Spotlight Camp needlepoint

first_imgCourtesy of Needlepoint.comNeedlepoint Retreatby Jessie AmmonsSerious stitchers will convene in the mountains this month for Elizabeth Bradley Home’s annual needlepoint retreat October 2-4 at Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. Attendees will dive in to two full days of instruction on a seasonal needlepoint kit design. With breaks for wine and cheese, coffee and cookies, open stitching, and a Kirk & Bradley and Elizabeth Bradley Home trunk show – brands known for the botanical pillows seen at local shops like Furbish Studio – the getaway’s organizers sure know their audience.They ought to. Needlepoint.Com is well known to avid needlepointers as the parent company of both Elizabeth Bradley Home and Kirk & Bradley. Its website is also a top place to find needlepoint canvases, kits, and threads. Even dedicated stitchers, though, may not realize the operation is based in Raleigh on Hillsborough Street, and that its retail store has a far broader selection than its website.Courtesy of Needlepoint.comThe store often offers classes and welcomes beginners, but the annual fall retreat tends to attract serious hobbyists. While transportation and accommodations are not included, a discounted rate at the Grove Park is available. There’s also an optional upgrade to attend classes with Joan Lohr, an artist and popular needlepoint canvas designer. The whole shebang is a luxurious spin on a familiar pastime.  The 2015 Needlepoint Retreat is $980, and the Grove Park Inn rate begins at $299 per night. For more information and to see what other local, beginner-friendly events are offered, visit read more

Game Plan

first_img“Now that October cranks up, it’s a lot of travel and writing in the hunting season, for sure.”–Eddie Nickens, outdoors journalist and authorby Mimi Montgomeryphotograph by Travis LongEddie Nickens is an outdoorsman, award-winning author, journalist, on-camera host, and native North Carolinian. Now a Raleighite, he hails from High Point and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and English. After some time as “a street urchin on Franklin Street,” Nickens took a job as senior editor at Spectator magazine; soon after, he transitioned to freelance work and has been, “as my father-in-law would say, ‘gainfully unemployed ever since.’” Nickens started out writing for the likes of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Smithsonian, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, Audubon, and National Wildlife. When Field & Stream magazine asked Nickens to write long-form outdoor journalism pieces, he knew he’d found his niche: Bigger assignments had him travelling across the globe, and the adventures have “been quite steady and quite crazy ever since,” he says. Nickens is now Field & Stream editor-at-large and a contributing editor at Audubon. He has a monthly Our State column, frequently contributes to Garden & Gun, has written two books, and hosted and co-produced the television programs Heroes of Conservation and Total Outdoorsman Challenge. The outdoors beat has taken him to places like Alaska and Canada for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing adventures; in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, he’s covered bird conservation, sustainability, and eco-tourism. “I’m not sitting at a business office or a convention center somewhere,” Nickens says. “Most of these assignments are pretty off the beaten track, if even on the track at all.” This fall, he’s got plenty of pheasant, dove, and duck hunting trips planned, but also looks forward to sticking close to home. He cites Halifax County and Morehead City as favorite local spots, and loves bringing along his black lab, Minnie Pearl, as a hunting companion. His family makes the cut, too: His wife, son, and daughter all love the outdoors. “One of the wonderful things about my job is that it’s evolved into an avenue to spend time with my children,” he says. “That’s been a real blessing.”Catch Eddie Nickens as the featured author at Walter’s latest Book Club event, Tales of the Wild, on Oct. 13; $55 for one ticket, $100 for two; waltermagazine.comlast_img read more

