Real-life medicine and science fiction merge in Burbank

first_imgBURBANK – With four arms wielding graspers, scissors and forceps, the new robotic surgeon at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center could be the sidekick for Doc Ock, the evil, tentacled cyborg from the “Spider-Man” comics. But this $1.5 million machine will try to save lives. “We’re the good guys. We’ll be helping Spider-Man,” said Dr. Raymond Schaerf, a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon who next month will be the first the medical center to perform a surgery using the machine on a cancer patient. “This will be another episode in how we’re advancing. … We’re going to be able to do a better job. We’re all excited.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The medical center recently became the first hospital west of Texas to purchase the second generation da Vinci Surgical System, according to its creators, Sunnyvale-based Intuitive Surgical Inc. The new technology is part of a growing medical trend since Dr. Jacques Himpens used robotics to remove a gall bladder in 1997 in Belgium, said Andy Savarese, an Intuitive Surgical sales representative. Since then, tens of thousands of robotic-assisted surgeries have been performed around the world. Sixteen other Southern California hospitals have earlier versions of the da Vinci system, but the Burbank medical center is the first to have the upgraded system. It’s more compact, has more extensive movements of the arms and can work in multiple parts of the body without having to make new incisions. From a control console the size of a race car arcade game, a doctor looks through a viewer into a 3-D image of the section of the body where the operation is taking place. The surgeon uses foot pedals to engage a stereoscopic camera, lighting and the arms, and uses hand controls to maneuver the mechanical arms with technical precision beyond even the steadiest hand. Doctors can dissect and extract organs without the patient losing much blood or damaging tissue. For thoracic surgeries, doctors don’t always have to open up the chest. For example, with da Vinci, doctors can pierce a dime-sized hole between the ribs to access a tumor. “This is going to allow me to do things I can’t do now with the present equipment,” Schaerf said. “It’s just a little bit beyond where I can go with instrumentation.” Up to eight of the medical center’s surgeons are expected to undergo eight hours of training on the machine over the next month. Doctors there eventually hope to use the machine for pediatrics and heart surgeries. There are no plans yet to use the machine for delicate brain surgeries, officials said. Patients still have a choice of whether to use the new technology. And the robot doesn’t think on its own. “It is less invasive. We get better outcomes, and it’s a faster recovery for the patient,” said the medical center’s spokesman Dan Boyle. “It’s great. It means our patients are going to get the best care possible when they come for surgery.” In December, a surgeon used a robot to perform a hysterectomy on Lisa Stewart, 42, of Crestline, at Loma Linda University Medical Center, which has the first generation da Vinci model. “My doctor knew that I did not want to lose a lot of time from work,” Stewart said. “I was out the next day. It was a 4-hour procedure. It felt like I did a lot of crunches, like I did a normal, hard ab workout. I felt great. If I had to have a big surgery that they could do with this machine, I wouldn’t even think twice.” Dr. Kai Ihnken, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Stanford University, is hoping to get an upgraded da Vinci system to use for heart and lung surgeries. “Every day, more and more centers are doing it,” he said. “I’m very excited.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgThe Donegal connection at Everton continues to grow following the signing of James McCarthy to the Premiership giants. McCarthy’s grandfather is from the Rosses and it’s this connection that makes Glasgow born McCarthy eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.He joins Killybegs native Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy whose father comes from Letterkenny at Everton after signing for 12 million pounds from Wigan Athletic. McCarthy has been an influential player for Wigan and helped them to the FA cup last year at Wembley.The move will also please Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni who has made no secret of the fact he wanted McCarthy to seek a move back to the Premiership following relegation with Wigan last term.   DONEGAL CONNECTION AT EVERTON CONTINUES AS JAMES MCCARTHY SIGNS ON was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:12 millionDonegal ConnectionevertonJames McCarthyseamus colemanShane DuffyWiganlast_img read more

Harvard Medical School’s Learning Technology Must Be Smart…Right?

