UN official cautions against reducing assistance to smallholder farmers

“When people cannot afford to eat because they cannot make a decent living, they become desperate, which led to riots during the 2008 food crisis,” said Kanayo Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), speaking ahead of the two-day Group of 20 (G20) agriculture ministers’ meeting, which opens in Paris tomorrow.“The current food price increase has pushed an estimated 44 million people into poverty, creating once again a volatile mix. During the last price increase, when smallholders were assisted in accessing markets for finance, seeds and fertilizers, they were able to benefit from higher prices and both poor producers and consumers were better off,” added Mr. Nwanze, who will address the meeting.France holds the presidency of the G20, which is made up of the world’s largest economies.The G20 agriculture ministers are tasked with developing an action plan to address price volatility in food and agricultural markets and its impact on the poor. Studies have shown that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth generated by agriculture is more than twice as effective in reducing poverty as expansion in other sectors.Mr. Nwanze is expected to tell the ministers that the G20 has a comparative advantage in promoting the sharing of experiences of countries that have made significant progress in boosting agricultural production, and which have created an enabling environment for investment in agriculture, including Brazil and China.In addition, the G20 can strengthen policy coherence and coordination, which is essential in dealing with sensitive issues in trade, biofuels and responsible investment in agriculture, he said.“I take this message to the ministers on behalf of the smallholder farmers around the world: the development of rural areas is central to overcoming hunger and poverty, mitigating climate change, achieving energy security and protecting the environment, and it is the smallholder farmer that holds the key. But we must seriously start investing in their potential to support them to deliver.” 21 June 2011The head of the United Nations agency tasked with combating rural poverty today cautioned developed countries against cutting assistance to smallholder farmers in poorer nations, saying most food producers across the world were small-scale growers. read more

Android front man Hugo Barra leaves Google for Xiaomi

first_imgIf you go watch the last few Android presentations you’ll see a man that won’t be on stage to tell you about Google products anymore. His name is Hugo Barra, and pretty soon he’ll be taking the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi to all new heights as their global VP.If you’re anywhere but China, you may not have ever heard of Xiaomi before. Their products don’t have a huge reach outside of China, though their custom version of Android has fans in the Android modder/hacker scene all over the world.MIUI started out as a highly stylized flavor of Android based on CyanogenMod. Their time with MIUI development gave Xiaomi great insight into what their consumers wanted from a smartphone. As a result, their last smartphone release saw lines that wrapped around every store they were sold in come launch day.Xiaomi is a powerful force in China, and now they want to bring their hardware to the rest of the world. Fortunately for Xiaomi, at the same time Google’s VP of Android product management happened to be looking for a new job.It’s not clear right now who will take Hugo’s place in the Android pyramid, but the loss is significant for Google. The Android side of the Mountain View company has seen a lot of senior loss recently, with Andy Rubin leaving to start a new project inside of Google, and the Android Open Source Project lead software engineer leaving the company entirely.Google’s Android team is massive, but some of these recently departed members have been a part of the project since very near the beginning. Android has certainly changed quite a bit over the last year, due in no small part to additions like Matias Duarte, so it’s difficult to say with any certainly what the fallout of Barra’s departure will really be for now.last_img read more

