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Indian-American scientist helps paralyzed man move with implanted computer chip

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1173SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — A research team headed by an Indian-American scientist have developed technology that helps those with paralysis move their body parts.

The technology, developed by Gaurav Sharma and his team of researchers at the Battelle Memorial Institute in Ohio , has already been successfully tested a 24-year-old patient whose body became paralyzed from the chest down during an accident five years ago. An embedded chip is installed as an implant during surgery, and helps to send brain signals to the limbs of Ian Burkhart, without the help of the spinal cord.

Embedded with an algorithm, the chip decodes the signals of the brain when Burkhart starts thinking about moving his hands. With the help of the implant, Burkhart is now able to move his hands and wrists.

“As Ian thinks about moving his hand, the chip records his brain signals and our algorithms decode his intent,” Sharma said.

“The signals are then routed as electrical pulses to a sleeve wrapped around Ian’s arm that stimulates the muscles to enable the desired hand movement in real-time. The study shows what is possible in the future, and can offer hope for movement restoration to millions of people worldwide living with paralysis.”

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Sharma was educated at NIT Surathkal, and received his master’s in the U.S.

“The work we’re doing is part of a bigger problem that could benefit a lot of other people,” he said. “Much more work still needs to be done by many more people in order to solve this problem of regaining movement, but I’m a piece of this puzzle, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

The technology has been named NeuroLife, and was developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University.

“Before my accident, I had taken it for granted that I could have so much control over my hand. So while training for this project, I had to break down my thought processes to help the computer learn,” Burkhart said. “The most mentally exhausting part was blocking out everything else in my brain and focusing on just that one movement.”

 

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

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Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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