Oxford hospitals introduce new app driven system

first_imgOxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be the first in the UK to introduce a digital system which will allow greater integration of third-party applications into day-to-day patient care.The Hospitals Trust intends to draw on apps created in Oxford and elsewhere in the UK, which could potentially boost app developers’ visibility in the global market.The system, which provides a common interface for the different apps, is deployed by American technology company, Cerner.The system is currently live, and the Trust hopes to implement its first application in the new year.Speaking to Cherwell, the Trust hoped that that the system would both reduce the cost and the time taken for “the most up-to-date digital technologies” to be implemented within its hospitals.Patients will be able to become “joint participants” in their own care, with the new interface allowing them to access and update their own medical records, while clinical teams will be able to adopt specific apps appropriate to their specialism.Such “open-source” technology is becoming more usual in the UK and is increasingly mandated as part of NHS digital programmes.Two other Trusts in the UK, both  ‘Global Digital Exemplars’ like the Oxford Hospitals Trust, will be implementing similar technology in the coming months, with further Trusts in the Thames Valley also hoping to make reforms later in 2019.A spokesperson for the Trust told Cherwell: “The research-led, innovation-focused nature of the Oxford healthcare ecosystem makes it an ideal place to test such technologies.”They added: “The curriculum of all medical schools needs to adapt and change to accommodate the fast-paced transformation that new digital technology is enabling.”last_img read more

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Sutton Foster Gets 50 Shades of…Something in Younger

first_imgWait…WHAT is going on in this show?! In this new look at the first episode of the upcoming TV Land series Younger, Liza, played by Tony-winning Broadway fave Sutton Foster, gets all hot and bothered with a rather attractive tattoo artist (played by Nico Tortorella). The hot encounter inspires her to revisit the working world—passing as a 26-year-old. Take a look below, and tune in on March 31 to hear Foster say our new favorite quip, “Doesn’t his penis ever need a break?” This never happened in Tootsie! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Sutton Fosterlast_img

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Leading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa

first_imgLeading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):Blackstone, the world’s largest buyout group, is launching a standalone company to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” in renewable power assets in the Middle East and north Africa, said people familiar with the plans.The new business, named Zarou after an ancient bridge built on the River Nile to connect Africa and Asia, aims to tap into rising electricity demand in the region by buying and developing renewable and thermal power generation.The projects’ enterprise value, a measure that includes net debt, could be in the billions of dollars, the people familiar with the venture said. “There is plenty of appetite.” Zarou will also invest in oil and gas assets and water infrastructure.Economic growth in the region combined with huge population increases has driven demand for electricity and new infrastructure to produce it. Countries in the Middle East and north Africa historically have been reliant on hydrocarbons to meet energy requirements — either by importing these fossil fuels or by using up domestic resources. But they are now increasingly looking to renewables.More ($): Blackstone launches Africa-Middle East power venturelast_img read more

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Vehicles towed away from crash on Vestal Parkway and African Road

first_imgOne ambulance remains on scene after another has left, 12 News crews report. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further updates. 12 News a has a crew on the way to the scene. VESTAL (WBNG) — A 12 News crew at the scene reports that two vehicles are being towed away from the scene of a crash Thursday afternoon on the Vestal Parkway and African Road. For the most up to date information regarding traffic, go to the 511NY website by clicking here. Vestal Police are directing traffic. Dispatchers could not confirm if any injuries were involved in the crash. —– 2:08 P.M. UPDATE: Emergency crews responded to multiple car crashes on the parkway Thursday morning. Weather was blamed for at least one of them. VESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Department is on scene of a car crash at African Road and the Vestal Parkway Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

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Quarterback injuries dilute BCS rankings

