Getac has launched a new rugged tablet called the ZX70. This model runs Android 6.0 and brings with it a design and construction quality designed to withstand harsh environments. The tablet is MIL-SPEC 810G certified and boasts things like water-resistance, the ability to handle extreme temperatures, use in wet environments, and more. The tablet is suitable for use in construction zones, while camping, and similar. Story TimelineTablet shipments declined for the tenth quarter in a row, says IDCThis is how future Surface tablets and pens should workT-Mobile ‘Free Data for Life’ tablet perk has been shut down The Getac ZX70 features a 7-inch IPS display that, says the company, can be read outdoors in sunlight; this is thanks, in part, to its 580nit brightness. The display features Getac’s own LumiBond 2.0 touch panel, which utilizes a clear resin to bond the touch panel and the display glass together. This results in both better readability and durability than other display panels, says Getac, as well as better colors and contrast (compared to other tablets marketed as rugged, that is).The ZX70 includes a hard-tipped stylus that can be used with the display, which also supports use by gloved hands. The display can also be used in the rain, a feature we saw recently on the new DuraForce smartphone. Display aside, Getac says the tablet also features “best in class” battery life, which is specified only as being capable of lasting a full work shift. There’s likewise a Full HD webcam, 8-megapixel rear camera, and support for both GPS and 4G LTE networks.Other features are more standard, including NFC and RFID support, WiFi, a barcode reader, 4GB of internal storage and a microSD expansion slot. As far as the durability is concerned, Getac says its new tablet can be used in temperatures as low as -6F and as high as 140F. It can also be submerged in up to a meter of water for up to half an hour and can handle drops from heights up to six feet.The company doesn’t reveal the tablet’s cost, instead prompting interested buyers in contacting Getac directly for a quote.
Adobe pushed out an update for Lightroom Mobile on Android today, saying that its app is now fully Android-native. That is, the user interface has been completely redesigned from the ground up for Android in particular, making it truly usable for those on Google’s mobile platform. Once you update, you’ll find the app is easier to use on your smartphone.The update, which brings Lightroom Mobile up to version 3.0 on Android, also adds general stability improvements to the app, so if you were having issues before, there’s a good chance they’ll been ironed out. Adobe also says there’s new support for additional cameras and lenses, bringing the app’s compatibility up to the same level as Adobe Camera Raw 9.12.If you’re unfamiliar with the app but enjoy mobile photography, now is a good time to get acquainted with Adobe’s product. The app packs a bunch of features you won’t find in many alternatives, including raw HDR support, full non-destructive preset viewing when using the app’s own camera, direct sharing with the most popular services, and support for Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photography Plan.All the basic photo editing capabilities are there, too, including cropping and straightening photos, correcting issues with them, adjusting lighting and colors, as well as more advanced adjustments for professionals. You can download Lightroom Mobile v3.0 for Android from the Google Play Store now! If you fancy yourself a photographer and want something more powerful than Instagram, there’s a good chance you use Adobe’s mobile version of Lightroom. The app has been steadily improved for mobile for years, offering some of Lightroom’s best features for smartphone and tablet users. A fairly significant update for Android users was just pushed out, and it overhauls the interface.
If you’re not familiar with the iPhone Upgrade Program, now is the time to be informed. Launched in 2015, this program is Apple’s option for certain customers to get an iPhone and pay for it via a monthly installment rather than all at once. Though anyone can try to get in on the program, not everyone will qualify, and even if you do there is some fine print to keep in mind.1. You Must QualifyAs with most companies that offer some type of credit or installment option, Apple only makes its iPhone Upgrade Program available to customers who meet its requirements, namely having good enough credit. You also have to be at least 18-years-old and you must have a valid government-issued ID. You also need a credit card to put on file as the payment method, not a debit card.2. Installment terms and costApple’s iPhone Upgrade Program breaks the cost of an iPhone up into 24 monthly devices payments. The price of those monthly payments will depend on which device you get. The iPhone X will likely be the priciest of the bunch, and though we don’t know what the cost will be, we do know that the current iPhone 7 Plus has a starting monthly rate of $37.41/month, meaning it is safe to assume the iPhone X will be higher than that.3. AppleCare+ is requiredAs with some other companies that require device insurance during installment periods, Apple requires its iPhone Upgrade Program customers to have AppleCare+. This is made simple, though, as the cost of this protection is blended into the overall monthly cost so that a single rate is paid.4. Trade in your old phone (or not)Though you’ll need to enroll (at the time of purchase) if you’ve never used the iPhone Upgrade Program before, you have the option to check whether you’re eligible for an upgrade if you’re already enrolled. If you’re not enrolled but you have an iPhone you’re interested in trading in, Apple also lets you check eligibility by entering the IMEI and serial number here. The value of your trade-in depends on the phone and its condition. Apple now accepts trade-ins through the mail.5. 12 or 24 monthsWhile the installment period is for the duration of 24 months, Apple gives people the opportunity to turn in their phone after 12 months to upgrade to a newer model. That’s great if you want the latest and greatest device, but it also comes with a big downside…you’ll have spent 12 months paying toward a device that you don’t ultimately get to keep. Paying the remaining 12 months off will let you keep the phone and you can sign up for a new one.Wrap-upApple is getting ready to take the wraps off its latest and greatest iPhones, including the fabled iPhone X with an OLED display. Rumors have circulated for months claiming the phone may exceed $1,000, and if you can’t pay that all at once, the iPhone Upgrade Program is a great alternative. Stick around our Apple Hub for more! Story TimelineiPhone X ‘severe short supply’ may ruin your weekendThis gold iPhone X costs $70kiPhone X Edition, iPod Touch accidentally outed by Discover [mythbusted!] Rumor has it the upcoming iPhone X will cost upwards of $1,000, putting it outside of the pay-with-cash budget for many consumers. Now that two year contracts are gone and the discounted phone costs with them, consumers are left with a few options: get the phone through a carrier with a monthly device payment plan, buy with a credit card and pay it off in due time, or take advantage of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.
