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Siemens Healthineers’ ARTIS Phenol Receives a Nod from FDA

The medical device field is expanding at an extensive pace attempting to provide a better patient experience and assist the professionals for best outcomes. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration has given a nod to Siemens Healthineers’ ARTIS pheno, which is a robotic C-arm angiography device. The system is basically developed to be utilized in minimally invasive interventional processes. The ARTIS pheno is not only provided with a GIGALIX X-ray tube and zen40HDR flat panel detector for an excellent quality of an image but also a 2k recording technique that has the potential of delivering two-dimensional imaging resolution, which is 4 times higher than its antecedent device, the Artis zeego, in all recording processes.

Siemens Healthineers’ ARTIS Phenol Receives a Nod from FDA

The company has developed the system in an attempt to help hospitals in fighting against the high rates of infection occurring in patients. An antimicrobial coating on the patient table, C-arm, and stand can help in preventing viruses and bacteria from dividing on the system. The hermetically sealed housing of the table modules, C-arm and, and easy-to-access areas, help in system cleaning. Apart from this, the cabling of the ARTIS pheno is retreated within the system to avoid cables from becoming filthy and thus, potentially spreading bacteria. As ARTIS pheno is placed on the floor instead of the roof, it is simple to install in the working suite as well as the flow of sterile air from the ceiling is not disrupted.

ARTIS pheno’s StructureScout exposure control element can control acquisition factors to automatically attain finest image contrast at “as low as reasonably achievable” levels of dose. The system is capable of scanning almost 68% faster than its antecedent, and its clinical software application, syngo DynaCT, can generate three-dimensional images that utilize less contrast media, thus escalating the safety of the patient by reducing the burden on the kidneys.

The system has a wide range of software applications to help users in carrying out several interventional procedures. CLEARstent Live provides instantaneous authentication of stent placing during implantation. The syngo Fusion package overlays formerly obtained computed tomography, positron emission tomography/computed tomography, and magnetic resonance images onto live fluoroscopy images.

Hope this system helps to combat the high rates of infection.

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Technology

Galaxy J5 Gets the March Security Update

As it is time for the March security update, Samsung has decided to give its smartphone this update. After rolling this update for Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime, the company has launched the update for it’s another smartphone. The company gave the security update for its Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphone. Let us first have a look at the specs of the smartphone.

Galaxy J5 Gets the March Security Update

The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) phone provides a 5.2-inch screen with full HD IPS display. The screen also has a pixel ratio of 720 x 1280 as well as a pixel density of 282 ppi. The screen has a protection of Gorilla Glass as well along with a 7.0.7% of screen to body ratio. The device is fueled by Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410processor coupled with 2 GB RAM. The handset also has 16 GB internal memory that can be expanded to 256 GB via Micro SD card.

In the camera section, the rear camera is of 13 MP of power. The Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphone has 5 MP of front camera for proper selfies. The smartphone is supported by 3,100mAh battery. The device currently runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers 4G, Bluetooth, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, 3G, FM, and GPS.

Launched in India in 2016, the phone currently has a price of tag for Rs 11,990. It comes in 4 color variants—rose gold, white, black, and gold.

Well, the users of Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) will indeed be very happy. The smartphone got the new update with a build number of J510MNUBU2AQC1. This is the standard procedure and each and every smartphone gets a build number while the update.

So to all the Samsung lovers that uses the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) smartphone, stay tuned for the new security patch as it may soon hit your mobile.

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Last day to subscribe to Reliance Jio Prime: Few things to consider

As a user of Reliance Jio, you might have received numerous notifications to get subscribed to the Prime membership as it’s the last day to do so, i.e., March 31. For those who are stilling thinking about what should be done, let’s have a glance at few points that should be considered before enrolling to the membership.

Your connection won’t stop functioning if you don’t go for Jio Prime. It would only bring a halt to the data party. However, the ordinary data packs offered by Jio provide less data in comparison to Prime option at the same cost.

