Hyderabad, Jan 25 (IANS) A 13-year-old boy from Telangana, who developed a smart wristband to monitor Alzheimer's patients, is one of the recipients of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 announced on Monday.Hemesh Chadalavada from Ranga Reddy district has been awarded the Bal Puraskar for his excellence in the field of innovation.He created the smart wristband to monitor Alzheimer's patients after seeing his grandmother suffer from the disease. The device monitors the wandering, pulse and blood pressure of the patient and sends an automatic alert to the caregiver and doctor in case of any abnormal health condition. An app displays the patient's health status and daily reports are automatically sent to the doctor while a camera detects any falls.Every three seconds, one person in the world suffers from Alzheimer's. Patients suffering from this disease don't have control over their body.Hemesh's grandmother was one among many suffering from Alzheimer's. She used to wander at abnormal timings from the bed without even the caregiver's notice. Irregular health check-ups were also common.The device, worn by the Alzheimer's patient, monitors his or her health status. If the patient gets out of bed and starts wandering or has any abnormal health conditions, an alert is automatically sent to the caregiver and the doctor.There is also a smart pillbox to ensure that correct pills are given. Hemesh has two international awards including a gold medal that he won at the IIA International Innovation Fair 2019 held at Hyderabad and six national awards to his name. He is a member of the Telangana State Innovation Cell (TSIC) and a film will soon to be made on his life.Union Minister of State for Home G. Kishan Reddy has congratulated Hemesh on being conferred the award. --IANSms/arm
New York, Dec 15 (IANS) Temperature data collected by wearable devices worn on the finger such as a ring can be reliably used to detect the onset of fevers, a leading symptom of both Covid-19 and the flu, say researchers.In a study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, more than 65,000 people wearing a ring manufactured by Finnish startup Oura, recorded temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and levels of activity.The goal of the study is to develop an algorithm that can predict the onset of symptoms such as fever, cough and fatigue, which are characteristic of Covid-19."With wearable devices that can measure temperature, we can begin to envision a public Covid early alert system," said study author Benjamin Smarr from the University of California, San Diego in the US.Wearables such as the Oura ring can collect temperature data continuously throughout the day and night, allowing researchers to measure people's true temperature baselines and identify fever peaks more accurately."Temperature varies not only from person to person but also for the same person at different times of the day," Smarr said.The study highlights the importance of collecting data continuously over long periods of time. Incidentally, the lack of continuous data is also why temperature spot checks are not effective for detecting Covid-19.These spot checks are the equivalent of catching a syllable per minute in a conversation, rather than whole sentences, Smarr said.In the study, the research team noticed that fever onset often happened before subjects were reporting symptoms, and even to those who never reported other symptoms.It supports the hypothesis that some fever-like events may go unreported or unnoticed without being truly asymptomatic," the researchers wrote.Wearables therefore may contribute to identifying rates of asymptomatic illness as opposed to unreported illness, which is of special importance in the Covid-19 pandemic."We need to make sure that our algorithms work for everyone," Smarr said.In future, researchers plan to expand their early detection methods to other infectious diseases, such as the flu.--IANSbu/in
Over 2,000 cases have been reported this week, raising serious concerns over the second wave. <br> <br>Health experts have described the second wave of the virus as "deadly contagious". <br> <br>The PoK government has issued a notification regarding the lockdown, to be imposed from November 22 to December 6, putting a complete ban on public gatherings. <br> <br>"All political, religious and social gatherings will be banned during the lockdown. However, prayers inside the mosques would be allowed subject to strict adherence to the anti-Covid standard operating procedures (SOPs). Funeral prayers will be restricted to 50 people. <br> <br>"All public and private sector educational institutions, including religious schools, wedding halls, shopping malls, barber shops, beauty parlors and private clinics will be closed. Dine-in facility in restaurants will also not be allowed but the take-away service will be permitted," the notification. <br> <br>It further said that government and semi-government offices will have only 50 per cent of staff attendance, while a complete ban on visitors will be imposed. <br> <br>"Any violation of the rule would invoke a fine of 500 