Story TimelineMisfit Vapor smartwatch is here and shipping next weekMisfit Command smartwatch requires no chargingMisfit Path hybrid smartwatch brings the minimalism of a classic If you’ve used a hybrid smartwatch before, then you likely already know what to expect out of the Path. The Misfit Path trades the full functionality of a smartwatch for a design that looks more traditional, making an appeal to those who value aesthetics in what they wear on their wrists. It’s also a good option for those who don’t like the idea of repeatedly charging a smartwatch, as Path doesn’t require charging at all.As you can imagine, the fact that it carries a traditional design with no LCD means you won’t have the full range of smartwatch features at your disposal. You’ll still be able to pair the Path with your phone via Bluetooth, and its 3-axis accelerometer allows it to track your steps, burned calories, distance, and sleep patterns. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have a display, you can still have it give you customized text, call, and email notifications, thereby prompting you to pull your phone out of your pocket.On top of those somewhat basic (and expected) features, you can also use the Path’s smart button to control music playback or ring your phone, which is a handy bit of functionality to have. The watch itself is water resistant up to 50 meters and can go six months on its replaceable battery, so if you’re one of those people who loathes the idea of plugging in a smartwatch every night, this is definitely one to consider.It’ll be interesting to see how the Path performs for Misfit, mostly because the audience for smartwatches seems to be shrinking. In fact, the only true smartwatch of note lately has been the Apple Watch, with many other manufacturers either slowing down releases or stopping them entirely. Hybrid smartwatches, with their focus on compromise, could find some fans where smartwatches failed to win people over.Best of all, the Path is fairly inexpensive, with a price tag that lines up with other smartwatches and comes in well below the cost of some analog watches. The Path is launching in four colors – stainless steel, rose tone, gold tone, and stainless steel with gold tone accent – and is available now from Misfit’s website for $149.99. Back at CES 2018, Misfit unveiled its new Path smartwatch. Dubbed a “hybrid smartwatch” and following a trend that we’re seeing many manufacturers pursue, the Path attempts to blend the look of a standard watch with the increased functionality of a smartwatch. In a market where interest in standard smartwatches seems to be declining, hybrids like the Path might be able to find an audience.
Purism is confident that it is on track for a January 2019 delivery date and is already accepting pre-orders. The $599 price tag might seem high compared to other smartphones with similar hardware, but the Librem 5’s appeal goes beyond the specs. You’d be hard pressed to find any usable smartphone on any price range that will not only let you install any Linux distribution you prefer but also ensures that your data remains safe, private, and out of the hands of corporations. October last year, Purism accomplished what Canonical wanted, albeit with more realistic expectations. Rounding up support from privacy and open source advocates, it was able to raise the $1.5 million it needed to create what would be a first in the mobile market. And while it’s journey is far from over, it is proud to report that it has successfully overcome some of the biggest hurdles towards the fulfillment of its promise, including what the Librem 5 phone would look like as pictured above.As any small company will tell you, getting contracts with manufacturers isn’t easy when you’re not Samsung, Apple, or Google. It’s even harder when you’re not ordering massive amounts or you have a particular niche requirements. Purism has always been about ensuring that the hardware, not just the software, is open source friendly, which pretty much goes against the practice of mobile component makers these days. It was an uphill battle but Purism was finally able to put down the Librem 5 specifications, at least enough to get dev kits made that should make its way to developers and some backers soon.The software side is no less difficult. In addition to developing the user interface using only open source tools, Purism also has to deal with firmware for those hardware, some of which might not work without proprietary bits. So when it says it was able to make and take calls (using the development board, that’s a huge deal and one of the most critical accomplishments for the Librem 5. After all, what good is a smartphone that can’t make calls.AdChoices广告Purism has also made progress in the user-facing side of the software, meaning the phone’s UI and its apps. In addition to the phone app, a Contacts app has also been completed. And since the end goal is to have those apps work on the desktop or a larger screen as well, the design includes those use cases as well. Thanks to the antics of some of your favorite, and not so favorite, tech companies, there has been a lot of focus and frenzy shed on privacy. If you really think about it, no one and nothing is safe from these corporate giants, from always-listening and sometimes-recording smart speakers to even your supposedly silent and deaf smartphone. There has never been a more opportune time for products that champion privacy and the user to come out of hiding. And, if all goes well, one such product will be available for purchase at the start of 2019: the privacy-focused, freedom-loving, Linux-based open source Purism Librem 5.
Apps, apps, and more appsThis one may look like a no-brainer but, three generations in, the Gear S smartwatch app selection is still as bad as ever. There apps, mind, but very few you’d care about. Popular third-party apps like social networks? Forget it. Samsung’s own first-party apps? At least you have Reminders and Voice Recorder. But something that integrates with Samsung’s own Notes? Nope. This is the price both Samsung and users have to pay for Tizen OS but if Samsung isn’t going to change direction anyway, it might as well use its resources to pull in those big and useful names.Bixby VoiceAnother no-brainer and one that’s already presumed for the Gear S4/Galaxy Watch. Hopefully, that is the case. Samsung has had terrible luck with voice-controlled assistants ever since the S Voice. True, Bixby Voice isn’t exactly the top choice among its peers but, considering Samsung is unlikely to switch to Google Assistant at this point, might as well make the most out of it, right?ControlThere are only so much you can on a smartwatch given its small size and limited hardware. In addition to being health devices, smartwatches are pretty much tiny windows into our bigger devices. And yet Samsung’s smartwatches have been pretty bad at actually letting users control their smartphones from their wrists. Need to quickly mute your phone without taking it out of your bag or pocket? Hopefully you can this generation. It was only recently that the Gear S3 even added support for Samsung’s own SmartThings IoT platform. Naturally, that’s limited to the smart home products that support that platform as well.AdChoices广告Smarter facesSmartwatch makers, especially fashion brands, have tried hard to sell theirs wearables as fashionable yet hi-tech version of traditional watches. This has resulted in a deluge of watch faces that mimic mostly analog designs. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, it has also resulted in a scarcity of everything else. There are very few watch faces that take advantage of the fact that they have more freedom than any other timepiece in the market. Even Samsung’s own choices and promotions favor creating the illusion of physical hands rather than being true to their smart nature.Life-saving featuresIt seems inevitable that the smartwatch boat will be leaning heavily on the health features side. Especially since Apple seems to be putting its weight there. It’s probably time Samsung did the same. There are already evidence that Samsung is toying with the idea of putting a blood pressure in a future smartwatch, something that Apple is doing as well. It will definitely have an advantage if it gets the head start this year. Who knows when we’ll start reading about how a life was saved thanks to a Samsung wearable.Battery without the costsThe biggest enemy of smartwatches, however, is battery life. Physics is hard to beat and smartwatches that last more than a day often look and feel like a tiny smartphone on your wrist. Samsung has had to make compromises when increasing the battery capacity or shrinking the body size. With improvements in manufacturing technology, it might no longer have to. Hopefully, however, that won’t also mean cutting out features like LTE connectivity in exchange.Wrap-up: It’s still Apple’s worldThe smartwatch market has never been as big as its supporters would have liked but, small as it is, the Apple Watch still dominates it. Which is perhaps odd considering how its square design hasn’t appealed to a majority of wearers who prefer the classic circle. But what the Apple Watch may lack in aesthetics it makes up for with actually useful features and tons of apps. Aside from a few genius moves, like the rotary control, Samsung’s smartwatches have felt more like something the company needed to have just because Apple has one. With Wear OS by Google still in a state of limbo, it’s perhaps time for Samsung to take its own smartwatch more seriously and take the lead. While we’re counting down to Samsung’s Unpacked event this Thursday, the company is already dropping hints at something big coming later this month. It might also be literally Samsung’s smallest reveal. After the Galaxy Note 9, it might be the time of Samsung’s new smartwatch in the limelight. Call it Gear S4 or Galaxy Watch, these are some of the things we want to see in what should be the most advanced smartwatch of the year.
