE…The capital city of Qatar will host the world’s club’s Championship for the seventh year in a row, eighth time in total with an „old event“ in 2002. The only two places who hosted Super Globe instead of Qatari city was Austrian Vienna and Egyptian Cairo.STANIC FOR AL SADD – ELAHMAR TO LEKHWYAThe Serbian goalie Darko Stanic will join Al-Sadd on short-term basis for the upcoming event. The 38-years old goalkeeper played at El Jaish Sports Club in the last season. Legendary Ex-Jaish right back, Egyptian NT captain Ahmed El Ahmar will help other Qatari team Lekhwya.
Apr 1st 2019, 1:08 PM 6 Comments 19,258 Views By Hayley Halpin Share50 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4570875 Monday 1 Apr 2019, 1:08 PM Short URL Source: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of a 26-year-old woman missing from Cork. Mary Ann Dinan was last seen in Mallow on 19 December 2018. She is described as being 5′ 3″ tall, of slight build and with long brown hair. Anyone who has seen Mary Ann or who can assist in locating her is asked to contact Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station. Appeal to help find woman (26) missing from Cork since 19 December Mary Ann Dinan is described as being 5′ 3″ tall, of slight build and with long brown hair. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The United States and Russia have cooperated towards bringing about a ceasefire in Syria but at the same time Washington appears particularly skeptical of the commitment of all parties involved and their willingness to stick by the agreement. In previous days, both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry highlighted the daunting difficulties of this attempt.The American leadership, however, has not limited itself to expressing reservations. Instead, projecting the method of “carrot and stick” diplomacy, it went on to indicate that there is no other alternative to a ceasefire that could gradually lead to a political settlement of the Syrian crisis. As it pointed out, if reason does not prevail in reaching a political settlement, chaos and Syria’s division will follow.Russia and its allies in the Syrian war were recipients of that American warning, reminding them the risks of a total war due to the readiness of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to kick off ground operations in Syria. Yet the other recipient of the American warning was Turkey. Understanding that Ankara is a key player for the maintenance of the ceasefire, the US raised the danger of a Kurdish state at Turkey’s southeastern border. The cooperation and entente between the United States and Russia for a ceasefire in Syria excludes the fight against ISIS and Al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. However, to Ankara’s disappointment, the ceasefire does not exclude the Syrian Kurdish militia of YPD as Turkey wished, leading to a further deterioration of US-Turkish relations. Although YPD is the US’s closest allies in the fight against ISIS and other Islamist terrorists in the region, it is considered by Ankara as a terrorist group with links to the PKK. The quintessence of the friction between Washington and Ankara lies in Turkey’s interest to choke off any prospect of Rojava – the Syrian area that borders southeastern Turkey, where most of Turkey’s Kurdish minority lives – either expanding, growing stronger or obtaining an official autonomous status in the post-war era.However, Turkey has failed to persuade the international community in general, and the United States in particular, to declare the YPD and its political wing PYD as a terrorist group. It has also failed to gain legitimacy from the international community for its onslaughts against Kurds in Syria, blaming them for the recent terrorist attacks against Turkey.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has come to an impasse in its attempt to avoid what seems to have become unavoidable: the necessary correction of a “historical error,” which for as long as it exists will continue to burden the entire region. This error is depriving the Kurdish population of its right to autonomy and self-determination. However, the correction started with the Kurds in Iraq and continues in an incremental process with the Kurds in Syria.In this context, the US is once more attempting to block Turkey’s ability to interfere in, and affect, developments related to the Kurds in Syria, as Washington did in the case of the Iraqi Kurds. However, the US and the international community cannot continue to remain silent on the continuous crimes that are being committed against the Kurdish minority in Turkey.Similarly, Ankara cannot continue playing the game of hide-and-seek in its attempt to avoid a serious discussion on the possibility of transforming the country towards a federal system of governance. Among other things, Turkey’s federalization would provide the necessary autonomy to the Kurdish minority to exercise its fundamental rights and freedoms, as well allowing it to be defined in new terms. It would also enable the country to move on to the necessary structural and political reforms that would contribute to Turkey’s stability and democratization – fundamental parameters that would facilitate Turkey’s accession to the European Union.*Source: Kathimerini