Story of a House Revival Living Tarboro

first_imgRevival Livingby Jesma Reynoldsphotographs by Catherine NguyenWhen Elizabeth Miller learned it was her turn to host Magazine Club last April, the pediatrician and mother of three realized her current living room furnishings – two small loveseats – might not accommodate the 20 ladies who comprise the membership of the venerable 100-year club in Tarboro. So she sent up an emergency flare to Eliza Stoecker and Louise Stowe in Raleigh. The sisters and Tarboro natives were already well acquainted with her gracious Greek Revival home, known as Cotton Valley. They’d long been friends with Miller’s husband Ken, who had grown up in the historic house and recently purchased it from his parents for his young and growing family. Fortuitously, Stoecker, Stowe, and business partner Christina Allen had recently expanded their services as owners of Fleur Boutique, a women’s designer clothing store in North Hills, to include interiors, so they were ready to jump in. For her part, Elizabeth was more than ready and willing to hand over entirely the task of redecorating. What began as work in one room quickly morphed into an entire house redo.After tackling the stately living room, where they added ethereal mint silk curtains strewn with birds, the Fleur trio moved to the family room, where they lacquered the walls in a deep peacock blue, a bold and modern approach. In the dining room, they hung wallpaper by Gracie, adding custom touches of peacock blue birds and birdcages to echo the family room walls. The light-filled kitchen was gutted and bedecked with custom cabinetry and oversized brass hardware. Fabrics throughout the rooms were chosen from Brunschwig & Fils, Schumacher, Zoffany, and Quadrille. Other punches of color – a zebra wallpaper in the powder room and pops of yellow on pillows – added a zing to gracious, important architecture. The overall effect is simultaneously timeless and vibrant. With three children ranging from 6 months to 7 years, that’s a good thing for the active two-doctor family who both practice in Rocky Mount. Elizabeth says her 15-minute commute home to the tranquility of Cotton Valley is transformative. Meanwhile, Ken, an orthodontist and onetime musician, enjoys caring for the extensive grounds, playing his guitar, and riding around in his golf cart with a glass of wine when he returns from work in the late afternoon, taking it all in, proving that you can indeed go home again.last_img read more

On Cello and Vocals Shana Tucker Blends Classical Jazz Folk and More

first_imgMichael Tiemann, co-owner and general manager of Manifold Records in Pittsboro, says teaching is just a logical extension of what Tucker does on stage: “She’s a natural teacher and leader. She does a great job of reading a room, whether it’s a room full of musicians or a room full of kids.” And Tiemann would know: he recently commissioned Tucker to write a new composition to be recorded at Manifold Records. As he watched her shape the ensemble and the piece, he recorded the process of moving from idea to arrangement to rehearsal to final recording. The resulting documentary will be released later this year, and the commissioned piece, “In the Moment,” will debut late this summer.  Shana Tucker can lean into her New York accent when the occasion calls for it. It was Long Island public schools that got her started in music, after all. But the cellist and singer-songwriter knows that roots don’t tell the whole story: “I tell people, ‘I grew up in New York, but I’m from North Carolina.’”  Meet Shana Tucker, a musician who grew up in New York but calls North Carolina Susanna Klingenberg | photo by Janelle Blackman That intimacy is embodied in her story-forward lyrics and warm stage presence, full of honest backstory and a deep appreciation for her audience. Instead of letting her technical mastery create distance, she uses it to draw listeners in, as if she were saying with a wink, “C’mere. Listen to this.” As her chosen home kicks off the “Come Hear North Carolina” campaign in what Governor Roy Cooper has declared “The Year of Music,” Tucker is excited to contribute to the fun—both on-stage and in classrooms across the state. She chose North Carolina in part for its thriving music scene and rich musical heritage: “James Taylor, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Roberta Flack, Anthony Hamilton, The Avett Brothers, so many more. There’s something in the water here!” The diversity of North Carolina’s musical heritage is reflected in Tucker’s style: you’ll hear bits of soul, jazz, samba, down-tempo pop, classical and folk. She calls it ChamberSoul—a nod to her classical training, but also a description of the intimacy she nurtures with fellow musicians and listeners. center_img This generous approach to her art serves Tucker as well in the classroom as it does on the stage. A passionate advocate for arts education, Tucker frequently visits local schools to deliver workshops, talk about the creative process and co-write lyrics with kids. She serves as an A+ (Arts Integration) School Fellow in Wake County, working with students, faculty, and staff to ensure the arts are a fundamental part of education across the curriculum.  In the meantime, be sure to grab tickets now to the July 26 performance at Sharp 9 Gallery in Durham, where Tucker and saxophonist James “Saxmo” Gates will cover the album Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley. Her sound is described as a mix between Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman and Bill Withers. But however you describe it, the joy in Tucker’s work is this: her beats make you groove, her lyrics make you nod in recognition and her wide-open love of music makes you come back for more. The crowd that keeps coming back for more is just as diverse as Tucker’s ChamberSoul style. The seats at a recent Haw River Ballroom concert held some of the usual suspects—fellow musicians and creatives, locals and their families. But there was also a crew of teachers from schools Tucker had visited and down front, a rowdy, whoop-y throng: Tucker’s friends from the gym. last_img read more