Uber’s aspirations for a self-driving fleet of cars are no secret, and today the company took a big step toward realizing that dream. Uber has struck a new deal with Volvo that will see the latter produce tens of thousands of SUVs that Uber will then outfit with its autonomous driving systems. We’ll see all of this happen within the new few years, too. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Uber has placed an order for 24,000 Volvo XC90 SUVs. Bloomberg points out that these cars start at $46,900 at dealers across the US, though it isn’t hard to imagine Uber getting some kind of discount for ordering so many at once. Volve is expected to deliver the vehicles between 2019 and 2021, paving the way for Uber to greatly expand its self-driving programs.This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Uber pair with Volvo. Those same XC90s have been used by Uber in self-driving pilot programs in a few cities around the US, so it would appear that Uber likes what the XC90 has to offer.This is just the first step in Uber’s road to offering a fully autonomous fleet of cars. Uber plans to outfit these XC90s with the core hardware it needs for autonomous driving, augmenting it further as technology becomes more advanced. While we probably won’t see an Uber-branded fleet of cars capable of level 5 autonomy for quite some time, that certainly seems to be the end goal for the cars at the center of this massive order.Of course, the path to Uber’s fully autonomous future could be a bumpy one. Uber has had a number of setbacks, whether it’s a highly publicized lawsuit with Waymo or losing its license in a certain big city. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how Uber forges ahead with self-driving technology once these XC90s have been delivered, so stay tuned. Story TimelineUber’s testing with autonomous cars has been a little bumpySelf-driving Uber crashes in Arizona, ending up on its sideUber hit with nationwide ban in ItalyUber will start testing flying cars in the next 3 yearsUber’s self-driving expert off project amid Waymo lawsuit
The best 4th of July sales 2019: Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot deals Prepare for Prime Day with our price predictions for Echo, other Amazon devices Amazon 4th of July deals: Apple Watch, iPad, Ring, Fire TV, and more Find the best Instant Pot deals to shop before Amazon Prime Day 2019 Early Prime Day deals: MacBook, 4K TV, AirPods, and Apple iPad discounts The Prime Day 2019 start date is still July 15, but Amazon dropped impressive preview of the deals to come just last night. Better yet, the retail giant has also announced that some deals will be available as early as Sunday, July 14 at 3 p.m. ET. All you need to do is ask “Alexa, where are my deals?” to your smart speaker to get access to exclusive member-only savings. Of course, some Prime Day deals have already arrived, so you don’t have to wait too long for savings.We don’t know exactly what devices will be on sale when early access drops this Sunday, but it is very likely that all of the Amazon Devices below will get discounted during that promotion. That would include the Fire TV Stick for a just $15 and the Echo down to only $50. This extra day should give Prime members the chance to pick up some Alexa-enabled products they’ve had their eye on.Amazon Prime Day deals previewWhile this sneak peek is very helpful for shoppers looking for a leg up on Prime Day, a lot of savings have remained quite vague. The most accurate pricing information we could gather appears to be, unsurprisingly, on Amazon’s own Alexa-enabled devices. 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This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. State Roundup: Ga. Panel Picked To Implement Provider Fee A selection of state health policy stories from New Jersey, Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Colorado.The Associated Press: NJ Comptroller’s Office Faults Adult Day CareA state agency that serves as a watchdog over New Jersey government announced Wednesday that it has found improper billing of Medicaid by five adult day care centers and is asking the centers to pay settlements totaling more than $10 million. The state comptroller’s office found that centers were charging the state for caring for patients when they did not receive care in some cases and for providing care that was not needed in others (3/6).Georgia Health News: Deal Picks Panel To Oversee Provider FeeGov. Nathan Deal has appointed a committee to oversee implementation of the provider fee, the financing mechanism for Medicaid that’s expected to fill a hole of more than $400 million in the program’s budget. Deal recently signed the fast-tracked legislation that facilitated the renewal of the fee, known among critics as a “bed tax.”’ The oversight panel will consist of six hospital representatives — three from hospitals that have been “winners” under the current fee formula, and three from “losing” hospitals. The amount currently raised from hospitals is returned to the hospital industry through reimbursements. Individual hospitals get different amounts based on how much Medicaid business they do, so that some hospitals come out ahead under the formula while others lose money (Miller, 3/6).Philadelphia Inquirer: Uncertainty For Thousands, Corbett After Judge’s Health RulingNatalie Ross, who is prone to bronchitis, can tell you how her life is different without adultBasic: She put off seeing a doctor in January until her cough got so bad she was almost throwing up. With medication, the cough is better but still there. Her new health insurance covers just four office visits a year. … A judge’s decision Tuesday has drawn renewed attention to the plight of Ross and 40,785 other Pennylvanians, most of them in low-income jobs, whose state-funded adultBasic health insurance ended two years ago when Gov. Corbett declined to pursue new funding for the program, saying it was unsustainable (Sapatkin and Worden, 3/7).Georgia Health News: Health Care Regulatory Changes Fail To AdvanceProposed changes to Georgia’s health care regulatory process hit a dead end in a House committee Wednesday, but only after a four-hour hearing that exposed a longstanding divide between physicians and hospitals. The House Health and Human Services Committee debated one bill that would exempt multi-service outpatient surgery centers owned by physicians from the state regulatory process, and then a second bill that would exempt standalone pediatric emergency rooms. The panel adjourned without taking a vote on either House Bill 279 or House Bill 404. Thursday is Crossover Day, the deadline for a bill to be passed by at least one chamber of the General Assembly or lose its chance of becoming law this session. So the two House bills are effectively dead until next year, except in the unlikely event that one of them is attached to legislation that has already moved forward (Miller, 3/6). Kaiser Health News: In Conservative Arizona, Government-Run Health Care That WorksIn a low-slung building in the vast desert expanse east of Phoenix, a small school of tropical fish peer out, improbably, from a circular tank into the waiting lounge of the Apache Junction Health Center. The hallways of the nursing home are still. Only half of