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first_img News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more 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 Related Content News | February 09, 2010 Hypofractionation for Breast As Safe As Standard Approach News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 February 9, 2010 – The chronic side-effects of radiotherapy for early breast cancer are not any worse when treatment is given in a lower overall dose in fewer but larger treatments, reported a study published in the Lancet Oncology.The study, partly funded by Cancer Research UK, was part of the 4,451 patient START 1 (Standardisation of Breast Radiotherapy Trials), which found that a lower total dose of radiotherapy, delivered in fewer, larger treatments is as effective at treating the disease as the international standard of a higher total dose delivered over a longer time.The new part of the START trial published used a questionnaire approach to assess the chronic side-effects of different radiotherapy doses for early breast cancer, as reported by women themselves. About half the women in the trial were asked to fill in questionnaires over a five year period before and after treatment to see if they had noticed changes to the breast such as hardness, swelling and sensitivity or if they had experienced any arm or shoulder problems including pain and stiffness. These 2,208 women also answered questions on perceptions of body image.The researchers found that long term side-effects were common for all the radiotherapy schedules with about 40 per cent of women overall reporting moderate or marked changes to the breast since treatment. Over time, breast symptoms and body image concerns did decrease.They also found that skin changes were significantly fewer in the treatments giving lower overall dose in fewer larger doses, with a similar overall pattern for the other side effects, which supports the use of delivering radiotherapy treatment in this manner for women who have had surgery for early breast cancer.Reference: Comparison of patient-assessed breast, arm and shoulder symptoms and body images after radiotherapy for early breast cancer was a five-year follow-up in the randomized Standardisation of Breast Radiotherapy (START) Trials, led by Penelope Hopwood, Judith Bliss, John Yarnold et al. These studies were coordinated by the Clinical Trials and Statistics Unit at The Institute of Cancer Research and funded by Cancer Research UK, the Medical Research Council and the Department of Health. For more information: www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 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 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. 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first_imgFeature | October 01, 2013 | Tony Gevo The Perfect Storm Today’s radiology groups face challenges through declining reimbursements, expanded patient access, increased quality demands and the emergence of competition from mega groups According to many healthcare experts, radiology is facing a perfect storm. This situation has been brought about by a number of factors, all converging on this profession at the present time. The challenges that radiology groups face today are declining reimbursements, expanded patient access, increased quality demands and the emergence of competition from mega groups.Declining ReimbursementsDeclining reimbursements have put continued pressure on radiology groups ever since the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. This, in turn, set the stage for the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), which included several provisions affecting Medicare physician payment policies that have had a significant impact on radiologists. The impact on individual physicians varied substantially, depending on the extent of technical components and global billing, how much of the practices were devoted to Medicare, and the imaging modalities in which they specialized. This trend, which in the past focused primarily on driving costs down by reducing payments to physicians, is now being modified and accelerated by the Healthcare Reform Bill of 2010 and the Affordable Care Act. Under the provisions of these bills, not only will radiology groups face a continuing challenge to reduce costs, but groups will now have to contend with calls for expanded patient access and increased quality of care and reporting. Experts predict that the Healthcare Reform Bill has the potential of adding an additional 30 million patients to the system while also mandating that all patients be afforded equal, high-quality care regardless of where they’re being treated. This is designed to address patients in rural areas who have limited access to specialized physicians and the unequal geographical/time distribution of specialists within urban areas. Add the emergence of competition from regional and national mega groups to these factors, and it is no wonder that many clinicians have serious concerns for the future of their practices and even their profession. In addition to the factors already in play regarding reducing costs, expanding access and improving quality, there are a number of technical issues that must be addressed if groups are going to compete with these encroaching practices and grow today: • How to manage multiple contracts?