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SAFEST: South Asians for Each Other’s Spiritual Toning

SAFEST: South Asians for Each Other’s Spiritual Toning

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: Over time, some of us are susceptible to bouts of loneliness, despondency, and possible depression. Psychological studies have suggested that interaction with a support group has medicinal qualities that may help us achieve mental wellbeing as well as develop lasting friendships. One such support group is SAFEST, which meets once a […]

Houston’s Payal Patel Joins HHS Health Advisory Council

Houston’s Payal Patel Joins HHS Health Advisory Council

ANN ARBOR: Dr. Patel is an Infectious Diseases Physician and Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Michigan and the Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her interests include infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship implementation work in the US and globally. She is recognized as […]

Instructive Dodumentary: “Such is Life”

Instructive Dodumentary: “Such is Life”

SUGAR LAND: Imagine not knowing what and where your assets are at the most vulnerable time of your life. Suddenly you are thrown from the denial stage to absolute reality when a spouse is gone. This short film – Such is Life – opens your eyes to the importance of arranging financial and legal affairs […]

Paying it Forward …

Paying it Forward …

By Sachin Jakhotya PUNE: 21st March is celebrated as World Down’s Syndrome Day.  It is quite subtle to understand why it is celebrated on 21st March – The 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) signifies the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down’s syndrome…No wonder this […]

FCCRS Hosts Virtual fundraiser for Cancer Patient Manish Arora

FCCRS Hosts Virtual fundraiser for Cancer Patient Manish Arora

HOUSTON: The Foundation For Children Cancer, Research and Support, a Houston-based non-profit held a magnificent on-line fundraiser on Sunday evening, February 27,for Manish Aurora, a 43 year-old cancer patient at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center who is battling a serious cancer, diffused large B-cell lymphoma. The virtual fundraiser called Umeed (Hope) started with the introduction of […]

Indo-American Doctor Leads Use of mRNA Vaccines beyond Covid

Indo-American Doctor Leads Use of mRNA Vaccines beyond Covid

NEW YORK: In 2017, Vinod Balachandran published a paper in the science journal Nature explaining an interesting phenomenon that he had discovered in a tiny number of pancreatic cancer survivors. T-cells circulating in their blood had developed the ability to identify, remember and fight back against proteins in the deadly tumours. The surgeon, from New […]

India Approves Texas’ Low-Cost Vaccine

India Approves Texas’ Low-Cost Vaccine

HOUSTON: India’s government has approved emergency use of a low-cost vaccine developed in Texas. In a tweet on Tuesday, Peter Hotez – dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine – shared the news of his new vaccine being approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). Hotez, along […]

Tenaz Sunawala Puts “Self” Back in Self-Empowerment

Tenaz Sunawala Puts “Self” Back in Self-Empowerment

HOUSTON: Tenaz Sunavala’s debut book “The Path to Self-Empowerment- My Meditations with Grandma” was launched on October 31 at the Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, TX  The event featured brief speeches by the author and her close collaborators, delicious finger foods, followed by short demonstration of meditation and book-signing sessions.  Approximately 100 guests […]

UH Receives $5 Million to Combat HIV/AIDS

UH Receives $5 Million to Combat HIV/AIDS

Houston: A University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work research center working to eradicate the underlying serious and systemic challenges that contribute to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States has received $5 million in renewal funding from biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. to facilitate the continuation of its impactful work. Led by […]

Hindus of Greater Houston Supports BIPOC Yoga Teachers

Hindus of Greater Houston Supports BIPOC Yoga Teachers

By Pooja Salhotra Houston: In response to calls for racial justice last summer, Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH) donated about $8,000 to fund yoga-teacher-training for four Black students, each of whom is, in their own way, spreading the mind and body practice to marginalized communities. Last summer, a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd died […]

Moving Beyond Paris: India Steps Up its Climate Ambitions

Moving Beyond Paris: India Steps Up its Climate Ambitions

By Harsh V. Shringla We focus on the human and development impacts of climate change *Any views expressed in this opinion piece are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. The country aims to be ‘a leader in thought and action on climate’, its foreign secretary says Harsh V. Shringla is India’s […]

Dr. Arun Gupta: Wake Up to Opioid Addiction Among Indian Americans

Dr. Arun Gupta: Wake Up to Opioid Addiction Among Indian Americans

By Manu Shah On 5th July 2020, Ikonkar Manmohan Singh Sandhu, a young 23 year old boy, died from an opioid overdose in Michigan just months before he was to be married. He is by no means an isolated case in the Indian American community. A small group of doctors are sounding the alarm on […]

How Seniors Can Register for the Corona Vaccine in Houston Area

How Seniors Can Register for the Corona Vaccine in Houston Area

By Aaron Barker Houston: As more doses of the coronavirus vaccine arrive in the Houston area, officials are ramping up the process of administering those shots. Vaccines are only available to people who are eligible under phases 1A and 1B of the state’s distribution plan. No matter where you live or which group you are […]

Three Musketeers Win Texas Governor’s 2020 Volunteer Award

Three Musketeers Win Texas Governor’s 2020 Volunteer Award

By Sanchali Basu Houston: They call themselves The Three Masketeers. They are a teenage trio from Pearland, who have been recently awarded the prestigious Governor’s Volunteer Award for 2020. These high schoolers were killing time during the forced lockdown, somewhat dejected that their research presentations at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair had also been […]

Houston Seniors Begin Getting Long-Sought Covid-19 Vaccinations

Houston Seniors Begin Getting Long-Sought Covid-19 Vaccinations

By Dylan McGuinness Houston: Hospitals and medical providers in Houston have begun vaccinating patients who are senior citizens this week, as the sweeping public inoculation campaign extends past front-line workers for the first time. Some 3,000 people who are 75 or older are scheduled to get their first shots this week at Methodist Hospital. Memorial […]

How to Get Tested for Covid-19 in Houston

How to Get Tested for Covid-19 in Houston

If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, or if you think or know that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the disease, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones, your co-workers, and your community to schedule a test. The Houston Health Department and agency partners offer free testing […]

Mayor Urges Houstonians to Limit Holiday Gatherings to Household

Mayor Urges Houstonians to Limit Holiday Gatherings to Household

Houston: Mayor Sylvester Turner and Dr. David Persse, the city’s leading health expert, talked Monday about how Houstonians should proceed with celebrations this holiday season during the coronavirus pandemic. Turner said the percentage of people receiving positive results from their COVID-19 tests, known as the positivity rate, was at 7.9%, up from a low of […]

Chancellor’s Award for Texas A&M Professor Samba Reddy

College Station: Dr. Samba Reddy is Professor at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. The EDGES Fellowship was launched in 2019 to honor faculty members who have demonstrated significant accomplishments and high levels of discipline in their respective fields. EDGES Fellows retain the right to use the title throughout their tenure as faculty members. […]

UH Professor’s Covid-19 Nasal Vaccine

UH Professor’s Covid-19 Nasal Vaccine

Houston: The University of Houston has entered into an exclusive license option agreement with AuraVax Therapeutics Inc., a Houston, TX based biotech company developing novel vaccines to help patients defeat debilitating respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. Under terms of the agreement, AuraVax has the option to exclusively license a new intranasal COVID-19 vaccine technology developed […]

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

One of Our Own’s Covid-19 Journey from Ventilator to Back Home

By Lisa Grey Houston: In early March, Susham “Rita” Singh, then 65, took time off from selling appliances at the Galleria-area Home Depot. Her husband and her daughter — a doctor — yelled at her, warning her against flying to India for her annual visit with her mom. This new coronavirus was wreaking havoc in […]

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