Nouveau record de pollution à Pékin

first_imgNouveau record de pollution à PékinLa ville de Pékin a enregistré ce lundi un nouveau record de pollution de l’air, plongeant la ville dans un épais brouillard irrespirable et dangereux pour les personnes les plus fragiles.Pékin a toujours eu la réputation d’une ville polluée. Mais ce lundi 21 février, le taux de pollution de l’air a battu tous les records explique l’ambassade des Etats-Unis. La situation est telle que les autorités de la ville recommandent à tous d’éviter les activités en extérieur, rapporte 20minutes.fr. Ce taux de pollution si important serait dû à l’absence de vent dans la capitale chinoise, ainsi qu’à l’augmentation des températures, jusqu’à atteindre le niveau 5/5 sur l’échelle de pollution mise au point par le Bureau de l’environnement de Pékin.À lire aussiLa messagerie cryptée Telegram victime d’une cyber-attaque, la Chine pointée du doigtUn des responsables de ce bureau s’est confié à l’AFP : “Il est évident que les personnes âgées et les enfants ne doivent pas sortir”. La pollution de la ville a généré un épais brouillard qui limite la visibilité de l’homme à 200 mètres dans certains quartiers de Pékin. La ville est envahie de 5 millions de véhicules dont le nombre ne cesse d’augmenter au fil des jours, causant de nombreux embouteillages. Près de 300.000 personnes décéderaient chaque années de maladies cardiaques ou de cancer du poumon, maladies imputables à la pollution du pays.Le 21 février 2011 à 16:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pixlplay Recycles Outdated Smartphone Into Kids Camera

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket There are endless ways to reuse an old smartphone: as a home surveillance system, in-car GPS, universal remote, wireless hotspot—or, a kids’ camera.Inspired by the classic 35mm design, PixlPlay is a colorful, interactive “camera” that keeps your device safe while encouraging creativity.Simply connect and insert an Apple or Android handset into the case, which boasts rubber grips and a camera strap for easy handling. Kids can operate the phone as normal through a touch-sensitive, splash-resistant protective screen, and snap photos with the working shutter button on top.“At this point, most families have an old smartphone (or two!) sitting in a junk drawer somewhere,” the campaign page said. “Let’s get those smartphones into the hands of kids in a way that encourages photography and active play.”Pixl Toys launched its first product on Kickstarter last week, hoping to collect at least $25,000 for get the Pixlplay onto shelves and into tiny hands. The startup surpassed 50 percent of its target in just three days, and is well on its way to meeting its goal.Aimed at children as young as three, the invention features a companion iOS app (that lets users edit photos with digital stickers and frames), and works with existing camera and photography programs. Stretch goals include activity cards, a sticker sheet, and an Android application.“Smartphones have become a gateway into photography for very young kids,” according to Pixl Toys. “Kids are eager to shoot their own photos and play with images.”Folks can still snag the camera for an early-bird price of $20, or pay the full cost of $25 for one Pixlplay camera, wrist strap, and camera craft activity cards. Get two cases for $40, four for $75, six for $100, a dozen for $175, or 60 for $750.A mere $5,000 will get you the “Pixl Toys Experience”—one adult and one child get a sightseeing trip (with a personal tour by founder JP) and a two-night stay in San Francisco. Oh, and you’ll also get a Pixlplay camera.One backer already spent $1,000 to sponsor the company’s launch party in New York City. Supporters have 29 more days to contribute. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Flying Lotus New StopMotion Post Requisite Music Video Album Tease

first_img Email Flying Lotus’ New Stop-Motion “Post Requisite” Music Video, Album Tease Facebook Flying Lotus Shares New Music Video, Album Tease flying-lotus-new-stop-motion-post-requisite-music-video-album-tease News Experimental musician’s intensely psychedelic new video also hints at new musicBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2017 – 2:16 pm GRAMMY-nominated psychedelic jazz/experimental beats producer and Brainfeeder Records label boss Flying Lotus has shared a new mind-warping stop-motion music video for his song “Post Requisite,” previously released via SoundCloud and used as the theme music to his freakish body-horror indie film, Kuso.As Pitchfork reports, the video includes an exciting tease for FlyLo fans, as the accompanying description text on the producer’s YouTube channel briefly read, “Flying Lotus is currently finishing his next studio album on Warp.” The description text was subsequently edited and the mention of the album was removed hours later, though fans can be seen discussing the album tease in the comment section below the video.The as-yet unnamed project will be FlyLo’s first since his acclaimed 2014 LP, You’re Dead!, a project he wrote and recorded alongside longtime collaborator and GRAMMY-winning bass virtuoso Thundercat, with the stated intention of making “the fastest, hardest, most intense jazz record.”Additional details about his new album are nonexistent beyond today’s brief tease via the “Post Requisite” video, but FlyLo’s past statements about his approach to writing and recording new music will undoubtedly remain the record’s guiding principle: “I’d rather put something out that’s completely unique than try to do something that’s been done before.”Music Festivals 2018: Big Ears Experimental Fest Favors JazzRead more Twitter last_img read more

