VMW Monthly - August 2007 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents August 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
NASA welcomes doctors' support for human space exploration
University of Virginia Engineering School researchers develop tool for clearer ultrasound images
Boehringer Ingelheim launches National Educational Initiative to improve awareness and understanding of Restless Legs Syndrome
AT&T announces $900.000 contribution to Mayo Clinic supporting research leading to personalized medicine
The Cancer Genome Atlas awards funds for technology development
 
Grid for Health
 
Definiens reveals an integrated data management approach for image analysis in life sciences enterprises
Humanitarian news web site gets mission-critical technology to deliver up-to-date crisis information to global relief workers
C-DAC's GenomeGrid Portal enables researchers to smoothly run bioinformatics applications
eXludus and SGI join BioIT Alliance to speed life sciences research on clusters and Grids
Chinese National Human Genome Center at Shanghai leverages accelerated bioinformatics solution from SGI and Mitrionics for faster time to insight
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Portable heart monitor sends emergency alerts and ECG as text message
University of Florida and IBM develop a blueprint for smart health care
The future of medicine: insert a chip and cure disease?
Delphi helps homecare agencies and patients stay connected
Smart suit doesn't miss a beat
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Guardian Technologies International forms new Applied Visual Sciences Inc. health care subsidiary to accelerate commercialization of Signature Mapping
DoseSim and tcVisualize with Monte Carlo combine to enable cost-effective response adaptive clinical trials
D.C. Primary Care Association selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
LSU Health Sciences Center Medical Informatics and Telemedicine Programme selects Eceptionist solution
Carestream Health debuts new digital radiography system and launches turnkey digital radiology solution to streamline work flow at outpatient imaging centres
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Sagem Orga and Gemalto awarded eHealth contracts by Techniker Krankenkasse and Allgemeine Orstkrankenkasse
RSLSTEEPER adds doc@HOME as a natural extension for telehealth solutions
Spanish University Hospital to pilot Mobile Clinical Assistant with Intel, Oracle and Orion Health
System to analyse beating heart stem cells could lead to heart attack treatments
Netherlands Cancer Institute proclaimed winner of the ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Optio Healthcare partners with E-Hospital Consulting to deliver EHR and forms automation solutions to Texas community hospitals
CMH Regional Health System reduces costs by more than $52K within eight months of implementing Optio's MedForms and MedEx solutions
Columbus Children's Hospital is first to use Viking's 3Di visualization system in paediatric minimally invasive urological surgery
Henry Ford Hospital installs Zonare Medical Systems' Convertible Ultrasound system
Philips and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf to test the world's first MRI/PET image software tool for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Combination of bronchoscopic techniques improves diagnostic yield in peripheral lung lesions
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $180.000 in Cartesia Dx
Philips implements iSite disaster recovery services for Department of Veterans Affairs
European Commission weighs up options on eHealth interoperability
Robots at your bedside, coupled with traditional surgeon visits, may get you home faster
 
VMWC news bites
 
Myomo announces FDA clearance of the Myomo e100 NeuroRobotic System
Robosoft unveils robuDOG, a 4-legged robot at the RoboCup
University of Texas study reveals inaccuracies in cardiac PET-CT imaging and finds fixes
Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems: An Evolving Challenge to EHR Systems
Medical students respond positively to simulated patient experience
 

Leads August 2007 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
NASA welcomes doctors' support for human space exploration
Full ArticleNASA welcomes a vote of support for its future space exploration plans from the United States' largest organisation of doctors. The American Medical Association (AMA) recently passed a resolution in support of human space travel, citing "potential future benefits to medicine and advances in patient care". The resolution passed in a unanimous vote at the AMA's annual meeting of its House of Delegates, held in June in Chicago. The AMA also reaffirmed support for medical research on the space shuttle and International Space Station.