PKR," the notification said. <br> <br>Adding more into the details and specifications, the notification stated that "groceries, medical stores, bakeries, vegetables and fruit shops, dairy shops, ovens would be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Public transport will run under the SOPs and tourists' movement will also be restricted in the region during the lockdown period". <br> <br>Meanwhile, the Punjab government has also imposed a smart lockdown in more than nine cities. The cities whose hotspot areas have been sealed include Bakhar, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur and Multan. <br> <br>"Free movement of the citizens had been restricted in these affected areas," a notification of the Punjab provincial government said. <br> <br>The fresh notifications came after Pakistan's National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) revealed that active cases of coronavirus in the country had crossed 30,000. <br> <br>According to the NCOC, Pakistan has so far registered a total of 363,380 coronavirus cases, with 7,248 deaths, 325,788 recoveries and 30,362 active infections.PoK has recorded 5,640 cases, 16,529 in Balochistan, 4,467 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 24,871 in the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 42,815 in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa, 111,626 in Punjab and 157,432 in Sindh. --IANS<br>hamza/ksk/
Karachi, Oct 1 (IANS) Due to the emergence of at least 22 new coronavirus cases in Karachi, the Sindh government has imposed 'micro-smart lockdowns' in the provincial capital's Covid-19 hotspot areas.The move on Wednesday came after the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) expressed serious concerns over the increase in Covid-19 cases, particularly in Karachi, which accounted for nearly half of the new cases registered countrywide the previous day, reports The Express Tribune.The NCOC said in its daily update that the country registered 747 new cases on Tuesday, out of which at least 365 cases were reported in Karachi. On Wednesday, meanwhile, Karachi reported 221 cases out of a total of 311 in Sindh, according to provincial authorities, while the city has reported a majority of Pakistan's cases since the pandemic began.According to Sindh Health Secretary Zahid Abassi new micro-smart lockdown was imposed in the city's UC-8, Manghopir and Gadap Town areas late Wednesday evening.Under the new curbs, the entrance of unnecessary persons to the areas have been restricted, while residents were mandated to wear face masks. Furthermore, public transport and pillion riding have been banned along with public gatherings, while trade and commercial activities have been suspended. Only shops selling essential items and pharmacies may remain open, while one person from a household may leave the house at a time for necessary activities.As of Thursday, Pakistan has reported a total of 312,806 coronavirus cases, with 6,484 deaths.--IANSksk/
New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Even as work is underway on building 100 Smart Cities across the country, there is no need for more as learnings from the ongoing mission can be replicated for other cities and towns in the country, a top official of the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs said on Tuesday."Learnings from 100 Smart Cities Mission is very important... people often ask me about the next round of Smart Cities and I tell them that it is not required because we can utilise the learnings from our ongoing mission, replicate the same and move ahead," Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary D.S. Mishra said at a webinar on "Digital Transformation of Smart Cities in India and path ahead".Quoting examples of various smart cities - Indore, Bhopal, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and others, he said: "We have learnt a lot of things that can be replicated in shoring up infrastructure in other cities to achieve our goal of improving our citizens' lives and promote ease of living, be it in terms of health, education, public transport, safety and surveillance and other such aspects."Highlighting the three main goals of Smart Cities Mission, Mishra said: "It is about improving liveability, economic ability and sustainability... for this we are conducting all sorts of new experiments in our smart cities - building basic infrastructure using technology to provide better facilities and sustainable solutions to people.""We are focusing on capturing the data and using it as an open source to further improve the living standard of people and how we can make our cities climate resilient," he added.Mishra also informed that work is likely to be soon completed on 33 of the 49 Integrated Command and Control Centres (ICCC) that were turned into Covid-19 war rooms."In cities where the infection was rapidly spreading, the ICCCs helped track movement of each and every patient, tracing their contacts, supplying things to their homes, ensuring cleanliness and overall logistics together with predicting requirement of number of beds, masks, sanitisers and