• How to distribute work efficiently?• How to deal with multiple systems?• How to ensure acceptable income levels and quality of life for radiologists?The real question that results from a consideration of these factors is this: How can my group compete in this marketplace?Finding SolutionsAt conference after conference, radiology experts addressing this perfect storm state that although most radiology practices are not equipped to address these challenges today, the solutions are available and ready to be implemented. Instead of looking at the current set of issues as a death knell, practices should consider this time as an opportunity to use technology to move forward toward the inevitable electronic radiology practice. The experts also noted that advancements in radiology-oriented technology, coupled with affordable and readily available networking bandwidth, have placed systems that were once only available to the largest groups now well within the grasp of even start-up radiology practices.  In conjunction with specialized radiology software and affordable bandwidth, they also noted the benefits of utilizing cloud technology. This eliminates both geographical and time-based constraints that prevent radiologists from providing the best care at the right time at an efficient rate. Groups can receive orders, images and supporting documentation from any site, and the radiologist can then read those orders and provide the interpretive report from any location where a suitable workstation is available, such as their office or home. The goal of such technology is relatively straightforward and fully supports the goals of the electronic radiology practice: efficient workflow, high-quality care and profitability. Specifically, the working goal of such an implementation is to provide the radiologist with a single workstation that provides:• Auto-launching of appropriate viewers;• Auto-launching of appropriate reporting systems;• Unified, intelligent worklists with flexible workload assignments; and• Expanded radiologist support through an integrated tool set.From a group practice management viewpoint, the capabilities of the electronic radiology practice should include tools to:• Easily administer contracts, facilities and personnel;• Know the status of every order and get alerts automatically;• Monitor quality, service levels and productivity;• Provide interface and connectivity tools and alerts;• Provide practice operational data as a by-product of radiologists reading; and• Be Web-based, not requiring client software or cumbersome updates.The benefits to a group implementing the electronic radiology practice are far-reaching, helping them to meet today’s challenges and equipping them to be a viable enterprise in the future. With the right vision and leadership, any group can utilize the tools presently available to:• Expand patient accessibility;• Provide increased quality to patients;• Help staff operate more efficiently and balance workload;• Reduce costs;• Enhance quality of life; and• Grow and maintain profitability.The Electronic AgeThis article has examined the current trends that are challenging radiology groups, all of which are under huge reimbursement pressures and are realizing the only remaining way to increase profitability is to increase practice efficiencies. The electronic radiology practice is the best way to increase productivity, utilizing a single intelligent worklist solution that streamlines the reading process, minimizes the number of systems radiologists must use and lets every member of the group contribute no matter where they are located. A continuing push for cost reductions, coupled with growing demands for equal patient access, increased quality through sub-specialty reading and increased competition from large groups has created what some would call a no-win scenario. Many experts, however, see this time as one of opportunity for groups that will embrace the tools currently available to move their businesses into the age of the electronic radiology practice.  Tony Gevo is president of Gevo Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in Belleair Beach, Fla., providing customized services to healthcare vendors and provider organizations. The firm has worked with vendors like McKesson, Epic and GE over the past few years, as well as a number of hospitals and radiology groups. RSA is a radiology group headquartered in Williamsville, N.Y.SIDEBAR:Case Study — Radiology Solutions Associates (RSA)RSA is a 20-physician group based in Williamsville, N.Y. It currently provides interpretive services for a number of hospitals, clinics and imaging centers. It implemented Clario’s zVision in 2011, along with an existing central picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and new dictation system. The goals for the system were:1. Increase radiologist efficiency;2. Provide high-quality sub-specialty services; and3. Enable growth without linear costs.According to David Ludwig, M.D., PC, president, “We had become victims of our own success, in a sense. As we added more contracts we also had to add staff and systems to allow our radiologists to read. What this meant, in reality, is that we had reached a point where growth wasn’t worth it anymore — we