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SVMC Introduces HDTV Technology for Tests that Find Cancer, Other Disease

first_imgSVMC Introduces HDTV Technology for Tests that Find Cancer, Other DiseaseBENNINGTON – If you’ve seen the difference high-definition television makes in your living room, you can imagine what a difference it makes in diagnosis. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) now has a new state-of-the art tool: high-definition endoscopes that help doctors diagnose disease in the gastrointestinal tract and lungs.Not only that. Even before they had high-definition equipment, surgeons at SVMC had a better track record at detecting colon problems than their counterparts.Endoscopy is used to diagnose and treat diseases, including colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death among Vermont men and women. It can be prevented with colonoscopy.SVMC equipped its three endoscopy suites with the scopes, which give doctors sharper images and better contrast than conventional equipment. This may help doctors better detect a lesion (an area of abnormaltissues) or polyp when they are imaging the digestive tract. As a result, patients may receive more accurate diagnoses.Dr. Emil P. Miskovsky, a gastroenterologist, is an SVMC doctor who uses the new scopes for colonoscopies and upper endoscopy procedures. A colonoscopy is a visual examination of the inside of the colon and rectum. Upper endoscopies image the esophagus, stomach, and upper part of the small intestine.”With this new technology, we believe we will detect and eliminate even earlier than in the past the abnormal tissue that can become cancer,” Miskovsky said. “High-definition visuals help us better see early changes that are closely connected with cancers that develop in the colon, stomach, and esophagus.”SMVC also purchased a bronchoscope that can be used with the high-definition system. SVMC’s pulmonary medicine specialist, Dr. Michael Algus, uses the scope to examine the lungs.The SVMC scopes are from Olympus. The company says the equipment was the world’s first to deliver both high definition and a technology called “narrow band imaging” to gastrointestinal exams. The HD signal from a video processor gives more than twice the number of scan lines than conventional systems. This offers doctors images of the colon with a very high level of detail and color.”Narrow band imaging” is a new image processing technique. It takes advantage of the scattering and absorption properties of human tissue. This results in remarkably clear views of anatomical structures in the gastrointestinal tract and fine capillaries, which are normally hard to distinguish.When it comes to screening colonoscopies, SVMC physicians outperform their peers. SVMC compared its doctors’ results with those from a study by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. The national study reported that doctors detected adenomas in at least 25 percent of men and 15 percent of women 50 or older in screening exams. An adenoma is tissue that is precancerous or a cancer.SVMC physicians found at least one adenoma in 50 percent of the men and 44 percent of the women examined between October 2007 and March 2008. SVMC doctors performed 384 screening colon exams in that period.Dr. Ronald S. Mensh, an SVMC gastroenterologist, said he was not surprised to learn that SVMC was better than others at detecting adenomas.”As surgeons, we are fairly compulsive,” Mensh said. “But our patients also benefit from three sets of eyes scouting for abnormalities. The nurses and technicians who are on our procedure teams play a significant role. They deserve their share of credit in this detective work.”The American Cancer Society (ACS) projects 148,810 Americans will find out in 2008 that they have colorectal cancer. The society estimates that colorectal cancer will kill nearly 50,000 Americans this year. The ACS also points out that the 5-year survival rate for people whose colorectal cancer is treated early – before it has spread – is greater than 90%.Physicians at SVMC recommend that men and women 50 or older who do not have a risk of colon cancer get a colonoscopy every 10 years. People with risk factors should talk to their doctor about getting the procedure at a younger age or being screened more often. Risk factors include having had colon polyps, blood in the stool, or a relative with colorectal cancer.Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is a 99-bed community hospital that is recognized by the American Nurses Association as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. Fewer than 5 percent of hospitals have earned Magnet recognition.-30-last_img read more

Quick Hits: International day of Youth Climate Strikes + Free Guided Hikes in TN

first_imgThis Friday, thousands of young climate activists across the globe will skip school and take to the streets in the Youth Climate Strike event. The teens hope to draw attention to the severity of the climate crisis and convince lawmakers to take action on climate change. Tennessee State Parks will offer free guided hikes in late March Students in at least 71 countries will participate in the strike, making up what could be one of the biggest environmental protests in history. The strikes began last year when Greta Thunberg of Sweden, 15, skipped class to sit outside of the Swedish Parliament to draw attention to climate change after Sweden experienced their hottest summer on record. In the United States, strikes are planned in more than 100 cities. March 15 is the International Day of Youth Climate Strikescenter_img On Saturday, March 23, park rangers will offer free guided spring hikes in all of Tennessee’s 56 state parks. There will be hikes offered to fit every fitness level, from short hikes to longer trails that traverse tougher terrain. The annual spring hiking event is organized to encourage visitors to explore the parks and to meet other people who also enjoy the outdoors. Hikers are encouraged to prepare for any kind of weather, wear good footwear, and bring along some snacks and water. For a full list of guided hikes in the state, click here.last_img read more