others," he said."All this information was smoothly compiled with the help of our integrated command and control centres and has been documented. We have also uploaded it on our ministry's website."The Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary also gave examples of proper management using technology in case of recent floods in Vadodra, cyclone in Vizag and holding the Kumbh Mela with the help of ICCC.About digital transformation in the recent years, he said: "There is a new thinking which has introduced the concept of Smart Cities in India which is all about further improving the lives of our citizens, leading to quality of life and promoting ease of living through optimal use of all resources available at our disposal."Mishra further said that the Prime Minister, while giving a call for Aatmanirbhar Bharat, talked about three things - healthy individual, healthy society and healthy economy, and to accomplish all these three, it is needed to optimally utilise all the resources available. "For this we need to use technology in a big way and so Smart Cities concept can help us learn a lot in this behalf."He also said that the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is documenting most information - be it related to smart road construction, water supply, sanitation, mobility etc.Terming digital transformation as a positive aspect of Covid-19, the Secretary said: "It is during the lockdown that we realised that life has to go on and for that it was only due to digital medium that we contacted people be it for sanitation, logistics, tracking patients and others... such exercises were possible only via digital medium."He also said that the pandemic has also brought a lot of challenges, and one big challenge is about how to make public transport in such a way that people can be saved from infectious diseases like Covid-19.In his address, Pradeep Aggarwal, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Real Estate, Housing and Urban Development, said: "The epidemic of Covid-19 has given us an opportunity to think once again on the Smart City Mission and build sustainable cities which can fight such epidemic like situations. It has made us realize that we will need to strengthen the health and education facilities of such cities."--IANSaka/vd
New York, Aug 21 (IANS) Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have developed smart eyewear to track eye movement and cardiac data without compromising users comfort.The eyewear known as ‘Chesma' provides accurate measurements in an everyday environment for physiological and psychological studies."Our mask can track people's eye movement as they're shown images, so you can start to understand what they're paying attention to, for how long, whether they keep finding other places to look," said senior author Trisha L Andrew from University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US.Current technology for eye movement tracking relies on electrooculography (EOG), a technique designed over 50 years ago to measure the eye's electrical potential changes."The problem is that you have to stick those adhesive electrodes on your face. But people tend to be a little finicky about stuff put on their face, unsurprisingly," Andrew said in a paper published in the journal Matter.One challenge in designing smart wearable is developing products that provide both accuracy and comfort. To achieve that, the research team developed a novel hydrogel electrode by growing polymers on fabrics.Reaching the nooks and cranny of the fibre pattern, the hydrogel polymer bonds to and covers the fabric's topology, resulting in a mechanically stable coating that is imperceptible to one's eye and touch, the team said.They then combined these hydrogel electrodes with a pulse sensor to create an eye mask that can track eye movements and collect cardiac signals from the artery located at the brow bone."Our team was able to really address that core problem to create a garment that you would be willing to wear and give you clinically accurate results when you use it," Andrew said.One clinical use of the mask might be to monitor sleep.One of the biggest classifiers between sleep stages is how radically you move your eyes," she said."We could correlate some of these sleep stages and also start to understand whether you have sleep disorder problems or if you have some underlying heart rate issues," Andrew informed.Besides performing as well as the adhesive clinical electrodes currently in use, the hydrogel electrodes used in ‘Chesma' are extremely durable.The hydrogel can resist long-term build-up from makeup, pollution, and skin waste that may fault the electrodes, as well as withstand 15 laundry cycles.The researchers found that Chesma's signal did not display any degradation after six hours of continuous use without rehydrating the hydrogel, suggesting that it could be worn for long periods of time.The research team now aims to reduce the power demand of the device, which would allow users to charge the device once every three nights instead of every 8 hours.--IANSbu/na
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