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Piyush_Goyal_January_2015Kolkata: With the central government setting up cancer centres in coal mining areas, union Coal and Power Minister, Piyush Goyal on Friday, sought assistance of the Tata Medical Center (TMC) in establishing the medical facilities.

“I invite and request Mammen Chandy (TMC Kolkata director) and other colleagues, trustees of the hospital to consider helping us in setting up these centres. I invite Chandy to partner with Coal India Limited to help set up these centres,” Goyal said here.

The minister inaugurated ‘Premashraya’ — a residential facility for underprivileged cancer patients at TMC here.

Goyal said the centres will come up in Jharkhand, Chhattishgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra and will be subsequently extended to the western parts of the country.

“Certainly, we are not doing any help to the people living in the mining areas… we can at least make sure we don’t allow them to suffer the consequences of large scale mining in these areas,” he said.

The minister also proposed the use of mobile mammography units for breast cancer screening in the mining areas. (IANS)

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World’s Smallest Wearable Can Help in Preventing Skin Cancer

It also demonstrated the ability to measure white light exposure for seasonal depression, a mood disorder characterised by depression that occurs at the same time every year

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World's smallest device to prevent skin cancer, mood disorder risk. Pixabay

Scientists have developed the world’s smallest wearable, battery-free device that can warn people of overexposure to ultraviolet rays (UV) — a leading factor for developing skin cancer.

Currently, people do not know how much UV light they are actually getting. The rugged and waterproof device interacts wirelessly with the phone and helps maintain an awareness and for skin cancer survivors.

Smaller than an M&M (colourful button-shaped chocolates) and thinner than a credit card, the device can optimise treatment of neonatal jaundice, skin diseases, seasonal affective disorder and reduce risk of sunburns and skin cancer.

Users can glue the device on to their hats, clip it to sunglasses or stick it on their nail and can simultaneously record up to three separate wavelengths of light.

It is always on yet never needs to be recharged.

“There is a critical need for technologies that can accurately measure and promote safe UV exposure at a personalised level in natural environments,” said Steve Xu, from Northwestern University in the US.

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Cancer Ribbon. Pixabay

“We hope people with information about their UV exposure will develop healthier habits when out in the sun,” said Xu.

There are no switches or interfaces to wear out, and it is completely sealed in a thin layer of transparent plastic, the researchers stated, in the paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Participants who mounted device on themselves recorded multiple forms of light exposure during outdoor activities, even in the water.

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The findings showed that it monitored therapeutic UV light in clinical phototherapy booths for psoriasis and atopic dermatitis (immune diseases) as well as blue light phototherapy for newborns with jaundice in the neonatal intensive care unit.

It also demonstrated the ability to measure white light exposure for seasonal depression, a mood disorder characterised by depression that occurs at the same time every year. (IANS)