Le vice-président des États-Unis aurait ordonné la fermeture de MegauploadL’ancien patron de MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom affirme que c’est Joe Biden qui aurait ordonné son arrestation et la fermeture de son site de stockage de fichiers. Le fondateur de MegaUpload, Kim Dotcom affirme savoir qui a ordonné la fermeture de son site de partage de fichiers. Celui qui aurait tiré les ficelles ne serait autre que le vice-président des États-Unis, Joe Biden, a indiqué Kim Dotcom dans une interview accordée à TorrentFreak. Il explique que cette décision aurait été influencée par le meilleurs amis du vice-président, l’ancien sénateur Chris Dodd. Ce dernier défend en effet les intérêts de l’industrie cinématographique, puisqu’il dirige désormais la MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). Ce qui intriguait surtout les observateurs, c’est la manière très agressive dont le gouvernement des États-Unis avait agit contre MegaUpload. D’autant que le siège du site ne se trouvait pas sur le sol américain, mais en Nouvelle-Zélande. Dès sa libération, le fondateur du site de partage a pointé du doigt Washington, en indiquant que cette décision était clairement un cadeau fait à Hollywood. Une décision qui aurait été facilitée par la corruption.Coïncidence douteuse “Je tiens d’une source crédible que c’est Joe Biden, le meilleur ami de l’ex-sénateur et président de la MPAA Chris Dodd, qui a donné l’ordre à son ancien avocat et désormais procureur général Neil MacBride de faire tomber Mega”, a-t-il déclaré à TorrentFreak. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ? Toujours selon Kim Dotcom, l’affaire MegaUpload aurait été discutée dès le mois de juin de l’année précédente à la Maison Blanche. Il souligne notamment la coïncidence entre la visite le 27 juillet 2011 de Chris Dodd et celle des dirigeants des plus grands studios hollywoodiens, ainsi que la présence de Mike Ellis de la MPA Asie, ancien expert en extradition et chef de la police de Hong Kong. Ce dernier aurait par la suite fait la rencontre du ministre de la justice de Nouvelle-Zélande, Simon Power. “Après que nous eûmes reçu des informations d’une personne en interne, nous avons vérifié les entrées des visiteurs de la Maison Blanche pour toutes les réunions entre Chris Dodd et les patrons de studios avec Joe Biden et Obama”, a indiqué Kim Dotcom. Il a par ailleurs rappelé que ces données sont accessibles publiquement sur le site officiel de la Maison Blanche.”Au moment approprié, nous révélerons ce que nous savons, a conclu l’ancien patron du site de stockage. “L’affaire Mega est pratiquement un thriller politique”, en évoquant la corruption de plusieurs membres du gouvernement. Le 4 juillet 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are taking a more eco-friendly approach for Olympic and Paralympic medals: Each bronze, silver, and gold award will be made from recycled electronic gadgets.On Friday, the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced that they’re expected to reach the goal for their nationwide collection of discarded devices. The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which will end on March 31, 2019, has accumulated roughly 47,488 tons of e-waste for the sustainable medals.“Thanks to the huge levels of support from the public and companies across Japan and from national and international athletes, it is estimated that the remaining amounts of metals required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals can be extracted from the devices already donated,” Tokyo 2020 said in the press statement.The Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which was launched in Japan in April 2017, involves the collection of obsolete digital cameras, smartphones, and laptops, that will be used for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals. As of November, about 2,400 NTT DOCOMO mobile phone operator stores and 1,594 municipal authorities across Japan were acting as collection centers for these old gadgets.A huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project so far! This is one way that we are working to create a sustainable Games, so be sure to keep following our progress as we aim to complete our metal collection goal in 2019. https://t.co/HVOpYLFwZr pic.twitter.com/Pr2WYmtHsq— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) October 24, 2018Targeted amounts of bronze, gold, and silver were also successful from the nationwide collection: By June 2018, the targeted amount of bronze (roughly 2,700 kilograms) was already extracted from old devices. In October, 28.4 kilograms of gold (93.7 percent of the targeted 30.3 kilograms goal) and 3,500 kilograms of silver (85.4 percent of the targeted 4,100 kilograms goal) were sourced from recycled electronics.The committee said the designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic medals will be introduced in summer 2019.More on Geek.com:The Netherlands Now Has the World’s First Recycled Plastic Bike PathThese Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds10 Things You Shouldn’t Be Putting In Your Recycle Bin
What: Discussion of proposed drilling near Mount St. Helens When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 Where: Rock Creek Hegewald Center, 710 Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson More info: blm.gov/or/programs/minerals/prospectingAs a proposed drilling plan near Mount St. Helens works its way through federal review, new voices enter the fray and officials know they’re being watched closely.Hundreds of people packed a pair of public meetings in Longview and Morton last month. A third open house is planned for March 13 in Stevenson. More than 200 formal comments have piled up, according to the Bureau of Land Management, most arriving before the current environmental scoping process kicked off.But that level of interest from both supporters and opponents of the idea hasn’t surprised the BLM or Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials, who manage the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.“Mount St. Helens is an international icon. This is outside the (monument) boundary, but it’s in the vicinity,” said Chris Strebig, a forest service spokesman. “That draws attention.”The controversy stems from plans by Ascot Resources to expand exploratory drilling northwest of Mount St. Helens in Skamania County. The Canadian company, which holds mining rights in the region, began drilling within its claims in 2010 before a lawsuit halted those plans last year. Ascot also has applied for a permit to conduct exploratory drilling beyond its claims that’s the application now under review.
