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What if doctors could measure your lung function over a phone call? University of Washington’s Shewtak Patel has done just that



Screen Shot 2016-05-04 at 4.58.47 PMSEATTLE (Diya TV) — Indian-American scientists at the University of Washington have developed a new sensor that can accurately measure lung function during the process of making a phone call — not just a smartphone — from anywhere in the world.

The new tool has been fittingly named SpiralCall.

“We wanted to be able to measure lung function on any type of phone you might encounter around the world — smartphones, dumb phones, landlines, pay phones,” said Shwetak Patel, professor at the University of Washington.

“With SpiroCall, you can call a 1-800 number, blow into the phone and use the telephone network to test your lung function,” he added.

Patients take a deep breath in and exhale as hard and quickly as they can, repeatedly until they can’t exhale any longer. The phone’s microphone senses sound and pressure during the process of exhaling, sends the data to a central server, which then uses specific algorithms to convert the data into standard measurements of lung function.

“People have to manage chronic lung diseases for their entire lives,” lead author Mayank Goel, computer science and engineering doctoral student at the university said. “So there’s a real need to have a device that allows patients to accurately monitor their condition at home without having to constantly visit a medical clinic, which in some places requires hours or days of travel.”

SpiroCall is a graduated product from SpiroSmart, which was introduced by the same researchers in 2012 in an effort to help people monitor their lung functionality by blowing into their smartphones. Over the last four years the team has collected data from more than 4,000 patients who have visited clinics in the Seattle and Tacoma areas, as well as India and Bangladesh.

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During the time spent collecting data from patients in India and Bangladesh, researchers found that many don’t own smartphones, leaving them unable to use SpiroSmart in their homes — a key element of the project.

The tool’s efficiency will be tested by medical professionals for accuracy, with the results being published in a paper to be presented this month in the Bay Area during Computing Machinery’s CHI 2016 conference.


Cosmetic Surgeon Samir Pancholi reappointed to Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine

Cosmetic Surgeon Samir Pancholi reappointed to Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine




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Indian-American cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Samir Pancholi was reappointed to the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

LAS VEGAS (Diya TV) — Indian-American cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Samir Pancholi was reappointed to the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

A diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, Pancholi utilizes artistic approach. His focus in breast augmentation and breast implant revision surgery has led his practice to becoming one of the fastest growing cosmetic surgery practices in Las Vegas.

Highly respected by peers and considered an expert, he has published several articles. He serves on several cosmetic surgery boards and committees and lectures on cosmetic surgery locally, nationally and internationally. He performs live surgery demonstrations to share his techniques with other surgeons and students.

His experience includes serving as President and Vice President of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Pancholi was elected as a trustee to the International Division of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery in 2016. He is an inductee in the Hall of Fame for the World Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

Pancholi also launched the community driven Las Vegas award, to celebrate the hard work, effort, and commitment of local startup companies and entrepreneurs. Pancholi was inducted as a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards in 2013. Additionally, Pancholi was included in Business Las Vegas’ “Top 40 Under 40,” which recognized his achievements in Las Vegas, as well as his charitable work.

Pancholi was selected as a guest editor to review peer articles submitted to The American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery in 2009.

After graduating from medical school, he completed a surgical internship at Ohio University. He spent five years training at Michigan State University in general surgery and head, neck and facial plastic surgery. He completed an advanced, one year accredited Cosmetic Surgery fellowship through the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery in 2006.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval also appointed Indian-American Swadeep Nigam to the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine as a public member.

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Thousands gather to celebrated third International Yoga Day in Washington D.C.




WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The third annual International Day of Yoga was celebrated on June 17, 2017 at Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in Washington DC. Nearly 2000 people from all walks of life attended the event and participated in these celebrations with great enthusiasm.

The programme started with screening of the video messages from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble External Affairs of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj and Hon’ble Minister of State for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Naik. Emphasising the increasing relevance of Yoga in this day and age, the Prime Minister explained Yoga’s role as a means of experiencing and achieving holistic life in a balanced way, while the External Affairs Minister underlined the role of Yoga in relieving stress.

Then the following dignitaries shared the stage with Ambassador Navtej Sarna. Ambassador of Srilanka, Ambassador of Myanmar, Representatives from Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Singapore and Jay Jalisi, Maryland State Delegate

Ambassador Navtej Sarna addressed the gathering. Welcoming the participants, Ambassador Sarna noted that the practice of Yoga is totally devoid of any political or communal motives and is dedicated to well-being of the humanity at large, as it leads to a state of mental and physical equilibrium.

The participants also included officials and representatives from the State Department, DC Govt, Smithsonian Institutions, World Bank, academic institutions, Think Tanks, representatives of various Embassies, local representatives of Indian news media and other key local organizations.

Many leaders from the United States issued proclamations and felicitation messages to support and commemorate the Third International Day of Yoga and spread awareness about Yoga. These included Governor of Maryland, Governor of Virginia, Senator Mark Warner, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Mayor of Washington DC.

Indian Embassy presented this event in collaboration with ‘Friends of Yoga’, a group of organizations which support and promote Yoga and community organizations to celebrate the Third International Day of Yoga. The event featured a musical montage of photos of the two previous Yoga Day events followed by guided Yoga session based on ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ video created by Government of India. The Yoga session concluded with Sanskrit Shaloks and Shantipath, the text for which was displayed on the Jumbo LED screen.

Following Government of India’s initiatives and plans for celebration of International Day of Yoga, Embassy has been organizing various yoga related curtain-raiser events to welcome and promote the International Day of Yoga. The Embassy is collaborating with Yoga organizations in the region to present events at the Capitol Hill, World Bank, Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Heartfulness Institute, John Hopkins University in Washington DC and other places.

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North Dakota hospitals could lose their key personnel due to H1B visa changes





Nearly five percent of North Dakota’s doctors are products of the nation’s H-1B visa program, the highest figure in the nation.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — North Dakota’s medical professionals are currently harboring pressure from all angles — a growing shortage of available doctors, potential changes to the visa program that helps supply them and the prospect of how federal healthcare laws could change have them scrambling.

President Donald Trump’s review of the H-1B visa program has raised the anxiety levels of North Dakota’s medical professionals, where nearly five percent of the state’s doctors come from the program, the highest concentration of physicians in the nation.

Courtney Koebele, executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association, says the state’s rural nature can make it hard to attract doctors.

“The H-1 visa program helps us recruit people that normally wouldn’t consider North Dakota, and what we hope is that the people come here to work and they fall in love with North Dakota and they stay,” she told Public News Service. 

There are around 400 foreign-born doctors currently working in North Dakota. Even the vice president of Koebele’s association, Dr. Fadel Nammour, came to the United States from Lebanon through the visa program and now works as a gastroenterologist in Fargo. Koebele says people in rural parts of the state sometimes have to drive hundreds of miles to see a specialist.

Koebele said the medical community is also concerned about proposed changes to Medicare and Medicaid. Trump’s recent budget proposal suggested slashing Medicaid costs by $800 billion over the next decade, and the American Health Care Act could affect funding for Medicare.

Koebele says that could be bad news for North Dakotans looking for doctors.

“As we cut back on these low-income protections like Medicaid and Medicare, that really undercuts the whole system because if there’s a shortage of doctors for Medicaid and Medicare, then there’s a shortage of doctors for everybody,” she said.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the country could be in need of an additional 95,000 doctors by 2025.

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