The Sixth YES Bank and the Consulate General of Argentine International Polo Cup which was held recently at the Royal Western Indian Turf Club, Mahalaxmi Race Course featured a thrilling match between the Argentinian and Indian (Amateur Rider´s Club) team that ended in a tie.The event was organised by YES bank together with the Consulate General and Promotion Centre of Argentina and the Amateur Riders Club. Hosted by Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES Bank; Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Acting Consul General; and Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club; Rajashree Birla, Cyrus Poonawalla; Radha Kapoor Khanna and Aditya Khanna were the Guests of Honour and also presented the trophies to the winners at the prize distribution ceremony.A gathering of about 1000 guests flocked to the game in their polo-best ensembles, fascinators, and hand-fans to beat the heat. The guests included Ajay Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Enterprises; The Maharaja of Jaipur, Padmanabh Singh; celebrity fitness expert Namrata Purohit, actresses Kim Sharma, Tanishaa Mukerjee, Tara Sharma among others. Also in attendance were the Chief of Protocol, Bajirao Jadav and Deputy Secretary to Government (Protocol) N S Bhoge.Acting Consul General Alejandro Zothner Meyer, Consulate General and Promotion Centre of the Argentine Republic in Mumbai, said, “We hope to continue bringing polo players from Argentina that are the best in the world with an aim to share our sporting culture with India and of course to continue this six-year long tradition that we have started.”
Source:https://www.bmc.org/ Aug 22 2018Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have created a near real-time surveillance method to identify communities experiencing a high burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa using routinely collected laboratory data. The team mapped where in the Western Cape Province were the highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis and tracked changes over five years. The results of this study, published in PLOS Medicine, will help create a method that can lead to more targeted interventions and public health approaches aimed at reducing the number of people who contract the disease.South Africa has the highest rates of tuberculosis (TB) incidence in the world, with 4 percent of those cases being multidrug resistant cases, meaning resistant to first line treatment. The country also has a centrally collected laboratory database that includes TB tests, making it an ideal location to implement a surveillance system to track drug- resistant TB cases by clinic location. Researchers developed an algorithm to identify unique patients and episodes of disease from the data, and created heat maps of the region to see which areas were most afflicted between 2008 and 2013.The group identified 799,779 individuals who had specimens submitted for TB tests from clinics during the study period; 28% were diagnosed with TB, of which 4.6 percent were resistant to first line tuberculosis treatment. The spread of these cases was geographically heterogeneous, ranging from zero to 25 % of TB cases having drug resistance in different parts of the region. There were also significant annual fluctuations in drug-resistant TB percentages at several locations. The communities that saw the highest rates of drug-resistant TB were Cape Town townships and informal settlements, the rural region of the west coast, and areas bordering the Eastern Cape Province.Related StoriesScorpion venom contains compounds that could help fight Staph and tuberculosis bacteriaScientists discover hundreds of protein-pairs through coevolution studyPET/CT can aid in earlier diagnosis and treatment assessment of tuberculosis”It is critically important that we understand how drug-resistant TB impacts people in specific areas over time,” says Karen Jacobson, MD, MPH, infectious disease physician at BMC. “By locating emerging and chronic hotspots of the disease in real-time, public health providers can evaluate the most effective interventions and monitor progress towards TB reduction goals.”Researchers also emphasize the role routinely collected laboratory data plays in identifying both ongoing and short-term TB outbreaks. Their findings show this data is a powerful tool for researchers and providers, allowing for more accurate allocation of resources to treat TB.Recent evidence shows that the TB epidemic is dynamic, and that medication-resistant TB infections are spread through transmission from another individual with drug-resistant TB disease. This indicates that constant monitoring could lead to more effective public health interventions, resulting in fewer cases of medication-resistant TB.”Our model of mapping high-burden communities can serve as a roadmap for regions working to reduce TB incidence by initiating treatment as soon as possible,” says Jacobson, who also is an assistant professor of infectious diseases and epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health, respectively.