first_imgKevin is a seniordouble majoring in journalism and economics. If you’re interested in talkingcollege football send an e-mail to [email protected] OklahomaA loss to Colorado earlier in the year aside, Oklahoma had achance to move in to the top two after Oregon lost to Arizona (see below) twoweeks back. Although it was pitted against offensive juggernaut Texas Tech ledby touchdown machine Graham Harrell, Oklahoma had a Heisman-hopeful of its ownin redshirt freshman Sam Bradford.Just its luck, Bradford left early in the game with aconcussion and the Sooners offense never recovered. They ended up losing thegame 34-27 and more importantly, a shot at a national championship. OregonTwo days earlier, another one-loss team blew its chance atNew Orleans when the sensational Dennis Dixon injured his knee. Oregon watchedits season buckle out of control as the fleet-footed Dixon crumpled to the turfin a heap after a first-quarter run. Without their heartbeat the Ducks croaked,losing 34-24 to lowly Arizona. If that wasn’t enough, the Dixon-less Ducks sunkfurther, getting embarrassed 16-0 to a highly sporadic UCLA team to end theirshot at a Rose Bowl bid.   When it comes to breaking down college football this year,your guess is as good as the experts’.Eight different teams tried out the No. 2 ranking, quicklyfinding it unsuitable (six of them were upset), and four different teams havebeen No. 1. Every week, another (or in the case of LSU, the same) team drops awinnable game to an underdog.In fact, this past weekend marked the second time thisseason both the No. 1 and No. 2 teams fell. It has only happened seven othertimes since 1964.About the only thing certain from week to week is thatall-encompassing banner to describe what the nation has witnessed this season —”the year of the upset” — will continue.Earlier in the year, like everyone else, I was surprised tosee so many upsets, so many top-ranked teams dropping like hail during athunderstorm. The default answer to this enigma is that parity resonatesthroughout the land like a yodeler atop a Swiss Alps peak. It’s hard to argueagainst the idea that “any team can win on any given night” (parity does existto an extent). Still, I have observed and inevitably learned something: It, too,has been “the year of the injured quarterback.”Most of these teams I am about to analyze would be in aposition to play in New Orleans had an injury to their most prized possessionnot occurred. Cal, Pac-10It’s harder to make the case for California, since theGolden Bears began hibernation seven weeks prematurely, losing six of theirfinal seven games. However, the second-half slide started when quarterback NateLongshore was sidelined for the Oregon State game. Without him, then No. 2 Callost 31-28 in a game it could have won if the backup, Kevin Riley, didn’tdecide to run for a first down with 12 ticks on the clock and no timeouts leftinside the Oregon 15-yard line.As a matter of fact, the Pac-10’s elite, as a whole, hassuffered from the plague known as “the season of the injured quarterback.” Inaddition to Dixon, Booty and Longshore, Ben Olson of UCLA, after a hot start,went down, and the Bruins ended the year on a 2-5 note.Obviously a sign of a good team is being able to overcomesignificant injuries. And these programs failed to do just that. But before youthrow your hands up in dismay at what lunacy “the year of the upset” hasbrought upon you or someone you know, take a minute to realize that parityaside, “the year of the injured quarterback” has every little bit to do with it,too. West VirginiaThe Mountaineers control their own fate this time around.With a win Saturday against Pittsburgh, West Virginia will still get to playfor a national championship. But had it not worked out that way, had otherquarterbacks not gotten hurt, WVU could have been watching the title game fromthe sidelines just as its signal caller Pat White watched his team’s only lossof the season (to South Florida Sept. 28, 21-13) after sustaining a shot to hisright thigh in the second quarter. USCAlready donning a badge of ineptitude for losing to Stanfordof all teams (the Cardinal lost to Notre Dame this past weekend at home), thetalented Trojans lost their field general, John David Booty, to a broken middlefinger on his throwing hand for the next three weeks. The injury, whichoccurred during the Stanford game, didn’t help USC’s chances to avoid adevastating upset, as Booty threw a season-high four interceptions. Worse, itforced first-time starter Mark Sanchez into the fray. He got by the Wildcatsand the Irish, but his lack of experience proved costly against the versatileDucks. The Trojans lost 24-17 and must now settle for a Rose Bowl bid despiteentering the season as the nation’s top team.last_img read more

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O’Meara to face Pryce at Wembley Arena

first_imgSteve O’Meara is set to fight Bradley Pryce at Wembley Arena on 16 March.The pair will feature on the same show as George Groves’ rematch with Kenny Anderson, which tops the bill.O’Meara has high hopes for 2012.O’Meara won the southern area light-middleweight title with a first-round knockout of fellow West Londoner Ryan Toms in October and his last bout – a one-punch poleaxing of Nathan Weise – also ended in the opening round.The 28-year-old, who was born in Shepherd’s Bush and lives in West Drayton, hopes to fight for a major title later this year.Welshman Pryce, 30, is an ex-Commonwealth champion and has challenged for the British title.He is a product of the same Newbridge gym as Joe Calzaghe, having been nurtured by the former super-middleweight champion’s father Enzo.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Prep girls golf: Phoebe Sundberg claims 3rd at NCS D-II tournament

first_imgPhoebe Sundberg shot a 78 to take third-place in the North Coast Section Division-II tournament, Monday at Beau Pre Golf Club in McKinleyville.Sundberg was the highest finisher of any Humboldt-Del Norte League golfer at the tournament and one of the top finishers of the 87-person field. The McKinleyville High senior will head to Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park on Monday to compete in the NCS D-I tournament, where a top-4 finish would land her a spot in the NorCal tournament.Monday’s section …last_img

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Letter: Oakland needs to close the deal on A’s stadium

first_imgOakland needs to closedeal on A’s stadiumIt is getting a little frustrating to constantly see the city of Oakland lag behind on everything from policing to education and now to the win-win that is the building of the new A’s stadium.After two pro franchises have just left the city and the one remaining franchise desperately wants to stay in Oakland. Not only are they going to privately finance their own stadium, but now the A’s are going to build affordable housing at the Coliseum, and the …last_img