Colombian Sergeant Majors Exchange Experiences with U.S. Counterparts

first_img“It is no secret that the Military Forces of the United States have a competitive advantage; in most cases, the officer corps of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces is highly professional. Whether it be the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard services, I think this group of NCOs is the best in the world, and all other countries now recognize it, especially countries that are truly interested in the evolution and development of their militaries toward a higher level, to become more than just a national security organization. They also recognize that the creation of a group like this one is the key to success,” said Adm. Tidd during a recent interview with Diálogo. “We can already see the benefits being reaped by countries that have taken advantage of this opportunity and are creating, establishing the foundations for their professional NCO corps. They recognize that this is the road they must follow.” In previous geostrategic visits, groups of Colombian Sergeant Majors visited the Sergeant Major Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Fort Benning, Georgia, and Fort Bliss, Texas. They also visited Fort Sam Houston, Texas to become familiarized with the U.S. Army’s strategic commands, and Florida, where the 7th Special Forces Group is based. According to Wikipedia, “sub-officer,” the literal translation for “non-commissioned officer” in Spanish, is the term employed by the Armed Forces of Latin America to describe the military category held by intermediate commands between officers and troops. However, there is much more between officers and troops than what one would think. To begin with, each country has a different set of ranks: for example, officers within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), are labeled the same way as in the United States: Non-Commisioned Officers or NCO. The subject is a bit complicated, even for those who have been involved in NCO development for many years, and that is one of the reasons why groups of Colombian Sergeant Majors have visited the United States to learn more about this initiative for the past three years. This year, the exchange between Colombian and U.S. personnel took place in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, from May 15th-26th. For 11 days, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), U.S. Air Forces South, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces South gave and listened to presentations about their specific NCO Corps. Additionally, the group of Colombian NCOs visited various military facilities, among them the World War II Museum and Memorial, the Command Training School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as well as other organizations of the Combined Arms Center (CAC)/Fort Leavenworth that support education and training. A Brazilian among Colombians “I am here in order to learn a lot and return to Colombia with this knowledge. It is a very interesting and important program for us,” said Battalion Sergeant Major Carlos Julio Alfonso Torres, who is currently in the Fifth Comprehensive Program for High-Ranking Non-Commissioned Officers of the Military Forces of Colombia. On that occasion, the desired results of the Colombian Sergeant Majors’ planned visit to Ft. Leavenworthincluded improving the Colombian Military Forces’ Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) development program by promoting discussions and exchanging ideas on how to achieve this development. Additionally, both the Colombian Military Forces and their U.S. counterparts strengthened their relationships, while training the Sergeant Majors to assume command responsibilities in Colombia. A similar exchange will also be held in Brazil during the second half of 2016, but before that takes place there will be others in the Dominican Republic and Paraguay to provide partner nation NCOs an opportunity for mutual learning from the U.S. Military’s NCO Corps. Visits to these countries are part of SOUTHCOM Commander Admiral Kurt Tidd’s priorities which include developing leaders and developing those leaders into NCOs. “We firmly believe that in order to make an Army stronger, it has to have a professional, trained, [and] competent Non-Commissioned Officer corps,” said Carlos Olvera, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army South. “What I have seen that they lack is including more leadership subjects in the Non-Commissioned Officer training program and also promoting a cultural exchange within the Army on the subject of authority for officers to delegate more authority to NCOs. From our point of view, delegating more authority to an NCO does not take authority away from an officer, but rather gives more responsibility to the NCO,” explained Sgt. Maj. Olvera. In the group of 20 Colombian visitors at Fort Leavenworth, there was one “outsider”: First Sergeant Alessandro Nunes Sanmartim from the Brazilian Army, who is taking the Command Sergeant Major course within the Colombian Army. “We are beginning in this area in Brazil. The post of Command Advisor was just created in 2015, and now we have to begin a course at the Advanced School for Sergeants in Cruz Alta, Río Grande do Sul. However, in Colombia, it is already a bit more developed. The Command Sergeant Major rank already exists, but it does not compare to that of the U.S. Military. From the first day of talks, we realized that [Sergeant Majors] are more recognized, they have more recognition from their commanders, and more power to make decisions and give opinions, along with their bosses,” said First Sgt. Nunes. “I think that my Army is going to value this very important course I have taken in Colombia with two weeks of advanced training in the United States. And think and hope it will be recognized by my Army so it can support the development of the Command Adjunct/Command Advisor program of in Brazil.” Desired Results By Dialogo June 06, 2016last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_imgIn Memoriam In Memoriam John W. Achor, Naples Admitted 1951; Died June 3 2004 Marvin Ballan, Hallandale Admitted 1994; Died July 1, 2004 Mary K. Hembree Benson, Washington, D.C. Admitted 1973; Died October 4, 2003 Alan Bernstein, West Palm Beach Admitted 1972; Died May 9, 2004 Edmund John Bodine, Jr., New York, N.Y. Admitted 1972; Died May 29, 2004 Douglas Chianco, Lakeland Admitted 1974; Died September 15, 2000 James Paul D’Angelo, Ft. Lauderdale Admitted 1984; Died June 14, 2004 John C. Danielson, Punta Gorda Admitted 1992; Died June 10, 1999 Joseph A. Demeure, Pittsburgh, PA Admitted 1964; Died June 2, 2004 Ernest Hadley Eubanks, Orlando Admitted 1963; Died May 31, 2004 Anthony J. Garofoli, Cleveland, OH Admitted 1974; Died September 30, 2003 Cora Nell Haggard, Grand Ridge Admitted 1980; Died June 7, 2004 Lawrence V. Hastings, Palm Beach Admitted 1954; Died May 30, 2004 Paul Kenneth Heistand, St. Petersburg Admitted 1974; Died November 24, 2003 James C. Hunter, Tavares Admitted 1938; Died January 20, 2004 August 1, 2004 In Memoriamlast_img read more