couldn’t reach our profit goals with that model. In addition, we had problems getting orders to the right doctors, as well as fully utilizing on-site radiologists.”RSA’s model is to place radiologists at their clients’ sites, which provides a high level of service and interaction with their clients’ physicians. That was the positive, according to Ludwig. The problems it created were multiple worklists for the doctors to monitor, multiple workstations to read from, order prioritization issues and very unbalanced workloads. Ludwig states that the impact of the new system was immediate. “With the efficiencies gained we’ve been able to combine two of our rotations into one, eliminating the need to hire additional radiologists to keep up with current growth,” he said. “This is very exciting as we are still expanding. Prior to this, our radiologists and support staff had to watch multiple PACS work lists, waiting for stat cases to pop up and hoping they were noticed it in a timely manner. We also had problems where lower priority cases would often go overlooked for extended periods of time until a physician’s office called looking for the report.“With the global work list we have now, and its ability to track a report’s required turnaround time, we know immediately when stat cases arrive and we’ve all but eliminated the problem of cases becoming stagnant,” Ludwig continues. “Our group also integrated voice recognition into zVision, which allows the radiologists to dictate a completed final report to our referring physicians, emergency rooms and urgent care centers. This has allowed us to maintain a 20-minute report turnaround time. Our referring physicians and our respective hospital administrators are thrilled about the quick report time. By integrating zVision with voice recognition and a PACS, we now become more competitive in the marketplace. Whereas before we had multiple PACS and multiple RIS, we could not interface with other facilities’ systems and thus we could compete for contracts. A unified RIS/PACS allows us to easily interface with any system that allows us to gain market share. Additionally the system has also allowed us to fully utilize our sub-specialty trained radiologists, even if they’re working remotely.”  Ludwig explained that previously, staff would run into situations where a sub-specialty radiologist was unavailable to the rest of the system because they were reading in a location not connected. “Our most valuable resource was, in reality, isolated. With the order assignment engine, we know what each radiologist’s RVU workload is at all times and the system automatically assigns orders to the correct doctors,” he said. “It also keeps track of each order’s contracted turnaround time and sends alerts when orders start aging. An added benefit is our ability to know where each order came from and launch the appropriate PACS viewer for each study. This is very important to us because our physicians read local studies on the site’s PACS and remote studies from our central PACS viewer; but we need all the reports and other data in our database. This is all automatic with the new system.”  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享last_img read more

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Breast Cancer Places Greater Financial Burden on Black Women

first_img News | Colonoscopy Systems | August 06, 2019 Rise in Early Onset Colorectal Cancer Not Aligned With Screening Trends A new study finds that trends in colonoscopy rates did not fully align with the increase in colorectal cancer (CRC) in… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Related Content News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems 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 May 16, 2018 — Having breast cancer placed a significantly greater financial strain on black women than white women, according to a study by researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.The researchers, who published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, surveyed women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in North Carolina between 2008 and 2013. They found that two years after a diagnosis with breast cancer, 58 percent of black women reported a negative financial impact of cancer, compared with 39 percent of white women.”Financial hardship plays a role in delays, discontinuation and omission of treatment, and thus may correlate with racial disparities in breast cancer death,” said UNC Lineberger’s Stephanie Wheeler, the study’s lead author and an associate professor in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “With cancer care costs rapidly increasing, culturally appropriate strategies are urgently needed to address this problem.”The researchers analyzed survey data from the Carolina Breast Cancer Study, the largest population-based study of breast cancer in North Carolina. Launched in 1993, the Carolina Breast Cancer Study aims to improve the understanding of breast cancer, and particularly why the disease’s fatality rate is higher in African-American women. The study is in its third phase, and is focused on how treatment decisions, access to care, and financial or geographic barriers impact breast cancer outcomes.The new study, led by Wheeler, included 1,265 white women and 1,229 black