Hardik Patel detained on way to meet jailed IPS officer Sanjiv

first_imgPALANPUR (Gujarat): Congress leader Hardik Patel, two-party MLAs and around 27 of their supporters were on Wednesday detained while they were on way to Palanpur district jail in Gujarat to meet sacked IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, police said. Bhatt, who was in June awarded life sentence in a custodial death case, is currently lodged at the Palanpur district jail. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us Hardik Patel, the Patidar quota agitation spearhead who joined the Congress earlier this year ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, was detained as soon as he and other party leaders entered Palanpur to go to the jail to meet Bhatt, Banaskantha’s Superintendent of Police Niraj Badgujar said. “We were expecting law and order issues at the jail in Palanpur, so we detained around 30 people, including Hardik Patel, Congress MLAs from Palanpur and Patan and their supporters, when they entered Palanpur to go to the sub-jail to meet Bhatt,” he said. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us The two MLAs who have been detained are Mahesh Patel of Palanpur and Kirit Patel of Patan. The sacked IPS officer’s wife Shweta Bhatt on Tuesday announced she will accompany her husband’s supporters (most of them women), who wanted to tie ‘rakhi’ to him, to Palanpur jail, the police official said. “Hardik Patel said he will also accompany her. While Sanjiv Bhatt’s wife has been allowed to go to meet him as she is a family member, we have detained the others,” he informed. Advertise With Us Sanjiv Bhatt was in June this year awarded life sentence in a custodial death case dating back to 1990 when he was posted as an additional superintendent of police in Jamnagar district. On September 5, 2018, he was arrested in another case, where he is accused of falsely implicating a man for alleged possession of drugs in Palanpur in 1996. The trial in the case continues. Some people recently launched a social media campaign in his support and sought rakhis, which they said will be handed over to him. The Gujarat-cadre officer was suspended from the Indian Police Service in 2011 and sacked by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in August 2015 on grounds of “unauthorized absence from service”. In 2012, his wife unsuccessfully contested the state Assembly poll on Congress’ ticket against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Maninagar constituency in Ahmedabad. Sanjiv Bhatt made headlines when he alleged in an affidavit before the Supreme Court that after the Godhra train burning incident of February 27, 2002, Modi, who was then the chief minister of Gujarat, at a meeting asked senior police officers to let the majority community vent its anger. The Special Investigation Team appointed by the apex court to investigate the 2002 riots concluded that Bhatt, being a very junior officer then, was not present at the meeting.last_img read more

