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New Delhi, May 16, 2017: To ensure immediate and effective medication to soldiers and the public in the event of terror attacks and accidents, the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed medicines such as a wound-healing gel and freeze-resistant saline water that are extremely helpful at higher altitudes in saving lives in the absence of doctors.

The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) — DRDO’s Delhi-based bio-medical and clinical research lab — has so far been providing the medicines to the Army and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) — but now it is also planning to collaborate with the premier AIIMS health facility to take these to the common people.

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The INMASEAL Gel, INMASEAL Gauze dressing and Sodium Chloride solution have been developed to save the lives of victims in the periphery n the absence of doctors.

According to medical science, 60 per cent of deaths from combat injuries are caused due to excessive bleeding.

INMAS Joint Director Aseem Bhatnagar explained that the INMASEAL Gel is extremely effective in stopping profuse bleeding.

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“The Chitosen gel formulation can stop blood oozing within a minute even in case of venous rupture. It can be applied at multiple sites and is extremely useful in case of battlefield casualty, gunshot injuries, road accident injuries and falls,” Bhatnagar told IANS.

Currently, this medication — meant to stop profuse blood flow due to trauma injuries — is available at a much higher cost of Rs 8,000.

Till now, at least 11,000 units of the medication have been provided to security personnel and, of this, 4,000 units were given to CAPF personnel during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The INMASEAL Gauze dressing, a single-time medication to stop bleeding but sterilised by gamma radiations, reduces bleeding and stops oozing of blood, INMAS scientist Amit Tyagi said.

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“The dressing gauze can be used in any environment, from high altitude to hot Rajasthan desert. It can stop oozing of blood in significantly short span of time with enhanced natural wound-healing process.”

The dressing is even effective at a temperature of -40 degrees Celsius, where normally all other dressings and bandages do not work.

Indian security personnel suffer trauma injuries while carrying out operations against Maoists and terror groups — the most recent one being the death of 25 CRPF troopers in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district.

INMAS Director A.K. Singh told IANS that around 5,000 tubes have been supplied to the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the CAPF.

The third product developed by INMAS is a Sodium Chloride formulation, also known as saline water, which does not freeze even at -17 degrees Celsius.

“Unlike normal saline which freezes at high altitudes, this formulation does not freeze at all. It has been developed for places where we cannot give blood-transfusion to the injured personnel,” Singh said, adding that the medication is immensely helpful in reducing brain oedema.

He stressed that the saline water has additional uses such as reducing pulmonary oedema, reducing oedema from traumatic injuries and increasing blood pressure and blood fluid volume in case of blood loss.

According to INMAS, though the medications are currently being supplied to the security forces only, an agreement with AIIMS was on the anvil to make them available to common people.

Various meetings have been held between AIIMS Trauma Chief Rajesh Malhotra and the DRDO in the matter.

“A DRDO team came to the trauma centre a fortnight ago to look into various collaboration projects. They have developed very nice products to stop bleeding in acute injuries. There is a need for capacity building as combat-like casualties are very common in public life including gas cylinder blasts, burns and fractures,” Malhotra told IANS. (IANS)

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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Mahalaya morning in Kolkata. Flickr
  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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Kochi to Host India’s Biggest Integrative Ayurveda and Allopathy Conference on Aug 6

It is believed that integrative medicinal practice can be a win-win combination of western medicine and Indian ancient healing sciences.

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Amrita Samyogam 2017 aims integrating Ayurveda with Allopathy.
The Conference aims at building strategies in the management of specific diseases like cancer, arthritis, and diabetes. Pixabay
  • Humanity currently facing enormous healthcare challenges
  • The Conference will bring together allopathic doctor, Ayurveda practitioners, and modern scientists 
  • Aims at the formulation of guidelines for integrative medical practice

Kochi, July 28, 2017: Kochi’s Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences is all set to host India’s biggest conference on integrative Ayurveda and modern medicine this year! The two-day event, titled Amrita Samyogam 2017, to be inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yasso Naik, will have 60 experts and 1,000 delegates from around the world in attendance.

The Conference, held in collaboration with Amrita University’s School of Ayurveda, will bring together Ayurveda practitioners, allopathic doctors and modern scientists. The aim is to identify strategies to integrate Ayurveda with allopathy for the management of cancer, auto-immune diseases like diabetes, arthritis, neuro-degenerative diseases and mental health.

Director, Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine, Amrita University, Prof. Shantikumar Nair believes that integrating ancient India’s Ayurveda with evidence-based modern science can “revolutionize world healthcare”. Integrative medicine is becoming a popular specialty among Western countries’ physicians as it focuses on healing by investigating the root cause rather than merely treating symptoms. “It is much more patient-centric and can positively impact chronic and lifestyle diseases for which modern medicine has now answers”, he says.

 

Amrita School of Ayurveda in Kochi is organising India's biggest integrative healthcare initiative.
The two-day festival is an attempt to develop guidelines for integrative medical practice. Image Source : YouTube

Focus Areas

The Conference will focus on-

  1. Identifying areas for integration of modern technological tools in Ayurvedic diagnostics, treatment procedures and drug delivery.
  2.  Evidence-based practice guidelines for cross-referrals and combination therapy, 
  3. Understanding biological mechanisms of action underlying integrative care.

Using basic science studies, examples of clinical integration and application of new technology, the event will explore how integrative medicine can be made a reality.

ALSO READ: Add Value To Your Daily Diet With Ayurveda

Amrita Samyogam 2017 is expected to trigger important collaborations, especially academic and funding, across the world in the field of integrative medicine. The event will also witness launch of an International Journal of Integrative Health and establishing of a Society for Integrative Health to promote Integrative medicine development in India.

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Eminent medical experts attending the event include :

  • Dr. Jeffrey White, Director of National Cancer Institute, USA;
  • Dr. Nereo Bresolin, Neurologist, University of Milan;
  • Dr. Christian Kessler, Internal Medicine Specialist, Charite Medical University, Germany;
  • Dr. Ravi Mehrotra, Director National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida;
  • Dr. Rama Jayasundar, Professor, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • Dr. Ketaki Bapat, Scientific Advisor to the Government of India along with many others.

Who can attend :

Faculty, medical practitioners post graduate and Ph.D scholars, internees, researchers and scientists from Ayurveda, Life Sciences and Mexican Streams.

Interested individuals can register at the college website and the last date for registration is July 31, 2017.

– prepared by Soha Kala for NewsGram. Twitter @SohaKala

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393