With 36% market share, Korean electronics giant Samsung leads the pack of top mobile handset brands in India, a market survey has found.Micromax, with 22.5% share, is second in the segment, according to a qualitative survey done by Android manager app MoboMarket.MoboMarket is an Android app store developed by Chinese web services company Baidu Inc. with over 13 million frequent users worldwide.”The purpose of this research is to gain insight into the current app market situation and trends in the mobile market in India and to provide a comprehensive picture of mobile user behaviour in India,” a statement from MoboMarket said.Samsung and Micromax account for almost 60% market share in both Q2 and Q3, which indicates that India has both wide market potential and formidable constraints for new coming brands.The growth in the smartphone market was helped by vendors using online retail, or eTail, to penetrate the market, the survey found.The survey also revealed that gaming apps lead the category followed social, video and system tool respectively.
Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis). Credit: Olin Feuerbacher, USFWS / Wikipedia The existence of small, goldfish sized, dark blue fish living in a water filled fissure in the Mojave Desert has led to many theories regarding how they got there and how they have survived. For many years, the consensus has been that they got there due to flooding during the Pleistocene epoch, approximately 10 to 20,000 years ago. How they managed to survive for so long in such a remote, small and hot environment has been a mystery. But now, new evidence suggests that the pupfish may not have been living in the Hole for nearly that long.Prior research has shown that the pupfish are a unique species—with features that are unique to them alone among pupfish, such as the lack of a dorsal fin, bigger eyes and darker scales. To learn more about the origins of the species, which scientists have described as having the smallest range of any vertebrate on Earth, the group conducted a genetic analysis of 56 pupfish from around the Death Valley area (including one of the pupfish from Devils Hole which was found dead) and other parts of the world, sequencing over 13,000 different stretches of DNA—a process that allowed them to create a family tree. To gauge the historical age of the pupfish from Devils Hole, the team averaged the rate of gene mutations in its cousins. Doing so showed that the fish likely first inhabited their isolated environment approximately 105 to 830 years ago and then evolved very quickly to allow them to survive.The researchers did not find any evidence that might explain how the fish got there during that time frame, but suggest it is possible that people living in the area put them there as a means of maintaining a food source in the desert, or perhaps birds carried fish eggs from other, less remote water sources. Biological sciences professor publishes pupfish research Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Explore further © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has found evidence that suggests that pupfish living in Devils Hole are not nearly as ancient as has been previously assumed. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team describes a genetic study they conducted on the fish and others that are related to them, and what they found as a result. More information: Christopher H. Martin et al. Diabolical survival in Death Valley: recent pupfish colonization, gene flow and genetic assimilation in the smallest species range on earth, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2334AbstractOne of the most endangered vertebrates, the Devils Hole pupfish Cyprinodon diabolis, survives in a nearly impossible environment: a narrow subterranean fissure in the hottest desert on earth, Death Valley. This species became a conservation icon after a landmark 1976 US Supreme Court case affirming federal groundwater rights to its unique habitat. However, one outstanding question about this species remains unresolved: how long has diabolis persisted in this hellish environment? We used next-generation sequencing of over 13 000 loci to infer the demographic history of pupfishes in Death Valley. Instead of relicts isolated 2–3 Myr ago throughout repeated flooding of the entire region by inland seas as currently believed, we present evidence for frequent gene flow among Death Valley pupfish species and divergence after the most recent flooding 13 kyr ago. We estimate that Devils Hole was colonized by pupfish between 105 and 830 years ago, followed by genetic assimilation of pelvic fin loss and recent gene flow into neighbouring spring systems. Our results provide a new perspective on an iconic endangered species using the latest population genomic methods and support an emerging consensus that timescales for speciation are overestimated in many groups of rapidly evolving species. Citation: Devils Hole pupfish found to be a lot younger than thought (2016, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-devils-hole-pupfish-lot-younger.html 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.
Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content September 16, 2014 — Mobility is equally preserved in cancer patients suffering from malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) who receive a single dose of 10 Gy of radiation therapy (RT), compared to patients who receive five daily doses of 4 Gy of RT each, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 56th Annual Meeting.MSCC is a complication of metastatic cancer mostly with bone involvement that occurs when a tumor’s secondary deposit presses on the spinal cord and nerves. This pressure exposes patients to neurological damage that can result in pain, loss of muscle strength and function of one or more of the senses. In some cases, the neurological damage can lead to paralysis of the entire body below the neck or paralysis of one or more limbs.Although the standard of care for patients with MSCC is a combination of direct decompressive surgery and radiation therapy, sometimes surgery is not an option and patients receive only therapeutic radiation therapy. Currently, there is not a defined, optimal radiation therapy technique, or dose and schedule for patients with MSCC who do not undergo surgery.This ICORG (All Ireland Co-operative Oncology Research Group) prospective, randomized, non-inferiority, Phase III clinical trial compared two radiation therapy fractionation schedules in patients with MSCC who had not undergone surgery. From 2006 to 2014, five centers in Ireland and the United Kingdom accrued 116 patients with pathologically proven metastatic cancer. The study included 42 women and 74 men, with a median age of 69. The patients’ median Karnofsky performance status (KPS) score was 60 out of a possible 100. (KPS is a standard scale used to assess patients’ ability to perform ordinary tasks).The patients’ main primary tumor sites (initial locations of the patients’ cancer) were 24 percent prostate cancer (28 patients); 20 percent breast cancer (23 patients); and 19 percent lung cancer (22 patients).The patients’ MSCC sites included 4.3 percent cervical (five patients); 67 percent thoracic (78 patients); 23.5 percent lumbar (27 patients); 2.6 percent sacral (three patients) and 2.6 percent two synchronous occurring in more than one area at the same time (three patients).Patients were randomized into two groups, with baseline characteristics balanced between both groups. Group One (the control group) received 20 Gy of EBRT, delivered over five treatment days. Group Two received an experimental high-dose of 10 Gy of EBRT, delivered in one single treatment.The study measured the change in the patients’ mobility at five weeks based on a modified Tomita scoring system. The modified Tomita score evaluated patient mobility using a three-class scale, with class I indicating the patient was mobile and unaided; class II indicating the patient was mobile with a walking aid; and Class III indicating the patient was bed-bound (which corresponds to the original Tomita scale class III and IV).The study also evaluated patients’ changes in bladder function at five weeks, using an in-house scoring scale, acute and long-term side effects (based on the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, or RTOG scale) and overall survival (OS).At five weeks post-treatment, 76 patients — 38 patients in Group One and 38 patients in Group Two were evaluable. Analysis of the evaluable patients showed no statistically significant difference in overall mobility score change at five weeks post-treatment, with an overall response (improvement/stability) rate of 68.4 percent (10.5 improvement/57.9 percent stability) for Group One; and 78.9 percent (10.5 percent improvement/68.4 percent stability) for Group Two. Additionally, there wasn’t a significant difference in mean mobility score changes, with a difference of -0.29 for Group One and a difference of -0.08 for Group Two (difference = -0.21, 95%CI: -0.56 to 0.14, +0.4 non-inferiority margin outside 95%CI), confirming the non-inferiority statistical hypothesis.No significant differences were also detected in patients’ bladder function score changes at five weeks post-treatment, with an overall response (improvement/stability) rate of 75.7 percent (10.8 percent improvement/ 64.9 stability) for Group One; and 86.8 percent (2.6 percent improvement/84 percent) for Group Two. The groups’ mean sphincter score changes were -0.22 for Group One and -0.16 for Group Two (difference = -0.06, 95%CI: -0.44 to 0.32).The neurological deterioration-free survival and overall survival median durations were similar in both groups, with a median neurological deterioration free survival time of 1.4 months and a median overall survival time of four monthsAdditionally, the reported overall toxicity (side effect rate) for the entire group of patients was low; there was one, Grade 3 acute side effect reported and two Grade 3 long-term side effects reported.