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Jharkhand doctors, teachers oppose new leave system

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Ranchi: Doctors and teachers in Jharkhand on Sunday protested against the leave system introduced by the state this month.

According to the new system, the doctors and teachers posted in rural areas would have to seek leave from ‘mukhiyas’ (village heads).

The mukhiyas have also been empowered to check the attendance of the doctors and teachers.

The new system has not gone down well with the doctors. More than 600 doctors under the Jharkhand Health Services Association (JHSA) took out a protest march on Sunday.

The agitating doctors were on their way to blockade the chief ministers’ residence but were stopped near the governor’s house. The doctors then staged a sit-in near the governor’s house.

“We demand immediate withdrawal of the leave and attendance system introduced by the state government. We will not seek leave from the mukhiyas,” JHSA president Bimlesh told reporters.

He said: “If the state does not roll back the new system, then we will step up our agitation.”

A teachers’ association also announced their protest against the new leave system.

“The teachers will launch a signature drive against the leave system and hand over a memorandum to Chief Minister Raghubar Das,” said Arvind Kumar Singh, president of the Jharkhand Primary Teachers’ Association, to reporters.

“The new leave system is not acceptable as it will increase political interference in the education system,” he said.

(IANS)

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Cellphone-based tech could cut lab visits for blood tests

The portable MELISA weighs less than half a kg, and the researchers believe that it has the potential help older patients suffering chronic conditions and those across the world

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Blood Tests now available on mobile phones.
Blood Tests now available on mobile phones.
  • Researchers have developed a cellphone-based blood test
  • This can save visits to doctors
  • The technology is called Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)

Researchers have developed a cellphone-based blood test technology that can provide immediate results in the comfort of one’s home or a doctor’s clinic, thereby cutting visits to the laboratory.

In a paper published in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics, the researchers detailed a mobile version of the “Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay” (ELISA), the gold standard technique used to detect the presence of an antibody or antigen.

This test will save visits to the hospital. Pixabay

“ELISA is an important technology for biochemical analysis of proteins and hormones and is critical for the diagnosis of many diseases, such as HIV and Lyme Disease,” said corresponding author Anna Pyayt, Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, US.

“But the machines required for the incubation and reading are expensive and bulky,” Pyayt said. Instead of sending patients to a laboratory, the new cellphone-based technology – Mobile Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (MELISA) — allows for the very same test to be conducted in the doctor’s office, clinic or even in a remote area.

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“The MELISA allows patients to undergo testing and obtain results at point-of-care,” Pyayt said. The device accurately measures progesterone levels, a key hormone that impacts female fertility and is indicative of some cancers.

It consists of a water bath heater that incubates samples at a target temperature and analyses them via images taken by mobile phone. The device uses colour analysis to determine the RGB (red, green, blue) colour components of each sample. The blue colour component is used for further analysis due to its sensitivity to the changes in progesterone concentration.

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Thi is a revolutionary invention. Pixabay

“It is designed to make biomedical testing simple and affordable. When low cost testing can be integrated with routine clinic visits, this would greatly improve the quality of healthcare and detect worrisome signs earlier,” Pyayt added. The portable MELISA weighs less than half a kg, and the researchers believe that it has the potential help older patients suffering chronic conditions and those across the world. IANS

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