After a recharge of Rs 99 to get subscribed to Jio Prime, the user will be made available with recharge of Rs 499 that provides 2GB/day and Rs 303 that provides 1GB/day, both valid for 28 days. The user can choose either of it as per his usage. Jio is also giving out additional packs on these recharges and the user may receive free 10GB data depending on the user’s recharge value. Apart from it, there are few other cash backs on using JioMoney but applied with terms & conditions.

Going for Jio Prime would actually make sense if the consumer who needs huge data on a daily basis or if their present service provider is not offering up to the mark. If a user is consuming 1GB data or above and do not have a fixed line, then investing in Prime is a better option for availing its benefit at least for a year.

But if the user consumes more that 2GB/month, then the user cannot probably benefit from this. Don’t go for the subscription just because you are thinking about the free data. As Jio has entered the market, may be your present service provider can offer you with the better options. And for those thinking to get their numbers ported to Reliance Jio, then do think about the 4G VoLTE network as there is no 3G or 2G. Also, the issue of call drops is still persisting. Besides, the WiFi hotspot connections are restricted to only one device with a Jio Prime account.

You need to choose the Prime subscription wisely, isn’t it?

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5D Method Can Be Used To Detect the Disease by Using Cell Phone Images

The medical industry is on high peak based on its technological advancements and innovations. Certain sensor devices, smart wearables, and high-end analyzing devices have turned out to be a boon for the doctors and patients.

Researchers from the University of Southern California have created a new 5D technique to scrutiny the images taken from the phone camera and to identify the sign of diseases. The method is known as “Hyper-Spectral Phasor” and it is faster and cost-effective method than the traditional method used. The technique will help to diagnose and monitor the disease by using those images clicked by the phone camera.

5D Method Can Be Used To Detect the Disease by Using Cell Phone Images

Researchers said that they used fluorescent imaging to trace protein and molecules present in cell and tissues. This bright imaging will provide the scientist a data about the molecule action and the understanding of which molecules are produced majorly in cancer or other diseases.

They also said that observing one or two molecules won’t give an exact picture of them and their behavior in the real world.

Compared to the previous method where every observation was done through separate experiments, for instance, if there are 15 targets for the observation, then would you prefer to perform 15 different experiments or complete the task in a single shot by using Hyper-Spectral Phasor technique.

In addition, Hyper-Spectral Phasor technique takes less time to compute the results and doesn’t need any expensive imaging machine.

Thus, this discovery will probably help the medical industry in coming future, as it is a reliable and speedy diagnosing tool.

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Vital Signs Measurement Using Graphene Tattoo

The researchers, Nanshu Lu and Deji Akinwande, from University of Texas, Austin, have developed a health sensor that is bio-integrated and applied to the skin like a temporary “tattoo” to take vitals signs measurements. This graphene tattoo has a small form factor than usual sensors. The graphene tattoo has unique characteristics such as flexibility, that is, its atom-thick structure moves with the skin while the mechanical resilience bears the stretching and compression damage to the tattoo. Its conductive nature makes it a perfect non-invasive method for vital signs monitoring.

Vital Signs Measurement Using Graphene Tattoo

The tattoo is developed by placing an atom-thick layer of graphene on a copper sheet followed by graphene coating with a stretchy base layer polymer and copper etching. Further, the sheet is placed on an impermanent dissolvable tattoo paper for the future use. The graphene is designed into electrodes and spiral connections to bridge the gaps between them. The tattoos shape and flexibility builds a close contact with the skin surface and the sensor, which in turn eliminates the use of adhesives.

The graphene tattoo is applied by placing the temporary tattoo paper on the skin with water. The atom-thick circuitry of the sensor is held by the electrostatic forces that is strong enough for adherence and also makes the device take high-quality measurements. The vital signals produced by the heart, brain, muscle, skin temperature change, and hydration levels are measured. The measurement obtained from this small form factor is similar to the one from usual devices.

Thus, the scientists’ development of the bio-integrated technology, that is, the graphene tattoo, is creating a bright future for a more non-invasive and portable vital measuring device.