University of Virginia Engineering School researchers develop tool for clearer ultrasound images
Full ArticleUniversity of Virginia Engineering School Associate Professor William F. Walker and Research Associate Francesco Viola have developed a new tool - an advanced imaging algorithm - that is, quite literally, transforming the way we see things. Together with graduate student Michael A. Ellis, the biomedical engineering team has created an innovative method of signal processing that can be used with a broad range of imaging and sensing systems including ultrasound, RADAR, SONAR, telecommunications, and even a few optical imaging systems.
Boehringer Ingelheim launches National Educational Initiative to improve awareness and understanding of Restless Legs Syndrome
Full ArticleRestless legs syndrome (RLS) remains a common, yet often undiagnosed, neurological sensorimotor disorder, despite many years of research and increased disease recognition. To help drive understanding and disease awareness among physicians and people with RLS, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. has launched an initiative to educate about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of RLS including a major direct-to-consumer advertising campaign. For patients and physicians there is a web-based resource available, providing valuable RLS educational information and tools. In addition the company has developed an RLS Simulator - a multi-sensory experience simulating a "day in the life" of an RLS patient to help physicians better understand this complicated condition.
AT&T announces $900.000 contribution to Mayo Clinic supporting research leading to personalized medicine
Full ArticleThe AT&T Foundation - the corporate philanthropy organisation of AT&T Inc. - has awarded a $900.000 medical technology contribution to Mayo Clinic to fund the expansion of the Mayo Clinic Life Sciences System (MCLSS) in support of individualized medicine. MCLSS is a combination of data warehouse and search engine that currently stores millions of patients' clinical and genomic data and identifies subsets of patients with specific genetic features and medical histories. This patient information is gathered and stored only after Mayo Clinic has received the written consent of patients who wish to participate in this effort. Mayo Clinic is the first organisation to receive a gift of this nature from the AT&T Foundation in 2007.
The Cancer Genome Atlas awards funds for technology development
Full ArticleAs part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) pilot project, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded eight two-year grants totaling $3,4 million to support the development of innovative technologies for exploring the genomic underpinnings of cancer. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), both part of NIH, introduced the TCGA pilot in December 2005 to test the feasibility of a large-scale, systematic approach to identifying the changes that occur in the genomes of cancer cells. The goal is to generate genomic information that the research community can use to develop new and improved strategies for detecting, treating and, ultimately, preventing cancer.
 
Grid for Health
 
Definiens reveals an integrated data management approach for image analysis in life sciences enterprises
Full ArticleDefiniens, an Enterprise Image Intelligence company, has revealed the Definiens Enterprise Image Intelligence Suite 7, available immediately. The latest version of the powerful image analysis platform provides Life Science organisations with superior data management capabilities. Definiens Data Management is an open framework that gives organisations easy access to all relevant information acquired in image analysis. The wealth of image information gathered in the various phases of the drug development process can now be integrated across and exchanged within the entire organisation. It provides professionals with the best intelligence on which to base better business decisions.
Humanitarian news web site gets mission-critical technology to deliver up-to-date crisis information to global relief workers
Full ArticleAlertNet, a humanitarian on-line news network, will optimize its capabilities to provide information around global humanitarian initiatives and emergencies through new technology provided by Sun Microsystems. AlertNet is a project of the Reuters Foundation, the non-profit arm of the global news agency.
C-DAC's GenomeGrid Portal enables researchers to smoothly run bioinformatics applications
Full ArticleThe International Supercomputing Conference, recently held in Dresden, Germany, this year organized a Scientific Day on June 26, with a series of selected research paper presentations, spread over two parallel sessions. Dr. Rajendra R. Joshi, Group Co-ordinator of the Bioinformatics Group at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) at Pune in India, in his session talk highlighted the building, infrastructure, functioning and use of the GenomeGrid Portal to the ISC'07 audience. Based on a four-layered architecture with a Globus-enabled Grid set-up, this portal provides easy access to distributed resources, supporting the analysis of genome sequence data by means of the Smith-Waterman algorithm among others.
eXludus and SGI join BioIT Alliance to speed life sciences research on clusters and Grids
Full ArticleTo spearhead new ways of sharing complex data in the bioinformatics market, eXludus Technologies, whose software dramatically boosts application throughput for compute clusters and Grids, and SGI have joined the BioIT Alliance, a cross-industry group of organisations working together to integrate science and technology in order to accelerate the pace of drug discovery and to realize the potential of personalized medicine.