How One Company Helped Us Keep Long Island Informed During Hurricane Sandy

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Superstorm Sandy left much of Long Island without power and with limited communication. The Long Island Press’ headquarters lost electricity early into the storm, preventing us from publishing our weekly edition, not to mention cutting off our ability to update our website with the rapidly changing information Long Islanders so desperately needed.Luckily, our website is hosted with Garden City Internet technology firm Webair, whose state-of-the-art facilities never even blinked during Mother Nature’s furious onslaught. For the next couple of days, occasionally sitting in their offices, we were able to provide the free, accurate and important information that the L.I. public has come to know and trust us for. Our coverage was live and uninterrupted, which ended up being a priceless resource for hundreds of thousands of our friends, family and neighbors.Our coverage during the storm recently won us a few journalism awards, but that’s not why we worked so hard during those crazy days.We understood the importance of delivering information to our audience during this unprecedented event.We needed to be able to communicate with the public.We wanted to help. And we did.But we couldn’t have done it without Webair, and as a result, we wholeheartedly endorse them, and urge business owners on Long Island to consider them for their internet hosting needs.Visit Webair at www.webair.comlast_img read more

Central Islip Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 64-year-old man who was walking down a road in his hometown of Central Islip early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.Lorenzo Fuentes was walking on Motor Parkway when he was struck by an eastbound vehicle that fled the scene at the corner of Highland Road at 4:50 a.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The vehicle involved is believed to be a silver metallic-colored, late model Dodge or Chrysler with damage to the front and passenger side.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has any information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

According to eVisitor, close to 600.000 arrivals were made in the ten days of July

first_imgLooking at the destinations, most overnight stays so far in July were realized in the destinations Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Mali Lošinj, Poreč, Umag, Crikvenica and others. Photo: Municipality of Vir In the commercial and non-commercial segment (eVisitor) and in the nautical charter (eCrew system), for the first time this year, more than more people are staying in Croatian destinations this year. 500.000 tourists of which about 430.000 are foreigners. At the moment, most foreign guests come from the market Germany, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. “We realize the largest tourist turnover from those markets where we carry out intensive promotional activities aimed at positioning our country as an interesting, but above all safe tourist destination. The achieved results prove that we succeeded in that because Croatia is one of the few tourist destinations in the Mediterranean where tourist traffic is realized. We expect guests from distant non-European markets, but also from the UK, France or Scandinavia during mid-July with an increase in the number of airlines that will positively affect the overall traffic in the country, especially the results of destinations in central and southern Dalmatia. stated the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that responsible behavior and adherence to all prescribed epidemiological measures are still extremely important. The beginning of July for Croatian tourism, given the corona crisis, and according to the results of the Croatian Tourist Board, was quite successful. In the period from 1 to 10 July in Croatia it has been achieved almost 600 thousand arrivals (46% of results achieved during the same period last year) i 4,4 million overnight stays (53% of the results achieved during the same period last year). Looking at overnight stays realized in the same period by counties, most of them were realized in Istria (1,2 million overnight stays), Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (975.000) and Zadar County (819.000 overnight stays). They are followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 706.000 overnight stays, the Šibenik-Knin County with 321.000, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 188.000 overnight stays and the Lika-Senj County with 167.000 overnight stays in July. last_img read more