first_imgTags:#enterprise#news#Products Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Related Posts Research from Harvard Medical School has resulted in a pretty sharp SaaS learning system. SpacedEd, as it is called, uses a simple question and answer format that adapts to the person’s level of knowledge. Today the adaptive technology is taking a leap into the business world with SpacedEd Enterprise, a service designed for corporations and for-profit educational groups.SpacedEd is based upon the spacing effect, which states that people learn more effectively when presented information that is repeated over spaced intervals. Spaced Education is the company managing the technology. It conducted studies that show some pretty compelling results from training they did with doctors. For example, the SpacedEd training helped decrease cancer screenings by 26% in random clinical trials of 95 Virginia primary care providers, representing a potential cost savings of $650,000 per year in test costs alone.Here’s how the service works:The learner receives course materials that are delivered electronically in a question format. People may receive questions by email, through an RSS feed or through a web site. Answers may be posted using any connected device, reflecting the nature in which people are conducting their lives. People receive two questions per day. If the person gets one of the questions wrong then it is posed again one week later. If answered correctly, the question is repeated three weeks later. If the person get it right a second time then the question is dropped from the course material. Course material is delivered to the recipient based on their knowledge level.SpacedEd Enterprise is designed for corporate clients and for-profit learning organizations. Administrators may control the access that users have to the courses. The service includes the capability to answer questions in a blog format so they may elaborate and create their own questions. SpacedEd offers a 30-day trial. Customers may use the technology on a pay-per-use basis. alex williamscenter_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Avid Media Composer to Add Subscription Option

first_imgAvid recently announced a subscription option for Media Composer is coming.One of the less buzz-worthy stories from NAB 2014 was Avid’s unveiling of a new subscription based licensing plan for Media Composer. Up to this point in the company’s life, Avid has made the majority of their money from outright lifetime licenses. For the end-user these licenses can get rather costly as a single perpetual license starts at $999.00.Avid states that subscription based software will allow editors to pay for the software only when they need it. But perhaps more importantly a company with multiple editing bays can deactivate certain softwares as clientele expands or contracts. This move is most assuredly a response to the growing success of Adobe’s Creative Cloud, but offering perpetual licenses and subscription based licenses would make Avid unique.What’s Included with Avid Subscription?With each subscription users will have access to Media Composer with the Symphony Option, NewBlue Titler Pro 2, Sorenson Squeeze Lite, Boris Continuum Complete Lite, and iZotope Insight. Along with the software each subscriber will be given access to Avid Support which provides unlimited web and email support, and the option to call Avid once a month with troubleshooting questions. Standard support also gives editors access to the Avid video library, knowledge base and community pages.Pricing and AvailabilityAvid promises that the subscription based software will cost less over time. Users have two subscription options, Yearly and Monthly. The yearly option is $599 a year which equals $49.99 a month. However, for those who sign up for a yearly membership in 2014, Avid is offering a $120 discount which equates to $39.99 for the first year only, then the standard $599/annual applies. For those who want to pay per month the cost is $74.99. Avid also offers a lot of other options regarding support for an additional fee per month/year.Avid’s website states that the latest version of Media Composer with subscription options is coming soon, but no date announced as of yet.. You can sign up to be notified when it becomes available and get more info on the pricing options in this PDF.What do you think of Avid Media Composer offering licensing? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Red faced! Chelsea stun Liverpool, throw EPL title race open

