A single radiation treatment sufficiently relieves spinal cord compression symptoms

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 6:38pm
Spinal cord compression is a debilitating condition that many patients with advanced cancer experience. Until now, patients often had to spend multiple days traveling back and forth to undergo radiation treatments. This study means that without compromising care, we can help patients have more time to focus on the things they enjoy instead of on the cancer.
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New drug shows durable efficacy across diverse pediatric and adult cancers

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 6:36pm
Scientists may have developed the first targeted, oral, tumor-type agnostic therapy – a cancer medicine that works comparably well across many kinds of cancer, regardless of patient age. In clinical trials of adults and children with 17 different types of advanced cancer, larotrectinib treatment resulted in responses in 76% of patients. Response to larotrectinib has been durable, with 79% of responses ongoing 12 months after starting treatment.
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New technology dives deep into the cancer genome

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 6:36pm
In a study of 124 patients with advanced breast, lung, and prostate cancers, a new, high-intensity genomic sequencing approach detected circulating tumor DNA at a high rate. In 89% of patients, at least one genetic change detected in the tumor was also detected in the blood. Overall, 627 (73%) genetic changes found in tumor samples were also found in blood samples with this approach.
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New Threat To Traditional Sports Leagues: Millennials Prefer Watching eSports

Slashdot - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 6:19pm
Professional sports leagues "officially have a millennial problem," writes VentureBeat, citing some interesting findings from L.E.K. Consulting. 40% of millennials prefer watching esports to traditional sports26% of millennial eSports enthusiasts reported a significant uptick in eSports viewing over the past year61% of esports followers said they spent less time watching TV over the past 12 months, and 45% said they had cut back on traditional sports viewingTogether millennials -- ages 17-34 -- and Generation Z peers -- age 16 and under -- comprise 45% of America's consumer base "At a certain point, this comes down to a new form of media better serving an upcoming generation of consumers," concludes VentureBeat. "Esports leagues are all online. Most matches stream for free on sites like Twitch. They are available on the web or through smartphone apps. Competitive gaming is easily accessible, and it lives where Millennials are already spending their time." Maybe that's why Major League Baseball's video streaming company recently paid $300 million for the right to stream League of Legends through 2023.

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Insecure Hadoop Servers Expose Over 5 Petabytes of Data

Slashdot - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 5:14pm
An anonymous reader quotes the security news editor at Bleeping Computer: Improperly configured HDFS-based servers, mostly Hadoop installs, are exposing over five petabytes of information, according to John Matherly, founder of Shodan, a search engine for discovering Internet-connected devices. The expert says he discovered 4,487 instances of HDFS-based servers available via public IP addresses and without authentication, which in total exposed over 5,120 TB of data. According to Matherly, 47,820 MongoDB servers exposed only 25 TB of data. To put things in perspective, HDFS servers leak 200 times more data compared to MongoDB servers, which are ten times more prevalent... The countries that exposed the most HDFS instances are by far the US and China, but this should be of no surprise as these two countries host over 50% of all data centers in the world.

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Ubuntu Touch Mobile OS Now Maintained By UBports

Slashdot - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 4:09pm
An anonymous reader quotes Phoronix: UBports continues to be the leading community project for trying to let Ubuntu Touch live on and evolve under their direction... Among their recent achievements were acquiring more sponsors, all devices that were sold with Ubuntu Touch can now run with UBports' builds, they are working on their own version of Mozilla's AGPS Location Service to replace Canonical's GPS system, the Halium OS platform continues evolving, the Dekko email client is back under development, installation improvements are being worked on, they are still striving for Wayland support, and more. The UBports Patreon page has even raised enough to allow UBports founder Marius Gripsgard to work full-time on what they're calling "a beautiful, free and open-source mobile OS." Their recent community update announced that "we are seeing more activity on Ubuntu Touch than for a very long time, and that is really encouraging."