RICS urges rates review

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118 foreigners refused entry to Indonesia in February due to China travel history

first_img“Overstay visas were only issued to Chinese citizens in Indonesia whose visas had expired but who could not go back to their country because of the virus outbreak and because there was no means of transportation to take them there,” Arvin said. Airlines and airports have suspended all flights to and from mainland China following the government’s decision to impose a temporary travel ban to and from the country on Feb. 5.There have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia to date. (gis)Topics : Immigration authorities denied entry to 118 foreigners in February in an effort to prevent the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from spreading to the country.“The foreigners had lived in or visited China 14 days before arriving in Indonesia,” immigration spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said in a written statement on Sunday, adding that the denial of entry was in keeping with a 2020 Law and Human Rights Ministerial Decree that had been issued in response to the coronavirus outbreak.The Immigration General Directory has issued overstay visas for 1,247 Chinese nationals across the country.last_img read more

Biden formally nominated as Democratic candidate to challenge Trump

first_imgLoyal top supporterIn addition to Clinton and Carter, Tuesday’s lineup featured Jill Biden, who has been married to the candidate since 1977.The educator from Pennsylvania, who served eight years as second lady, has campaigned at length for Biden, repeatedly speaking of his values and commitment to everyday Americans. The educator from Pennsylvania delivered a personal, high-stakes prime-time testimonial about her husband, including how the personal tragedy of the death of his first wife and daughter in a 1972 car crash has shaped him. “How do you make a broken family whole?” she said. “The same way you make a nation whole. With love and understanding — and with small acts of compassion. With bravery. With unwavering faith.”The camp is promoting Joe Biden as a unifier. In their appeal to middle-of-the-road voters and frustrated Republicans the convention featured a video of the unlikely friendship between Biden and late Republican senator John McCain, narrated by his widow Cindy McCain.Republican former secretary of state Colin Powell also delivered videotaped remarks in which he endorsed Biden and said he shared the Democrat’s values.Tuesday’s keynote was notable in that it featured 16 mostly young current and former elected Democrats seen as upcoming leaders including Stacey Abrams, who spent time as a Georgia lawmaker.”Faced with a president of cowardice, Joe Biden is a man of proven courage,” Abrams said.Former president Obama will speak on Wednesday along with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California. “It means the world to me and my family,” he added, reminding viewers he will deliver a formal acceptance speech on Thursday at the conclusion of the four-day jamboree.The nomination was a formality as he had already won the majority of the more than 3,900 delegates back in June.The roll call came on Day 2 of the mostly virtual Democratic National Convention aimed at celebrating the party’s candidate and welcoming independents and frustrated Republicans into their political movement to oust Trump from the White House.The proceedings included a series of presentations by party leaders past and future who unleashed their own arguments against the White House incumbent and urged voters to rally around Biden. The lineup featured president Jimmy Carter, who served one term from 1977, and 1990s commander-in-chief Bill Clinton, who warned that the Trump White House is swirling with chaos instead of the competence necessary to address the nation’s crises.”At a time like this, the Oval Office should be a command center. Instead, it’s a storm center. There’s only chaos,” Clinton said.”Just one thing never changes — his determination to deny responsibility and shift the blame,” Clinton said. “The buck never stops there.”The president faced a barrage of criticism on opening night too, most notably from former first lady Michelle Obama who said Trump lacks the character and skills for the job.”I thought it was a very divisive speech, extremely divisive,” Trump told reporters at the White House.In her pre-taped remarks to the convention, Obama urged Americans to rally behind Biden, her husband’s former vice president, in the November 3 presidential election.Trump’s White House is marred by “chaos, division and a total and utter lack of empathy,” Barack Obama’s wife said in unprecedented criticism of a sitting US president by a former first lady.”Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she added. “He is clearly in over his head.”Later Tuesday on a visit to battleground state Arizona, Trump knocked Obama for delivering taped remarks.”Thursday night I’m doing it live,” Trump said, referring to his speech next week when he formally accepts his party’s nomination at the Republican convention, which has also shifted online.Trump said he has chosen the White House South Lawn as the location, after saying in recent weeks that he would pick between the presidential mansion and the historic battlefield at Gettysburg. Delivering such an obviously political speech from the White House will stir substantial controversy, as presidents are required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing. Topics : US Democrats on Tuesday nominated Joe Biden as their 2020 presidential candidate, formally designating the Washington veteran as the party’s challenger to incumbent President Donald Trump in the November election.In an unprecedented roll call vote that took place entirely online due to the coronavirus pandemic, all 50 states and seven territories announced their vote tallies that cemented Biden’s role as the party flagbearer.”Well thank you very, very much, from the bottom of my heart,” a beaming Biden said in a live video link as he celebrated the nomination.last_img read more