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Indian-American doctor creates new cardiac device



Dr. Samir Pancholy

Dr. Samir Pancholy

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Dr. Samir Pancholy, an Indian-American cardiologist renowned worldwide for his advancements in emergency heart treatment, has invented a new device to prevent complications during catheterization.

Pancholy is responsible for introducing the nation’s cardiology patients to a less painful and safer alternative for catheter insertion, one which allows the device to be inserted through the wrist instead of the groin. His device is shattering through the medical community, as it prevents blood vessels from closing after the procedure.

Doctors catheterize patients for procedures like installing a stent, clearing blockages in blood vessels or inserting tiny cameras to look inside the heart.

“One of the potential downsides of doing radial artery catheterization is that because it’s a small artery and we put equipment in there, it tends to close up or occlude,” he said.

In May, Pancholy and VasoInnovations Inc., the company he started with several partners, received patents for VasoBand.

The VasoBand wraps around the wrist of a patient, and applies pressure to the both radial and ulnar arteries. It stops the bleeding from the radial artery but also keeps the blood flowing to prevent occlusion after the procedure. When he first began the procedure in 2002, only a small percentage — about seven to 10 percent — of radial artery catheterizations led to closed arteries. Through techniques he and his colleagues developed in 2008, those which became nationally accepted practices, that figure was shaved down to just 2 to 3 percent.

However, those closed arteries represented grave complications later in the process, the doctor said. Because the radial artery loops around at the wrist and connects with the ulnar artery, blood still travels normally to the hand, and it’s possible that patient and doctor may never know the radial artery closed, Pancholy said.

“We’d go in once, do the catheterization, everything goes fine and the patient goes home,” he said. “Then, two years later they have another blockage that we have to fix and we can’t go back in that same artery again — it closed up.”

Through applying pressure to the other side of the artery loop, the catheterization access site is less likely to close, he said.

“Randomized trials have actually shown that compressing the ulnar artery with any device leads to a lower rate of occlusion.”

Employing small balloons, the bracelet puts targeted pressure on the ulnar artery as well as the radial artery. Pancholy and his team now have their device patented, and are preparing to start trials of the device in India and the Czech Republic, where past compression techniques have already been tested.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing the device before it can be put into production. The company plans to patent the device and corresponding technique in other nations so it can be standardized and improve outcomes for patients worldwide.


Happy Independence Day



Independence Day

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Communities around the nation are gathering to take in firework spectacles to commemorate America’s independence this fourth of July. The biggest celebration of them all will take in Washington DC, where with much controversy, U.S. Army tanks and other military hardware will be incorporated at the behest of President Trump.

Protests were held in various parts of India following the lynching of a Muslim man suspected of stealing a motorcycle by a Hindu mob in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. The beating went on for more than 12 hours, with the crowd forcing him to chant praises to Hindu gods.

Every year, a mysterious disease lingers around the eastern Indian city of Muzaffarpur, killing poor children under the age of 10 seemingly at random. Researchers continue to be baffled by it.

Cable channel Bravo has greenlighted ‘Indian-ish’, which they say will be a comedic docuseries, following families from India who have relocated to America.

And there’s a new wax statue of actress Priyanka Chopra getting attention, styled to match her appearance at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US calls out China for protecting Masood Azhar

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



Shameful hipocracy on Muslims

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



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.”

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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