women. On average, black women in the analysis were slightly younger, and they presented with higher-stage disease at the time of diagnosis. They more often received chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and were more likely to present with comorbid conditions such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. They were also more socioeconomically disadvantaged, with lower average household incomes, education, and higher rates of Medicaid and no insurance.Nearly half of the women — 48 percent — experienced negative financial impact from breast cancer, but the researchers said it was strikingly higher among black women. Even after they controlled for differences in clinical variables such as age, stage at diagnosis, comorbidities and cancer treatments received, they found that black women were significantly more likely to experience higher cancer-related financial burden.Black women more often reported having a barrier to their care that caused them to delay or refuse recommended treatment because of cost (24 percent of black women compared to 11 percent of white women). Black women also had a greater likelihood of losing a job (14 percent compared to 6 percent of white women). While it was a small share overall, black women more often lost private health insurance (5 percent versus 1 percent of white women).Wheeler said that although the study didn’t evaluate why the women may have lost private health insurance, it could have occurred as a result of a job loss or because of reduced hours at work that would put them below the threshold of qualifying for employer-sponsored health insurance.”Employer-sponsored health insurance and paid sick leave are often reserved for employees with higher earnings, full-time status and more generous benefits, which may correlate also with race,” she said.Wheeler said work is ongoing to understand how patients communicate about cancer costs, and seek financial support. This includes exploring efforts to better connect patients with resources, and to try to reduce the financial burden of care.”Wealth in our society is a complex construct, including not only how much money a person earns, but also the generosity of their health insurance benefits, the savings and assets that they can pull from in a time of crisis, and the flexibility of their commitments at work and at home,” said UNC Lineberger’s Katherine Reeder-Hayes, M.D., MBA, MSc, an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology and the study’s senior author. “We need to do more work to understand why black women, even at similar income and education levels, seem to be more vulnerable to financial toxicity of breast cancer.”For more information: www.ascopubs.org/journal/jco FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Women’s Health | May 16, 2018 Breast Cancer Places Greater Financial Burden on Black Women Researchers hope to find better ways to connect patients with financial and information resources News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. 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 last_img read more

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New Phase 2B Trial Exploring TargetSpecific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent

first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Video Player is loading.GE Cardiographe cardiac CT scanner at SCCT19Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 26.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Related Content 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 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019 New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent Sixty-patient study will assess CellPoint’s Oncardia imaging agent for ability to evaluate presence, severity of coronary artery disease 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 News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | August 07, 2019 Contrast Use in First Transthoracic Echocardiogram for Heart Failure Reduces Repeat Testing Heart failure is the fourth most common cause for all admission to U.S. hospitals, and it is the most common reason for… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more Siemens Go.Top CT scanner at SCCT19Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 15.14%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. May 17, 2019 — Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b cardiovascular imaging study in patients suffering from coronary artery disease using the company’s new one-vial Oncardia (ethylenedicysteine-glucosamine) kits.  The 60-patient trial study is being conducted in the U.S.Today, slightly greater than 6 million nuclear cardiology perfusion imaging scans are performed in the U.S. annually. Such procedures, referred to as myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), are performed using either single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or positron emission tomography (PET) camera systems. SPECT MPI procedures represent 98 percent of the total. All MPI procedures, regardless of the choice of radiopharmaceutical agent, are designed to illuminate the healthy perfused part of the heart. A high percentage of the patients are required to undergo a time-consuming rest and separate stress study. While there are several cardiovascular disease indicators that can be looked at with MPI, the predominant focus for such studies is the presence, location and severity of myocardial ischemia following a heart attack.  