For one cancer patient, biotech’s genetic test turns out to be a ‘lifesaver’

first_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. By Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe Dec. 4, 2018 Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the biotech sector — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it? CAMBRIDGE — John White, a retired North Attleborough bioengineer, was diagnosed in early 2015 with aggressive prostate cancer. It had spread to his bladder and pelvic lymph nodes. It didn’t respond to hormone therapy and chemotherapy. His oncologist feared White might have only a year to live.Then scientists at Foundation Medicine, a Cambridge, Mass., biotech, ran a new diagnostic test to sequence the DNA of cancer cells in his prostate gland, which had been surgically removed. The bad news was that he had a rare form of the disease, marked by an extraordinary number of genetic changes in the cancerous cells. The good news: The new test showed that he might respond to any of three new immunotherapy drugs. What’s included? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Jonathan Saltzman — Boston Globe Log In | Learn More Tags biotechnologyBostoncancerdiagnosticsgeneticsprecision medicineSTAT+ About the Author Reprints GET STARTED “I was only given months to live four years ago . . . I am still thriving,” said John White. Aram Boghosian for the Boston Globe Biotech For one cancer patient, biotech’s genetic test turns out to be a ‘lifesaver’ last_img read more

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Governor-General’s Message – National Heroes Day 2006

first_imgGovernor-General’s Message – National Heroes Day 2006 UncategorizedOctober 16, 2006 Advertisements RelatedGovernor-General’s Message – National Heroes Day 2006 RelatedGovernor-General’s Message – National Heroes Day 2006center_img RelatedGovernor-General’s Message – National Heroes Day 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The celebration of National Heritage Week affords all Jamaicans a very special opportunity to explore the great moments in our history.to recall the brave deeds of our National Heroes, reflect on the resilience of our founding fathers and honour citizens, who have excelled in service to our country as we resolve to strengthen the foundations of our nation.This year’s activities under the theme: “Celebrating Our Heritage…The Strength of Our Nation”, allow us to take special note of some of the diverse traditions in our heritage that bind us as a people.Generations of Jamaicans can speak proudly about our National Heroes – the nation-builders who fought for what they believed. Our heroes were, indeed, people who stood up for noble ideals, fought against injustice; and through their numerous acts of courage helped to shape the history of our country and chart the course for a better Jamaica.Our cultural heritage, enshrined in the nation’s historic monuments, museums, and collections, as well as our traditions, oral history and the collective psyche of our people, provides us with the resources for the education of future generations of Jamaicans.As a people we must maintain our traditions – those “customs and practices” which make us who we are, and which help to identify us as Jamaicans wherever we go.Our natural environment is a critical aspect of our natural heritage that we should not ignore. We must maintain those environmental practices that will preserve the nation’s flora and fauna, and ensure sustained social and economic benefits for all citizens, at home and abroad.Despite the many challenges that we continue to face as a developing country, we cannot ignore the fact that for a small nation, given our population and size, we have made tremendous strides in many fields.As I travel around Jamaica, I continue to be inspired by the passion and pride that our people display in their communities. I am buoyed by the hopes and aspirations of our young people. I am heartened by the goodwill that our senior citizens demonstrate in their efforts to pass on their knowledge to the next generation. Yes, we face many challenges in our society; but, as the poet said, “.hope springs eternal.”The recipients of our National Honours and Awards reflect the dreams, aspirations, innovativeness, determination, resilience, talent, and the uncanny ability of Jamaicans to “tun wi han’ and mek fashion”.I call on all Jamaicans as we celebrate National Heroes Day, to pause and reflect on the strength of our heritage, recognizing that the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future. In other words, our heritage is ours to build on, and if we understand our past, and learn from the experiences of our predecessors, then we can indeed, look to the future full of hope and confidence.last_img read more

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ITU World Triathlon San Diego event partners unveiled