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Circumcision campaign to boost HIV prevention

first_img2 December 2013South Africa aims to medically circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said at the launch of the government’s medical male circumcision campaign on World Aids Day in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province on Sunday.“Our target is to circumcise one-million men over the next 12 months and cumulatively four-million men by 2016,” Motlanthe said, adding that the launch of the campaign, coupled with the re-launch of the HIV counselling and testing campaign, would strengthen the country’s massive HIV/Aids prevention effort.Motlanthe said medical male circumcision had proven to be an effective component of the government’s HIV prevention package. Once 80 percent of South African men had been medically circumcised, half-a-million new HIV infections and 100 000 deaths over the course of the next decade would be prevented.He added, however, that medical interventions were only part of the country’s efforts to fight HIV/Aids.“We also need to ramp up our efforts to address the social determinants that fuel the HIV and Aids epidemic. These include disempowered women and children, who are often the targets of violence, poverty, the migrant labour system, intergenerational sex, transactional sex and many other structural issues.”The re-launched HIV counselling and testing campaign aims to ensure that every South African gets tested at least once annually in order to know their status and take the appropriate steps to maintain their health.Motlanthe said the starting point for preventing HIV/Aids was to know one’s status. “You may have tested in 2010 or 2011, [but] test again this year, and every year,” he said.More than 20-million South Africans have tested for HIV since President Jacob Zuma first launched the campaign in 2010.“In South Africa, the epidemic has matured and the acceleration of our response since 2009 has moved us beyond the ‘tipping point’, where the number of patients being enrolled onto treatment each year now exceeds the number of those who are newly infected,” Motlanthe said.“However, the number of new infections still remains unacceptably high, hence the importance of maintaining our focus on prevention … Our response will not succeed unless we turn off the tap of new infections.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ag Pushes FMD Vaccine Bank

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — The National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation and the National Corn Growers Association on Tuesday urged the Agriculture Department to move quickly to implement a bank for vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease.In a call to reporters, the groups said that an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, which can affect cattle, swine and sheep, would be disastrous for meat and dairy producers and for the corn growers that sell feed to animal producers. There has been no outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States since 1929, but it is endemic in large parts of the world and there is a constant fear that it could spread, the groups said.“The reason for the call is to encourage them to move forward as quickly as possible” so that USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) can purchase the volume of vaccines required to effectively contain and eradicate an outbreak, said Liz Wagstrom, the chief veterinarian at the National Pork Producers Council.The groups noted that the 2018 farm bill included $150 million in mandatory funding over five years for APHIS to establish a vaccine bank. Wegstrom noted that APHIS has taken an initial step to determine what vendors might be able to provide the vaccine and that the next step would be to put out a request for proposals to supply the vaccine.The United States does not want to vaccinate without an outbreak because vaccination would lead countries importing U.S. meat and milk products to require more paperwork and because there are so many strains that many vaccines would need to be used, said James Roth, a professor in the department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine at Iowa State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.Instead, USDA has prescribed vaccination as the method for dealing with an outbreak. There were nine outbreaks of foot-and-mouth-disease in the United States before 1929, and they were addressed by stopping the movement of animals and stamping out the disease. But those methods are not practical today because herds are larger and animals move greater distances.At present, Wegstrom said, the vaccine is stored on Plum Island, the animal disease research facility off the coast of New York, which is being replaced by the new research facility under construction in Manhattan, Kansas.In the case of the vaccine stored on Plum Island, it would have to be returned to the vendor in Lyon, France, for reactivation before use. The plan is for the new vaccine bank to be stored with whatever vendor is chosen, Wegstrom said.While the funding for the vaccine bank is mandatory spending, the National Animal Health Laboratory Network of diagnostic institutions is dependent on appropriations, Wegstrom said. The Agriculture appropriations bills moving through Congress would provide $17 million for the labs for fiscal year 2020, but the funding is authorized for up to $30 million per year.According to Iowa State University research, an outbreak would result in $128 billion in losses for the beef and pork sectors; $44 billion and $25 billion, respectively, to the corn and soybean farmers; and job losses of more than 1.5 million across U.S. agriculture over 10 years.“If the U.S. had a large outbreak of FMD, it may be impossible to control without the rapid availability of adequate supplies of vaccine,” Roth said.Without vaccine, he said, it could take 10 years to recover. The disease would move through herds, with some animals becoming ill and recovering and others dying.“A foreign animal disease outbreak would have an estimated $4-billion-a-year impact on corn farmers, which would be disastrous on top of current market conditions,” noted Sarah McKay, director of market development at the National Corn Growers Association.An outbreak may also affect exports of animal ag products, she said.“On average, pork exports contribute 28 cents a bushel to the price of corn, so the control of infectious diseases via a vaccine bank is important not only to livestock producers but corn growers as well.”“The time to build a best-in-class FMD vaccine bank is now,” said Jamie Jonker, vice president for sustainability and scientific affairs at the National Milk Producers Federation.Jonker noted that an outbreak of FMD would interrupt the just-in-time deliveries of milk and also lead other countries to stop the imports of dairy products that are increasingly important to dairy farmers.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @hagstromreport(AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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