Stars Attend 2019 Womans Day Red Dress Awards

first_imgLast week in New York actress, comedian and author Ali Wentworth joined Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means to host the 16th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards.Alexa Ray Joel and Christie BrinkleyThe event, which took place at The Appel Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, honored Angela Bassett, internationally acclaimed actress, director, and producer; Chandra Wilson, actor and philanthropist; and Mary Norine Walsh, M.D., F.A.C.C., Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Programs and Director of Nuclear Cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center.Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ann Wilson of Heart headlined with a special musical performance. Singer/songwriter Alexa Ray Joel and performing arts group Cobu also performed.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances recognizing advocates and organizations helping women take charge of their heart health.Other guests included: Angela Bassett, Christie Brinkley, Chandra Wilson, Elizabeth Wagmeister, Hoda Kotb, Jackie Goldscheider, Jack Brinkley-Cook, Joy Bauer, Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, Susan Lucci among others.last_img read more

Participants at UN disaster risk meeting pledge to improve preparedness

13 May 2011Government representatives at a major United Nations conference on disaster risk reduction today pledged to put disaster preparedness at the forefront of their plans to protect communities, noting that economic losses associated with natural catastrophes have outpaced wealth creation in some regions. “Participants at the Third Global Platform have recognized the urgency that we face, and realized clearly that the world needed to act quickly and in concrete ways to make the world safer,” said Margareta Wahlström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction. “This helped produce a strong outcome, which I hope will stop the world from behaving recklessly and instead ensure that our development will prevent losses and protect gains and people,” said Ms. Wahlström at the conclusion of the Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva. The Global Platform coincided with world’s first-ever World Reconstruction Conference, convened by the World Bank, the UN, and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). “We are very encouraged that international agencies and disaster prone countries represented by this conference agreed on critical next steps needed to improve support to countries overwhelmed by the scale or cost of reconstruction after disasters,” said Zoubida Allaoua, the Director of the Finance, Economics, and Urban Development Department at the World Bank. “This begins with an agreement to develop a global framework for international cooperation in reconstruction financing and technical assistance, and a commitment to develop and improve the channels through which this financing flows,” she said. “On this, GFDRR and the World Bank commit to take this forward as a global leader in the field and as a committed partner of countries weighed down by the growing threat of disasters.” At the Platform, participants agreed to increase investment in disaster risk reduction at the local level, and complement the responsibility and accountability of local authorities with commensurate allocation of resources. In a related development, the Munich Re Foundation, the Global Risk Forum GRF Davos and UN Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) joined forces to offer €100,000 to a risk reduction project that will contribute to increasing people’s resilience to disasters, especially in developing communities which are most at risk. The award partners said they were concerned by the accumulation of risks resulting from increased exposure of people and assets to hazards, rapid urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change. Priority will be on projects focusing on improving infrastructure and technical systems at the grassroots level that are at immediate risks when disasters strike. read more

TSX Wall Street barely changed ahead of OPEC meeting

TORONTO — There was little movement on Toronto and New York Stock markets as traders wait to see what emerges from Thursday’s meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.The S&P/TSX composite index was in negative territory for a third straight day, but down a mere 2.09 points at 14,063.69.Wall Street indexes were up slightly in the face of mixed economic reports out of the U.S. and China. The Dow Jones industrial average added 2.47 points to 17,789.67, while the broader S&P 500 gained 2.37 points at 2,099.33 and the Nasdaq edged up 4.20 points to 4,952.25.In commodities, the July contract for natural gas posted another strong advance, up nine cents at US$2.38 per mmBTU after having shot up 12 cents on Tuesday. August gold was down $2.80 at US$1,214.70 a troy ounce and July copper lost two cents to US$2.07 a pound.The July contract for benchmark North American crude pulled back nine cents to US$49.01 a barrel. However, the Canadian dollar, which usually follows oil prices, was up 0.25 of a U.S. cent at 76.53 cents US. read more