the rooms are filled, and the men and women who live here seem surely in life’s final season. ‘These are folks that have chronic cognitive and physical disabilities that are not going to improve,’ said George Jacobson, administrator of the nursing home (Varney, 3/7).The Lund Report: Nurse Practitioners And Physician Assistants Put Forth Pay Equity BillA few years ago, private insurers cut the rates that they pay to nurse practitioners and physician assistants by as much as 25 percent and began paying them less than doctors for the same basic services. That’s made it hard for physician assistants like Edwin Weih to leave the lights on at Five Rivers Family Practice where overhead for the clinic is the same regardless if it employs a full physician and a physician assistant. … Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are getting another try at pay equity this session after legislation demanding that commercial insurers compensate them the same as doctors for the same services failed to pass the last two sessions (Gray, 3/6). The Associated Press: Legislature Tackles Salem Medicaid DisputeThe Oregon Legislature is stepping into a conflict between Salem Hospital and the local coordinated care organization in charge of providing health coverage for low-income patients on Medicaid. The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure creating a mediation process that might help resolve the Salem dispute and any other conflicts that may arise between CCOs and health-care providers (Cooper, 3/7).Oregonian: Bill Offering Mediation For Medical Errors Passes State Senate EasilyA bill that makes it easier to use mediation instead of lawsuits to address medical errors easily passed the Oregon Senate today. Senate Bill 483 passed 26-3 and is now headed for the House. During floor debate, supporters said the measure could give patients and their families better ways to resolve grievances ithan filing malpractice lawsuits. Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, said she’s been party to a frivolous lawsuit before, and the bill would ease an adversarial culture around medical errors, one “that’s tearing us apart.” Sen. Larry George, R-Sherwood, called the bill a good first step to addressing policies that hurt patient care. “Real decisions are being made that affect people’s lives,” George said (Budnick, 3/5). Health Policy Solutions (a Colo. news service): Colorado Bill Aims To Keep Guns Away From People During Mental IllnessesColorado lawmakers plan to introduce legislation by next week to make it harder for people with mental illnesses to buy guns. The legislation, which does not yet have a bill number, marks the last of several measures that Democrats are sponsoring this year to try and curb gun violence in the wake of the Aurora theater shootings and the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The other bills include measures to limit magazines to 15 rounds, require background checks on all gun transactions, limit guns on campuses and require gun buyers to pay for their own background checks (Kerwin McCrimmon, 3/6).
Every week Ankita Rao selects interesting reading from around the Web.ProPublica: How Mom’s Death Changed My Thinking About End-Of-Life CareMy father, sister and I sat in the near-empty Chinese restaurant, picking at our plates, unable to avoid the question that we’d gathered to discuss: When was it time to let Mom die? … My father and sister looked to me for my thoughts. In our family, after all, I’m the go-to guy for all things medical. I’ve been a health care reporter for 15 years: at the Dallas Morning News, the Los Angeles Times and now ProPublica. And since I have a relatively good grasp on America’s complex health care system, I was the one to help my parents sign up for their Medicare drug plans, research new diagnoses and question doctors about their recommended treatments. In this situation, like so many before, I was expected to have some answers. Yet none of my years of reporting had prepared me for this moment, this decision. In fact, I began to question some of my assumptions about the health care system (Charles Ornstein, 2/28)Reuters: Behind A Cancer-Treatment Firm’s Rosy Survival ClaimsWhen the local doctor who had been treating Vicky Hilborn told her that her rare cancer had spread throughout her body, including her brain, she and her husband refused to accept a death sentence. Within days, Keith Hilborn was on the phone with an “oncology information specialist” at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. … His call secured Vicky an appointment at the for-profit, privately held company’s Philadelphia affiliate, Eastern Regional Medical Center. There, the oncologist who examined Vicky told the couple he had treated other cases of histiocytic sarcoma, the cancer of immune-system cells that she had. … Vicky Hilborn never got another appointment with CTCA. She died on September 6, 2009, at age 48. CTCA is not unique in turning away patients. A lot of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers in the United States decline to treat people who can’t pay, or have inadequate insurance, among other reasons. What sets CTCA apart is that rejecting certain patients and, even more, culling some of its patients from its survival data lets the company tout in ads and post on its website patient outcomes that look dramatically better than they would if the company treated all comers (Begley and Respaut, 3/6). The Atlantic: Kind Neighbors Are Scarce, But ImportantSuburbanites, as compared to urban and rural dwellers, are most certain of their access to community resources. They also care least about their neighbors. As such, their safe, affordable housing in unpolluted environments, with nearby health centers and plentiful recreation space, are good because they benefit them individually; that their fellow suburbanites benefit as well is almost incidental. It’s not just them. Strong communities made up of neighbors that care for, and about, one another are low on the list of health concerns of most Americans. In a survey conducted for The Atlantic in conjunction with GlaxoSmithKline, a representative sample of 1,000 Americans revealed that our priorities for building healthy communities are inextricable from our reliance on institutions. The results of various questions show that many of us tend to put the responsibility for our community’s’ health in the hands of doctors and hospitals, whom we expect to be regularly available, in-person. Overall, participants ranked regular access to doctors and dentists (82 percent said it was “very important”) second only to clean air and water (87 percent) as community resources that are important to their health (Lindsay Abrams, 3/6)The New York Times: Construction That Focuses On Health Of ResidentsDoctors, social agencies and community groups that have long been frustrated by the inability to alleviate environmental conditions that contribute to ailments like heart disease and obesity are promoting the idea that a shift in land-use planning and design can stanch some of the harmful influences. The concept is being put to one of its earliest and biggest tests in the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood near downtown Denver. That’s where the city’s housing authority