When Covid-19 descended on humanity last year, our existing healthcare systems were completely unprepared to deal with it. In the process, the treatment of underlying and serious non-communicable diseases such as cancer was relegated to the back-burner. There was no time or resources to devote to patients who were not suffering from Covid-19. However, these NCDs, as they are called, continue to live and thrive amongst us as they always have, targeting people across age groups and health categories.
When diagnosed with a deadly disease like cancer, now more so than ever before, a person’s first thought is to read up and gather the best possible information pertinent to them. These questions range from ‘what other treatments are available?’, ‘what clinical trials could be suitable?’, ‘who are the top experts for this particular cancer type and stage?’. However, the scattered and often inaccurate information available on the internet is difficult to assimilate and understand. This prompted some enterprising individuals to think of a solution where cancer patients could stay updated with the latest developments in the field while staying connected to experts and other patients like them.
Dr Gunjan Bhardwaj founded Innoplexus, an AI company driving drug discovery along with pharma and biotech companies. This led to the launch of the CURIA app which aims to help patients navigate their cancer journey. The app offers patients access to much-needed and tailored information about treatments, clinical trials, and cancer experts.
“CURIA seeks to empower cancer patients and their families. The app uses AI with 37 patents and over 100 patent applications to scan terabytes of data available on the internet daily, organise it and extract cancer treatments, clinical trials and experts. This data is then curated and uploaded on the app by our team of medical experts,” explains Dr Bhardwaj.
After logging on, patients answer a questionnaire about their cancer type, stage and demographics, and then receive information about treatments, clinical trials and experts, tailored to their profile. This allows them to have productive discussions with their doctors, and make important and informed decisions for their course of treatment. Physician experts on the app are listed by years of experience in the field, level of research conducted and their prominence in the industry.
A popular feature of the app is ‘Cancer Twin’ that addresses the need for patients to connect with someone like them. For this, the app’s algorithm matches patients with the most similar cancer profiles, encouraging them to share experiences through a private chat, anonymously. “All conversations are encrypted through blockchain, bringing in the highest level of security to protect patient’s information,” assures Dr Bhardwaj.
Cancer cases have been steadily on the rise over the past few decades. The medical fraternity is continuously innovating treatments to improve the patient’s overall experience and chances of survival. With numerous trials taking place around the world simultaneously, it can be difficult for the medical fraternity to keep up. Through its proprietary AI, CURIA presents an international overview of the latest information, to make people aware of all the options available to them.
“We believe tools such as CURIA are important to ensure that oncologists are open to discussing patients’ options with them — it takes a lot of time and dedication from an oncologist for each patient. With CURIA, we’re trying to help both the patient and the doctor,” says Innoplexus India Co-MD Amit Ananpara. Though targeted primarily at patients, the app is a powerful tool for physicians as well, as it allows them to see a tailored overview of options for each patient, and use it as a starting point for their research on that patient’s case. Physicians in India can learn and read up on therapies that have been approved internationally. They are also able to submit an application to a clinical trial, making the process much easier than it otherwise is.
Its founders are quick to highlight, however, that due to the complex nature of the disease, the app should not be treated as the replacement for a doctor, and the information provided on the app should be discussed with a physician. The CURIA app is currently available in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, with plans for Indian regional languages in the works.
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RANI WRAPS UP ESTONIA SCHEDULE OF ‘MRS CHATTERJEE VS NORWAY’
MUMBAI: Estonia schedule of Rani Mukerji-starrer ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’ has been completed. On Tuesday, the makers of the film took to their social media handle to share the update with the fans. They also posted a picture, wherein we can see Rani celebrating the completion of the schedule by cutting a cake with the whole cast and crew in Europe.
As per a statement, Rani and the entire crew shot in a bio bubble with all necessary precautions. The final schedule of the movie is expected to begin in India soon. Directed by Ashima Chibber, ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’ revolves around a journey of a mother’s battle against an entire country. Apart from ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’, Rani will also be seen in ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, co-starring Saif Ali Khan and Siddhant Chaturvedi.
SUNIEL SHETTY AWESTRUCK AFTER MEETING BIG B
MUMBAI: Believe it or not but even celebrities also get star-struck after they meet their favourite actors. The same happened with veteran actor Suniel Shetty after he appeared on the show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
Taking to his Instagram handle, the evergreen actor shared a picture with the megastar from the sets of the game show Kaun Banega Crorepati. Sharing the picture, Suniel penned a note reflecting his visit to the show and how he got ‘wonderstruck’ and already a ‘crorepati’ after meeting Big B.
“Wonderstruck as always at the knowledge and discipline one can imbibe from the legend the mighty Mr Bachchan. After that you always walk away a #crorepati. Thank you for the moments Amitji. #KBC #KaunBaneCrorepati #sony @amitabhbachchan @apnabhidu #lockkiyajaye #mahacomputerji.”
