Latest drone duty Delivering lifesaving kidney for successful implant

first_img Sci-Tech Drones Wellness Share your voice Post a comment 0 Enlarge ImageA kidney arrives after taking flight. UMMC video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET A Baltimore woman is now the proud owner of a kidney like no other: it was the first organ to be delivered for transplant via drone and then successfully implanted. The donated kidney, held in a special cooler, was flown via a custom drone with eight rotors from a location in West Baltimore a few miles to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). There, it was implanted in a 44-year-old woman who had spent the previous eight years on dialysis. “This whole thing is amazing,” the patient, who did not disclose her name, said in a statement. “Years ago, this was not something that you would think about.” The flight, which only lasted about 10 minutes, was intended as a demonstration of the custom unmanned aerial system (UAS). Teams from UMMC had previously shown that an organ could be transported via a drone, but this appears to be the first time one has actually been implanted after a flight.”We had to create a new system that was still within the regulatory structure of the FAA, but also capable of carrying the additional weight of the organ, cameras, and organ tracking, communications, and safety systems over an urban, densely populated area,” said Matthew Scassero, director of the University of Maryland’s UAS test site.center_img Tags The project was led by Joseph Scalea, one of the surgeons who performed the transplant. He hopes UAS can help to streamline the system of getting organs to patients who need them quickly.”This is a complicated web of couriers and expensive charter flights, which, in my opinion, could be avoided.”Scalea says using drones to shave up to a few hours off the delivery time of organs could mean that up to 2,500 more such organs become viable for implantation. Nearly 114,000 people were on waiting lists for an organ transplant in 2018, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the organ transplant system in the US. Over 36,000 transplants were performed in 2018 in the US.There’s still more research to be done to ensure that flying through the air in a box is a safe mode of transport for all organs, and systems also need to be put in place to manage this whole new class of critical deliveries. But eventually, kidneys and other body parts could be zipping through the air to save lives on a daily basis. That is, so long as vultures and other birds of prey don’t get wise to what’s in those slow-flying containers.  Droneslast_img read more


Kolkata Police organises campaign prohibiting use of mobile phones while walking on

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Police has organised an awareness campaign to make people realise the ill effects of using mobile phones while walking on roads.According to an officer of the Kolkata Traffic Police, it has been noticed that many accidents can be avoided if pedestrians in the city become a bit more careful and avoid using cell phones while walking on roads.A police officer said earlier people only used to speak over phone while walking. Though their concentration used to get diverted, at least they used to look straight while walking. But now the situation has turned worse as people keep texting while walking. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany were even found remaining glued to the screens of their cell phones while crossing a road. There were many instances when pedestrians were found walking on city roads using earphones to speak on cell phones or listen to songs. “This is more dangerous as many times they cannot realise that a vehicle is approaching when he or she is crossing a road and it often leads to an accident,” the police said.So, the police have started creating awareness among pedestrians so that they do not use cell phones while walking on roads. The awareness campaign was held mainly at two important locations in the city including Hare Street. Such initiatives have brought down the rate of accidents as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide campaign Safe Drive Save Life.The Headquarter Traffic Guard took the initiative to create awareness on this particular issue and it was done by engaging school goers as it is considered that people easily accept when a child requests him or her to follow something.last_img read more


Man stabbed to death by son in North Dinajpur

first_imgKolkata: Ranjit Das (52), a resident of Indran village under Itahar police station in North Dinajpur, was stabbed to death inside his house on Sunday night.Locals have alleged that the victim’s son Rajesh might have killed him to take revenge on his mother’s death. It was also stated that Ranjit had killed his wife a few years ago. Police have started a detailed probe to ascertain the exact cause behind the murder. According to the preliminary investigation, police also suspect that the victim was killed by his son. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe villagers told police Rajesh often got involved in fights with his father over the death of his mother, Rupa Das. The woman was murdered five years ago. Ranjit was arrested on the charges of killing his wife and later released on bail. It was learnt that when the incident had occurred, Rajesh lived in Delhi for professional reasons. After returning home, a year ago, he came to know about this father’s involvement in his mother’s death. The equation between Rajesh and his father had changed since then but nobody in the locality could expect that it would lead to such a crime. It was learnt that the accused son hit his father’s head with a sharp weapon following a quarrel. The injured father was taken to a hospital in Raigunj on late Sunday night. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital on Monday morning. The accused, Rajesh, has been absconding since the incident took place. Police have started a probe into the incident and are raids are being conducted to nab the culprit.last_img read more


