Sangeeta Ghosh Dastidar

  • Lab on Chip to Offer Cheaper, Faster HIV Test

    August 01 2011 6:40 AM

    Imagine shrinking an entire lab to a hand held gadget that allows easy detection of HIV virus and Syphilis in the remotest corners of the world. This seems possible, thanks to Samuel K. Sia, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering and team who have invented the mChip (mobile microfluidic chip) that can interpret quantitative blood test results, independent of user interpretations.

  • CDC Study: Heat Can Trigger Brain Damage And Death, Footballers At RiskCDC Study: Heat Can Trigger Brain Damage And Death, Footballers At Risk

    July 29 2011 6:11 AM

    A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated close to 5,946 emergency department (ED) visits by patients suffering from heat illness, caused as a result of either sports or other outdoor recreational activities. The study, is a first time attempt to provide national estimates of heat illnesses among all sports participants.

  • Alarming Rise in Pregnancy Related Strokes: AHA StudyAlarming Rise in Pregnancy Related Strokes: AHA Study

    July 29 2011 2:43 AM

    A recent study published by the American Heart Association (AHA) said that the rate of pregnancy related stroke in women upped by 54 percent. The inferences noted that the increase was because women fell in high risk categories with conditions such as high blood pressure and obesity.

  • WHO Marks World Hepatitis Day; Says 1.4 Million Suffer From Hepatitis A

    July 28 2011 8:28 AM

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released data stating that about 1.4 million people suffer from hepatitis A (HAV) alone. Together, Hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) are the leading causes of liver cancer in the world, accounting for 78 percent of cancer related cases. An important aspect of the report states that most people who have contracted the virus are more often than not unaware of the infection.

  • $2.5 Billion Airport Improvement Program in Limbo as FAA Shuts Down

    July 28 2011 5:03 AM

    Construction projects underway at airports across the U.S. have come to a halt following the Federal Aviation Administration?s (FAA) closure last Friday. As per official estimates, the Airport Improvement Program across the fifty states is pegged close to $2.5 billion.

  • The Pain and Pleasure of Surgical Hypnosis

    July 28 2011 4:54 AM

    Would you believe in your surgeon if he prescribed hypnosis to alleviate your pain quotient? Recent reports have brought out the benefits of hypnotherapy over pain killers and other available modern day anesthetics. In fact, an independent panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) observed that hypnotherapy might help in relieving chronic pain and help alleviate anxiety.

  • WHO Postpones Release of HIV Treatment Guidelines After Recent RevelationsWHO Postpones Release of HIV Treatment Guidelines After Recent Revelations

    July 28 2011 4:09 AM

    The recently concluded sixth IAS conference on HIV pathogenesis, treatment and prevention in Rome proved optimistic as the World Health Organization (WHO) promised to release its HIV guidelines for counseling discordant couples in the next two months.

  • Texas Goes Mobile to Collect Ticket Payments

    July 27 2011 7:24 AM

    In partnership with the City of Houston,, the official Website of the State of Texas, has launched an improved version of its online ticket payment service -

  • UnitedHealthcare Forges Community Partnership with Florida 4-H to Tackle Obesity Rise

    July 27 2011 6:17 AM

    In its measures to fight incidences of obesity in Florida, Mississippi and Texas, UnitedHealthcare has donated $55,000 to Florida 4-H to kick start its funding programs that would tackle obesity at the community level. The partnership at the national level connects the National 4-H council and UnitedHealthcare group for outreach programs at the state and community levels. The pilot initiative is a precursor to similar activities to be staged in Mississippi and Texas.

  • Express Scripts and Medco Merger to Challenge Drug Pricing

    July 27 2011 3:33 AM

    Express Scripts Inc.?s proposed $29.1 billion buyout of Medco Health Solutions Inc., looks unsettling for pharmaceutical majors as they anxiously await expiry of their patented drugs in the next couple of years.

  • How Long Will the 'God Particle' Remain Elusive?How Long Will the 'God Particle' Remain Elusive?

    July 26 2011 10:16 AM

    English theoretical physicist Dr Peter Higgs may be an atheist, but his hypothetical subatomic particle is seen as the Almighty himself! This may be an irony which science can cause at times. But Higgs' theory and the researches and toils which went into it show that it is more than just an irony.