Badgered again Just like in football Wisconsin ends Buckeyes unbeaten streak

With all coach Thad Matta had accomplished at Ohio State, he had never won at Wisconsin’s Kohl Center as the Buckeyes’ coach. Saturday, OSU arrived in Madison undefeated and No. 1 in the country to give the coach, perhaps, his best chance yet. But alas, a new year produced the same result. No. 14 Wisconsin (19-5, 9-3 Big Ten) handed OSU (24-1, 11-1 Big Ten) its first loss of the season Saturday, 71-67. Junior guard Jordan Taylor led all scorers with 27 points, 21 of which came in the second half, on 8-for-13 shooting for the Badgers. As expected, the Badgers came out at the slow pace that so many teams have implemented against the Buckeyes this year. As they played exclusively in the halfcourt, Wisconsin was able to open up an early lead. However, when freshman point guard Aaron Craft entered the game for the Buckeyes, the Badger offense quickly changed from methodical to simply stagnant. As Craft stifled Taylor, Wisconsin had a stretch in the first half in which it went more than six minutes without making a field goal. After junior guard William Buford tied the game at 26 with a minute to go, a basket from fifth-year senior forward David Lighty gave the Buckeyes their first lead of the game, 28-26, at halftime. The Badgers quickly tied the game at 28 to start the second half, but the next several minutes were all OSU. The Buckeyes went on a 21-4 run that lasted more than six minutes as they opened up a 47-32 lead with 13:30 to go. Wisconsin, however, wasn’t going away. Taylor scored eight unanswered points for the Badgers and a pair of free throws from sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz cut the lead to five. Taylor scored again on the next possession, and a 3-pointer from freshman guard Josh Gasser completed a 15-0 Wisconsin run and tied the game, 47-47. With the game tied, 55-55, and just more than six minutes remaining, a basket from senior forward Keaton Nankivil gave the Badgers their first lead since the first half. Another 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Taylor put Wisconsin up seven with just more than four minutes to go. OSU cut the lead to two with less than a minute to go, but a Bruesewitz 3-pointer and a turnover from Craft on the ensuing possession put the game out of reach. Buford led the Buckeyes with 21 points, and forward Jared Sullinger’s 19 points and 12 rebounds gave the freshman his 12th double-double of the season. The Buckeyes play again at 9 p.m. Tuesday at home against Michigan State. read more

Firefighters met with huge cheers as they leave Grenfell Tower

first_imgFirefighters leaving Grenfell Tower are clapped out by the communityCredit:Vincent McAviney They have also been told that everyone who needs further counselling will get it. Firefighters leaving the Grenfell Tower were met with loud cheers and applause from the local community.The emotional and exhausted looking firefighters wound down their windows to acknowledge the support as they slowly drove away from the scene after a harrowing shift.Scores of people lined the street to show their support as two fire engines past by. One or two members of the London Fire Brigade crew appeared teary eyed as they briefly nodded to thank well wishers. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img A man with a megaphone said: “Thank you for all you have done. We honour you, we thank you. May the Lord give you his peace, may he console you.”Firefighters have been working around the clock trying to recover the bodies of those who perished at the devastating scene.Almost 250 firefighters  rushed to tower block in the early hours of Wednesday morning. London Fire Service Commissioner Dany Cotton, said it was the worst she had seen in a 29-year career. Nine were reported to have suffered minor injuries, including burns, smoke inhalation and exhaustion – but the psychological impact is as yet unknown. Every firefighter involved finished their shift on Wednesday with a counselling assessment at Paddington Fire Station.  Firefighters leaving Grenfell Tower are clapped out by the communitylast_img read more

San Diego Center for Children Young Master Chef competition

first_img KUSI Newsroom, April 25, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSome local young chefs gave a taste test of their talents Wednesday at the Young Master Chef Competition.The San Diego Center for Children hosted the event in Linda Vista for teens, ages 13 to 18.Participants teamed up with two other local chefs to create their dishes.Aside from being a friendly competition, it’s meant to teach lessons that carry over outside the kitchen.Food was judged by local executive chefs based on taste, execution, presentation and caloric value. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Center for Children Young Master Chef competitionlast_img read more