used a relatively new decision-making tool known as a health impact assessment to draft a redevelopment plan that encourages physical activity and environmental sustainability (Joe Gose, 3/5).Health Affairs: How ‘Person-Centered’ Care Helped Guide Me Toward Recovery From Mental IllnessI was 14 and growing up in a small suburban town in Kentucky with my parents and 16-year-old brother. I loved school and I loved the arts, wandering my high school’s hallways with a paintbrush stuck in my messy ponytail. With my nose in a book or my feet in ballet slippers, I appeared to lead a relatively normal teenage life. Hidden beneath the surface, though, were secrets. A neighbor had sexually abused me for much of my childhood, until I was 13, manipulating me into believing that it was my fault. If I told anyone, he said, he would murder my family. … With the perspective of time, I can now reflect on what I learned from those experiences, what was and wasn’t helpful for me during my time of crisis, and how mental health providers could treat their patients better (Ashley Clayton, 3/6). Weekend Reading: A Cancer Hospital’s Controversial Admission Procedures This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
A selection of health policy stories from New York, California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas.The Associated Press/Washington Post: States Increasingly Saying ‘No Way’ to Federal Laws Ranging From Guns To Drugs And Health CareAn Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states now have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver’s licenses. The recent trend began in Democratic leaning California with a 1996 medical marijuana law and has proliferated lately in Republican strongholds like Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback this spring became the first to sign a measure threatening felony charges against federal agents who enforce certain firearms laws in his state (6/21).The New York Times: Weiner Wants City To Test Single-Payer Health CareVowing to “make New York City the single-payer laboratory in the country” if he is elected mayor, Anthony D. Weiner on Thursday presented an ambitious plan to create a Medicare-like system for the coverage of municipal workers, retirees and uninsured immigrant residents left out of the Affordable Care Act (Bernstein, 6/20).Los Angeles Times: Hoag Hospital’s Abortion Ban Linked To New Catholic PartnerWhen Hoag Hospital announced this spring that it would no longer provide elective abortions, officials at the esteemed Orange County medical center said the decision was made because of low demand. But records and interviews show the decision was closely tied to the Newport Beach hospital’s new partnership with a Catholic health care provider (Cowan and Gorman, 6/20).Georgia Health News: Discount Plan May Draw Few HIV Patients (Video)When Vincent McDaniel was diagnosed with AIDS in 1991, doctors gave him a year to live. But 22 years later, he was working as a volunteer bagging canned goods, cereals and other foods for himself and other clients in the food pantry at AIDS Athens, an HIV/AIDS outreach clinic. AIDS Athens, housed in a nondescript office building on the edge of the historic Georgia city, supports a few of the estimated 5,000 local residents who have no health insurance. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, most Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But for those whose incomes are low enough, the requirement will be waived (Smith, 6/20). Reuters: Docs May Cherry-Pick Cases After Death Rate ReportsDoctors may avoid treating the sickest heart patients with a common procedure after their hospitals are marked as having high death rates, says a new study that points to a possible unintended consequence of transparency. Researchers found the severity of cases treated at four Massachusetts hospitals was lower after they were labeled “outliers” for having high death rates after stenting between 2003 and 2010, compared to their counterparts with lower death rates (Seaman, 6/20).St. Louis Beacon: On Top Of Layoffs And Service Cuts, Add ‘Bay State Boondoggle’ To Problems Afflicting HospitalsPemiscot Memorial Hospital, in Hayti, Mo., is on the equivalent of life support, unsure how long it will survive without an infusion of more federal Medicare and Medicaid dollars. In most rural communities as well as in large and small cities, the challenges facing hospitals are not as dire as the case of Pemiscot, but all are being forced to cope in a new health care environment as a result of sequestration, failure of Medicaid expansion and other cost factors (Joiner, 6/20).Kansas City Star: Lawsuit Challenges New Kansas Abortion LawKansas abortion providers sued state medical and legal authorities Thursday, alleging that a new law set to take effect July 1 would violate their freedom of speech rights. Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri Inc. and its medical director, physician Orrin Moore, contend in the federal lawsuit that disclosure requirements written into the new law compel abortion providers to approve of the government’s view of abortion (Morris, 6/20). HealthyCal: Clinics Unite To Better Serve Low-Income PatientsIt is 9 a.m. on a Tuesday and the St. John’s Well Child & Family Wellness Center in South Los Angeles is busy. More than 40 adults and children sit in the clinic’s large waiting area while the sounds of friendly conversations in Spanish and English, ringing cell phones and fussing youngsters fill the air. In the middle of this, Olivia Mendez stands and begins to speak, first in Spanish, then in English, her voice rising above the buzz while her partner Evelia Castaneda hands out literature (Fulton, 6/20).California Healthline: Bill Would Exempt Some Skilled Nursing Facilities From CutThe Senate Committee on Health yesterday approved a measure to reverse some of the Medi-Cal provider rate cuts passed by the Legislature two years ago. It’s an urgency bill, which means it needs a two-thirds legislative vote to pass. AB 900 by Assembly member Luis Alejo (D-Salinas) would reverse cuts to one specific type of health care facility — hospital-based, distinct-part skilled nursing facilities (Gorn, 6/20).California Healthline: New Budget Makes ‘Major Change’ To Lanterman Act, Autism PolicyA small, obscure provision in the California budget bill passed last week is the culmination of a number of changes and limitations in autism treatment recently made by the state. The provision deals with regional centers, the private not-for-profit companies that operate 21 regional centers under contract with the state, to provide or coordinate services for Medicaid beneficiaries with developmental disabilities, including autism (Gorn, 6/20).Des Moines Register: Insurance Program For Chronically Ill To EndThe government is shuttering a health insurance program for Iowans with expensive chronic diseases. People who are in HIP Iowa-Fed are being offered the chance to enter a similar federal program, but some of them could wind up having to spend thousands of extra dollars. The decision, which takes effect June 30, will affect 371 Iowans (Leys, 6/21). State Highlights: Weiner Wants Single-Payer For NYC Workers This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.
