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Karnataka officer Prabha bestowed laurels by Singapore for empowering women

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Bangalore: Karnataka additional chief secretary, K Ratna Prabha has been selected by the Singapore government to participate in the ‘Women and Leadership Programme’ in its consulate general in Chennai in recognition of her leadership and service to empower women.

On Tuesday, an official release bestowed the participation privilege upon Prabha by stating, “The Singapore government has sponsored Prabha’s participation in the three-day programme organised by its Chennai consulate general to provide women executives with leadership skills for overcoming gender bias and achieving success in their workplace.”

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The bureaucrat in the state commerce and industry department is yet to share her thoughts and her rich experience in the programme for aspiring women leaders to achieve success in higher echelons of any organisation.

The statement also recognised Prabha’s contribution to women issues by saying, “During her administrative tenure spanning over three decades, Prabha encouraged hundreds of women to utilise their talent and face challenges in the male-dominated society.

Prabha, as deputy commissioner of Chikkamagaluru district, about 250 km from Bengaluru, implemented a pilot project for women and child development in rural areas, and rehabilitated devadasis in the Raichur district by allotting lands and making them self-reliant in the 1990’s.

As deputy commissioner in Bidar district, about 700 km from Bengaluru, the bureaucrat covered women beneficiaries in the zila parishad (local body) action plan with the cooperation of local representatives.

Highlighting her unique contributions to women rights, the statement noted:

“As principal secretary in the state ITC department, Prabha unveiled a unique programme – Jawahar Knowledge Centre – to provide jobs to rural educated girls.

Prabha also encouraged women to drive buses and become bus conductors as principal secretary in the transport department.”

Adding on to the long list of services rendered by Prabha, the statement also noted that, as revenue secretary later, she encouraged women to register properties in their names by giving one percent discount in stamp duty.

Setting up of working women hostels in cities, towns and rural areas and initiating steps to check women trafficking in vulnerable areas were among the other notable contributions brought to light by the statement.

“In the state’s new industrial policy (2014-19) Prabha introduced a chapter to encourage women entrepreneurship and women enterprises across the state to help the socio-economic development of families,” the statement ended by delineating her most respected endowment.

(With inputs from IANS)

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New Reusable Device Which can Help Women with Breast Cancer in Lower-Income Countries

Innovation in cancer care doesn't always mean that you have to create an entirely new treatment

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According to the study published in the journal PLOS One, the research team wanted to create a tissue-freezing tool that uses carbon dioxide. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a new reusable device which can help women with breast cancer in lower-income countries by using carbon dioxide, a widely available and affordable gas, to power a cancer tissue-freezing probe instead of industry-standard argon.

According to the study published in the journal PLOS One, the research team wanted to create a tissue-freezing tool that uses carbon dioxide, which is already widely available in most rural areas thanks to the popularity of carbonated drinks.

“Innovation in cancer care doesn’t always mean that you have to create an entirely new treatment. Sometimes it means radically innovating on proven therapies such that they’re redesigned to be accessible to the majority of the world’s population,” said the study’s first author Bailey Surtees from the Johns Hopkins University.

For the study, the research team tested their tool in three experiments to ensure it could remain cold enough in conditions similar to the human breast and successfully kill tumour tissues.

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Researchers have developed a new reusable device which can help women with breast cancer in lower-income countries by using carbon dioxide. Pixabay

In the first experiment, the team used the tool on jars of ultrasound gel, which thermodynamically mimics human breast tissue, to determine whether it could successfully reach standard freezing temperatures killing tissues and form consistent iceballs.

In all the trials, the device formed large enough iceballs and reached temperatures below -40 degrees Celsius, which meets standard freezing temperatures for tissue death for similar devices in the United States.

For the second experiment, the team treated 9 rats with 10 mammary tumours. Afterwards, they looked at the tissues under a microscope and confirmed that the tool successfully killed 85 per cent or more tissues for all tumours.

Finally, the team tested the tool’s ability to reach temperatures cold enough for tissue destruction in the normal liver of a pig, which has a temperature similar to a human breast.

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The device was successfully able to stay cold enough during the entire experiment to kill the target tissue. (IANS)