South African breakthrough for cancer diagnosis

first_img12 November 2015The Aceso machine, designed and developed by Cape Town medical technology company Cape Ray, was officially launched by the Department of Science and Technology at the city’s Groote Schuur Hospital on Thursday, 5 November 2015.The machine, which is undergoing a testing phase at the hospital, is a world- first imaging system that combines mammographic and ultrasound technologies. This does away with the need for multiple screening tests, particularly when analysing dense breast tissue.The R30-million device, funded by the Industrial Development Corporation, allows for the instant detection of even the most microscopic cancer cells.While one in eight women in South Africa are susceptible to developing breast cancer, a more alarming figure is that 40% of these have dense breast tissue, which makes multiple, often painful screenings both difficult and costly, as well as time-consuming. Very often women go for a single screening and receive a negative result yet, without a more in-depth scan of the deep tissue, may remain vulnerable to the disease.Speaking at the launch of Aceso, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor agreed that the multimillion- rand innovation was a huge gain for not only South Africa, but also the global medical fraternity and for women, in particular.“This machine will not only provide opportunities for better health care,” Patel said, “but it will provide employment opportunities for the country. I’m excited about the potential this holds for economic development. This shows that innovation can address health care problems and is a demonstration that South Africa has smart ideas for the world.”Cape Ray branched out into private development from the medical technology department at the University of Cape Town in 2010, focusing exclusively on developing new mammography technology. The Aceso, patented and ISO-certified in 2012, has been proven effective and safe in screening for breast cancer. It was tested in clinical trials with more than 50 healthy volunteers and 20 patients with confirmed breast cancer.Dr Kit Vaughan, chief executive of Cape Ray, gave a brief demonstration of the machine, explaining how it produces a low-dose X-ray while using ultrasound simultaneously. This allowed for an almost immediate detection by sight.“With this machine, you can perform the mammographic and ultrasound functions at the same time,” he said. “Not only do you save time, but you don’t have to have two machines, so you save money too. The key about this technology is it can be widely used to reach a large number of people, so it is ideal to use in a public health care setting.”The Groote Schuur test trial screening will continue until next month.Vaughan said that after the trials were completed, the machine would be tested further before being awarded its CE (European Conformity) trademark, which would allow the device to be used in Africa and Europe. It would then need to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for use in that country.Source: CapeRaylast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb’s New Look: Better-Looking Content, Better Commenting, Better Sharing, Better Cowbell

first_imgIntroducing Disqus commenting Tags:#community#Features#web Related Posts seamus condron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… More sharing optionsIn the example below, you’ll notice that there are now sharing options available to you in the post preview. For our main channel stories, we’re including the latest share buttons for Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and our newest addition, StumbleUpon. For our six additional content channels, we’ll be experiementing with new share buttons from popular tech sites including Reddit and Hacker News. On the bottom of each story, you have additional sharing choices available including email, print, and additional ShareThis options. We’ll be constantly monitoring the performance of each service and adjust the buttons based on what our community interacts with the most. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img This is huge. After getting by for a long time on Movable Type’s native commenting, we’re thrilled to be launching Disqus site-wide today. In the short few weeks that Disqus has been running in beta on some of our content channels, the increase in conversation has been evident. The even better news is that since we’re running the VIP version of Disqus, we have an arsenal of tools that will make the experience even better, including rich analytics and insights that will help us better understand how you consume and interact with our stories. We’ll also have the ability to really pimp the aesthetics. What you’re seeing now is a fairly out-of-the-box Disqus implementation, but in the coming weeks you’ll start noticing very cool tweaks and hacks. In the meantime, we encourage you to take full advantage by logging in with your Disqus account or through one of the many authentication options including Twitter, Facebook and OpenID. Beginning in 2011, we’re going to begin showcasing our most active community members in all kinds of fun ways. So while you’ll still be able to comment anonymously, having a commenting identity (complete with a snazzy avatar) will definitely have its advantages. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting More cowbell coming!While everyone here is excited about today’s launch of new features, what you’re seeing is only phase one. We’d love your feedback on this round of enhancements, and if you’ve got suggestions for future ones, please leave them in the comments. A big thank you to our tech team for making this all happen! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As you sit down for another glorious day of tech news and analysis from ReadWriteWeb, you may have noticed that we’ve given our homepage and other aspects of the site a spiffy new upgrade. For many weeks we’ve been thinking of (and coding) better ways to deliver our content to you, as well as a better way to engage and discuss that content. We’re please to officially debut those improvements today! We’ve written this handy overview of what you see.Better optimization for timely and popular storiesWhether a story is hot off the wire or just plain hot, you’ll know it with our special new “Top Story”, “Breaking” and ‘Featured” badges.New story capsulesRight below the first story on the RWW homepage, you’ll see a much-improved visual capsule featuring some of our newest and most popular stories. Sharp!last_img read more

Happiness in the air — a green lung space from a big heart

first_imgProsperity is a pre-condition to charity. But between the two lies the connector and facilitator called generosity, an essential. A small entrepreneur in Bhawanipatna, district headquarters town of Odisha’s Kalahandi, has converted his 12-acre farm into a park where the general public enjoy unhindered access.50-year-old Pramod Khamari, a businessman running a small hotel chain in this western Odisha town, started off dirt poor and became rich. And, it’s his way of paying back to society. He named ‘Bhagirathi Park’ after his father.On the outskirts of Bhawanipatna, with its meticulous landscape planning and features, Bhagirathi Park is on par with any in bigger urban centres.On any given holiday, the park is teeming with visitors not only from Kalahandi, but also from neighbouring districts such as Balangir, Nuapada and Rayagada. It’s also an integral part of the itinerary of tourists from Chhattisgarh coming to this region.Why a park of all things? “I believe parks reflect the quality of life of a community. But, Bhawanipatna, where I have grown up and succeeded in life, did not have a proper green lung to breathe. I realised that my 12-acre mango orchard could contribute to creating happiness and fill the major vacuum. I decided to make it a park which should be a gathering place for people irrespective of their age and social status,” said Mr. Khamari.It was not an easy task to translate the fancy idea into reality. One, funding was difficult. Since the park was close to his heart, Mr. Khamari decided to pay for it from his other ventures. Even harder was to organise everything and make it run efficiently. He found a motivated friend in Rabindra Patnaik, a science teacher in the local government high school.After visiting a few parks in Odisha and elsewhere, both carefully prepared the park’s landscape without disturbing the orchard. Children’s corner, water fountain, variety of flowering plants, replica of different wildlife and statues of gods and goddesses were placed as per a detailed plan.Bhagirathi Park is distinct from others in its use of waste materials and typical traditional tribal huts depicting tribal life and their customs. “Used bottles to prepare figurines, discarded commodes for planting saplings and other waste materials have been utilised to send out a message on environment. Of late, it has turned into a laboratory for local school and college students,” said Mr. Patnaik, who upkeeps the park without any remuneration.To avoid non-serious visitors, the management charges ₹20 entry fee per person per day.last_img read more