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August 8, 2017

Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

Observed on July 28, World Hepatitis Day aims to raise global awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis, the diseases that it causes, besides honoring Nobel Laureate Dr. Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who identified Hepatitis B Virus and went onto develop its diagnostic test and vaccine.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of the greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause, and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

Viral hepatitis is a global health problem, and is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – comparable to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Together, hepatitis B and C virus cause 80% of the liver cancer cases in the world.

It is not found in one location or amongst one set of people; it can affect millions of people without them even being aware. Currently, only 11% of people living with viral hepatitis are aware of their status.

With the availability of effective vaccines and treatments, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable. However, the greater awareness of the disease and risks is a must, along with proper access to cheaper diagnostics and treatment. Here’s an info graphic to help you understand and prevent Hepatitis:

Prevent Hepatitis - Know the Facts

Prevent Hepatitis - Blood & Injection Safety

Prevent Hepatitis - Harm Reduction

Prevent Hepatitis - Vaccination

Source: Prevent Hepatitis Get Tested, Seek Treatment

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August 8, 2017

UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017

A team of students from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) India took home the highly coveted top prize in the CanSat 2017international engineering competition. CanSat is a prestigious annual satellite design-build-fly competition organized by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Forty teams from across the world competed in the finals held in Texas, USA recently.

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As the name suggests, CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a “satellite in a can.” During CanSat, teams have to design and build a device following the mission statement provided by the organizing committee and finally, launch it at the competition site. The UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that traveled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station. Team Astral’s overall score was 96.32 percent. Their project was evaluated in five areas: preliminary design review, critical design review, pre-flight readiness, launch operations and post flight review.

Team Astral of UPES consisted of 23 students of aerospace engineering, electronics engineering, computer science engineering, material science engineering, instrumentation, and control engineering and design studies. UPES has participated in this international competition since 2013. This year’s winning team was mentored by UPES faculty members Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana.

Source: UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition-CanSat 2017