Rajapakse to step down Saturday

first_imgSri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena (R) listens to former president Mahinda Rajapakse. AFP File PhotoSri Lanka’s strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse will step down on Saturday from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday, signalling an end to the seven-week long power-struggle that threatened to shut the government.”To ensure stability of the nation, former president …(Rajapakse) has decided to resign from the premiership tomorrow after an address to the nation,” his legislator son Namal said.The announcement came shortly after the Supreme Court banned Rajapakse, 73, and his purported government from exercising the powers of the office they claimed since October.A day earlier, the Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against president Maithripala Sirisena ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month.A seven-judge bench unanimously agreed that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved parliament last month to prevent Rajapakse suffering a humiliating defeat on the floor of the House.Sirisena had also called a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule. That was also cancelled by the courts.Namal Rajapakse said they will join a coalition with Sirisena who triggered the political crisis on 26 October by initially sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with former foe Rajapakse.Two of the country’s highest courts suspended Rajapakse till he could prove his legitimacy after he failed two no-confidence motions in the 225-member legislature in mid-November.The court rulings also meant that the Indian Ocean nation of 21 million people was effectively without a government and heading for a shutdown raising fears among international credit rating agencies and holders of Sri Lankan bonds.The country was taken by surprise when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on 26 October, almost two years before his five-year term was up and called a snap election for 5 January.Wickremesinghe refused to step down maintaining that his sacking was illegal. That issue is currently being canvassed before courts.- New government -Political sources said Wickremesinghe was likely to be sworn in on Sunday morning, in a move that is expected to end the power vacuum.There was no immediate comment from Sirisena or his office, but an MP from his party, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that the president agreed to the latest measures to avoid a government shutdown after 31 December.If the stalemate continued, we would have ended up without a budget for 2019 and the government would not have been able to function,” Abeywardena said.Earlier, Sirisena had refused to reinstate Wickremesinghe saying he had serious cultural and policy differences with him. However, sources close to both sides said they managed to sink their differences during a closed-door meeting on Thursday.On Wednesday, the legislature voted overwhelmingly to demand the reinstatement of Wickremesinghe.The leftist JVP, or the People’s Liberation Front, insists that Sirisena should be investigated for orchestrating what they call a coup and that there should also be an impeachment process.last_img read more

Houstonians Need To Remain Alert During Hurricane Season

first_img Share 00:00 /01:04 You may have started your day a bit earlier anticipating driving through some rain or flooded areas, but instead you were met with a damp driveway.Francisco Sanchez is with emergency operations for Harris County.He said only a portion of East Houston got several inches of rain.“We’ve seen three inches of rain overnight in portions of east of Harris County,” Sanchez says. “So we certainly have been spared the worst part of tropical storm Cindy.”We were spared this time, but Mayor Sylvester Turner says that may not always be the case.“I don’t care how many time you go through it,” Turner says. “I don’t care how many. Every weather storm situation is different. Each one has its own personality.”Judge Ed Emmett says the county is just as prepared as homeowners should be.“Prepare as if a hurricane is going to hit us,” Emmett says. “We have a full-time professional staff at our Office of Homeland security and Emergency Management. So if people ask if we’re prepared? Yes, we’re prepared.”The mayor advises having an evacuation route, keeping flashlights on hand, and paying attention to weather reports in case the next storm that comes through is the big one. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

This Is What Apples New TV Service Will Actually Look Like

first_imgThe company didn’t give exact timing on those partnerships, but said consumers who use the Apple TV app on their mobile devices would be able to stream videos to TVs made by Vizio, Samsung, LG and Sony via AirPlay 2 “later this year.”Apple first announced partnerships with TV makers to bring iTunes and AirPlay to third-party smart TVs at CES. On Monday, some of these new partners actually attended the event in person: Vizio CEO William Wang and Roku CEO Anthony Wood could be seen among the crowd, and Samsung’s global smart TV business head Won-Jin Lee is said to have made an appearance as well.The new Apple TV app got significant stage time Monday, and will soon offer direct access to paid services from HBO, Starz, Epix, and others. Users will be able to start their free trials from within the app, and then pay their monthly bills via Apple Pay. Once subscribed, users can watch episodes directly within the TV app, taking away the need to switch between different apps. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple In addition, Apple is also going to bring the app to a range of smart TVs, starting with Samsung this spring, and following with TV sets made by LG, Sony and Vizio. Apple is even bringing the app to streaming devices made by and smart TVs powered by its competitors Amazon and Roku. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple Apple unveiled its much-anticipated video service at a press event in Cupertino Monday, promising a range of originals via its forthcoming Apple TV+ service as well as easy access to third-party video subscription services. But while many of the big names attached to Apple’s video efforts were known beforehand, one significant detail wasn’t: How are you actually going to watch any of this? The answer, in short: Via’s Apple existing TV app, which is already available on iPhones, iPads and Apple TV, and is scheduled to come to the company’s line of Mac desktops and laptops later this year.center_img The app also continues to integrate with internet TV subscription services like Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, as well as traditional pay TV services like Canal+ and Charter Spectrum. Optimum and Suddenlink will be integrated later this year. However, these paid services still live in separate apps, with Apple TV deep-linking to individual episodes. CREDIT: Courtesy of Apple One new aspect of the app is a dedicated kids’ section, which clearly took some cues from Netflix’s children’s UI. Content is not only available via shows and categories, but also directly by picking a popular character.There will also be some added curation for grown-ups, with the Apple TV app suggesting new shows based on existing viewing behavior. “We use advanced machine learning to understand what you like to watch,” said Apple VP Peter Stern.Apple did not demo the new Apple TV app Monday, but said that it will roll out to iPhones, iPads and Apple TV devices with a software update this May. Macs will get access to the new app this fall.last_img read more