99mTc-Oncardia is not a perfusion agent. It is being clinically studied as the first functional cardiovascular imaging agent that is target-specific for myocardial ischemia.  One of the clinical objectives of the study is to demonstrate that 99mTc-Oncardia can be effectively used where the patient does not need to be either physically or pharmacologically stressed for the study.99mTc-Oncardia is for use with SPECT camera systems. CellPoint also is planning to clinically study 68Ga-Oncardia for use with PET camera systems.For more information: www.cellpointweb.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.last_img read more

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Top 5 automated testing frameworks

first_imgThe world is abuzz with automation. It is everywhere today and becoming an integral part of organizations and processes. Software testing, an intrinsic part of website/app/software development has also been taken over by test automation tools. However, as it happens in many software markets, a surplus of tools complicates the selection process. We have identified top 5 testing frameworks, used by most developers for automating the testing process. These automation testing frameworks cover a broad range of devices and support different scripting languages. Each framework has their own uniques pros, cons, and learning approaches. Selenium Creators: Jason Huggins Language: Java Current version: 3.11.0 Popularity: 11,031 stars on GitHub Selenium is probably the most popular test automation framework, primarily used for testing web apps.  However, selenium can also be used in cloud-based services, load-testing services and for monitoring, quality assurance, test architecture, regression testing, performance analysis, and mobile testing. It is open source; i.e., the source code can be altered and modified if you want to customize it for your testing purposes. It is flexible enough for you to write your own script and add functionality to test scripts and the framework. The Selenium suite consists of four different tools: Selenium IDE, Selenium Grid, Selenium RC, and Selenium WebDriver. It also supports a wide range of programming languages such as C#, Java, Python, PHP, Ruby, Groovy, and Perl. Selenium is portable, so it can be run anywhere, eliminating the need to configure it specifically for a particular machine. It becomes quite handy when you are working in varied environments and platforms supporting various system environments – Windows, Mac, Linux and browsers – Chrome, Firefox, IE, and Headless browsers. Most importantly, Selenium has a great community which implies more forums, more resources, examples, and solved problems. Appium Creators: Dan Cuellar Language: C# Current version: 1.8.1 Popularity: 7,432 stars on GitHub Appium is an open source test automation framework for testing native, hybrid, and mobile web applications. It allows you to run automated tests on actual devices, emulators ( Android), and simulators ( iOS). It provides cross-platform solutions for native and hybrid mobile apps, which means that the same test cases will work on multiple platforms ( iOS, Android, Windows, Mac).  Appium also allows you to talk to other Android apps that are integrated with App Under Test (AUT). Appium has a client-server architecture. It extends the WebDriver client libraries, which are already written in most popular programming languages. So, you are free to use any programming language to write the automation test scripts. With Appium, you can also run your test scripts in the cloud using services such as Sauce Labs and Testdroid. Appium is available on GitHub with documentations and tutorial to learn all that is needed. The Appium team is alive, active, and highly responsive as far as solving an issue is concerned. Developers can expect a reply after no more than 36 hours, after an issue is opened. The community around Appium is also pretty large and growing every month. Katalon Studio Creators: Katalon LLC. Language: Groovy Current version: 5.4.2 Katalon Studio is another test automation solution for web application, mobile, and web services. Katalon Studio uses Groovy, a language built on top of Java. It is built on top of the Selenium and Appium frameworks, taking advantage of these two for integrated web and mobile test automation. Unlike Appium, and Selenium, which are more suitable for testers who possess good programming skills, Katalon Studio can be used by testers with limited technical knowledge. Katalon Studio has a interactive UI with drag-drop features, select keywords and test objects to form test steps functionalities. It has a manual mode for technically strong users and a scripting mode that supports development facilities like syntax highlighting, code suggestion and debugging. On the down side, Katlon has to load many extra libraries for parsing test data, test objects, and for logging. Therefore, it may be a bit slower for long test cases as compared to other testing frameworks which use Java. Robot Framework Creators: Pekka Klärck, Janne Härkönen et al. Language: Python Current version: 3.0.4 