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Space Calendar 2017: Launches, Sky Events & More

Space.com - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 4:00pm
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.
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Enhanced test for urinary tract infections detects more bacteria than standard test

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:58pm
One of the primary ways physicians diagnose urinary tract infections is with a test that detects bacteria in urine. A new enhanced test detects significantly more bacteria than the standard test.
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Questions raised over physician-assisted suicide

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:58pm
Few issues in medicine have been more controversial in recent years than physician-assisted suicide, with medical experts and the general public unable to come to a consensus that balances the delicate issue of dying with dignity with the interests of the individual and society as a whole.
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Breastfeeding may protect against chronic pain after Caesarean section

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:58pm
Breastfeeding after a Caesarean section (C-section) may help manage pain, with mothers who breastfed their babies for at least two months after the operation three times less likely to experience persistent pain compared to those who breastfed for less than two months, according to new research.
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Adding abiraterone to standard treatment improves prostate cancer survival by 40 percent

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:58pm
Adding abiraterone to hormone therapy at the start of treatment for prostate cancer improves survival by 37 percent, according to the results of one of the largest ever clinical trials for prostate cancer.
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Immunotherapy drug effective for metastatic triple negative breast cancer

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:58pm
The immunotherapy drug, Pembrolizumab, is effective in shrinking tumors among metastatic triple negative breast cancer patients as found in a clinical trial.
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Bed partners may unintentionally contribute to the perpetuation of insomnia

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:57pm
Preliminary results from a new study show that partners of people who have insomnia may try to be supportive by engaging in a range of behaviors that unintentionally contradict treatment recommendations.
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New treatment options for patients with advanced BRCA-related breast cancer

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:57pm
Six years ago an international team of physician scientists led a charge to advance clinical testing of the PARP inhibitor olaparib in cancer patients with known inherited BRCA mutations. This weekend, that push comes full circle with the presentation of results of the phase III OlympiAD trial demonstrating for the first time that olaparib is superior to chemotherapy in patients with BRCA-related advanced breast cancer.
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New disposable, wearable patch found to effectively detect sleep apnea

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:57pm
Results of a definitive clinical trial show that a new, disposable diagnostic patch effectively detects obstructive sleep apnea across all severity levels.
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Electronic patient-reported symptom monitoring associated with increased survival among patients

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:57pm
The integration of electronic patient-reported outcomes into the routine care of patients with metastatic cancer was associated with increased survival compared with usual care, according to a study.
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Babies born to mothers with sleep apnea have higher risk of adverse neonatal outcomes

Science Daily - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:57pm
A new study is the first to demonstrate a higher risk of congenital anomalies and resuscitation at birth in newborns of mothers who have obstructive sleep apnea.
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It's a Super-Busy Time at the International Space Station Right Now

Space.com - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:36pm
The last few days have been a non-stop action for astronauts on the International Space Station, and there's still more on the way.
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What To Do If the Laptop Ban Goes Global

Slashdot - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:04pm
"The U.S. is reportedly seriously considering a greatly expanded ban on laptops in airplane cabins," writes Slashdot reader mirandakatz -- sharing some advice from Dan Gillmor. If the government still allows laptops to be checked in with luggage, "the priority will be to discourage tampering and mitigate the risks associated with theft," he writes, envisioning that "If I have to check mine, I'll pack it in bubble wrap and tape, and do some other things to make it evident if someone has tampered with the machine." But of course there's other precautions: [W]e can travel with bare-bones operating system setups, with as little personal or business data as possible (preferably none at all) on the laptop's internal disk drive. When we arrive and get back online, we can work mostly in browsers and retrieve what we need from cloud storage for the specific applications that have to run "locally" on the PC... You might also get a Chromebook for international travel. Chromebooks run Google's Chrome operating system and keep pretty much all data in Google's cloud. So you could carry a bare Chromebook through a border, go online, and retrieve the information you need. You have to completely trust Google with this method... [The article also suggests encrypting the hard disk -- along with your phone -- or carrying an external drive.] I use the Ubuntu operating system, and this simplifies creating a special travel setup. In preparation for international hassles, I've put a copy of my OS and essential data files on an encrypted USB thumb drive, which holds 256 gigabytes of data... If I've forgotten to load some specific files, and I have them backed up in the cloud, I can always go there. Because of all the additional security procedures, he utlimately predicts higher ticket prices, fewer business travellers, and, according to Bruce Schneier, "a new category of 'trusted travelers' who are allowed to carry their electronics onto planes."

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Private Cygnus Cargo Ship Leaves Space Station to Spark Zero-G Fire

Space.com - Sun, 04/06/2017 - 3:01pm
A privately built Cygnus cargo ship left the International Space Station Sunday (June 4) to cap a successful delivery mission for NASA with a novel experiment: igniting a fire in weightlessness.
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