Saturday, January 24, 2009
Broward Health is South Florida’s First Hospital System to Offer CyberKnife Radiosurgery
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 23, 2009 – Deerfield Beach, FL – South Florida’s first and only hospital-based Cyberknife – the world’s most advanced robotic radiosurgery system used to treat tumors – is now available at Broward Health North Broward Medical Center.
CyberKnife provides a non-surgical alternative for treating cancers and tumors of the head, spine, pancreas, prostate, liver and lungs. Its robotic arm is able to follow a patient’s movement and can treat the patient from any direction to delivers highly localized, high doses of radiation from outside the body to a tumor or lesion inside the body.
“This non-invasive treatment allows tumors to be tracked in real-time, thereby potentially offering the best whole-body radiosurgery solution for our South Florida community,” said Anurag Agarwal, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology for Broward Health.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Treats 1,000th CyberKnife Patient
Friday, January 23,2009
BOSTON – Frank Cleary thought he just had a bad bout of pneumonia. But a chest X-ray revealed a far more serious diagnosis – melanoma. A subsequent MRI revealed further devastating news – a brain tumor. That is when Cleary and his wife Jean decided to come to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, becoming the 1,000th patient to be treated at the Keith C. Field CyberKnife Center.
Hailed as a revolutionary treatment, the CyberKnife uses concentrated beams of radiation administered from different targeting positions and angles using a linear accelerator mounted on a robotic manipulator. All of the beams intersect and converge within the tumor or lesion where the cumulative radiation dose is high enough to destroy the cancer cells and stop the growth of active tissue.
“CyberKnife gives safe, accurate radiosurgery treatment anywhere in the body using image guidance, rather than a surgically applied rigid stereotactic frame,” said Cleary’s radiation oncologist Scott Floyd. “This allows for greater patient comfort, especially if multiple treatments are needed. The imaging guidance system lets patients avoid the surgical procedure of applying a radiosurgery frame for each treatment.”
Study: Cyber Knife proves itself with spinal tumors
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Ärztezeitung online, 23.01.2009 12:03
MUNICH (eb). The therapy with the Cyber Knife, a unique Hochdosisbetrahlung, has proved successful in spinal tumors. This was according to the University of Munich, the world's largest study on Radiosurgery without metal marker. The patients benefit because they usually only once and outpatient treatment and the tumor-related pain subside quickly. Moreover, compared to the surgical complication rate is lower.
Between 2005 and 2007, 102 patients with one or two spinal tumors in the European Cyber Knife Center Munich-Grosshadern in cooperation with the Hospital of the University of Munich (LMU) below. The total of 134 tumors were secondary malignant tumors in patients with breast, kidney, colon, prostate and lung cancer and sarcomas.
Especially striking was the rapid reduction in pain a week after the irradiation of the cancer tissue (Spine 26, 2008, 2929). Due to the unique therapy only, and without the outpatient medication altogether, reduce the cost compared to traditional surgery significantly. The complication rates are lower in comparison.
Radiosurgery for tumors of the spine is a relatively new method.
The radiation spinal surgery is a relatively new method for primary or supplemental treatment of tumors of the spine. Similar to the neurosurgical rays of the brain surgery is to a high precision is necessary because the radiation environment is very fragile structures, such as the spinal cord, are located.
The natural movement of the spine in the target area, for example, by breathing, poses a particular challenge, because the patient on the treatment table with a Cyber Knife treatment is not fixed. Through the respiratory motion changes during irradiation, the position of the tumor to be irradiated.
>>The number of people on the Internet surpassed one billion in December, according to comScore. The actual number is probably higher than that (Internet World Stats counted nearly 1.5 billion Web surfers worldwide as of June 30, 2008). In any case, only between 15 and 22 percent of the world’s population is on the Internet. We have a long way to go.
Using the comScore numbers, here is the breakdown by country and region (in unique visitors as of December, 2008; some of the numbers are rounded):
Top 15 countries, by Internet population:
- China: 179.7 million
- United States: 163.3 million
- Japan: 60.0 million
- Germany: 37.0 million
- United Kingdom: 36.7 million
- France: 34.0 million
- India: 32.1 million
- Russia: 29.0 million
- Brazil: 27.7 million
- South Korea: 27.3 million
- Canada: 21.8 million
- Italy: 20.8 million
- Spain: 17.9 million
- Mexico: 12.5 million
- Netherlands: 11.8 million
Friday, January 23, 2009
Start investing in Windex.
Samsung's P3 is more than just another iPod touch knockoff. Sure, this media player has a touch screen. Unlike the iPod or iPhone, however, Samsung uses haptic feedback to give a user a little reassuring vibration whenever a menu item is selected. The P3 will go on sale sometime during the first half of 2009.
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic shipments reach 1 million milestone as Nokia marks successful UK sales start
January 23, 2009
The company’s engineering objectives and the deployment of its high speed Gigabit/Ethernet network have been on target since the beginning of the new millennium.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
>>Pharmabiz.com (India's most comprehensive pharma portal)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 08:00 IST
Nandita Vijay, Bangalore
HealthCare Global Enterprises Ltd, (HCG) a leading comprehensive cancer care centre in the country, has invested Rs 40 crore for advanced equipment at its facility in Bangalore.
To begin with, it has made a Rs 30 crore investment for a Cyber Knife technology which will be commissioned in February. This makes it the first facility in the country to install the advanced radio guided surgery system. The second is a Rs 10 crore investment in 'Artise' which is an advanced Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) system.