“Our study shows that while radiotherapy alone provides only short-term neurological stabilization, the single treatment, high-dose experimental treatment was as effective as the current standard of care,” said lead author Pierre Thirion, M.D., consultant radiation oncologist at St. Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network in Dublin, Ireland. “Sometimes less treatment is as effective, and our research can help reduce the burden of treatment and frequency of hospital visits for this patient population, while maintaining the same clinical outcome and quality of care, as well as the treatment cost. The study also highlights the poor overall outcome for MSCC patients, both in terms of daily living and overall survival, since less than half of these patients survived four months. These findings confirm the importance of further clinical research to improve patient outcome and the essential role of cooperative clinical research group, such as ICORG, to lead it. ”For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Feature | September 16, 2014 Cancer Patients With Malignant Spinal Cord Compression Experienced Preserved Mobility When Administered One High-dose of Radiation Therapy Compared to More Rrequent Lower Doses News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. 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April 4, 2002 This series of photosdepict the recent mammoth pour. Our construction team poured 112 tonsof concrete, which came to about 58 cubic yards delivered in 6 trucks.Remember this shot from the posting on March 26? This is the secondfloor of Unit 6 and 7 of the East Crescent showing the rebar cage before the pour.[Photo: David Tollas &text: Sue Anaya] On the morning of thepour construction manager Spencer Marrese-Atom is talkingthrough the expected chain of events with his crew in the classroom.[Photo: Ray Lam & text: SA] The first concretetruck is pulling up to the boom pump. [Photo & text: SA] Volunteer AndyBradshaw is stuffing a test cylinder with a sample from the first batchof concrete. The tubes are sent to a lab for compression strength.[Photo & text: SA] Workshopper SorenManillen is wetting down the forms before the pour. [Photo & text: SA] The pour starts atthe southwest corner of unit 6. [Photo: RL & text: SA] Constructionsupervisor Ray Shong is guiding the vibrating screed while Scott Reillyis smoothing out the surface with a giant bullfloat. [Photo: RL & text:SA] The pour in progress.[Photo: RL & text: SA] A view from the 3rdfloor of the 5th unit of the progress of the pour. [Photo: RL & text:SA] Our welding man RonChandler is guiding the pump hose. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text: SA] A view from thesky-suite onto the almost completed pour. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text:SA] With the pourcomplete there is still a lot of detail work to be done. [Photo & text:SA] Volunteer JunkoKobayashi is doing some of the edgework. Junko has gone back to Japan.[Photo & text: SA] Monster pourcomplete.
A drunk driver caused an accident on Sunday afternoon, injuring a woman and her three-year-old son.According to police, at about 4.30 on Sunday a 33-year-old resident of Aradippou was driving on Andrea Souroukli street in Livadia when he moved into the opposite lane and crashed into a car driven by a woman from Pyla, who had her three-year-old in the car with her in a car seat.All three were injured and taken to Larnaca General Hospital for treatment.The woman had injuries to her right leg, while her son had a broken right leg. The driver received a head injury. All three were kept in the hospital for treatment.Breath tests carried out at the scene showed the woman had a zero reading while the man had 121μg of alcohol in his blood, above the allowed 22.The 33-year-old was charged in writing and will be taken to court at a later date.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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