Doctors and engineers are looking at unmanned machines in the skies as a safe route to healthcare. From transporting urine and poop samples to labs to delivering emergency medicine and equipment to trauma victims and transporting organs, Indian scientists have given themselves a year's time to develop and launch a prototype drone that can fly up to 250km and carry at least 40 kg payload.
Last Sunday evening was not a usual one for the commuters who stepped into Vadapalani Metro station. It was a musical journey for the passengers who were entertained by Carnatic music duo Ranjani-Gayathri with a two-hour concert that had musical compositions of Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar.
It’s 6 pm on a Sunday evening and as we reach the Vadapalani CMRL station, the music compositions of Thyagaraja and Muthuswami Dikshitar, rendered by the famous sister duo Ranjani-Gayathri flows through the entire station. As we proceed to level 1 of the venue, there are over 800 people seated in chairs, tapping their fingers and animatedly listening to the concert. Not a Sabha, not a hall but in our very own metro!
In 2008, when the government was planning a series of orders to encourage cadaver organ donation, Dr Ashokan and Dr Pushpanjali were among the first to sign on the dotted line to donate organs of their teenaged son A Hitendran, who was declared brain dead on September 20, 2008.
There was a special enthusiasm among the nephrologists, uro surgeons, transplant coordinators in city on Monday which happened to be National Organ Donation Day. They were delighted to make a record with as many as four kidneys transplantations on a single day in four different city hospitals. Two kidneys were brought to Nagpur from Amravati through green corridor.
Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (HFW) recently inaugurated ‘8th Indian Organ Donation Day’, organised by the National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organization (NOTTO)
A new-age couple, who went for registered marriage, donated their eyes, organs and body just 48 hours after their wedding. Bodapally Avanish Kumar and Neelima entered the wedlock on November 24 and had their reception on Sunday.
Traditions are often only context-driven. In a largely feudal society, Carnatic music thrived in royal courts and the precincts of temples because patronage was available there. With the march of modernity, sabhas in cities became concert platforms for artistes, and the December music festival was born.
More than ten thousand patients in Chhattisgarh require both dialysis and transplantation per year, but only 250 kidney transplantations have been done in the state so far in the past ten years.
Eight years ago, Reena Raju, 36, replaced the heart she was born with. Frequent bouts of illnesses and tests back in 2006 revealed that her birth-heart worked at only 15% of its capacity. Since her heart transplant in 2009, however, she’s skydived, para-sailed, run, cycled and in June, participated in the World Transplant Games — an athletic meet for those with successful transplants.