Popularity: 2,393 stars on GitHub Robot Framework is a Python-based, keyword-driven, acceptance test automation framework. It is a general purpose test automation framework primarily  used for acceptance testing and streamlines it into mainstream development, thus giving rise to the concept of acceptance test driven development (ATDD). It was created by Pekka Klärck as part of his master’s thesis and was developed within Nokia Siemens Networks in 2005. Its core framework is written in Python, but it also supports IronPython (.NET), Jython (JVM) and PyPy. The Keyword driven approach simplifies tests and makes them readable. There is also provision for creating reusable higher-level keywords from existing ones. Robot Framework stands out from other testing tools by working on easy-to-use tabular test files that provide different approaches towards test creation. It is the extensible nature of the tool that makes it so versatile. It can be adjusted into different scenarios and used with different software backend such as by using Python and Java libraries, and also via different API’s. Watir Creators: Bret Pettichord, Charley Baker, and more. Language: Ruby Current version: 6.7.2 Popularity: 1126 stars on GitHub Watir is powerful test automation tool based on a family of ruby libraries. It stands for Web Application Testing In Ruby. Watir can connect to databases, export XML, and structure code as reusable libraries, and read data files and spreadsheets all thanks to Ruby. It supports cross-browser and data-driven testing and the tests are easy to read and maintain. It also integrates with other BBD tools such as Cucumber, Test/Unit, BrowserStack or SauceLabs for cross-browser testing and Applitools for visual testing. Whilst Watir supports only Internet Explorer on Windows, Watir-WebDriver, the modern version of the Watir API based on Selenium,  supports Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and also can run in headless mode (HTMLUnit). All the frameworks that we discussed above offer unique benefits based on their target platforms and respective audiences. One should avoid selecting a framework based solely on technical requirements. Instead, it is important to identify what is suitable to developers, their team, and the project. For instance, even though general-purpose frameworks cover a broad range of devices, they often lack hardware support. And frameworks which are device-specific often lack support for different scripting languages and approaches. Work with what suits your project and your team requirements best. 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US senators introduce a bipartisan bill that bans social media platforms from

first_imgTwo U.S. Senators, namely  Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), introduced a bill yesterday, to ban large online platforms ( with over 100 million monthly active users) such as Facebook and Twitter from tricking its consumers into handing over their personal data. The bill, named, the Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act, bipartisan legislation is aimed at prohibiting these platforms from using deceptive user interfaces, called, “dark patterns”. The term “dark patterns” refers to online interfaces on websites and apps that are specially designed to manipulate users into taking actions they wouldn’t otherwise take under normal circumstances. The design tactics for these patterns are inspired by extensive behavioral psychology research and misleads the users on social media platforms into agreeing to settings and providing data that are advantageous to the company. Forcing the users this way to give up their personal data (contacts, messages, web activity, location), these social media companies gain an unfair advantage over their competitors, which significantly benefits the company. According to Senator Fischer, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, these dark patterns weaken the privacy policies that involve consent. “Misleading prompts to just click the ‘OK’ button can often transfer your contacts, messages, browsing activity, photos, or location information without you even realizing it. Our bipartisan legislation seeks to curb the use of these dishonest interfaces and increase trust online”. Other examples of dark patterns include a sudden interruption amidst a task repeating until the user agrees to consent and the use of privacy settings that push users to ‘agree’ as the default option. Also, users looking out for more privacy-related options are required to follow a long process that involves clicking through multiple screens. Moreover, sometimes users are not even provided with the alternative option. As per the DETOUR act: A professional standards body, registered with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), needs to be created to focus on best practices surrounding user design for large online operators. This association would act as a self-regulatory body and provide updated guidance to the social media platforms. Segmenting consumers for behavioral experiments is prohibited unless carried out with a consumer’s informed consent. This includes routine disclosures by large online operators (at least once every 90 days) on any behavioral experiments to the public. Also, as per the bill, large online operators