Mirrors Edge 2 dev team dispersed to other projects

first_imgAnyone waiting for a sequel to the EA game Mirror’s Edge may never get to play that second game. Although a sequel has been spoken of in the past, it now looks as though the project is on hold indefinitely.Swedish site Press2Play.tv spoke with Patrick Soderlund, who is senior vice president of EA Games Europe. The interview was actually about Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, but Mirror’s Edge 2 came up.Soderland said that a prototype of the second game has been shown internally at EA, but with sales of the first game not being great the project has been put on hold. The team that worked on it have now been dispersed to other projects with no plan or timescale as to when they will reform.To us it looks as though Mirror’s Edge 2 may remain stalled permanently, or could get farmed out to another developer if EA ever thinks it would turn a profit at retail or via digital download.For now, don’t hold your breath for a sequel getting released.Read more at Press2Play.tv (translated), via CVGlast_img read more

Webcam Stalks Woman Taunts Hello

first_imgFrom there, things got weird. The camera began asking Hamer, in different languages, what she spoke, and taunted her by saying things like, “Hola señorita!” in a disturbing, sinister register. Hamer was, understandably, a little freaked out, and told whoever was controlling the device to get out of her house. After some exchanges, the camera told her to “suck my dick.”These attacks aren’t just common, they’re leading us into a new a very dark era of cybersecurity. In part, because there’s basically no set standard for security for IoT devices and most people simply use default security settings. It’s not her fault — if a customer buys a product, they should have a reasonable expectation of security — but the poor regulation and relative unresponsiveness of governments in light of these new threats has given way to a dangerous new paradigm.“My privacy, my house, my personal stuff and myself… I’m scared.. Terrified,” Hamer said. “I’m being watched, but for how long? What did that person see from me?”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Most hardware these days is anything but secure. We’ve covered, time and again, just how vulnerable a lot of the devices we use all the time really are, and things have only gotten worse with the Internet-of-thingsRecently, Dutch woman Rilana Hamer purchases a webcam so that she could watch her new puppy when she was away from the house. She purchased the camera from a discount electronics store, Action, and was disturbed to find out that a month or so later, it got… creepy.“The camera went back and forth,” Hamer wrote in a Facebook post. “All of a sudden, I hear a rumble… I’m going crazy?! No.. I walked there, the camera turned my way, and I heard, ‘bonjour madame.’ I moved to the left and right, and the camera came with me.” Stay on targetcenter_img This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People last_img read more