advertisement Bloomberg News Comment What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Join the conversation → General Dynamics Land Systems Canada Lav 6 vehicles are shown carrying troops in 2016.Sgt Jean-Francois Lauzé/Combat Camera/General Dynamics Facebook 0 Comments ← Previous Next → Natalie Obiko Pearson Featured Stories More Email December 17, 20187:03 AM EST Filed under News Economy Trudeau says Canada wants out of $13 billion deal to sell armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia Review of sale comes amid growing international outrage over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Trudeau’s administration has said it wouldn’t issue new export permits during its review of the deal, which was signed by the previous government.The Canadian leader had indicated previously that his government’s hands were somewhat tied by the contract, saying it could cost $1 billion to cancel it.“The murder of a journalist is absolutely unacceptable and that’s why Canada from the very beginning had been demanding answers and solutions on that,” Trudeau told CTV.Bloomberg.com Twitter Sponsored By: Reddit Share this storyTrudeau says Canada wants out of $13 billion deal to sell armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network Recommended For YouU.S. adviser Bolton travels to Japan, S.Korea amid trade disputeDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through Canada was looking for a way out of a US$13 billion deal to export armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a televised interview Sunday.“We are engaged with the export permits to try and see if there is a way of no longer exporting these vehicles to Saudi Arabia,” Trudeau told CTV on Sunday, without elaborating.Amid growing international outrage over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the government has been reviewing the planned sale of the armored vehicles made by London, Ontario-based General Dynamics Land Systems, a unit of U.S.-based General Dynamics Corp.General Dynamics Land Systems in London, Ont.
Comment 0 Comments Featured Stories Postmedia Network, Inc., the company that owns the National Post, will take a minority interest in The Logic, a subscription-based online news service that reports on the innovation economy.The deal is in its early stages and terms have not yet been agreed, but a letter of intent signed Wednesday will see Postmedia invest in The Logic and offer a selection of its work through online products including the National Post and various city papers.Some of The Logic’s content will be available to National Post readers, while some will remain restricted to paying subscribers.The Logic launched last year as a subscription based news service that also offers conference calls and daily briefings focused on tech and innovation. It has published ground-breaking work on issues such as Toronto’s dealings with Sidewalk Labs, and Facebook’s controversial advertising policies.The innovation economy is thriving in Canada and The Logic has tapped into the stories and insights that make it tick Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod: “Partnering with The Logic provides the opportunity to build, grow and validate digital subscription models which are showing increasing traction around the world.”Peter J. Thompson/Financial Post/File Joseph Brean Postmedia partners with tech news service The Logic: ‘Another bet on journalism’ The deal will see Postmedia invest in The Logic and offer a selection of its work through online products including the National Post and various city papers More Facebook Share this storyPostmedia partners with tech news service The Logic: ‘Another bet on journalism’ Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Sponsored By: Recommended For YouG7 finance leaders voice skepticism over Libra -Japan finminImperial to hold 2019 Second Quarter Earnings CallIBM profit tops estimates as focus turns to cloud’s Red Hat for growthFannie, Freddie to eventually end buying of LIBOR mortgages -FHFA’s CalabriaNetflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan in India Join the conversation → May 22, 201910:07 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 22, 201910:11 PM EDT Filed under News Headed by David Skok, formerly of the Toronto Star and Boston Globe, The Logic will retain its independence, and will continue to serve its community of subscribers, while also trying to expand it through the vastly larger distribution network of Postmedia.“The premise is that tech is not a siloed vertical, it really is the future of Canada,” Skok said in an interview. For a small startup, he said the investment and access to distribution will allow the news operation to grow and hire more journalists.Skok said that offering for free what it has so far charged money for will not dilute the value of his team’s work any more than the syndication strategies used by large American media outlets such as The New York Times and Washington Post. On the contrary, he expects it to lead to more subscribers through greater visibility.“It’s another bet on journalism for Postmedia,” said Postmedia CEO Andrew MacLeod in an interview.He described the partnership as a “graceful” way of simultaneously chasing the proven potential of digital subscriptions, while not threatening the company’s broader strategy of digital advertising.Putting up increasingly strict paywalls in pursuit of subscription dollars is a common strategy, but can be at cross-purposes to a digital advertising strategy that aims at the largest possible audience.MacLeod said there is evidence, however, that people are willing to pay for certain “bespoke” content bundles, such as The Logic, and these can be profitable.MacLeod also described the investment as something of a test for that strategy, which could be replicated in areas other than the innovation economy, such as food and wine or sports.“The innovation economy is thriving in Canada and The Logic has tapped into the stories and insights that make it tick while demonstrating, in a very short period of time, its strength and credibility in the space,” MacLeod said in a statement. “Partnering with The Logic provides the opportunity to build, grow and validate digital subscription models which are showing increasing traction around the world.”• Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Twitter: Twitter ← Previous Next → advertisement Reddit What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Email
There have been not a few changes.Tesla has been selling the Model S since 2012. While many automakers would consider making a major refresh to the model after this much time, the California company’s CEO, Elon Musk, has said (tweet embedded below) that there is “No such thing as a “full refresh” at Tesla or even a model year.” Instead, the company does partial upgrades every month whenever “a new subsystem is ready for production.” This video (above) from the Black Tesla YouTube channel is interesting then, as it investigates some of the detectable changes the full-size sedan has seen since 2014.More on Tesla Model S changes Tesla Releases More Details On Dual Motor, Autopilot & Additional Model S Updates Video description:Giving my impressions on going from a 2014 P85 to a 2018 P100D. Highlighting features and updates other owners considering upgrading or those looking CPO might want to know.Source: YouTube True, but this will improve dramatically over next several months & all Tesla cars ever produced (except early Roadsters) will get improvements for free. Continuous, free over-the-air software updates is a big part of why a Tesla retains so much value over time.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 17, 2018 An owner of a Model S P85 from 2014 recently upgraded to a 2018 P100D version and lays out all the changes he’s been able to notice. The footage dwells pretty much on the interior and the driving feel. Obviously, there is a difference in exteriors as the car got a new fascia in early 2016, and there are probably a good many changes to the bones beneath the aluminum skin as well. While some elements of the transformation may be subtle, there is a theme our narrator returns to: increased refinement.Besides the physical changes, the software systems of Tesla vehicles are constantly improved. In a tweet (embedded below), Musk maintains that this is one of the factors that helps “a Tesla retains so much value over time.” Though our host doesn’t dive too deeply into the software changes — there have been a lot in the past four years — it is something to keep in mind as well. Enjoy!No such thing as a “full refresh” at Tesla or even a model year. Our cars are partially upgraded every month as soon as a new subsystem is ready for production. There is no cadence.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 9, 2018 Tesla Model S, X Refresh Not Happening Until Q3 2019 Source: Electric Vehicle News Tesla Model S Refresh Details: New Front Fascia, HEPA Filtration, Charger Upgrade, Colors Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on November 5, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News