would have an internal Independent Review Board to offer oversight on these practices and safeguard consumer welfare. User design intended for compulsive usage among children under the age of 13 years old is prohibited. FTC needs to come out with rules within one year of its enactment and perform tasks necessary surrounding informed consent, Independent Review Boards, and Professional Standards Bodies. Senator Warner has been raising concerns regarding the implications of dark patterns used by social media companies for several years. For instance, in 2014, Sen. Warner asked the FTC to probe into Facebook’s use of dark patterns in an experiment that involved nearly 700,000 users. The experiment focused on the emotional impact of manipulating information on Facebook’s News Feeds. “We support Senators Warner and Fischer in protecting people from exploitive and deceptive practices online. Their legislation helps to achieve that goal and we look forward to working with them”, said Fred Humphries, Corporate VP of U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft in a press release sent to us. Apart from the DETOUR act, Sen. Warner is planning to introduce further legislation that will be designed to further improve transparency, privacy, and accountability on social media. Public reaction to the news has been largely positive, with people supporting the senators and new bill: For more information, check out the official DETOUR act bill. Read Next US Senators introduce a bill to avoid misuse of facial recognition technology U.S. Senator introduces a bill that levies jail time and hefty fines for companies violating data breaches A brief list of drafts bills in US legislation for protecting consumer data privacylast_img read more

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PEOPLE Atout France names Mélanie PaulHus Director for Canada

first_img Posted by MONTREAL — The head office of the France Tourism Development Agency (Atout France) has confirmed the appointment of Mélanie Paul-Hus as Director of its Canadian office in Montreal.Hired by Maison de la France now Atout France in 2007 as Press and Publications Manager, Paul-Hus was promoted Deputy Director in 2012 and starting in July 2016 took over the responsibilities as interim director.“Her vast experience in marketing and communications and her knowledge of the tourism industry will surely contribute to the success of the promotional and commercial activities of Atout France on the Canadian market,” says Atout France. Share Travelweek Group Friday, September 15, 2017 center_img [PEOPLE] Atout France names Mélanie Paul-Hus, Director for Canada Tags: Atout France, People << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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The latest new hotel updates from the Cuba Tourist Board

first_img Wednesday, March 21, 2018 TORONTO — Cuba’s bookings for April and beyond from the Canadian market “are looking great and we are very much looking forward to a very strong 2018”, says Eloy Govea, Director, Canada for the Cuba Tourist Board.Cuba received a record 4.7 million visitors in 2017, resulting in 16.2% growth year over year. The island’s cays in particular took a hit from Hurricane Irma but room inventory recovered quickly.“We have been open for business since the winter season started, and we are doing very good from Canada, with over 400,000 passengers already so far this year,” said Govea.He adds: “We just had the Grand Muthu inaugurated in Cayo Guillermo (500 rooms) and the Sercotel Experience in Cayo Santa María (660 rooms).“The next openings include the International Hotel in Varadero (634 rooms), the Iberostar Holguin (838 rooms) and Packard Hotel and Prado y Malecón Hotel, in Havana (321 and 250 rooms respectively).” The latest new hotel updates from the Cuba Tourist Board Posted by Sharecenter_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Cubalast_img read more

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Alaska and glamping new for Contikis 20192020 USA program

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Alaska and glamping new for Contiki’s 2019-2020 USA program Tags: Contiki, USA Posted by Monday, July 15, 2019 Unique accommodation is a key selling feature for agents looking to talk to their clients about Contiki’s USA & Canada program, says Sheralyn Berry, President of Contiki Canada.“North America is an incredibly diverse region with countless opportunities for adventure,” notes Berry. “We know young Canadians are increasingly interested in off-the-beaten-track destinations and choosing glamping as their preferred type of accommodation, so it’s exciting to not only be able to offer two brand new and lesser-explored destinations with our Alaska and Pacific Northwest trips, but also our new glamping experiences in the Great Smoky Mountains and Zion National Park. Clients travelling with Contiki should prepare for a road trip of a lifetime.