Saturday March 23, 2019

NSW young woman of the year (Australia), secured by Indian doctor

She claimed an NSW in Australia. winning prestigious awards abroad helps in the strengthening of our country.

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certificate to Dharmica Mistry by NSW

Indian-origin Dr. Dharmica Mistry has been awarded the “NSW Young Woman of the Year ” award for being an exceptional researcher involved in implementing life changing medical research around early breast cancer detection that will impact millions of women around the world.

She was nominated by the Minister of Health, Jillian Skinner, and the ceremony was held last month in Parliament House.

NSW Health Woman of the Year 2016 citation stated that “Recipient of the 2015 Young Scientist Award, Dharmica is an inspiration to young women considering a future in medical research and microbiology. Dharmica is an exceptional researcher who is involved in implementing life changing medical research around early breast cancer detection that will impact upon women around the world.

Dharmica Mistry commercializing a cheap blood test for screening of blood cancer
Dharmica Mistry commercializing a cheap blood test for screening of blood cancer

“The core focus for Dharmica’s work is to commercialize a universal ground-breaking breast cancer screening test in collaboration with the University of Kentucky.

“Without her persistence, unfailing optimism and drive over the past eight years, a transformational global test may have never been developed. The partnerships and research driven by Dharmica have proven 90 per cent accurate in detecting the presence of the most common form of invasive cancer. Dharmica’s dream of significantly transforming women’s health worldwide through medical innovation is fast becoming a reality,” the citation said, according to The Indian Telegraph.

Mistry is the Chief Scientist at BCAL Diagnostics, a small Australian biotechnology company developing a revolutionary blood test for the detection of breast cancer.?

She holds a BSc (Hons) from Sydney University, majoring in Microbiology. She was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University for her work on the detection and characterisation of novel biomarkers in blood and hair that could be used as the basis for a blood test for breast cancer.

Her insight into the potential of fatty acids in the blood stream, to indicate the presence of breast cancer, led to the filing of an international patent and was the basis for the formation of BCAL Diagnostics in 2010.

Despite an initial lack of resources, Mistry has doggedly pursued her vision to develop BCAL’s technology as an?accurate, early test for the presence of breast cancer, for women of all ages, worldwide.

Her determination has resulted in her leading an international collaboration with researchers in Kentucky, San Francisco and Dublin, as well as in New South Wales, with the aim of bringing the technology from a research finding to the wider community.

In November 2015, she was?awarded the “Young Scientist Award” at?the World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer, in Melbourne, for her outstanding presentation and innovative approach to breast cancer detection.

In December?2015,?she graduated with a distinction from the?NSW Health Medical Devices Commercialization Training Program, and was awarded?an international travel scholarship for her outstanding work in the medical device field.

SOURCEtheindiandiaspora
  • Annesha Das Gupta

    More than strengthening the international relations between the two countries, I think it is more important to focus on her achievements and resilient countenance. Recognisation of her merits can be potential boon for all the womenfolk in India. Encouraging them to pursue their dream careers with much more resolution.

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  • Annesha Das Gupta

    More than strengthening the international relations between the two countries, I think it is more important to focus on her achievements and resilient countenance. Recognisation of her merits can be potential boon for all the womenfolk in India. Encouraging them to pursue their dream careers with much more resolution.

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Doctor Says, Smiling Can Improve Heart Health and Well-Being

Exercise and diet are keys to a healthier life, as many studies show, but here's something that may surprise you: A heart specialist also recommends smiling to improve your health.

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Nurses practice smiling with chopsticks in their mouths at a hospital in Handan, Hebei province, China, May 8, 2017. VOA

Exercise and diet are keys to a healthier life, as many studies show, but a heart specialist also recommends something more.

“One, two, three — twirl.”

Kendra Martin is taking photographs of three little girls in chiffon dresses. As they twirl, Martin tells them to smile.

“All right, big smiles!”

“I tell people to fake laugh, and they feel stupid doing it, but the result is theyʼre laughing, and it turns into a genuine smile,” Martin said.

And, in this case a giggle.

Big grins and giggles pay off on camera. The girls may be too young to have heart problems, but the smiles can promote heart health.

Brain rewiring

Dr. Anand Chockalingam is a heart specialist at the University of Missouri Health Care who tells his patients to smile.

“When we smile, the brain wiring gets altered. The chemicals that are released are more positive,” he said.

Chockalingam’s advice is supported by a number of studies. He says smiling is a first step in fighting stress and its ill health effects.

When you feel stressed, your body releases a surge of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars in the bloodstream. If you are truly in danger, these hormones can help, but too much of these stress hormones too frequently can lead to heart disease and stroke.

FILE - People gather at a smoking area in Tokyo, April 7, 2017.
People gather at a smoking area in Tokyo, April 7, 2017. VOA
 

Bad habits arise

People who are stressed look for ways to cope. The American Heart Association says smoking, overeating or drinking alcohol as a way to reduce the stress can harm your heart and other organs.

“Once people smile, they are relaxing,” Chockalingam said. “This relaxation directly lowers blood pressure, improves sugar levels in the blood.”

Chockalingam tells his patients to smile 20 times an hour. It might seem like a lot, but it doesn’t involve drugs or have any negative side effects.

“If we are smiling, we are breaking that link between stress and health,” he said.

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Smiling is something Martin does to improve her photography.

“Waking up in the morning with a smile on my face, you know, itʼs gonna put everybody in a better mood,” she said.

And it provides a little boost to everyone’s heart health. (VOA)