first_imgDemba Ba and Willian scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over LiverpoolJose Mourinho riled his former assistant Brendan Rodgers as Chelsea successfully stifled Liverpool and scored twice against the run of play to win 2-0 on Sunday and dent the Premier League leaders’ hopes of a first title in 24 years.However unambitious Chelsea appeared at Anfield, goals at the end of each half from Demba Ba, who seized on Steven Gerrard’s slip-up, and Willian ended Liverpool’s 11-game winning streak in the league. Mourinho’s side is just two points behind Liverpool with two games remaining.”They obviously sat very deep – I think there were two buses parked today, never mind one,” said Rodgers, who was a coach at Chelsea between 2004 and 2008.”It was clear that they’d come certainly not wanting to win the game, with the time wasting.”That claim was unsurprisingly challenged by Mourinho – “Time wasting? What’s that?” – with the Chelsea manager affronted by criticism of his tactics.”When a team defends well you call it defensive display,” he told reporters. “When a team defends badly and concedes two or three goals you don’t mention a defensive display.”But Mourinho continued his policy of dismissing Chelsea’s title prospects, stressing: “We have no chance.”It’s not that unrealistic for Chelsea, but Manchester City has replaced Liverpool as the team which has the destination of the trophy in its own hands.Third-placed City closed the gap on Liverpool to three points by winning 2-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday, and it has a game in hand to play at Everton on Saturday. So by the time Liverpool plays at Palace next Monday it could have been knocked off the top on goal difference by City.It’s a long time to dwell on a defeat that will suppress the fervor that had been growing at Liverpool that the team will win the English title for the first time since 1990, having started the season as 33-1 outsiders with bookmakers.Hours before kickoff, thousands of Liverpool fans lined the streets, preparing for the team’s arrival at Anfield. It had the air of a victory parade, but whether the real thing takes place next month is now a lot more uncertain.”The bigger picture is that we’re still two points ahead of a team (Chelsea) that has spent an absolute fortune,” Rodgers said. “If we win our two games we’ll finish above them and then we’ll see what happens with Manchester City. We achieved our objective of Champions League football.”That competition is Mourinho’s priority this season, resting several key players Sunday for Wednesday’s semifinal against Atletico Madrid after the first-leg was a 0-0 draw.Mourinho’s defensive tactics at Liverpool might have seemed to his critics to be anti-football, but they demonstrated his abilities to successfully set up a team to be well organized and frustrate opponents.While Chelsea defender Ashley Cole’s curling effort forced the first save of the game from Simon Mignolet, there was little attacking ambition from the visitors. Liverpool controlled the game, but without the speed or fluency of recent weeks as the hosts couldn’t find a route to goal.In the opening 15 minutes, Phillippe Coutinho volleyed into the sidenetting and Mamadou Sakho’s shot was cleared off the line by Cole before he mis-fired the follow-up from six yards.The last time Liverpool played here Gerrard was caught on camera telling the players: “This does not slip now.”But it was Gerrard, usually the reliable heartbeat of the team and inspirational one-club player, who slipped in possession near the halfway line in the third minute of stoppage time, giving away the ball to Ba. With Gerrard unable to chase him down, the Senegal striker charged through on goal and coolly placed the ball past Mignolet and into the net.However much Liverpool tried to batter through toward the Chelsea goal in the second half, the defense held up well.Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, a second-half substitute, are the leading scorers in the league with 50 goals between them, but they rarely came close to equalizing. Not even when facing 41-year-old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, deputizing for the injured Petr Cech, who repelled Joe Allen’s first-time volley with a low diving save just before the hour.A rasping strike from Gerrard was also thwarted and a downward header by the captain lacked power to trouble Schwarzer.As the end neared, Suarez could not connect with Coutinho’s cross, and the Uruguay striker saw a shot turned over in stoppage time before Chelsea stunned Anfield again.Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres launched the breakaway, drawing Mignolet off his goal-line and then passing to Willian to walk the ball into the net. Mourinho jogged down the touchline, pounding the Chelsea crest on his coat in celebration.last_img read more

Late Copenhagen strike breaks APOEL hearts

first_imgAPOEL were eliminated from the Champions League in heartbreaking fashion after a late equaliser from FC Copenhagen in Nicosia on Wednesday night sent the Danes through to the group stage.Thomas Christiansen’s side had managed to cancel out Copenhagen’s 1-0 lead from the first leg through Pieros Sotiriou on 70 minutes, but Federico Santander’s 86th minute strike sees the Cypriot champions knocked out at the same stage of the competition as last year.An expectant crowd turned up in an attempt to push their side to victory, but it was the visitors who looked more at home as they dominated the early exchanges.Copenhagen went close after just nine minutes, as Santander headed on a lofted ball to strike partner Andreas Cornelius who connected well with his left foot which needed to be deflected wide by Boy Waterman in the APOEL goal.Six minutes before the break, defender Erik Johansson peeled off his marker to win a header at the near post but Waterman again reacted well to tip over the bar.Just as in the first period, it was the visitors who started the second half brighter, as Cornelius got in front of Nektarios Alexandrou at the far post but guided his header wide.Vander’s introduction on the hour mark seemed to give the Cypriots a much-needed boost. And despite not showing any attacking threat throughout the game, APOEL got the breakthrough they perhaps did not deserve after 70 minutes.Sotiriou showed more determination than Johansson to set himself up for a one-on-one chance, before striking the ball low and hard through keeper Olsen’s legs to level the tie.But just as the game looked to be heading to extra time, Copenhagen would exact revenge for the 2009 meeting between the two. A scramble in the area saw the ball fall at the feet of Santander who shaped up to cross, tempting Waterman to leave his line early, which left space at the near post for his strike to find the unguarded net.And although APOEL scored three in injury time against Rosenborg in the previous round, there would be no such heroics this time. The Cypriots’ continental campaign is not over however, as they will continue in the group stage of the Europa League.Soyrce: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more