11 injured in shuttle crash near San Diego International Airport

first_img11 injured in shuttle crash near San Diego International Airport KUSI Newsroom, September 30, 2018 Posted: September 30, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Eleven people were injured Sunday morning when an airport shuttle crashed into several cars on North Harbor Drive, San Diego police said.The crash happened shortly after 11a.m. All those on-board were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.San Diego Airport advised travelers to plan for delays: Traveler Alert: If you are headed to the airport, please plan for extra drive time due to an accident on westbound Harbor Dr. Only one lane expected open for the next 90 minutes.— San Diego Airport (@SanDiegoAirport) September 30, 2018 The cause of the crash is unknown and no other details are available at this time. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

WWDC 2019 keynote What to expect from Apple on its big day

first_img 5 Highlights From 2019 Apple Event Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/2:55Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:54?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img Apple’s annual developer conference, Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, is being commenced from June 3 to June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple wants to steal the show the introduction of new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS like previous years.The opening keynote for the WWDC 2019 will be held at 10 PM IST (Monday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. PT), where Apple’s executive will glimpse the new advancement in terms of software and hardware. If you want to watch this event, Apple will host the livestream of the event on its website. Before the event, here is what we expect from Apple at WWDC 2019.Apple Mac ProThere is a lot of buzz about the introduction of a refreshed Mac Pro at WWDC 2019. It is said that it will be the most powerful Mac you could buy from the so-called “cheese grater” design of years past to the “trash can” design.Previously, the Mac Pro was launched in 2013. At WWDC, we are expecting a robust Mac Pro, but It is not immediately clear what kind of a design Apple has planned for new Mac Pro. There are various rumours about new Mac Pro, one of them hints that Apple could add support for NVIDIA GPUs with the launch of the new device. Apple WWDC 2019 expectationsAppleApple macOS 10.15The introduction of new macOS 10.15 could steal its thunder at WWDC tonight. Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President, Software Engineering at Apple is expected to introduce macOS 10.15 which allows iPad apps to run on macOS devices. The new cross-platform compatibility is named as “Marzipan,” but Apple hasn’t used that word publicly.This new compatibility mode leads that developers will have an easy way to take apps that they’ve developed for the iPad and “port” them to the Mac. It also hints that you might use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac. Also, Apple is expected to bring Siri shortcuts to the Mac.iOS 13Half of the revenue of Apple comes from sales of iPhone and iOS underpins that platform. So, Apple doesn’t want to disappoint its iOS users, and the Cupertino-based company will launch its new iOS which is named as iOS 13. in iOS 13, the headline feature for iPhone owners is probably going to be Dark Mode. According to 9to5Mac, there will be a Dark Mode running in a few apps. Apple WWDC 2019 expectations9to5MacIt is also rumoured about the revamped home screen and more capable Files app. Also, Apple might add a new way to multitask on the device. The current split screen/slide-over setup is useful but limiting.WatchOS 6 and tvOS 13Apple could launch new WatchOS, but there is little chance to get heavily revamped. It’s likely that Apple will continue the theme of focusing on health, and it will probably talk about updates to its Health app alongside updates to watchOS. The company could launch a new ‘Dose’ feature, which will help users to take your pills at the scheduled time.Similarly, we shouldn’t expect too much new stuff on tvOS 13 as Apple had already a huge TV-focused event this year. Apple could introduce TV Plus service, but its price remains to be seen.last_img read more