NICOLE KIDMAN OPENS UP ABOUT DIVORCE FROM TOM CRUISE
WASHINGTON: Hollywood star Nicole Kidman recently gave some brief insight into her marriage and subsequent divorce from actor Tom Cruise.
Though typically both are shy about commenting on the end of their marriage, however, according to Fox News, speaking to a fashion magazine for its upcoming October issue, Kidman was willing to discuss the immense media scrutiny their relationship invited in the 1990s. Kidman and Cruise got together after meeting on the set of ‘Days of Thunder’. The actors married just six months after the movie came out in 1990 and remained together for more than a decade before finally splitting in 2001.
The outlet reported that Kidman’s acting career started to be eclipsed by all the attention surrounding her personal life and marriage. However, looking back now, she sees only her culpability in the media narrative. With a laugh, Kidman told the interviewer, “I was young. I think I offered it up? Maybe I’ve gotten a bit more trepidatious, but I’m always trying to be as open as possible. I just prefer to live in the world that way.”
She further added, “I’m wary at times, and I’ve been hurt, but at the same time I much prefer a warm approach rather than a prickly shutdown approach.” Kidman went on to note that the experience left her heart “open” when she finally met her now-husband, country singer Keith Urban.
BOLLYWOOD STARS SHOWER BIRTHDAY WISHES ON KAREENA
MAHARASHTRA: As the ever-gorgeous Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor Khan turned 41 on Tuesday, several of her family members and fellow celebrities from the film fraternity, poured in birthday wishes for her.
Kareena’s sister Karisma Kapoor shared pictures from their childhood on her Instagram handle and wrote, “Will always be by ur side. Happy birthday to the best sister in the world.. my lifeline. love you the mostest. #birthdaygirl #sisterlove #beboisthebest #happybirthday.”
Filmmaker Karan Johar, one of the closest friends of Kareena, shared a selfie with the birthday girl and wrote, “We are pouters and posers in crime! So much love for my favorite girl on her special day! Happy birthday to my poo for life (that can sound wrong on many levels but bolna banta hai!) Love you so much.”
Actress Kangana Ranaut extended her birthday wishes by sharing a collage featuring stunning pictures of Kareena. She wrote, “Happy Birthday to the most gorgeous of them all.”
Kareena’s brother-in-law Kunal Kemmu posted an adorable picture to wish her on her special day. Malaika Arora on her Instagram shared a clip of the ‘3 Idiots’ actor and wrote, “Happy Birthday to my most stunning n beautiful Bebo. Keep Glowing n shining… Love you.” Kiara Advani, who shared screen space with Kareena in ‘Good Newwz’, also shared a stunning picture of the birthday girl and wrote, “Happy birthday to the most iconic superstar! Love you, Bebo.”
Actress Jacqueline Fernandez also shared a picture of the ravishing beauty while sending her greetings on the special day. “Happy birthday Kareena. Wishing you the best in your life and adventures. From Jackie,” she wrote.
ARJUN KAPOOR ON VENTURING INTO FOOD & FITNESS SPACE
MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor, who battled obesity since childhood and has gone through a remarkable physical transformation. Recently he said that he will soon be venturing into the food and fitness space. Talking about how fitness has changed his perspective, Arjun revealed, “People have been kind enough to notice my transformation. My fitness journey has not only changed the way I look at food, nutrition and fitness but it has also changed the way people look at me. The opportunities and offers coming to me have also changed.” He further spoke regarding wanting to venture into the food and fitness space and said, “I have definitely initiated multiple conversations to explore myself in the food and nutrition space and I’m excited for some of the things that will materialise soon. I will be in a position to share more concrete details in the days to come. I want to be a part of ventures that are aiming to revolutionise the fitness space!” In August, Arjun had opened about his battle with obesity in an interview with a leading daily, wherein he said how his “underlying health condition has always made it a struggle for him to constantly stay a certain size”.
Later the 36-year-old actor had disclosed that he joined forces with world kickboxing champion Drew Neal to push himself to get the correct body type, and seems like his commitment to fitness is reaping benefits for him.
‘THE CROWN’ TAKES THE THRONE AT EMMYS 2021
LOS ANGELES: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ won big at the Emmys 2021. This show which follows Queen Elizabeth’s life throughout the decades of her reign was declared winner of the Outstanding Drama Series award at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. It also bagged awards for best actors (drama) and best actors in supporting roles. The show also took home the best writing and directing award.
On such a remarkable win, the team of Netflix took to the streaming giant’s official Twitter handle to congratulate the members of the show. “Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for their 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, and Best Actor for Josh O’Connor https,” the tweet read. Apart from ‘The Crown’, ‘Ted Lasso’ also registered a golden win at Emmys 2021. It racked up four wins, including for best comedy and star Jason Sudeikis. Emmys moved to an indoor-outdoor venue this year due to the pandemic. It was held on Sunday at the Event Deck at LA Live.
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