Chinese National Human Genome Center at Shanghai leverages accelerated bioinformatics solution from SGI and Mitrionics for faster time to insight
Full ArticleTo help extinguish effects of the ancient parasite, the Schistosoma japonicum or blood fluke - one of the major infectious parasites to a wide range of hosts including primates, rodents, carnivores, and humans - Chinese Scientists at the China National Human Genome Center (CHGC) in Shanghai are using SGI compute technology running a Mitrion-accelerated bioinformatics application to improve early disease diagnosis and discover new drugs to effectively treat disease caused by this parasite.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Portable heart monitor sends emergency alerts and ECG as text message
Full ArticleA Bluetooth heart monitor could text your local hospital if you are about to have a heart attack, according to research published in Inderscience's International Journal of Electronic Healthcare. The device measures electrical signals from the heart, analyses them to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG) and sends an alert together with the ECG by cell phone text message.
University of Florida and IBM develop a blueprint for smart health care
Full ArticleWhat people have come to expect in cell phones and personal communicators may soon become common in health care devices and products at home and in medical offices, thanks to new technology developed by the University of Florida and IBM. The technology creates the first-ever roadmap for widespread commercial development of "smart" devices that, for example, take a person's blood pressure, temperature or respiration rate the minute a person steps into his or her house and then transmit it immediately and automatically to doctors or family.
The future of medicine: insert a chip and cure disease?
Full ArticleImagine a chip, strategically placed in the brain, that could prevent epileptic seizures or allow someone who has lost a limb to control an artificial arm just by thinking about it. It may sound like science fiction, but University of Florida researchers are developing devices that can interpret signals in the brain and stimulate neurons to perform correctly, advances that might someday make it possible for a tiny computer to fix diseases or even allow a paralyzed person to control a prosthetic device with his thoughts.
Delphi helps homecare agencies and patients stay connected
Full ArticleDelphi Corporation is helping patients and their health care providers stay connected with the Delphi Medical Systems Telehealth System. Delphi's Telehealth System is an intelligent monitoring system that allows health care providers to monitor patient vital signs without an office or home visit. Instead, patients can use the Delphi VitalPoint Home Monitor to quickly and easily check non-invasive blood pressure, oxygen saturation/pulse oximetry, temperature, pulse rate, weight, blood glucose, ECG, prothrombin time and thoracic fluid status.
Smart suit doesn't miss a beat
Full ArticleImagine wearing a smart T-shirt or a suit embedded with tiny electronics that can monitor your heart or respiratory function wirelessly. When dirty, you take it off and throw it in the wash or have it dry-cleaned. Researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA) have been using garment integrated electronic technology to develop smart garments that, when placed on electronic hangers, enable monitored data to be downloaded in a heartbeat to a computer in your wardrobe, and then be recharged ready for wearing.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Guardian Technologies International forms new Applied Visual Sciences Inc. health care subsidiary to accelerate commercialization of Signature Mapping
Full ArticleGuardian Technologies International, innovators of groundbreaking medical imaging and threat detection technology with critical and immediate applications for the health care and homeland security markets, has formed Applied Visual Sciences Inc. as a wholly-owned subsidiary that will be focused on accelerating the commercialization of the company's next-generation disease detection technology for the health care industry. The company has also partnered with Howard University Cancer Center and the University of Southern California (USC) Image Processing and Informatics Lab (IPILAB), to submit a $12 million, three year Impact Grant to the Department of Defense (DoD) for the development of a predictive model for visualization of onset and progression of breast cancer in African-American women.