Means to what end

first_imgRemember that time in Delhi when over a good few days Anna Hazare held sway over Jantar Mantar? Slogans flew thick and fast, voices were raised, the aam aadmi wanted their rights and how. Then there was another side of the ‘I am Anna’ movement, the crazy bikers who roamed city streets, driving at break-neck speeds, scaring pedestrians and other drivers. I remember the latter more clearly and thus Hazare and his team, his antics or his ideology, never really fascinated me. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Satyagraha is a movie based on current times, basing the entire movie on what we have seen at India Gate and Jantar Mantar over the last two years kills it somewhat. Based in Ambikapur, the story of Satyagraha revolves around Dwarka Anand (Bachchan), whose honest-engineer son Akhilesh gets murdered (perhaps a reference to the slain NHAI project director Satyendra Dubey); as is the fate of whistleblowers. The government offers compensation to his wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) which she just cannot get her hands on. Then there is the slimy neta Balram Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who plays all the cards to his advantage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnand slaps a government official and gets jailed. His son’s friend Maanav (Ajay Devgn) joins hands with local leader Arjun Singh (Arjun Rampal) along with feisty journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) to get him out. And the battle begins. While Jha plays it safe by picking actors he has worked with before, we have to give it to the director – he knows how to make them work to his advantage. While Rampal comes across a tad bit flimsy in his role, Kareena flits in and out of her role of a journalist. Devgn and Bachchan steal the show. The ravaged, tired face of Dwarka Anand stays in your mind. Devgn’s character, which doesn’t seem to be modeled on Arvind Kejriwal’s, is one character that holds promise but unfortunately Jha does not flesh him out.The movie works because it takes a relevant argument, thought and action plan to the silver screen. It leaves you disappointed as you are constantly reminded of the Anna Hazare-Kejriwal split and the broom wielding Aam Aadmi Party, the impending 2014 polls and just want to walk out. Satyagraha doesn’t work because Jha should know better than to make it all so black and white.last_img read more

How jogging helps you stay sharp

first_imgExercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.last_img read more

Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have HighRisk of Recurrent Stroke