first_imgActive Network, Aquadraat Sports, Gatorade, PR*Bar, TYR Sport and ZOCA have been named official local partners of the ITU World Triathlon San Diego event, which serves as the second qualifier for the 2012 US Olympic Triathlon Team and will feature more than 2,100 amateur athletes competing in the birthplace of triathlon.ActiveActive Network, a leader in cloud-based activity and participant management solutions, is the Official Registration Partner of the ITU World Triathlon San Diego. Through its ActiveWorks cloud technology, Active Network helps transform the way event organizers manage their activities and events by automating online registrations, streamlining other critical management functions, and offering solutions that seek to drive stronger engagement with race participants.Aquadraat SportsBased in The Netherlands, Aquadraat Sports is the Official Water Partner of the ITU World Triathlon San Diego. Its ‘electro-Ionic (electrolysis) treatment process’ claims to structurally transform everyday drinking water into the fuel the body needs to develop and sustain peak levels of optimum health.GatoradePepsiCo owned Gatorade is the Official Sports Beverage and Energy Chew of the Age Group Race for the ITU World Triathlon San Diego. Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and used by some of the world’s best athletes, G Series Pro products deliver the fuel, fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need before, during and after training or a race.The newest innovation from Gatorade, G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews, aims to provide an energy benefit prior to exercise and during prolonged activity, to help athletes continue to perform at a high level. With 120 calories and 30 grams of carbohydrate per 4-chew serving, the gummy texture is easy to chew and swallow. Additionally, the on-course Sports Beverage, G Series Pro Endurance Formula, is a specialized sports drink designed to sustain hydration during prolonged training and competition when fluid and electrolyte losses can be significant.PR*BarBased in San Diego, PR*Bar is the Official Performance Nutrition Bar of the Age Group Race for the ITU World Triathlon San Diego and the US Olympic Team. PR*Bar’s line of great-tasting, gluten-free nutrition bars claim to deliver almost twice the protein of competitor products. PR*Bars are positioned to be perfect for Olympians and everyday athletes, active people and their kids, diabetics and those looking to lose body fat and increase performance.TYRTYR is the Official Swimwear Partner for the ITU World Triathlon San Diego. TYR engineers technical apparel and equipment for swimmers and triathletes. Named after the Norse warrior god, TYR is a company started by athletes and populated by athletes. The company is ‘dedicated to re-imagining technologies that help athletes attain peak performance.’ TYR will also be offering wetsuit rentals in the event expo.ZOCABased in San Diego, ZOCA, the Official Licensed Apparel Provider for the ITU World Triathlon San Diego, has over 20 years of experience in designing and manufacturing athletic apparel. Together, the ZOCA family creates top-performing custom wear and accessories to enhance bike, triathlon and run adventures. ZOCA has produced exclusive ITU World Triathlon San Diego-branded apparel that is on sale now online at www.zocagear.com, and will be for sale at the race venue.One of just eight ITU World Triathlon Series events in 2012, the ITU World Triathlon San Diego elite races will serve as the second of two qualifying events to determine the 2012 US Olympic Men’s and Women’s Triathlon Team. The event also will play a key role in determining the Olympic squads for a number of other nations, as it is the second-to-last ITU World Triathlon Series event prior to the closing of the ITU’s 2012 Olympic qualification window at the end of May.The elite women will race at 14:00 local time on Friday 11 May, followed by the men at 14:30 on Saturday.Set for Saturday morning, top-flight Olympic- and Sprint-distance age group races, as well as an Olympic distance relay, will offer amateurs the chance to compete in the same epic venue as the world’s best athletes.sandiego.triathlon.org www.activenetwork.com www.aquadraatsports.com www.gatorade.com www.prbar.com www.TYR.com www.zocagear.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Uganda hosts inaugural African Hepatitis Summit

first_imgAfrican Union Summit Concludes Hepatitis vaccination (W.H.O) Uganda is hosting the first ever African Hepatitis Summit aimed at rallying partners and countries to eliminate viral hepatitis in Africa.Uganda hosts Inaugural African Hepatitis Summit (W.H.O)The event which has brought together participants from over 25 countries has the main theme of “Eliminating Viral Hepatitis in Africa; Implementing the Viral Hepatitis Strategy”.The event aims to provide an opportunity for countries to develop and work towards implementing action plans, sharing best practices and lessons learned from each other in the fight against viral hepatitis.According to the Uganda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment survey, (UPHIA, 2016), it is estimated that the prevalence of viral hepatitis B in Uganda is at 4.1% in the population aged 15-64 years.The disease prevalence, however, varies from region to region with the highest prevalence in the North at 4.6% and the lowest in Southwest at 0.8%. While the actual prevalence of viral hepatitis C in Uganda is unknown, the data from the National Blood Bank indicates that the prevalence of hepatitis C among blood donors in Uganda is approximately 1.5%.The first session of the summit was presided over by the Vice President of Uganda His Excellency Edward Ssekandi, who represented the President of Uganda. In his statement, the president informed the delegates that advocacy for vaccination against viral hepatitis is at the forefront of his work.Hepatitis vaccination (W.H.O)“I implored the Ministry of Health to immunize all adolescents and adults in the country and get rid of hepatitis B and vaccination started in July 2015.”“I have personally participated in mobilizing the masses to get vaccinated. However, it’s important to sensitize people on the modes of transmission during such international events,” he said.To mitigate hepatitis B prevalence, Uganda has embarked on producing first line drugs recommended for treating hepatitis B. This makes it one of the first countries in Africa to produce the medicines. This is being done by Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Ltd, a WHO-approved pharmaceutical manufacturer.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in Africa, dying of viral hepatitis is becoming a bigger threat than dying of AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis.WHO estimates that every year, 200,000 people die from the complications of viral hepatitis B and C, mostly liver cancer, in Africa.WHO goes on to state that 60 million people have been living with chronic hepatitis B infection from the year 2015, of which, 4.8 million are children under five years old. In addition, an estimated 10 million people are infected with hepatitis C, almost certainly due to unsafe injection practices.Related Kenya Hosts UNEP Summit center_img 23rd African Union Summit Openslast_img read more

