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Indian-American Entrepreneur Ridhi Tariyal invents Smart Tampon

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Ridhi Tariyal with her co-founder Stephen Gire

Ridhi Tariyal with her co-founder Stephen Gire

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Ridhi Tariyal, an Indian-American entrepreneur and co-founder of NextGen Jane, has invented a new smart tampon designed to detect diseases in women at an early stage.

The development came with the help of scientist Stephen Gire, whom Tariyal met during a visit to Harvard University. The two were inspired by the number of infectious diseases in women that go undetected, and they believed there to be a fundamental problem in the health world regarding testing in women.

“We had to come up with something that would allow women to find out about these conditions sooner than every year,” Tariyal said. “You can pick up a disease any time, and letting it sit there for a year until your next visit can have consequences downstream that you don’t want. The system has to change.”

Together, the two have spent endless hours developing a new system of testing which will allow women to proactively keep track of their health by studying blood samples in the privacy of their homes.

“I was thinking about how to get a large enough volume of blood to do this,” Tariyal said. “Until I realized that we actually bleed quite a bit every month.”

After she had that thought, the initial idea was born — a tampon has the ability to double as a tool for collecting women’s blood. When applied with the proper technology, the tampon could even test the blood for a range of biomarkers and send that information to a database that would allow a woman to track her reproductive health over time.

In 2013 Tariyal and Gire launched NextGen Jane together, the early stages of their efforts to develop the tampon. They began gathering data and other information regarding what information women seek to know the most about when it comes to their bodies.

Since then, the two have been scouring the globe, gathering groups of women to discuss medical conditions they are worried about or have had.

Several details about the development of the device remain unknown, but Tariyal says that’s by design until research and development can be finished completely.

“We have to get to a place where we have working, high-quality tests for enough conditions that it actually makes it worthwhile for women to test themselves every month,” she said. “Our vision is to manage reproductive health from menarche to menopause. We’re thinking about all the ways that women could find data about their bodies useful.”

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticized China for “shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims,’’

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticized China for “shameful hypocrisy toward Muslims,’’ referencing China’s treatment of Muslims within its borders, while blocking India’s proposal at the UN to sanction Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar over the Pulwama attack.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is making the rounds in Washington meeting political leaders that include Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Harsh Shringla and President Trump. The President tweeted Pichai told him Google is totally committed to the US military, days after he accused the tech giant of helping China and its army. Trump added the meeting went well, and the two discussed everything from political fairness to things Google can do for the U.S.

In San Jose, Dr. Venkat Aachi pleaded guilty to health care fraud and for distributing opioids outside of his medical practice. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and fines in excess of $1,000,000.

A new $20 million charter high school named after cardiologist and philanthropist Dr. Kiran C. Patel will open this August in a Tampa Bay suburb. It will start with 300 students in 9th and 10 and offer a project-based curriculum. Enrollment is being done by lottery.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Breaking news: Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison on bank and tax fraud charges

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Paul Manafort, who served as President Trump’s campaign chairman, received a 47 month sentence on bank and tax fraud charges. Manafort was the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian interference investigation.

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Chief of Staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, are under scrutiny after a conservative group, the National Legal and Policy Center, filed a Federal Election Commission complaint alleging “an extensive off-the-books operation to make hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenditures in support of multiple candidates for federal office.”

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An attorney for Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign stressed the expenditures were within the law. And Chakrabarti on Twitter said “we were doing something totally new, which meant a new setup. So, we were transparent about it from the start.”

One teenager is dead and at least 30 people were injured after a grenade exploded at a bus station in Jammu. Police arrested a 9th grader, after surveillance cameras showed him throwing the grenade. They say he was indoctrinated by the Hizbul Mujahideen. This is the third grenade explosion in the area in 10 months and only three weeks after the deadly terror attack in Pulwama district.

With US FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s resignation, Indian pharmaceutical companies are left to wonder what the next commissioner will do on generic drug pricing, approvals and inspections. India supplies 40% of generic drugs in the U.S.

Ravi Kapur, Deepti Dawar & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Pastor challenges yoga, Hinduism for having ‘demonic’ roots

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Diya TV) — A Missouri pastor criticized yoga for its ‘demonic intent’ because of Hinduism influences. John Lindell of the James River Church in Ozark, Mo., which serves over 10,000 people in its congregation, warned Christians to not partake in the activity.

“They were designed, they were created with demonic intent, to open you up to demonic power because Hinduism is demonic,” Lindell said during a sermon on Oct. 28 according to the Springfield News-Leader.

While yoga is a longstanding practice originating from India, there is no indication that it is based off religious values. According to India’s Ministry of External Affairs, it is stated yoga doesn’t adhere to any particular religion or belief system.

Yoga translates to “union” in Sanskrit, an ancient language of India. Given its broad meaning, the practice has varied locally and abroad. In addition, there are variations in certain disciplines — which can have a Hinduism, Buddhism or Jainism influence — but it is dependent on the type of schools, practices and goals one is pursuing.

In the U.S., it’s become popular for various outcomes. Whether it be for physical, mental or spiritual pleasure, yoga has served as a peaceful outlet for many without it impacting their religious beliefs. While Lindell claimed it’s “spiritually dangerous,” many in the area have responded.

Heather Worthy, a Christian and yoga instructor in Springfield, only had four people attend her class following the sermon.

“It’s so frustrating,” Worthy told the Springfield News-Leader. “The whole thing is quite ludicrous to me.”

Worthy felt attacked, and she wasn’t alone.

With about a dozen yoga classes in the Springfield area, Amanda Davis has spent her last 12 years as an instructor.

“Yoga doesn’t prescribe to any religion, and I don’t think people understand that so they get false ideas about it,” Davis said, one week after a Florida gunman killed two people and injured five at a yoga studio.

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