If plug-in hybrids mean more electric miles, then why not?General Motors announced this week that it’s done with plug-in hybrids. This news comes after The General’s decision to kill the Chevy Volt, which for years the company said was far superior to any EV. So now it appears that three companies – Tesla, General Motors, and Nissan – are the EV purists.Battery-electrics will continue to get all the buzz (because they’re better). But don’t think for a second that plug-in hybrids are going the way of the dodo.The BMW 5-Series plug-in hybrid outsold the brand’s all-electric i3.We can argue ad nauseam about the pros and cons of EVs versus PHEVs. And we could analyze the business reasons for why GM changed its tune.Regardless, the vast majority of automakers are locked and loaded with big plans for plug-in hybrids. They’re coming folks. And because these plug-in hybrids will have increasingly longer all-electric ranges, more and more of our miles will be electric. Isn’t that the point?Some facts to consider:The current U.S market has 30 plug-in hybrids compared to 14 pure EVs.The second biggest electric seller in 2018 was the Toyota Prius Prime. Its starting price is about $27,000.The only version of the Honda Clarity that sells across the country is the plug-in hybrid.The Volkswagen group plans to offer 20 new plug-in hybrids in the next couple years – in addition to about 25 pure EVs. The all-electric range of these EVs will grow to about 40 miles.Ford promises 40 electrified vehicles by 2022. Only a few will be purely electric.The BMW 530e plug-in hybrid outsold the BMW i3 in 2018. BMW sold twice as many plug-in hybrids as pure EVs in 2018. By 2025, the BMW showroom will have 25 electrified models, and most of them will be plug-in hybrids. BMW’s next X5 plug-in hybrid will offer 50 miles of electric range.Mercedes-Benz says that its new third-generation plug-in hybrid system, with expanded all-electric range, will be offered across its entire lineup.Jeep will introduce four new EVs by about 2022 – but the brand will add 10 plug-in hybrids.Plug-in hybrids are coming to luxury sports car brands as well. Maserati plans to make four pure EVs by about 2022. But it will also offer eight plug-in hybrids. Source: Electric Vehicle News Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on January 17, 2019Categories Electric Vehicle News
BYD, a US-based manufacturer of commercial electric trucks, has delivered an all-electric refuse truck for use in Seattle, Washington. BYD says it’s the first electric Class-8 rear loader in the US.The vehicle features BYD’s 8R Class-8 truck fitted with refuse equipment maker New Way’s Viper Rear Loader refuse body. The vehicle is now in operation with waste collection company Recology, servicing the city of Seattle.Recology VP Derek Ruckman said, “By partnering with the City of Seattle, BYD and New Way, we can be a catalyst to effect positive, sustainable change, setting the stage for what a 21st-century refuse truck should look like.”Source: BYD Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine
Paolo Menicucci in Milan Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two second-half goals for Internazionale as they beat Parma 2-0 to win the Italian league on the last day of the season but there was misery for their city rivals, Milan, as they failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.With Jose Mourinho lurking in the background there was a lot riding on the last league game of the season for the two coaches, Inter’s Roberto Mancini and Milan’s Carlo Ancelotti.Mancini is understood to have made contact with Chelsea to express interest in taking charge if Avram Grant resigns or is sacked after the Champions League final. Inter’s president, Massimo Moratti, said yesterday that “Mancini will stay, nobody should worry about that” but the club’s managing director, Ernesto Paolillo, was less certain about the coach’s future. “We hope he will stay,” he said.Inter, who had seen their margin over second-placed Roma shrink from six to one point in the past two weeks, needed to match the result of their rivals and in the end went one better. Ibrahimovic returned from a knee injury to score the decisive goals against Parma while Roma failed to win at Catania.Milan beat Udinese 4-1 at San Siro but to no avail – they will play in the Uefa Cup next season because Fiorentina won 1-0 at Torino and finished in fourth place. Milan would, after yesterday’s events, seem a likely destination for the job-seeking Mourinho but the club’s vice-president, Adriano Galliani, appeared to stand by Ancelotti when he said: “We are disappointed to be in the Uefa Cup but nothing will happen.”Ancelotti added that he was “ready for a year in purgatory” but that the club “will face it with the same enthusiasm as always. We will not have a revolution, although there will be a few new faces.” Internazionale Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter First published on Sun 18 May 2008 21.38 EDT Serie A Share on WhatsApp Topics Shares00 Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Milan Share on Twitter Reuse this content Winner takes it all Ibrahimovic seals title for Inter match reports Sun 18 May 2008 21.38 EDT Share on Pinterest Share via Email Parma Serie A
Jul 18 2018Professional baseball players who score higher on a test of hand-eye coordination have better batting performance – particularly in drawing walks and other measures of “plate discipline,” reports a study in the July issue of Optometry and Vision Science, the official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.”Batters with better eye-hand visual motor reaction time [EH-VMRT] appear to be more discerning in deciding to swing at pitches as compared [to those with] poorer visual-motor reaction time,” according to the study, led by Daniel M. Laby, MD, of the Sports and Performance Vision Center, State University of New York College of Optometry.The results suggest that measuring hand-eye coordination might be helpful in player selection, and raise the possibility that EH-VMRT training might lead to improved batting performance. Dr. Laby’s coauthors were David G. Kirschen, OD, PhD, of Southern California College of Optometry, Fullerton; Usha Govindarajulu, PhD, of SUNY College of Optometry; and Paul DeLand, PhD, of California State University, Fullerton.Players with Faster Hand-Eye Coordination May Be More Selective at BatUsing a portable testing system, the researchers measured EH-VMRT in 450 professional baseball players during three Major League Baseball spring training seasons. The participants played for six MLB teams and their affiliated minor league teams; 105 were classified as major-league players and 435 as minor-leaguers.The relationship between EH-VMRT and statistical measures of batting performance was analyzed. The study focused on measures of “plate discipline” – for example, how often the players drew walks (bases on balls) or swung at pitchers in the strike zone. In contrast to traditional statistics like batting average, these measures are more dependent on the batter’s own ability, with little if any influence by the abilities of the defensive players.One of three test EH-VMRT modes, called the Proactive score, was chosen as the best single descriptor of hand-eye coordination. The players’ average Proactive score was 9.28 seconds, with a range from about 5.80 to 15.75 seconds.The Proactive score was significantly correlated with measures of plate discipline. For players in the top versus bottom one-fifth (quintile) of