DoseSim and tcVisualize with Monte Carlo combine to enable cost-effective response adaptive clinical trials
Full ArticleCytel Inc. and Tourtellotte Solutions have integrated Cytel's DoseSim adaptive trial simulator and Tourtellotte's tcVisualize clinical trial supply chain simulator with Monte Carlo computational methods. The joined products provide accurate simulation of the clinical supply and randomization necessary for response-adaptive clinical trials, ensuring more predictable, cost-effective adaptive trials.
D.C. Primary Care Association selects eClinicalWorks unified EMR/PM solution
Full ArticleThe D.C. Primary Care Association (DCPCA) has chosen eClinicalWorks unified electronic medical records (EMR) and practice management (PM) solution in a deal to automate six Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) within the DCPCA-led Medical Homes D.C. initiative. This EMR project, which was funded through City grant money, may later expand to include four additional CHCs in D.C.
LSU Health Sciences Center Medical Informatics and Telemedicine Programme selects Eceptionist solution
Full ArticleEceptionist Inc. has been selected by the Lousiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center Medical Informatics and Telemedicine (MI&T) Programme for use in the state of Louisiana. Eceptionist in conjunction with LSU will implement electronic solutions that facilitate the delivery of health care services between patients and providers both for medical facilities and correctional facilities statewide.
Carestream Health debuts new digital radiography system and launches turnkey digital radiology solution to streamline work flow at outpatient imaging centres
Full ArticleCarestream Health Inc. has introduced the Kodak Carestream Outpatient Solution, a new turnkey digital imaging and information management package designed for imaging centres that provides precision work flow automation, exceptional operational efficiency and enhanced business optimization. In addition, a radically new digital radiography system from Carestream Health is now available to health care facilities across the globe. The new Kodak DirectView DR 9500 System incorporates an innovative configuration that follows in the footsteps of the award-winning Kodak DirectView DR 7500 System.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Sagem Orga and Gemalto awarded eHealth contracts by Techniker Krankenkasse and Allgemeine Orstkrankenkasse
Full ArticleA provider of smart card and security technology, Sagem Orga has been awarded a contract to provide Techniker Krankenkasse's (TK) almost 6,1 million policy holders with electronic health cards (eGK), amounting to a total of 8,5 million electronic health insurance cards. Based in Paderborn, Germany, Sagem Orga beat other competitors in an open call for tenders organized by health insurer TK. The contract between TK and Sagem Orga was signed on June 29, 2007. Following news that Sagem Orga had won the deal to provide cards and services for the German eHealth programme, Gemalto has revealed it has been awarded a tender to supply and personalise 35 million eHealth cards for Allgemeine Orstkrankenkasse (AOK).
RSLSTEEPER adds doc@HOME as a natural extension for telehealth solutions
Full ArticleRSLSTEEPER, a supplier of Prosthetic and Orthotic patient care services in the United Kingdom, has teamed up with health care solutions provider, Docobo, to provide clients with doc@HOME, an integrated telehealth solution for the remote management of patients with chronic diseases or long term health conditions such as chronic heart failure, diabetes and hypertension. Docobo is a British telehealth organisation that designs, develops and manufactures products supporting the management of patients in their own homes.
Spanish University Hospital to pilot Mobile Clinical Assistant with Intel, Oracle and Orion Health
Full ArticleA group of health care technology providers comprising Intel, Oracle and Orion Health, are planning to pilot at the Hospital Universitario Son Dureta in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the use of the new Motion C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) platform. Using RFID technology, integrated into the MCA, to read patient wristbands, the doctor or nurse will be able to access patient information such as demographics and clinical results - e.g. blood tests, scans etc.