The Group which has a 180-bed hospital in Bangalore has already seen a fund infusion of Rs 80 crore ($20 million) from PremjiInvest, a fund sponsored by Wipro chief Azim Premji. The funds have been used for major expansion into Tier I and Tier II cities to offer high-end oncology care to the growing number of cancer cases in the country besides setting up of three Centre of Excellence in Bangalore, New Delhi and Ahmedabad. Based on the hub and spoke model, the Group will need to invest Rs 8-10 crore for each new centre. The facilities at Vijayawada and Hubli are expected to be commissioned in February.
The Cyber Knife is a frameless robotic radio surgery system. It is a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumours anywhere in the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas and kidney. The treatment which delivers beams of high dose radiation to tumours with extreme accuracy will now offers new hope to patients, stated Dr B S Ajai Kumar, chairman, HCG.
>>Last night I had a long conversation with Akamai about the inauguration webcast and got more details on the actual number of simultaneous streams they served and their methods and reasoning for capping customers on their network.
Many who are writing about inauguration traffic numbers are quoting from the Akamai press release and implying that Akamai delivered, at peak, 7.7 million video streams of the inauguration, which is incorrect. That 7.7 million number is the total number of all audio and video streams for all of Akamai's 2,800 customers delivered on their network that day. Out of that 7.7 million number, Akamai said roughly half of that was just for the inauguration. That puts my earlier estimate of around 8 million simultaneous streams combined across the Akamai, Limelight and Highwinds CDN a little high, with the number being more around 7 million.
>>CIOs are facing a critical resource shortage and, if they don't plan accordingly, will face escalating costs and end up squandering a large portion of their budgets. Yes, the looming data center shortage, which has already hit London hard, is fast approaching the United States as well.
With over 85 percent occupancy, data center lease costs have doubled in London in just the last 12 months. And with the Olympics coming in 2012, and a moratorium on building new "data centres" (as they spell it in merry old England) proclaimed by the power company that supplies London's electricity, the situation is bleak.
Across the pond in New England, I've seen monthly lease prices for colocation data center space increase 675 percent over the last five years. The same provider that offered Tier 3-type space for $4 a square foot back then is now charging about $30. In the metro New York market, don't be surprised to see prices in the $45 to $50 range.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
>>DALLAS — SoftLayer Technologies, the on-demand virtual data center services provider, has implemented native IPv6 support across all its data centers in Dallas, Seattle, and Washington, DC. IPv6 is the next-generation Internet protocol that provides substantially more addresses than the current IPv4 implementation. IPv6 will eventually replace the currently used IPv4 standard, with both coexisting over a multi-year transition period. SoftLayer has completely integrated IPv6 address ordering and management into the Customer Portal and API.
“SoftLayer is proud to bring this additional functionality to its customers, ahead of the adoption curve,” said Ric Moseley, SoftLayer Vice President of Engineering. “While the rollout and implementation of IPv6 throughout the industry is still in its early stages, it will be a requisite for our customers, and we want them to be able to begin benefitting from it now.”
Addressing and management of addresses is essential to the core functionality of any network, including the Internet. Systems must have a unique address for traffic to be properly directed. There are a finite number of addresses that any addressing system can support, and nearly every possible IPv4 address has been assigned. IPv6 allows for an exponentially larger number of addresses than IPv4, using 128-bit rather than 32-bit addresses. This allows greater flexibility in allocating addresses and routing traffic, and eliminates the need for network address translation, allowing for improved routing and network configurations.
In addition to the IPv6 rollout, SoftLayer has increased connectivity to its Washington, DC and Seattle data centers bringing the SoftLayer’s total backbone network capacity to 200Gbps. SoftLayer has also added 10Gbps links to the Equinix Peering Fabric in Ashburn and Dallas to pick up local peers, and a new Flow Control Platform for optimizing Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) tables.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
ATLANTA, GA – (May 9, 2008) – Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today plans to add approximately 15,000 square feet of colocation at a new stand alone 45,000 square foot facility adjacent to its existing Boston data center. The expansion helps the company meet strong customer demand for its bundled Internet solutions. The first phase of completion will become available in the fourth quarter of this year. (2008)
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Monday, January 19, 2009
>>Samsung Haptic 3: first 8 megapixel "camphone" with xenon flash"
The device will soon come to the Korean market with the name Samsung SCH S740 and nickname "Haptic 3."
The Haptic branded phone versions are starting to approach Rocky remakes in number.
[14-01-2009: Will Samsung announce the first eight megapixel camphone with Xenon flash during the Mobile World Congress? It seems so. Today, the first photos showed up, complete with new interface.
It seems like Samsung has something for us photo lovers next month; namely the first 8 megapixel camphone with Xenon flash. A codename or type number for Europe is something the device doesn't have yet, but that the device is innovative can clearly be derived from the photos.
the website Vpier.tistory.com found the first photos of the still unknown Samsung. When we check out the front of the candybar, we can see that the device has a high Samsung Pixon proportion. The device is about the same size, at least it looks like that, and also a touchscreen. Almost all touchscreens look like this of course, but it is not very innovative.
New Samsung cameraphone
The device will soon come to the Korean market with the name Samsung SCH S740 and nickname "Haptic 3". Whether the device will also come to Europe is unknown at this point, certainty about the specifications is also something that cannot be given. We might see the device again at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.]