Proactive scores, there was a 22 percent difference in the walk rate. Players with the fastest hand-eye coordination drew a walk every 10.1 times at bat (on average), compared to every 13.1 times for those with the slowest hand-eye coordination.Related StoriesDeveloping imaging techniques for early detection of eye and brain diseasesScientists create new models of tropical eye worm for development of anti-filarial drugsRole of choline and docosahexaenoic acid in maternal and infant nutritionPlayers in the top quintile also swung at better pitches: they were six to seven percent more likely to swing at pitches in the strike zone and to swing at fastballs (rather than curveballs or other “off-speed” pitches) in the strike zone. “One could hypothesize that faster EH-VMRT allows the batter an opportunity to be selective in which pitches he ultimately decides to swing at,” Dr. Laby and coauthors write. “These timing differences may result in higher rates of swinging at pitches and a lower likelihood to gain a base on balls.”Faster EH-VRMT values were also associated with more years playing in the major leagues. Further analysis suggested that the differences in plate discipline were related to hand-eye coordination, rather than major league experience.While there was a large difference between the fastest and slowest EH-VRMT groups, there was comparatively little difference within the middle quintiles. For players, moving from this middle group into the top quintile would make little difference in terms of plate discipline, but moving out of the bottom quintile could have a major impact. A few studies have addressed the ability to improve EH-VRMT by training – however, more research is needed to see if hand-eye coordination training can have a lasting effect on batting ability.The researchers note that the statistical correlations between EH-VRMT and batting performance are low – likely reflecting the many other factors contributing to batting success. Yet they point out “the very large and statistically significant difference” between the top and bottom EH-VRMT groups and their plate discipline abilities. Dr. Laby and colleagues conclude: “These findings may be important in player selection as well as identification of players who may possibly benefit from an intervention to improve eye-hand visual-motor reaction time.” Source:https://wolterskluwer.com
Aug 15 2018The blood-brain barrier is a specialized network of vascular and brain cells that acts as the brain’s security system, helping to safeguard the brain and regulate the flow of substances into and out of it. While this network protects the brain, it also limits doctors’ ability to deliver effective doses of disease-fighting drugs to the brain, particularly in the case of brain tumors, which are notoriously treatment-resistant. This safety and feasibility study is a first step in attempting to overcome a major hurdle in treating these often-deadly cancers.”The ability to temporarily disrupt the blood-brain barrier without causing tissue damage has the potential to dramatically alter the landscape of drug delivery to the brain for many diseases,” says the principal investigator, Graeme F. Woodworth, MD, professor of neurosurgery at UMSOM and director of the Brain Tumor Treatment and Research Center at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMGCCC) at UMMC.”If successful, this approach would allow us to use chemotherapy and other therapies in the brain in ways that are currently not possible,” says Woodworth, noting that 98 percent of currently approved drugs don’t enter the brain because of the blood-brain barrier. “If we can selectively open the blood-brain barrier, then in the future we could give a much lower dose of powerful drugs, which would likely reduce toxic side effects and make treatments safer and more effective for patients.”The process involves injecting microscopic inert gas-filled bubbles into a patient’s bloodstream and then oscillating the microbubbles (causing them to move back and forth) with highly targeted sound waves, stretching the blood vessel walls to create temporary openings.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the clinical trial in October 2017 after a lengthy review process. Although there are similar research studies in Canada and other countries, this was the first time the FDA approved a clinical study using this promising technology and approach.Within a few months, University of Maryland researchers expect to open another FDA-approved clinical trial in which newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients will undergo blood-brain barrier opening prior to treatment with standard chemotherapy, temozolomide. This new ultrasound-augmented approach would target the areas where tumor recurrence would be most likely to occur.Nearly 80,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor each year; 26,000 of these tumors are malignant. Glioblastoma is the most common type of brain cancer and the most deadly. Patients live an average of 15 months after diagnosis; the average five-year survival is only 5.5 percent.”Glioblastoma is the most aggressive and lethal type of brain tumor, but treatment has been severely limited by our inability to get chemotherapy and other therapeutics through the blood-brain barrier,” says Kevin J. Cullen, MD, the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Distinguished Professor in Oncology at UMSOM and director of the UMGCCC. “Dr. Woodworth’s study is an important first step in finding an effective way to administer drug therapies that would improve patients’ quality of life and increase their survival.”Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryIn the initial study, researchers plan to enroll up to 15 patients with suspected glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, who will undergo surgery at UMMC to remove their tumor.The morning of the scheduled surgery, patients will undergo a standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan as part of the preoperative planning process. Guided by this MRI, doctors will target a precise region within the tumor with ultrasound, while the injected microbubbles are circulating within the bloodstream. The microbubbles will oscillate within the ultrasound field, causing temporary openings in the walls of the brain blood vessels and allowing the MRI contrast agent, gadolinium, to pass into the brain tissue. The MRI scan will then be completed, documenting the extent to which the blood-brain barrier was disrupted.The data from the MRI will be used in a system called intraoperative stereotactic neuro-navigation -; an advanced 3D-guidance system that accurately localizes the tumor within the brain. After the surgery, researchers also will rigorously examine the tissue that was removed to study the potential therapeutic and other effects from the focused ultrasound procedure.In this initial trial, the increased amount of contrast enhancement within the tumor provided by the focused ultrasound procedure may help the 3D navigation during the surgery, according to Woodworth. “The standard of care is not changing in regard to the surgical procedure. We are functionally increasing the amount of navigation data available to the surgeon,” he says.Woodworth notes that the disruption in the blood-brain barrier is not permanent, lasting about four to six hours.The clinical trial is sponsored by InSightec, which has developed the MRI-guided focused ultrasound technology that will be used in the study. Neurosurgeons at UMMC also are using this technology to treat patients with neurological conditions such as essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease, the latter as part of a clinical research study.”MRI-guided focused ultrasound holds great promise in treating a variety of medical conditions, from cancer to Parkinson’s disease,” says Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who also is executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at UMSOM. “Our physician-scientists are leading major research studies and are at the forefront of efforts to determine how this new technology can be used to provide better treatments for patients.”Source: http://www.umaryland.edu/news/archived-news/august-2018/newspressreleaseshottopics/study-seeks-path-for-drugs-to-reach-brain-tumors.php