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

Love Baseball? An iPad App That Uses the Cloud to Explore a National Pastime

first_imgTags:#Case Studies#cloud#cloud computing alex williams Related Posts Pennant is the kind of app that will be the norm for top flight tablet experiences. It takes baseball data and distills it into a format that is engaging to people. Baseball is a pastime. We have thousands of pastimes in our lives. I just hope more pastimes become the passion for developers who want to use the cloud to provide rich experiences and make connections to activities that are a core part of their life. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting But how does this work? First off, it’s about the data. For the play-by-play data, the app uses open data from Retrosheet. Data is also available from the Baseball Databank, a “comprehensive record of all baseball statistical data in a form that makes them useful for researchers and product developers.”The data is run through Pennant’s software, which he says is managed by doing intense calculations, which we expect is some form of an algorithm that quantifies the information to create unique data sets that can be displayed in their various forms. According to the Pennant site, a custom API formats the data, generates play-by-play statements in English and returns it in a usable format (JSON or XML). The data is then parsed and displayed in real-time.A video on the site provides a demonstration. Here are a few screenshots:You can view teams by card, in a deck view or by map: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There are options for searching by season and by game: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Baseball is a game of numbers. There are 162 games in a season. Each team’s performance is defined by the numbers that the players show when at the plate and in the field. A team may have a mediocre overall batting average and still be at the top of the league. Why? Their pitchers don’t allow many runs. Their earned run average is so low that it makes it easier for the team to win, even with the okay batting record.Baseball is a statistician’s game. But how do you bring that granularity into an app?Pennant is a $5 iPad app by Steve Varga that details every team, every game and every play since 1951. That’s 115,000 games. According to the site, Pennant allows you to:View any team’s complete overall history (since 1950), showing the rise and fall of each team over time.Compare any team’s season to the rest of the league and see how they matched up in numerous pitching and hitting categoriesView the result of every game within a season, showing the rise and fall of the team’s league and division ranking.Show every event within any selected game, complete with updated score and event text.Replay each event within a game in a timeline, allowing you to relive each play.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

Government Centre to Be Constructed in Montego Bay

first_img Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Closed Harbour Beach Park Development in Montego Bay on February 22, Prime Minster Holness said land has already been identified for the project.“Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett would have toured a piece of land within the city proper. The idea there is to create a Government centre/circle. Every city has to have public administration which is accessible to all its citizens. It also must reflect the dreams and aspirations and your own pride in your own Government…your pride in your country and in your own state,” he stated.Mr. Holness added that “it must also reflect the efficiency of the state, and therefore we will be creating within the city of Montego Bay your own government centre where all the services of the Government will be administered and easily available.”Meanwhile the Prime Minister advised that a world class performing centre is to be developed in Montego Bay.“After the visitors have completed their meetings or after having spent a day at the beach, they might then want to see the exposition of the Jamaican culture in the performing arts. There you will bring together not just your dance, but also your drama, your music and your singing. There our people will be well trained and where our culture will be well represented in the tourism product,” he outlined.Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay.The project forms a part of the Urban Development’s (UDC) Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme which will see the conversion of the 16-acre property into a world class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free access licenced public beach.The initiative which is estimated at a cost of $1.296 billion is anticipated for completion within 18 months with main funding provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).Meanwhile, UDC, Chairman, Senator Ransford Braham said the Montego Bay Waterfront Rehabilitation Project will complement the Closed Harbour Beach Park Project.“The scope of the works include widening of the sidewalk and new perimeter fencing along Gloucester Avenue and Howard Cooke Boulevard, while the interior of the park will feature a network of landscape and softscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, jogging trail, site filling and grading and support services, including electrical, sewerage, storm water drainage and telecommunication,” he outlined. Construction of Closed Harbour Beach Park, (known as ‘Dump up Beach’), is expected to transform the development of downtown Montego Bay. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says a Government Centre is to be constructed in Montego Bay, St. James to facilitate easy access to information and services for citizens.last_img read more