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Technology

The new Lumix GH5 DSLR camera by Panasonic

Panasonic has rolled out its latest iconic DSLR camera recently in India. Named as Lumix GH5, the camera will be accessible in all Panasonic stores in India. Only the body of the camera will cost Rs 1,43,990, whereas, with the 12–60mm F2.8-4.0 kit, it will be priced at Rs 1,88,990. The Gh5 has a well-built external design and has a strong body of magnesium alloy with full die cast rear and front frame. GH5 is asserted to be dustproof and splash-proof as well as freeze-proof up to −10°.

The camera is designed to record smooth 4K videos at 50fps/60fps. The company says that the camera is specifically designed for professional videographers and photographers as well as for photography enthusiasts. It is provided with variable frame rate technology and enables the users to capture under-cranked/over-cranked video in 4K, i.e., 60fps, utmost 2.5x slow and complete HD, i.e., 180fps, utmost 7.5x slow, resolutions. Apart from the new Venus engine, the camera is provided with an advanced digital live MOS sensor of 20.3MP without a low-pass filter. Furthermore, the focus areas are also elevated to 225 from 49.

The camera also has a lately incorporated 6K PHOTO mode that enables capturing moments at 30fps by hauling out the frame with the finest timing from a 6K burst file (in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratio), which can be saved as an around 18MP high-resolution photo. The camera is offered with two SD card slots that are well-suited with the high-capacity UHS-II cards. The users can supplely select the recording ways between Backup Recording, Allocation Recording, and Relay Recording.

The GH5 has a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as connectivity options. Product Head of Digital Imaging, Gaurav Ghavri, while mentioning about the camera said, “The camera is presented with improved video capabilities and advancements to the existing accurate and fast autofocus system of Panasonic. GH5 is the first Hybrid Digital camera in the world to provide 6K photos at 30 fps and 4K video recording at 60fps. And also the 6K Photo modem will make it possible for the photographer to record a video at 4K, choose their favorite moment from the video, and then alter that into an 18-megapixel image.”

So, guys what is your opinion about this new Lumix GH5 DSLR camera?

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Steep Decrease in the Petroleum Demand in India in April-December

India’s petroleum consumption has decreased moderately from 5.4% to 9.65% in the first nine months of the current fiscal year. In addition, there was a moderation in the consumption growth of diesel, bitumen and naphtha excluding the petcoke volumes.

Steep Decrease in the Petroleum Demand in India in April-December

The petroleum consumption growth was steady at 8.8% for the nine months of FY17, which is lower as compared to 11.6% in FY16. The petcoke volumes showed a 40% growth and an 11% growth in gasoline, aviation turbine fuel and LPG. This reduction in the petroleum consumption in the last few years is evident in public sector undertakings.

According to Kotak Institutional Securities, the demand for autofuels in the country reduced moderately along with moderate decrease of about 3.7% in the diesel consumption growth compared to the 7.5% growth in the last fiscal year. There was a moderate growth by 11.2% for gasoline and petroleum lower than 14.5% growth of FY2016. The kerosene demand also reduced drastically by 17% during April–December compared to the last fiscal year. In short, the PSUs’ share of volumes has declined which has led to the loss of shares for autofuels and rising import.

The oil marketers’ shares and domestic sales volumes have reduced dramatically in the past few years in case of domestic petroleum consumption along with diesel and increase in the imports of petcoke fuels by the trade channels or consuming industries. The growth in the petcoke remained strong at 40% compared to the 33% growth last year due to the increasing off-take by aluminum smelters and cement plants.

The oil marketing companies hardly import petroleum fuels for sale in the domestic market. On the basis of the state run OMCs, the market shares of Indian Oil Corp. were given preference over Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. due to the economic drive and progress in the Paradip Refinery contribution and low-cost value.

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Over Next 5 Years, Global Coal Demand To Be Steady

Coal is used widely as a source of energy but at the same time, the pollution it causes cannot be neglected. However, the scenario is changing. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the coal urge is expected to slow down in the coming 5 years owing to its less consumption in the United States and China and also the renewable energy sources are emerging as a potential source of energy.