System to analyse beating heart stem cells could lead to heart attack treatments
Full ArticleNew research at the University of Nottingham, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with a grant of GBP 95.000, is paving the way for techniques that use stem cells to repair the damage caused by heart attacks. The research, highlighted in the new issue of BBSRC Business, is looking at the process that turns a stem cell into a cardiomyocyte - the beating cell that makes up the heart. The Nottingham researchers are developing a new system to monitor cardiomyocytes in real time as they differentiate from stem cells into beating heart cells. The system uses electrophysiology to record the electrical properties in a cell and it will be the first time it has been used to study cardiomyocyte cells in the United Kingdom.
Netherlands Cancer Institute proclaimed winner of the ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award
Full ArticleThe Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) is the winner of the second edition of the European Society for Medical Oncology ESMO Lifetime Achievement Award supported by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The research group was conferred the award for its outstanding achievements in the area of Translational Research in Breast Cancer. The head of the Molecular Carcinogenesis Division of the Institute, Dr. René Bernards, and the Head of the Molecular Pathology Division, Dr. Laura van 't Veer, are receiving the award on behalf of the institute during the Opening Ceremony of the ESMO Conference (ECLU) on July 5, 2007 in Lugano, Switzerland.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Optio Healthcare partners with E-Hospital Consulting to deliver EHR and forms automation solutions to Texas community hospitals
Full ArticleOptio Healthcare has agreed to partner with Austin, Texas-based, E-Hospital Consulting to deliver electronic health record (EHR) and forms automation solutions to hospitals throughout the state of Texas. The agreement enables Texas community hospitals, as well as other hospitals and health care systems throughout the United States, to receive the benefits of E-Hospital Consulting's implementation, training and consulting services with Optio's innovative, subscription-based health care solutions. The combined offering is expected to increase efficiencies throughout hospital operations, while accelerating ROI and enhancing the transition from manual to automated document processes.
CMH Regional Health System reduces costs by more than $52K within eight months of implementing Optio's MedForms and MedEx solutions
Full ArticleCMH Regional Health System has reduced costs by more than $52.000 in equipment, supplies and maintenance due to Optio's forms automation solutions, which it implemented in October 2006 as part of a three-year, $18 million patient-safety initiative. CMH Regional Health System, a 95-bed hospital in Wilmington, Ohio, has also reduced costs and experienced process improvements through a streamlined medical records process, which includes automatic indexing and the cold feeding of forms for storage and retrieval. These improvements alone have generated a savings of nearly $14.000 and one-half of a full-time employee equivalent (FTE) due to Optio's integrated health care solutions.
Columbus Children's Hospital is first to use Viking's 3Di visualization system in paediatric minimally invasive urological surgery
Full ArticleOn June 22, 2007, Dr. Rama Jayanthi and his surgical team at Columbus Children's Hospital successfully performed the first intravesical minimally invasive ureteral reimplantation using Viking Systems' 3Di Vision System. Dr. Jayanthi used a 5mm 3D laparoscope that enabled him to see inside the bladder and perform this complex procedure.
Henry Ford Hospital installs Zonare Medical Systems' Convertible Ultrasound system
Full ArticleZonare Medical Systems, a provider of premium ultrasound systems, has installed three z.one ultrasound systems at Henry Ford Hospital, one of the Midwest's leading health care providers. Based on Zonare's proprietary Zone Sonography technology, the z.one system is being used in the hospital's Interventional Radiology department for various imaging procedures such as ultrasound guided biopsies and PICC line insertion. Zonare also has been given the Frost & Sullivan Medical Imaging Product Innovation of the Year Award for its z.one ultrasound system. The Innovation of the Year Award is presented to the company that has demonstrated excellence in product innovation and performance within their industry. The award was recently announced at a ceremony in Singapore.
Philips and University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf to test the world's first MRI/PET image software tool for the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases
Full ArticleThe University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) and Royal Philips Electronics have developed a computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system for neurodegenerative diseases to support clinicians in diagnosing the onset and type of disease as early as possible. The new diagnostic technique, which has already proven its accuracy using historical image data and known patient outcomes, is about to undergo clinical evaluation at UKE.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Combination of bronchoscopic techniques improves diagnostic yield in peripheral lung lesions
Full ArticleThe combined use of two minimally invasive techniques - endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB)- in the diagnosis of peripheral lung lesions has been shown to be more effective than either procedure alone and does not compromise patients' safety, according to a new study.
