July 1, 2017: An Indian woman is a fragile piece of beauty or a bundle of mental, delicate? Is that the picture you frame in your mind? Well, now you will think twice!
The 21-year- old Bhumika Sharma from India has broken the stereotypes of her age and has won hearts by winning the World Bodybuilding Championship at Venice. Her muscle power shows she is so much more apart from being a former “Miss World” from India.
Sharma who hails from Dehradun had participated in World Bodybuilding Championship in Italy, where she competed against 50 women from various parts of the world to secure her place as the winner. There were 27 other Indians too who participated in the tournament. She did set the stage on fire in all the three rounds that included individual posing, body posing, and fall in.
She says, being from a sports background has helped her a lot. Her mother, Hansa Manral Sharma was the head coach of the Indian women’s weightlifting team. Initially, Bhumika opted for shooting in sports. Her parents wanted her to pursue a career in shooting rather than weightlifting.
Soon, she met with an inspiring teacher and that is when she decided to shift from shooting to weightlifting. She was able to absorb the techniques well through her hard work and determination.
Her mother helps her from time to time and give essential tips. Her coach Bhupendra Sharma also helps her to stay positive for her competitions. This crown was a major milestone in her career. Apart from following strict schedule, she has also gone out of her way to flex her muscles.
She is preparing for World Universe Championship which will be organized by National Amateur Body-Builders’ Association (NABBA) of United Kingdom in December this year.
In a novel effort to predict the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among the Indian population, Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals on Friday launched the first-ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered heart disease risk score API (application programme interface).
Part of Microsoft’s “AI Network for Healthcare” initiative, it will help doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals leverage the AI-powered API to predict risk of CVD and drive preventive cardiac care across the country.
Nearly three million heart attacks happen in India every year and 30 million Indians suffer from coronary diseases. However, even with various heart disease risk models available worldwide, doctors and cardiologists are unable to identify the probability of CVD in Indians.
“The AI-based models available worldwide were formed decades ago and are based on the western population. Our new API score is based on the data of 4,000 Indians shared by Apollo Hospitals and can easily identify the level of risk each patient has,” Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D), told IANS.
“We come in as a technology partner or expert in the AI domain, where we collaborate with healthcare providers and doctors to integrate data to help build the AI model,” Bhansali added.
Built on Microsoft’s Cloud computing platform Azure, the new AI-based heart risk score helps gauge a patient’s risk for heart disease and provides rich insights to doctors on treatment plans and early diagnosis.
The API score considers 21 risk factors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco and smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress and anxiety as reflected via rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
“The score categorises risk into high, moderate and minimal and also provides insights on the top modifiable risk contributors, thereby assisting physicians to consult patients in a more holistic way, while providing insights to patients for lifestyle modification and timely interventions,” Bhansali elaborated.
When a patient goes for a cardio health check, the doctor can build up a more accurate cardio-vascular health profile of the patient based on Machine Learning (ML) of all their previous patient data.
AI can, in turn, predict future coronary ailments the patient might experience in the next 10 to 20 years based on these multiple factors.
“This heart risk score for Indian populace is a true example of how precision healthcare can accelerate prevention of cardio-vascular disease and reduce disease burden,” Bhansali noted.
According to Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, the partnership is aimed at designing new tools and equip doctors in the fight against non-communicable diseases.
“The amalgamation of AI and ML with the global expertise of our doctors will help prevent heart disease, save lives and ensure those with heart disease can make informed choices on their health,” Reddy said in a statement.
Besides Apollo, Microsoft is also planning to extend the AI model to other healthcare providers.
“While we are currently working with Apollo, we are also in the process of identifying partners where we can actually try this API score,” Bhansali told IANS.
“In the last couple of years we have been working on how Cloud technology, particularly AI, can help in reducing the overall disease burden. Our first step towards this, as part of the healthcare partnership, is developing the cardiac risk score for Indian population,” Bhansali added. (IANS)