Over Next 5 Years, Global Coal Demand To Be Steady

Last year, IEA told that China, the top coal utilizer of the world, may face peak coal need for the first time as it is trying to limit coal usage in order to manage air pollution and restrain surplus supply. Even though the utilization of coal has been peaked in China, it would still be the colossal user for the coming 5 years. The coal usage of China is assumed to descend moderately to 2.816 Billion metric tons in 2021 from 2.896 Billion metric tons in 2014.

The IEA has anticipated the coal requirement by 2021 to sum up to 5.636 Billion metric tons in comparison to 5.400 Billion metric tons in 2015, when coal requirement decreased for the first time in the century.

The energy and security directorate of IEA, Keisuke Sadamori, said, “As the rising economies with increasing population will look for secure and cheap sources of energy, coal usage is expected to shift to Asia.”

India is anticipated to observe the highest growth in coal usage with an annual average rate of 5% by 2021.

What do you think about the decline in coal usage? Will it really decrease as per the estimations? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Health Care

Clockwork Pacemaker Gives Your Heart a Swiss Watch Treatment

The investigators at the Switzerland’s University Hospital of Bern are developing a new, advanced clockwork pacemaker with all the mechanical innovations of a high-end Swiss watch. Adrian Zurbuchen, a student at the University of Michigan, carried out his PhD on designing, optimizing and testing the innovation.

Clockwork Pacemaker Gives Your Heart a Swiss Watch Treatment

The automatically functioning wristwatches are very precise, reliable and robust. Thus, this masterpiece of engineering has made it logical to make use in the long-term medical implants such as heart pacemaker. The pacemaker does not require timekeeping property thus its complexity can be reduced to make its mechanism simpler and reliable.

The clockwork pacemaker is a modified version of the wristwatch manufactured by Swatch. The pacemaker has a microgenerator added to it from the autoquartz watch, which converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy. The watches that are self-winding generate energy from the wearer’s arms to an energy that powers the watch similar to the case of a pacemaker that harvests energy from the heart pumping process.

The pacemaker implants are carried out over 1 million times per year worldwide. These pacemakers have a primary battery that is exhausted over the time and the patient again has to undergo surgery to change the battery or replace the pacemaker. The researchers in order to reduce the surgery cost and complications have developed the clockwork pacemaker that can harvest energy inside the body itself.

Thus, the clockwork pacemaker has been tested on pigs and robots that mimic human heart proving it to be an efficient mechanical implant device. The main aim of this project is to develop a battery-free implant.

The pacemaker will not be available any sooner as there are a number of obstacles that have to be cleared first by the device followed by human clinical trials that will render to be efficient even in a totally reduced heart function.

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You can have the most loyal robo-pets

Humanoids are the new beings going to take over the real animals in the coming years. Robotic engineering has led to the development of the robo-pets. In Japan, the robotic engineers have come up with a new therapeutic baby seal. This baby seal can help reduce the psychological and behavioral among the dementia patients.

The baby seal named Paro was used by Dr. Sandra Petersen’s team from the University of Texas to carry out trials on the dementia subjects. The results obtained from the trial were positive as it helped cure anxiety, stress, anger, and depression symptoms in the patients. Robotic baby seal doesn’t seem a bad idea. It can prove to be a boon for the autism patients owing to the pets caring nature.

Paro can help dementia patients who are aloof and nonverbal become verbal in a couple of days by first talking to the pet and then further communicate with the other counterparts. Paro has sensors which can sense touch and also make eye contact which in turn gives the seal a feel as though it is living. Japanese people have already started getting Paro at home. Don’t you want one too? But its cost is something which is sending the product onto the back seat. It cost about $5,000 which isn’t less.

 

According to certain clinicians in Japan, the use of the robotic pet is not encouraged as the seal is designed and programmed in such a manner that it can adapt to certain behavior only. Also, the use of artificial intelligence in the seal helps it adapt to the surroundings and the concerned patient as well. Paro’s health-related program setting is going to help the new technology boom in the coming years.

Nonetheless, the robo-pet can help treat the emotion-related symptoms in the patients to a greater extent. Robo-pet is the new non-pharmacological therapy in the market.

Japan has set its eye on making the robo-pet commercial all over the globe after looking at its success in the market.

Get Paro home soon be loved and cared more.