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $180.000 in Cartesia Dx
Full ArticleThe Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse (PLSG), the private/public partnership putting the region's life sciences industry on a fast track for growth, has committed a $180.000 investment in Cartesia Dx - formerly doing business as Arthritis Imaging Inc. The company uses a unique combination of three-dimensional and thermal images to more accurately diagnose and track the progression of inflammation in patients.
Philips implements iSite disaster recovery services for Department of Veterans Affairs
Full ArticleRoyal Philips Electronics has signed an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide disaster recovery services that are dedicated to VA users with Philips iSite. Managed and hosted by Philips, the VA disaster recovery services will provide automated back-up of all Philips iSite Radiology image data.
European Commission weighs up options on eHealth interoperability
Full ArticleThe lack of interoperability in systems and services, such as electronic health records, patient summaries, and emergency data sets, has been identified as a major obstacle to the widespread take-up of eHealth application in the European Union (EU). The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the issue with a view to adopting specific guidelines later in the year.
Robots at your bedside, coupled with traditional surgeon visits, may get you home faster
Full ArticleNew research published in the July issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that robotic telerounding may significantly reduce the length-of-stay of patients undergoing laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery if used to supplement standard postoperative visits, or "rounds", made by surgeons.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Myomo announces FDA clearance of the Myomo e100 NeuroRobotic System
Full ArticleMyomo Inc. has received United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the Myomo e100 NeuroRobotic System. Myomo's first product is a wearable, portable therapeutic modality designed to allow patients to self initiate and control movement of partially paralyzed limbs using their own biological signals. By simultaneously engaging and reinforcing both neurological and motor pathways, the device helps people relearn how to move affected muscles. No electrical stimulation or invasive procedures are employed.
Robosoft unveils robuDOG, a 4-legged robot at the RoboCup
Full ArticleRobosoft, a worldwide expert in service robotics solutions, has presented its proposal to an open call for tender issued by the RoboCup Federation. During the live demonstration, Robosoft showed the robuDOG, a 4-legged robot specifically designed for the open call, with major innovations such as abduction of front legs to kick the ball with accuracy, auto-adaptative feet for increased traction on the floor and powerful programming environment including a 3D simulator based on the Robosoft's robuBOX and Microsoft Robotics Studio.
University of Texas study reveals inaccuracies in cardiac PET-CT imaging and finds fixes
Full ArticleCurrent PET-CT scanners with standard commercial software designed to provide images of the heart are falsely indicating coronary artery disease in as many as 40 percent of patients, according to a study published on the cover page of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Lead author K. Lance Gould, M.D., professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, said he discovered the abnormalities upon his initial use of cardiac PET-CT scanners in the Weatherhead P.E.T. Center For Preventing and Reversing Atherosclerosis at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.
Personal Health Record (PHR) Systems: An Evolving Challenge to EHR Systems
Full ArticleOver the next 10 years, healthcare organizations large and small will complete their transition to the use of comprehensive health information systems that include electronic health record (EHR) and personal health record (PHR) systems. During this time period, provider organizations will acquire and deploy EHR systems to better meet the clinical information needs of the healthcare providers in caring for their patients. At the same time, many ordinary people, in addition to those with chronic and acute conditions that warrant close monitoring and support, will adopt the use of PHR systems.
Medical students respond positively to simulated patient experience
Full ArticleWhen a vomiting, simulated patient mannequin was rolled into the lecture hall last fall to teach large numbers of first- and second-year Wake Forest University School of Medicine students about the brain and nervous system, Michael T. Fitch, M.D., Ph.D., wasn't sure what to expect. In the end, he got the results he was looking for. The research has now been published on-line in Medical Teacher and will appear in the August print issue.
 

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