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaThe new program incorporates ‘Instagram-worthy’ glamping experiences in Zion National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains. For two nights, clients sleep in safari-style tents, featuring real beds, luxury bathrooms and cafe-style dining options. Other trips in the region include overnights in a Bass Lake summer camp with swimming pool and rustic cabins, and a picturesque chalet in Banff complete with indoor pool and sauna.Here’s a closer look at Contiki’s new U.S. trips for 2019-2020…GRAND ALASKAThis 12-day adventure includes spectacular, untouched landscapes and roaming wildlife and glaciers, with time at some of the biggest National Parks in the world for hiking, camping, canoeing and more.PACIFIC NORTHWESTThis 9-day trip in the laid-back Pacific Northwest starts in San Francisco before heading through Portland, Astoria and Seattle, along with exploring the great outdoors of the Columbian River Highway, Multnomah Falls and Mt Hood. Clients can expect plenty of craft beer, incredible music, natural beauty and delicious regional food along the way.CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’This trip starts in San Francisco and winds its way through giant redwoods and rugged coastlines to Big Sur, Malibu and Santa Monica Pier. The eight-day journey “brings you the best of Cali, with plenty of palm-fringed beaches, breath-taking bays and dazzling L.A. glamour along the way.”SOUTHERN SOULFrom Dallas to New Orleans, this eight-day trip is all about BBQ, southern hospitality and the sultry sound of jazz and blues. This one brings clients from Fort Worth through Austin, Houston and New Orleans.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaSOUTHERN STARSThis trip hits all the highlights of the American south in 10 days, from the sultry jazz and sumptuous food of New Orleans, down through other musical meccas like Memphis and Nashville before the big finale – glamping under canvas in the majestic Great Smoky Mountains. The trip ends in Atlanta.MIGHTY YOSEMITEYosemite is best known for its waterfalls, but still manages to pack in gigantic glaciers, dreamy meadows, plunging valleys, ancient trees and wildlife, says Contiki. The 4-day trip takes travellers from San Fran into the heart of nature, where they’ll camp under starlit skies, hike through the giant sequoia trees and cycle by the Merced River.SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARKSThis 4-day trip starts and finishes in Las Vegas but inbetween the focus is decidedly nature, with a journey through Zion Canyon and the organic amphitheatre of Bryce, before heading through Monument Valley, Lake Powell. The trip saves the best for last – the Grand Canyon. Along the way clients will be hiking, camping under starlit skies and spotting wildlife, with options for a Navajo-led hike around Antelope Canyon and a helicopter over the Grand Canyon’s rim. TORONTO — Contiki has unveiled its new USA & Canada program for 2019-20.Highlighted offerings include five brand new trips in the U.S., in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California and the Deep South, along with 13 improved trips across North America.The new trips join 32 existing trips that Contiki offers in North America. The new program also seea Contiki introduce glamping accommodation, “defined as ‘camping meets modern luxury’”, says the company, on select trips to the U.S. as part of its ‘Special Stay’ offering. The exclusive only-with-Contiki accommodation options through Special Stay include the Gasthof Schoneck in Austria, jungle rafts in Thailand and the famous Château de Cruix (AKA the ‘Contiki Château’) in France’s Beaujolais wine region.last_img read more

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Four arrested including police officer in connection to 2009 murder of two

first_imgFour suspects, including a National Police officer, were arrested in connection toa brutal murder of two Austrians in 2009 in the southwestern Osa Peninsula.Horst Hauser, 67, and Herbert Langmeier, 65, disappeared from the port town of Puerto Jiménez in December 2009. DNA tests identified remains found on the beach in Puerto Jiménez  in 2011 as the bodies of Hauser and Langmeier. The positive results confirming Langmaier’s remains came last week after Costa Rican authorities sent genetic information to Austria. The Prosecutor’s Office said the remains matched with the DNA of Langmaier’s sister and mother.The two Austrian citizens appeared to have been bludgeoned to death by a blunt object. One of victims had a broken jaw, while the other showed brain trauma after multiple blows to the head, according to a Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) report.OIJ agents detained a police officer with the last name of Obando on Tuesday afternoon. On Monday, authorities arrested a 33-year-old man named Muñoz, a 24-year-old man named Murillo and a 29-year-old woman named Rojas. In August 2011, another suspect turned himself in after hiding in the mountains for months. He is believed to be the brother of the woman arrested Monday.The brother Rojas was the prime suspect in the investigation since January 2010, when he was seen driving Hauser and Lagmeier’s car days after their disappearance. He also withdrew more than $5,000 from the bank accounts of the two victims.Hauser and Langmeier were retired and arrived to Costa Rica from Knittelfeld, Austria. Officials said the motive for the suspects was a land grab, as the alleged murderers hoped to take over the property of the Austrians. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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