Destinys slick companion app is vital to the ingame experience

first_imgThough companion apps don’t often offer the in-depth second screen experience they promise, Bungie’s MMOFPS Destiny has a companion app that truly delivers. You can’t really affect the game much, but the app offers more than just a headquarters for Destiny social media feeds and forums, as so many companion apps are often limited to. The app is vital to the overall Destiny experience, despite companion apps not being vital by their very nature.What it offersLike most companion apps, the Destiny app compiles the game’s and developer’s social feeds, community forums, and general news into one easy-to-reach place. However, unlike most (read: most) companion apps, there’s so much more. You can not only view your in-game character right on your phone, but you can change his or her gear, and see what items the in-game vendors are currently offering (stock rotation is on a timer). You can check what bounties (game-wide quests) are available, see in which regions the current loot bonuses are active, and examine how you performed in your past quests and multiplayer matches.Most of all, though, the Destiny app is the easiest way to experience the bulk of the game’s lore.Why you need itAs you no doubt have either read or found out yourself, Destiny is very light on exposition. The narrative is there, sure, but ultimately — perhaps due to the MMO nature of the game — it feels like the game is telling a synopsis of its own story rather than the full story itself. Throughout the game, you’ll notice messages toward the bottom of the screen that says you’ve unlocked Grimoire Cards. These cards are lore entries that you’d find in, for example, almost every JRPG’s journal section. Whether or not you’re the kind of person that reads lore entries that have been banished to a submenu, this is where all of Destiny’s exposition is stashed.Making longwinded exposition optional is perhaps the best way to simultaneously please the crowd that will care and the crowd that won’t, but Destiny removes it from the game. In order to access Destiny’s vital exposition, you have to leave your game, go to your computer, and log into a website to read the Grimoire Cards. While your phone can certainly navigate to a website, the Destiny app puts the Grimoire Cards in the palm of your hand in an elegant, easily accessible package. It’s a shame you have to leave the game to get your story, but it’s a joy to use the app to learn what in the world is going on.The Destiny companion app is free, and available now for iOS and Android.last_img read more

AI Diagnoses Genetic Syndromes Just From Patients Pictures

first_img(Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)An algorithm is able to identify genetic syndromes in patients more accurately than doctors can — just by looking at a picture of a patient’s face. The results suggest AI could help diagnosis rare disorders.“This is a long-awaited breakthrough in medical genetics that has finally come to fruition,” Karen Gripp, a medical geneticist at the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and co-author of the new paper, said in a statement. “With this study, we’ve shown that adding an automated facial analysis framework … to the clinical workflow can help achieve earlier diagnosis and treatment and promise an improved quality of life.”Daunting DiagnosisSevere genetic syndromes affect about six percent of children born globally. Detecting them early on can help with treatment but getting an accurate diagnosis is often a lengthy and expensive process. Part of the problem is that there are hundreds of genetic syndromes and many are rare. Correct diagnosis, and thus early treatment, frequently relies on doctors’ experience and whether they have encountered an individual’s condition before. But machine learning could change that.Gripp and colleagues wanted to create artificial intelligence that could identify genetic syndromes from images of patient’s faces. To that end, the team built DeepGestalt, a technology that analyzes facial features for traits that are characteristic of particular genetic syndromes. The researchers used a dataset of more than 150,000 patients to train the algorithm, they report in a new study published today in Nature Medicine.DeepGestalt’s algorithm first identifies landmarks on the patient’s face — the eyes, nose and mouth for example — and then crops the image into regions just 100×100 pixels in size. Next, the tech assesses each of these regions using deep convolutional neural networks, a machine learning technique that has become the leading model for automated image classification. For every facial region, DeepGestalt’s analysis returns a probability for each syndrome. Then it compiles data from the entire image into a prediction.Beats the ExpertsWhen Gripp and colleagues put DeepGestalt to a diagnostic test, it outperformed clinicians. In one test, Gripp and colleagues trained DeepGestalt on a set of more than 600 images of patients with Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a genetic condition that causes developmental delays and growth defects, and about 1100 non-patient images. DeepGestalt identified patients with the syndrome with nearly 97 percent accuracy, the researchers report. In contrast, a cohort of 65 experts only achieved 75 percent accuracy when presented with a similar diagnostic challenge.In another test, the researchers trained the model using more than 17,000 images of patients with over 200 distinct genetic syndromes. Using that knowledge, the tech was able to place 500 patients’ genetic syndromes in a list of top-10 possibilities in more than 90 percent of cases.“The increased ability to describe [patient traits] in a standardized way opens the door to future research and applications,” said Yaron Gurovich, chief technology officer at FDNA Inc., the Boston, Massachusetts-based company that developed the tech. “It demonstrates how one can successfully apply state of the art algorithms, such as deep learning, to a challenging field.”last_img read more

