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Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Wizards hope to improve position vs. Celtics

Sports
If the Washington Wizards want to improve their playoff position in the final days of the regular season, they can start by beating one of their potential opponents when the Boston Celtics visit Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. Washington (42-38) has lost four straight to drop into eighth place in the Eastern Conference with games remaining against the Celtics and at Orlando on Wednesday. An eighth-place finish would match the Wizards with the Toronto Raptors, and seventh place gets them the injury-depleted Celtics (54-26) and sixth place either Philadelphia or Cleveland. Right now, the Wizards just need to win a game. Friday night's home loss to last-place Atlanta saw the Wizards plagued by poor defense and a selfish offense. "Not passing the ball to one another. Simple as that. Nobody...
Reclassify cancers to improve treatment, researchers say

Reclassify cancers to improve treatment, researchers say

Health
Cancers should no longer be categorised by where they are first formed in the body, but instead by similarities in tumour types, researchers say.A US-led study of 33 cancer types from more than 10,000 patients found they could be reclassified into 28 clusters that shared similar molecules.Reclassification would ultimately lead to better, more targeted treatments, said the researchers. "It's time to rewrite the textbooks on cancer," one of the authors said. 'One-stop shops' for cancer diagnosisRise in cancers 'caused by weight''Break down silos'Cancers have traditionally been classed and treated according to the part of the body from which they originate, such as the breasts or lungs. But for this new study, the Pan-Cancer Atlas, scientists carried out analysis of 23 of the most common tum...
Tracking Parkinson's symptoms with phone app could improve treatment

Tracking Parkinson's symptoms with phone app could improve treatment

Health
March 26 (UPI) -- Smartphone software and technology can accurately track the severity of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, leading to better drugs and treatment, according to a study.Because Parkinson's symptoms fluctuate widely on a daily basis, it makes it difficult to track the progression of the disease and adjust treatment, researchers said.Data collected by the app, called HopkinsPD on Android and mPower on iPhone, allowed physicians to get an ongoing look at the patient's condition instead of their visits once every several months."This study demonstrates that we can create both an objective measure of the progression of Parkinson's and one that provides a richer picture of the daily lived experience of the disease," co-author Dr. Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at the University of R...
Islet cell transplants improve type 1 diabetes of participants in trial

Islet cell transplants improve type 1 diabetes of participants in trial

Health
March 21 (UPI) -- Type 1 diabetics' potentially fatal low blood glucose levels improved dramatically with the transplantation of insulin-producing islets to their pancreas, according to findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial in the United States.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded the trial, which ran from October 2006 until May 2014.The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Diabetes Care.Pancreatic islets, also called islets of Langerhans, are tiny clusters of cells in the pancreas. In people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in islets. Diabetics must take take insulin from injections or pumps to live, but they cannot control blo...
Airlines in America are in a race to improve their meals

Airlines in America are in a race to improve their meals

Finance
IN THE 1950s—when the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a cartel of airlines, used to set fare levels and service quality on international routes—there were few differences between major carriers. One way to persuade passengers to choose one airline over another was to offer better meals as entertainment on board. And so an arms race to serve fancier food on transatlantic flights began. It came to an end in 1958, when SAS, a Scandinavian carrier, was fined $ 20,000 by IATA for serving open sandwiches that, contrary to IATA’s rules, contained overly fancy ingredients such as ox tongue, lettuce hearts and asparagus. The quality of food on board flights has fallen greatly since. Liberalisation of the aviation industry in the 1980s and 1990s, with IATA losing its power over fares