#WeeklyAddress June 19-25: Will the White House become silent?

first_imgNews Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas RSF’s #WeeklyAddress on US press freedom: Week of June 19-25 RSF_en Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says While this #WeeklyAddress may appear quieter than those in the past, RSF is concerned that this is a result of the silence that has been coming from the White House briefing room recently…Of the White House’s four press briefings last week, only one was held on camera. The rest of the briefings were off-camera and banned live audio recording. This follows a trend away from press access in the Trump White House; while Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s briefings initially pulled in millions of viewers, in recent months press briefings have been less frequent, and with fewer questions addressed. In the past two weeks, only two briefings have been on-camera.When asked on Friday why the briefing was off-camera, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said: “It’s great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies. I don’t think that the be-all and end-all is whether it’s on television or not.”Though news organizations appear to be abiding by the White House’s new rules, many are doing so with reluctance. CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta expressed his concerns following June 19’s off-camera, no-audio briefing. “I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” Acosta said. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me.It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”The Washington Post has been keeping a close eye on the Trump administration’s dwindling interactions with the press. In a June 13 article, The Post reported: “During Trump’s first 100 days in office, Spicer and Sanders held 53 official briefings and ‘gaggles,’ informal, untelevised Q&As with small groups of reporters — a rate of about once every two days. In the 43 days since then, just 15 such sessions have been held, or once every three days. The briefings are getting briefer, too: Early on, Spicer engaged with reporters for an hour or longer; during his May 30 briefing, he took questions for just 11 minutes.”Since early on in his term, President Donald Trump has been cold to the media, skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and participating in few interviews. In a tweet on May 12, he wrote: “…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???” White House Correspondents’ Association is not pleased with these recent changes, either. WHCA President Jeff Mason wrote that he met with Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to discuss these issues: “The WHCA’s position on this issue is clear: we believe strongly that Americans should be able to watch and listen to senior government officials face questions from an independent news media, in keeping with the principles of the First Amendment and the need for transparency at the highest levels of government.” Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 27, 2017 #WeeklyAddress June 19-25: Will the White House become silent? News Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Caltech Smartphone App Helps Identifies Heart Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Image: The Vivio app measuring pulse on an iPhone (Photo courtesy of Niema Pahlevan/ USC).Researchers at Caltech, in collaboration with the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope, USC, and other institutions, have developed a mobile app that can accurately detect cardiac dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors, according to a new study.Vivio works by holding your phone up to your neck for a minute or two for an accurate reading and can essentially accomplish the same as 45-minute scan from an ultrasound machine.Vivio collects pulse waves and phonocardiogram data from the carotid artery and sends it wirelessly via app to a smartphone or tablet. Using a specialized algorithm along with the app, medical practitioners can calculate left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is one key measure of heart health, upon which physicians base diagnostic and therapeutic decisions.LVEF measure how much blood is being pumped out of the left ventricle of the heart with each contraction and is expressed in a percentage. A normal LVEF ranges from 55 to 70 percent. An LVEF of less than 40 percent may confirm a diagnosis of heart failure. An LVEF of less than 35 percent increases the risk of an arrhythmia that can cause sudden cardiac arrest or death.To test device accuracy, researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic (CCSC) at City of Hope conducted a cross-sectional study. It compared LVEF using the Vivio wireless device, two-dimensional (2D) echocardiography, and gold-standard cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in childhood cancer survivors exposed to anthracycline, who risk potential cardiac dysfunction from the exposure, which can often develop at a time when they are least engaged in long-term survivorship care, a report in HospiMedica said.In all, 191 consecutive cancer survivors participated in the study, with a median anthracycline dose of 225 mg/m² (milligrams per square meter). The researchers found that echocardiography overestimated mean LVEF by 4.9 percent compared with CMR. However, no difference was seen between mean LVEF readings from Vivio and CMR.Also, when compared with CMR, the detection of cardiac dysfunction via echocardiography was weak, but Vivio-based measurements had considerably better sensitivity. The study was published on June 21 in Clinical Cancer Research.Last year, Caltech researchers worked with medical practitioners to test the app on 72 volunteers between 20-92 years old at an MRI facility. Using Vivio, doctors simply held iPhones against the volunteers’ necks for one to two minutes. Afterward, the volunteers immediately received an MRI examination, and data from both tests were compared. The measurements made by Vivio had an error of ±9.9 percent compared that of an MRI. In comparison, the error for echocardiography was roughly ±10.2 percent.“In a surprisingly short period, we were able to move from invention to the collection of validating clinical data,” said Caltech’s Dr. Mory Gharib after the trials.Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering and head of the Gharib Research Group at Caltech, is the senior author of a separate on the study that was published in the July 2017 issue of Critical Care Medicine.“What is exciting about this study is that it shows our technique is as accurate as echocardiography at estimating LVEF when both are compared to the gold standard of cardiac MRI,” he said. “This has the potential to revolutionize how doctors and patients can screen for and monitor heart disease both in the U.S. and the developing world.” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Science and Technology Caltech Smartphone App Helps Identifies Heart Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors From CALTECH Published on Monday, July 9, 2018 | 4:23 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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