CM to inaugurate Uttarbanga Utsav on January 21

first_imgDarjeeling: The inauguration ceremony of the Uttarbanga Utsav has been rescheduled with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurating the festival on January 21.State Tourism minister Goutam Deb held an administrative meeting on Tuesday at the Mainak Tourist Lodge in Siliguri. “We have got a confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office that she will be arriving in Siliguri on January 21. On arrival at around 2 pm, she will inaugurate the Uttarbanga Utsav,” he stated. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThe inauguration ceremony will be held at Siliguri’s Kanchenjunga Stadium. There will around 30,000 spectators present at the launch. About 100 conches will be blown in synchronisation at the time of inauguration. A large number of womenfolk have been imparted training for blowing the conches in sync and just about 100 would be selected from amongst them. There will be around 1,000 dancers performing at the inauguration ceremony. “We have decided to make it a global event. We are even trying for a world record. Around 20,000 children will take part in a sit-and-draw competition at the venue on January 28. The competition will be videographed using drones,” said the minister. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister had started the festival after her government had come to power and this is its eighth edition. The police and administrative heads were also present during the meeting. Special focus is being given to traffic arrangements for January 21 and 28 so that students from different schools can make it to the stadium smoothly for the inaugural ceremony and take part in the sit-and-draw competition in large numbers. Banerjee could be leaving Siliguri for the Hills either on January 21 evening or on 22. On January 23 she will take part in the state government programme commemorating the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in the Hills. She could be returning to Kolkata on January 24. “The venue for the Netaji Jayanti has not been fixed yet. It will either be held at the Darjeeling Chowrasta or at Giddeypahar, Kurseong,” Deb added. At Giddeypahar, Kurseong, the Bose family used to own a villa that now houses a Netaji Museum and Centre for Studies in Himalayan Languages, Society and Culture.last_img read more


TMCs social media wing goes proactive under Abhisheks direction

first_imgKolkata: From using a “jumla meter that nails the BJP’s lies” to highlighting the achievements of the eight-year-old Mamata Banerjee government, Trinamool Congress has built a “pro-active campaign” for the Lok Sabha polls, with the help of social media and conventional canvassing. The campaign is being driven from the party’s 24×7 war room in Kolkata, under the leadership of Trinamool Youth Congress national president and party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlongside him are a crop of media and tech savvy functionaries like the party’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien. “Our campaign strategy is partly decided on the basis of our own surveys. There is a research team which also places its findings. We have done a lot of work based on support from the ground,” said a party source. Abhishek, who is the MP from Diamond Harbour and now contesting to retain the seat, is the overall in-charge of the campaign. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Abhishek is extremely sharp politically, just like his aunt and comes up with valuable suggestions. Derek and a group of young leaders are with him,” a Trinamool Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. “The 24×7 war room is the venue for constant deliberations, brainstorming sessions and strategy meetings,” he added. A lot of self-criticism takes place during the interactions to understand where the party stands in a particular constituency. Colonel (retired) Diptangshu Chaudhury, the party’s social media convener, said: “We are laying equal emphasis on social media and conventional campaign. For instance, our Asansol Lok Sabha candidate (Moon Moon Sen) has already done 195 public meetings and road shows”. Incidentally, Chaudhury is also the party’s election observer and election agent for Asansol, which Trinamool is striving to recapture from BJP. “Apart from our meetings and rallies, there are many of our dedicated soldiers working behind the scenes. In every booth, we have at least 20 people who are working day and night for the party. At the grassroots level, we are very strong. On the other hand, take my word, BJP won’t get polling agents in 80 percent of the booths in Asansol,” said Chaudhury. Both parties have led several rallies in the state and have several more planned for the coming days. For the sheer intensity of the political campaign here, this could be Ground Zero of BJP’s 2019 Lok Sabha campaign. “We are combating BJP in a pro-active and not defensive manner. We set the agenda, others defend,” Chaudhury added. For taking on BJP’s aggressive campaign led by Modi and Amit Shah, the Trinamool Congress social media team has come up with novel features like ‘Jumla Meter’ which gives immediate, crisp and fact-based rejoinders to BJP’s punches. For instance, on April 20 during his election meeting in South Dinjapur’s Buniadpur, Modi said: “We have shown the way by improving law and order in UP and Tripura.” Within 45 minutes, Trinamool’s Jumla Meter had a post that said: “Yesterday (April 19, 2019) an Election Commission probe confirmed large scale ‘booth capturing’ in Tripura. Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of crimes against women”. Chaudhury claimed that the BJP’s campaign is based on “fake news, lies and disinformation”. “They are mostly selling dreams and jumlas,” he said. Abhishek also heads the social media team, where O’Brien plays a very vital role in strategy and designing an innovative campaign. Besides Chaudhury, former NASSCOM Eastern Regional director Suparno Moitra also guides the party’s social media activities under Abhishek’s overall direction. “The social media is an instrument of god for poorer regional parties lacking in resources to match more opulent opponents,” said Moitra, the party’s joint social media convener. After the Trinamool Youth Congress president revamped the social media unit between mid-2017 and January last year, the focus of the content was broken into two – highlighting development projects of the state government and countering negative propaganda by the Opposition with facts. Trinamool Congress now has a huge presence on every online platform, including Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram and makes extensive use of videos, data and memes.last_img read more