Saturday, October 10, 2009
>>CyberKnife, the first and only whole body radio surgery system, is now proving to be a viable treatment option for Atrial fibrillation, behavioural disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, epilepsy obesity, besides Deep Brain Stimulation to treat Parkinson's and epilepsy.
The robotic surgery system, used to treat a variety of cancers, is now preferred for correcting abnormal heart rhythms. It is being recommended to replace the current invasive surgery with painless laser intervention.
Further, CyberKnife's is an alternative to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia or facial nerve pain, Arteriovenous malformations or abnormal blood vessels in the brain and benign tumours such as Acoustic neuromas and meningiomas. These conditions are proving to show good response, said Dr John R Adler, professor, department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University Medical Centre, also the inventor of CyberKnife and founder of Accuray Inc a Nasdaq listed start-up.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Technology targets hard-to-reach tumors non-invasively
The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, in Egg
Harbor Township, New Jersey, will begin offering CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery
in November. The CyberKnife® Robotic Radiosurgery System is the world’s only
robotic radiosurgery system designed to treat tumors anywhere in the body noninvasively.
CyberKnife compares X-ray images to the patient’s original CT scan before each
treatment to ensure unparalleled targeting accuracy. It continually tracks, detects and
corrects for any movement of the patient or tumor.
“Through this technology our experienced team delivers high-dose radiation with
pinpoint precision, while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue,” said Lauren
Ochs, executive director, AtlantiCare Oncology Services, AtlantiCare. “We are pleased to
offer patients this advanced technology as a non-invasive alternative to surgery for the
treatment of both cancerous and non-cancerous tumors anywhere in the body.”
“We can now treat previously hard to reach cancers, including those of the lung, brain,
spine, liver, pancreas and kidney – non-invasively,” said Jonathan Law, MS, DABR,
DABMP, director, Medical Physics AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. “Side effects
are minimal and there is little or no recovery time.”
The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute, which opened in June, will offer Cyberknife®
surgery as an outpatient procedure. It also offers radiation therapy,
chemotherapy/infusion treatments, diagnostic services, as well as access to the latest
clinical trials as a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner. Its technology includes linear
accelerator image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), including Varian RapidArc™ – the
only one in southeastern New Jersey; Elekta Synergy® Platform intensity modulated
(AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute to offer CyberKnife® Technology targets hard-toreach
tumors non-invasively – add one)
radiation therapy (IMRT); Xoft® electronic brachytherapy; 64-slice GE Discovery
PET/CT 600; GE Wide Bore LightSpeed®16 slice CT. The AtlantiCare Cancer Care
Institute has on-site laboratory, pharmacy, social work, nutrition and lymphedema
therapy services. It also offers Preparing for Chemotherapy and Preparing for Radiation
Therapy classes, Look Good…Feel Better®, and other educational and community
“The CyberKnife’s flexible robotics allows us to treat tumors from nearly any direction
and in nearly any location in the body,” said Law. “At the AtlantiCare Cancer Care
Institute, tumors have nowhere to hide,” said Law.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
>>The camera also makes use of smartphonelike finger gestures with "haptic" vibration feedback that lets you know that your menu selections have been registered. You can flick the back display to move from one picture you're viewing to the next. You can "draw" a circle to rotate an image. And you can also draw an X on the back screen to delete a photo — the gesture I found the most useful. If you have second thoughts, you can resurrect deleted images from a recycle bin (so long as you have enough memory).
The LF-Ch also has Lexus’ Remote Touch controller with user-adjustable haptic feedback that allows the driver or front passenger to operate the navigation, audio and climate systems. This system is also currently found on the 2010 HS 250h hybrid and RX luxury utility vehicles,
The Logitech Flight System G940 uses I-Force force feedback technology from Immersion Corp. The joystick features precision force feedback and has a 2-stage metal trigger. The stick also features a POV control, 8-way hat, six programmable buttons, a pinkie shift button, and three analog trim controls. The X&Y sensors are contactless and the stick has a rubber base with points for mounting it to a desktop or other flat surface.
>>Data Storage Centers Undervalued Relative To Growth Prospects According To Stifel Nicolaus
TWST: How are stock prices holding up now? Do you see these companies being fairly valued?
Mr. Weller: I think there is still upside. I think these stocks got way oversold because of everything I talked about earlier. There was just a lack of appetite for risk, period, and then you add on the high leverage, the negative - those are characteristics that were just not attractive to people. And one thing that is true, too, is that there is still a fresh memory of the past, of the issues this space faced back in 2001. Exodus went bankrupt. These stocks were disastrous. It was a nightmare, and there are a lot of people who still remember that. And so I think that hurts the group, too, but I think what people are starting to feel more comfortable with is that businesses are different today. The customer base is higher quality, the demand is real, and you don't really have the over-capacity situation you did back then or the high-leverage levels. I think those are key differences. In terms of what's going to drive the stocks from here, I think for an Equinix and Switch, they've got to continue to show that they can put up 20% to 25% growth rates and deliver on the EBITDA side, and I think people will get more comfortable with these models. Looking at past multiples, for Equinix we just raised our target to $100, which is still meaningful upside from here. So I think there is more room to grow. Rackspace is a little tougher, you don't have a lot of history. And it's a little bit of a different model, so it's not exactly right to compare it to these vendors. But we think that as the SMB market improves from a macro perspective, that that will drive an improvement in growth in Rackspace. Right now we're modeling a 15% revenue growth forecast, but we think those could ultimately return to 20% to 25%, and so Rackspace has the potential to get on the screens of more growth investors. It's also a name that still has a relatively low institutional ownership. When they did that auction IPO, they ended up having a pretty big retail investor base. And so Rackspace over the last nine months has been really aggressive at getting out in front of institutions, telling the story. One of the things that's a little bit interesting is that there were some clear overhangs or concerns over this group if you go back to the second half of 2008 and early 2009, concerns that you were going to have issues with the businesses, that growth was going to slow significantly, that churn was going to spike. And just over the last quarter, it didn't seem that there were big issues or overhangs out there.