STANFORD, Calif. —For Dr. Rajesh Dash, director of the Stanford South Asian Translational Heart Initiative, understanding heart disease is more than just a part of his job, it’s a personal calling; he and his colleague’s are aiming to prevent and combat heart disease in South Asians, whom Dash discovered are suffering from heart attacks almost 11 years sooner than any other ethnic group.
“About two years ago, a few colleague’s of mine, and myself had recognized that we all have a family history of early heart disease,” Dash said to Diya TV. “A lot of people in our families have died at young ages, and have had heart problems their entire lives.”
At the clinic, commonly referred to as “SSATHI,” Dash spends countless hours heading up the research to determine why South Asians face cardiac issues at four times the rate of the general population. In fact, Dash said, being South Asian is an independent risk factor in itself. Dash added that a poor diet and tobacco usage are all contributing factors to cardiac issues, but compiling
hereditary factors into the equation makes it an even scarier proposition.
Their hard work has not gone unnoticed—the program was elected to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 list of best hospitals for the categories of cardiology and heart surgery.
Dr. Abha Khandelwal, a cardiologist at the clinic, said age isn’t necessarily a mitigating factor, according to data they’ve polled together from around the globe. “It’s frightening,” Khandelwal said. “When you look at data coming out of both India, and elsewhere, South Asians have a higher risk, even at a younger age.”
Even South Asians in relatively good health are feeling the effects of the epidemic.
Jaswant Tawdekar, a patient of Dr. Dash, told Diya TV that in addition to high cholesterol, he is suffering from high blood sugar, and diabetes. Because of these staggering statistics, Dr. Dash is offering a free research program to the community, which calls for additional heart testing, and genetic risk evaluation.
“We hope that the community will really take notice and take advantage of this opportunity,” Dash said.
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Stock surge continues as Dow hits 20,000 for the first time
NEW YORK (Diya TV) — After weeks of close calls, the Dow Jones made history on Wednesday blowing past a key level for the first time in its history. The Dow climbed 156 points to 20,069, and was joined in the record territory by the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.
The stock market milestone leaves the Dow up more than 1,700 points since the election of President Donald Trump last November, and speaks towards the enthusiasm investors have about the prospects for the U.S. economy.
Wall Street is clearly betting that Trump’s plans to slash taxes, ramp up infrastructure spending and cut regulation will make the American economy grow faster. If that happens, without any disruptions to global trade, it could propel corporate profits, the lifeblood of stock prices. However, the jump in stocks is also a reflection of the solid economy Trump inherited from former President Obama. The U.S. has added jobs for a record 75 straight months and the country’s unemployment rate is sitting near a 10-year low.
The milestone shows how much has changed in the U.S. economy over the past eight years. The index crashed to a low of 6,440 in March 2009 as Wall Street was gripping from the feared complete collapse of the American financial system.
While the economic rebound from the Great Recession has been slower than many hoped, the unemployment rate is now at the lowest level since 2007 and corporate profits have climbed to record highs.
Few expected the Dow to rise so much, especially after a Trump victory. In fact, many feared a market crash if Trump upset Hillary Clinton.
Instead, Wall Street embarked on a post-election rally that carried the Dow above both the 19,000 and 20,000 levels. The Trump rally cooled off in recent months and Wall Street hit a bit of a psychological roadblock leading up to the 20,000 level. On January 6, the Dow got incredibly close, rising to 19,999.63 before backing off. Traders on Wall Street had fun with it, with some creating hats that said: “Dow Almost 20,000.”
One reason for the pause: investors want more details on the timing and effectiveness of the stimulus plans rolled out by the new administration.
Bank stocks have been among the biggest winners since the election on Wall Street. JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley have soared more than 20 percent, while Goldman Sachs is up nearly 30%, as investors bet on higher interest rates and less regulation under Trump.
Berklee Indian Ensemble presents “Arz-E-Niyaz” to honor Mughal Era poetry
BOSTON (Diya TV) — The Berklee Indian Ensemble, paying homage to Ghalib Sahab, who would have turned 219 years old Tuesday, presented its project, a poem titled “Arz-E-Niyaz” in collaboration with award winning vocal virtuoso, Vijay Prakash. The production also included Kathak dance elements from Meera Seshadri.
Arz-E-Niyaz was composed by Sashank Navaladi, a recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where the Ensemble are located. The production is set to couplets by Mirza Ghalib, the last great poet of the Mughal Era, and one of the most influential Urdu poets of all time.
Prakash, the collaborator on this project, hails from Karnataka and is one of the world’s most sought-after Indian playback singers. He has multiple hits that have been recorded in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. The poem is written by the preeminent Urdu and Persian Sufi poet of the 19th century, Mirza Ghalib. Written in the form of eight couplets, ‘arz-e-niyāz-e-ishq’ literally translates to the ‘supplication for the blessings of love.’
The Ensemble have a history of rich and celebrated collaborations with other artists, including A. R. Rahman, Armeen Musa and Shankar Mahadevan.
Launched in 2013, the Berklee India Exchange is an on-campus initiative establishing a platform for cultural conversation about Indian music through artist residencies, musical collaborations and performances, according to the school’s website. Have a look at the new video below:
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