Brain Disconnections May Contribute to Parkinsons Hallucinations

first_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more September 27, 2017 — Researchers have found that disconnections of brain areas involved in attention and visual processing may contribute to visual hallucinations in individuals with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. The disconnected brain areas seen on functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) may be valuable in predicting the development of visual hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Hallucinations are sensations that seem real but are created in a person’s mind. A person having a hallucination may see, hear or feel something that is not actually there. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, visual hallucinations can be a complication of Parkinson’s disease.“Visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease are frequent and debilitating,” said study author Dagmar H. Hepp, M.D., from the Department of Neurology and the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VU University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. “Our aim was to study the mechanism underlying visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease, as these symptoms are currently poorly understood.”Studies using fMRI to investigate visual hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s disease are rare and have been mainly limited to task-based methods using activities that involve visual stimulation or cognitive tasks. However, the authors note that the presence of visual hallucinations is strongly linked to the development of cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Cognitive deficits may influence a patient’s ability to perform specific tasks during an fMRI exam.For this study, researchers used resting-state fMRI to examine the connectivity, or communication, between brain areas. Resting-state fMRI is a method of brain imaging that can be used to evaluate patients not performing an explicit task. The connectivity was measured in 15 patients with visual hallucinations, 40 patients without visual hallucinations, and 15 healthy controls by calculating the level of synchronization between activation patterns of different brain areas.The results showed that in all the patients with Parkinson’s disease, multiple brain areas communicated less with the rest of the brain as compared to the control group. However, in patients suffering from visual hallucinations, several additional brain areas showed this decreased connectivity with the rest of the brain, especially those important in maintaining attention and processing of visual information.“We found that the areas in the brain involved in attention and visual processing were less connected to the rest of the brain,” said study author Menno M. Schoonheim, Ph.D., from the Department of Anatomy and Neurosciences at VUMC. “This suggests that disconnection of these brain areas may contribute to the generation of visual hallucinations in patients with Parkinson’s disease.”While there are no direct therapeutic implications for patient care based on the research, the authors note that future studies could indicate whether techniques that could stimulate the areas with decreased connectivity could be helpful to treat visual hallucinations in people with Parkinson’s disease.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Neuro Imaging | September 27, 2017 Brain Disconnections May Contribute to Parkinson’s Hallucinations fMRI study finds areas focused on attention and visual processing more disconnected from the rest of the brain in Parkinson’s patientscenter_img Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. 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Siris Medical Releases PlanMD Decision Support Software

first_img Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more October 24, 2018 — Siris Medical Inc. announced the release of its new artificial intelligence (AI) treatment decision-support system for use in radiation oncology. The new PlanMD software enables radiation oncology clinical teams to leverage patient data and artificial intelligence to efficiently empower their treatment decisions. The software is the first and only tool, according to the company, that enables the physician to see the effect of editing contours in real time, without re-optimizing or replanning.PlanMD complements Siris Medical’s QuickMatch software, which accelerates the treatment planning process by using AI to quickly identify the most similar cases previously treated to inform planning decisions and help reduce dose to critical structures. Siris Medical President and CEO Colin Carpenter, Ph.D., said the software has been shown to enable clinical teams to save up to 70 percent of the time required to plan treatment.This announcement follows a recent publication, “Clinical decision support of radiotherapy treatment planning: A data-driven machine learning strategy for patient-specific dosimetric decision making,” in the Journal of Radiotherapy and Oncology in December 2017.1 This study demonstrates the ability of the QuickMatch software to draw upon historical clinical insights for patient-specific decision making. The study was a collaborative effort between the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland and Siris Medical.For more information: www.siris-medical.comReference1. Valdes G., Simone C.B., Chen J., et al. Clinical decision support of radiotherapy treatment planning: A data-driven machine learning strategy for patient-specific dosimetric decision making. Journal of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Nov. 20, 2017. 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US honors SKorean killed in daring rescue mission

first_img Comments   Share   ErrorOK ErrorOKThe train made it to the Daejeon station but the mission failed and Dean was later captured. U.S. officials say Kim and 27 of the commandos were killed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates ErrorOK ErrorOK SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – U.S. military officials are honoring a South Korean train engineer who died on a dangerous mission to rescue an American general in the early days of the Korean War.U.S. Eighth Army Commander Lt. Gen. John Johnson on Tuesday gave relatives of Kim Jae-hyun the U.S. Defense Secretary’s Exceptional Public Service Award.The U.S. military says the 28-year-old civilian volunteered to engineer a train carrying 30 commandos on a mission to save Maj. Gen. William Dean on July 19, 1950. Dean’s division had been surrounded by North Korean soldiers in Daejeon during the North’s push south after invading on June 25 to start the Korean War. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Sponsored Stories Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more