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Mau Berburu Tiket Penerbangan Murah, Simak Tips Disini

first_imgPergi saat hari biasaBagi Anda yang bekerja dan sudah dapat cuti, momen ini bisa digunakan untuk berlibur. Di hari biasa yang bukan liburan, selain tempat wisata lebih sepi, harga tiket pasti lebih murah di banding saaat liburan yang bisa naik hingga 50 persen.Paket liburanUntuk tiket murah, Anda juga bisa mencari maskapai yang juga bekerja sama dengan hotel atau memang sedang mengadakan paket liburan murah. Ini memudahkan Anda untuk mengatur jadwal perjalanan Anda.Bandara lainSetiap kota atau negara yang memiliki lebih dari satu bandara, bisa membuat Anda lebih menguntungkan. Terkadang, saat mengecek tiket di bandara yang satu harga lebih mahal, Anda bisa mengecek di bandara lainnya, bisa saja tiket pesawat yang Anda impikan lebih murah dibandingkan yang lain.Pesan jauh-jauh hariBiasanya, bila Anda memesan tiket jauh-jauh hari, tiket akan lebih murah dan terkadang memberikan diskon untuk tanggal pilihan Anda berlibur.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Berburu tiket penerbangan murah bisa dibilang ‘gampang-gampang susah,’ pasalnya kalau tidak tahu trik-nya, saat Anda perlu perlu maka belum tentu bisa didapat tarif tiket murah khas harga promo. Nah, sebelum Anda berburu tiket murah di jejaring online, sebaiknya Anda pahami dulu metode-metode untuk pencarian tiket murah yang ampuh. Berikut ini kami sarikan beberapa yang dianggap perlu diperhatikan.Cari malam hariUntuk para traveler, biasanya akan rela menunggu dan mencari dari jam duabelas malam sampai subuh demi tiket promo. Karena terkadang ada saja maskapai yang memberikan tiket promo saat tengah malam. Memang waktu tidur berkurang, tapi saat Anda dapat tiket lebih murah dari bayangan, rasa kantuk pasti langsung hilang.Pergi selain hari Senin, Kamis, Jumat dan MingguBiasanya tiket pada hari-hari ini, akan lebih mahal dibanding hari lainnya yang tidak disebutkan. Ini dikarenakan bandara ramai dengan para pebisnis yang pergi untuk bekerja dan pendatang usai liburan dari suatu tempat.Cari tiket bukan pergi pulangJangan mencari tiket untuk pergi dan pulang (PP) sekaligus. Biasanya yang membeli tiket PP terkadang menyesal sendiri karena saat melihat-lihat tiket lagi ada yang murah di maskapai lain.last_img read more

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Murkowski Meets Garland, Declines Hearing

first_imgMurkowski says she still agrees with that position. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski is walking the party line, refusing a hearing for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, but her office says the senator did meet with Judge Merrick Garland. Prior to that meeting, Garland spent time with Senate Judiciary Chairman Church Grassley, who insists the body will not hold a confirmation hearing until a new president is elected. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell… McConnell: “The fundamental point here we’ve made over and over and over again is who ought to make the appointment and 52 senators have said they believe the next president ought to make this appointment.” Murkowski and Garland spent 30 minutes on Tuesday discussing laws with a direct impact on the 49th state. The senator’s office says she highlighted a recent Supreme Court decision n favor of an Alaskan hunter who uses a hovercraft to access state lands.last_img read more

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