first_imgNews | Radiation Therapy | August 28, 2015 Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have High-Risk of Recurrent Stroke Findings have clinical implications on how we treat and follow survivors News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Most people assume strokes only happen to octogenarians, but recent evidence suggests that survivors of childhood cancer have a high risk of suffering a stroke at a surprisingly young age.A new study from the UC San Francisco Pediatric Brain Center shows that childhood cancer survivors suffering one stroke have double the risk of suffering a second stroke, when compared with non-cancer stroke survivors. The study found that the main predictors of recurrent stroke were cranial radiation therapy, hypertension and older age at first stroke – factors that could help physicians identify high-risk patients.The findings provide strong evidence for adjusting secondary stroke prevention strategies in these patients, and to aggressively detect and treat modifiable stroke risk factors, such as hypertension. Findings appear in the Aug. 26, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.“We are at a point where more children are surviving cancer because of life-saving interventions,” said Sabine Mueller, M.D., Ph.D., director of the UCSF Pediatric Brain Tumor Center in UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco and co-author of the study. “ Now, we are facing long-term problems associated with these interventions.”The Pediatric Brain Center (PBC) is a collaboration between two UCSF centers — the Pediatric Brain Tumor Center, and Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center — that brings specialists together to provide coordinated care for patients, while conducting research to better understand how to care for children.The researchers analyzed retrospective data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), which has followed 14,358 survivors diagnosed between 1970 and 1986 in the United States and Canada to track long-term outcomes of cancer treatment. All of the recruits were diagnosed with cancer before age 21. To assess stroke recurrence rates, the researchers sent a second survey to participants who had reported a first stroke, asking them to confirm their first stroke and report if and when they had had another. The researchers analyzed the respondent demographics and cancer treatments to identify any potential predictors of recurrent strokes.Of the 271 respondents who reported having had a stroke, 70 also reported a second one. Overall, the rate of recurrence within the first 10 years after an initial stroke was 21 percent, which is double the rate of the general population of stroke survivors. The rate was even higher — 33 percent — for patients who had received cranial radiation therapy.Previous research has shown that radiation therapy targeting the head is a strong predictor of a first stroke. In an earlier study, the authors found that children treated for brain tumors were 30 times more likely to suffer a stroke compared to their siblings. While the exact mechanisms are unclear, the scientists think high-dose radiation causes the blood vessels to constrict and encourage blockage.“If they have one stroke, it’s not actually surprising that they have a high risk of getting another stroke,” said Heather Fullerton, M.D., professor of neurology, founder of the UCSF Pediatric Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease Center, and first author of the study. “You might use aspirin after the first stroke to try to reduce blood clots, but you’re not making those diseased blood vessels go away.”The findings have significant implications for medical follow-up in childhood cancer patients. The authors said that current survivor screening guidelines do not recommend checking for diseased blood vessels, even though the signs are visible in standard MRIs.“The radiologists are so focused on looking in the brain area where the tumor used to be that they’re not looking at the blood vessels,” Fullerton said.Based on the findings, UCSF has updated protocols for monitoring patients to include screening for both blood vessel injury and modifiable stroke risk factors, but it is not required on a national level.“If we could identify high-risk patients, we could recommend they be followed by a pediatric stroke specialist,” said Mueller. “That will be huge in providing effective follow-up care for these children.”Other collaborators on the study are Robert R. Goldsby, M.D., professor of pediatrics and director of the UCSF Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program; Kayla Stratton, MS, and Wendy Leisenring, Sc.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Gregory Armstrong, M.D., Leslie Robinson, Ph.D., and Kevin Krull, Ph.D., of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; Marilyn Stovall, Ph.D., and RE Weathers, MS, of the University of Texas, and Charles Sklar, Ph.D., of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.This work was supported by the National Cancer Institute (U24 CA 55727), the Cancer Center Support (CORE), the American Lebanese-Syrian Associated Charities, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, the Frank A. Campini Foundation and a private donation from the LaRoche family.UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco is the only California state-designated children’s medical center in San Francisco. The hospital is one of the leading children’s hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Its expertise covers virtually all pediatric conditions, including cancer, heart disease, neurological disorders, organ transplants and orthopedics as well as the care of critically ill newborns.For more information: www.ucsf.edu/news. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica 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. Related Contentcenter_img A nurse examines a patient in the Emergency Department of Cincinnati Children’s, where researchers successfully tested artificial intelligence-based technology to improve patient recruitment for clinical trials. Researchers report test results in the journal JMIR Medical Informatics. Image courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s. 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Islamic State claims Afghan leader alive after US airstrike

first_img 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Abdul Hassib Sediqi, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Saturday that the strike killed Sayeed. Sediqi offered no photographs or other evidence, though he said Afghan authorities verified a corpse from Friday’s strike was Sayeed.Friday’s strike comes after Afghan officials earlier said another U.S. airstrike killed the affiliate’s second-highest official, Gul Zaman, and six others, including a former Pakistani Taliban spokesman named Shahidullah Shahid who earlier had joined the group.In the audio, which was posted on known militant websites, a man speaking Pashtun calls on listeners to join the Islamic State group. The man also criticizes the Taliban.The audio included no time stamps to date it. The Islamic State group’s al-Bayan radio identified the man Monday as Sayeed, without elaborating. Sayeed is not well-known in Afghanistan.Disenchanted extremists from the Taliban and other organizations, impressed by the Islamic State group’s territorial gains in Syria and Iraq and its slick online propaganda, began raising its black flag in extremist-dominated areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent months.___ Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img Youssef reported from Cairo. Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Graphic locates an airstrike in Afghanistan; 1c x 2 inches; 46.5 mm x 50 mm; KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group released an online audio clip Monday they claim came from the leader of an Afghan affiliate that authorities there say was killed in a U.S. airstrike.The Associated Press could not identify the man speaking in the clip as Hafeez Sayeed, whom Afghanistan said died Friday in an airstrike in Nangahar province that killed more than 30 militants. The U.S. has said it conducted an airstrike there Friday, without elaborating.last_img read more