Tracheal surgery using 4D-printing technology successful in China

Doctors from northwest China’s Shaanxi Province
recently performed a successful and rare
tracheal surgery using 4D printing technology on
a woman suffering from breathing
problem.According to a press conference held in
provincial capital Xi’an on Friday, doctors with
Tangdu Hospital inserted a 4D-printed tracheal
stent, a tubular support, outside a female
patient’s collapsed windpipe to keep the airway

The 46-year-old female patient had a severe form
of tracheobronchomalacia, which causes the
windpipe to regularly collapse, preventing
normal breathing.”Her collapsed trachea is
inside the thorax and is 6-centimeters long. It
is very risky to cut it directly. Placing a
stent inside the windpipe is also impossible
because the narrowest section is only three
millimeters wide,” said Li Xiaofei, director
with Tangdu’s department of thoracic surgery.


The hospital worked with several other
institutions, including 3D printing research
center with the Fourth Military Medical
University, to produce the stent made of a
biomaterial called polycaprolactone, which
dissolves over time.”4D printing technology is
new,” said Cao Tiesheng, director with the
center. “It involves 3D printing items that are
designed to change over time.”

Cao pointed out that for this operation, doctors
set the dissolving time of the printed stent
beforehand. It will be gradually absorbed by the
patient in two or three years. “The patient does
not need to undergo another operation to remove
the stent.”The patient has recovered and will be
discharged from the hospital soon.”The long-term
effects will be observed. But this successful
operation will bring changes to other
operations,” said Li Xiaofei.

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Islamic State bomb supply chain includes firms in 20 countries

Companies from 20 countries are involved in the supply chain of components that end up in Islamic State explosives, a study found on Thursday, suggesting governments and firms need to do more to track the flow of cables, chemicals and other equipment.

The European Union-mandated study showed that 51 companies from countries including Turkey, Brazil, and the United States produced, sold or received the more than 700 components used by Islamic State to build improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

IEDs are now being produced on a “quasi-industrial scale” by the militant group, which uses both industrial components that are regulated and widely available equipment such as fertiliser chemicals and mobile phones, according to Conflict Armament Research (CAR), which undertook the 20-month study.

Islamic State controls large swathes of Iraq and Syria. NATO member Turkey shares borders with both countries and has stepped up security to prevent the flow of weapons and insurgents to the hardline Sunni group.

A total of 13 Turkish firms were found to be involved in the supply chain, the most in any one country. That was followed by India with seven.

“These findings support growing international awareness that IS forces in Iraq and Syria are very much self-sustaining – acquiring weapons and strategic goods, such as IED components, locally and with ease,” said James Bevan, CAR’s executive director.

The sale of these cheap and readily available parts, some of which are not subject to government export licences, is far less scrutinised and regulated than the transfer of weapons.

The study found that Islamic State is able to acquire some components in as a little as a month after their lawful supply to firms in the region, suggestion a lack of oversight in the supply chain.

“Companies having effective accounting systems to establish where the goods went after them would act as a deterrent,” Bevan said.



Bevan said the Turkish government refused to cooperate with CAR’s investigation so the group was not able to determine the efficacy of Ankara’s regulations regarding the tracking of components.Turkish government officials did not reply to requests for comment.

CAR gained access to the components through partners including the Washington-backed Kurdish YPG in Syria, the Iraqi Federal Police, the Kurdistan Region Security Council and forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

The components were recovered during major battles around the Iraqi towns of al Rabia, Kirkuk, Mosul, and Tikrit and the Syrian town of Kobani.

The report’s authors said they attempted to contact the companies linked to the components, adding the firms did not respond or were not able to account for where the goods went after they left their custody.

Seven Indian companies manufactured most of the detonators, detonating cord, and safety fuses documented by CAR. Those were all legally exported under government-issued licences from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey, CAR found.

Companies from Brazil, Romania, Russia, the Netherlands, China, Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic were also involved, the report found.

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President Joyce Banda donates blankets to elderly, orphans: Vows to continue with charity

Malawi former president Joyce Banda on Friday, August 22, 2015 visited the densely populated Nancholi Township in Blantyre where she donated blankets and other assorted items to orphans and elderly widows under the banner of the Joyce Banda Foundation International (Joyce BandaFI).

Banda: I will not stop helping the needy.Banda welcomes on arrival in Nacholi, Blantyre. Ex-Malawi leader Banda donates blankets. Scores of residents in the welcomed the former Head of State with song and dance, rekindling memories when she the leader of the country popular with poverty alleviation initiatives.

When she addressed the enthusiastic crowd, Banda said she had been away (abroad) for more than a month and that it felt good to return home and meet the people.

She said her humble gesture to donate the blankets was a manifestation of how she feels about the underprivileged, the sick and the poor.

“This is work I have done even before I became a politician; it’s in my blood. With the little resources that the Lord Almighty has blessed me with, I will continue to help marginalized and the less privileged both through Joyce Banda FI and as an individual,” she said.

Joyce Banda, as she is fondly referred to by adorers, said no-one will take away her charity initiatives and that no-one must mistake that for politics.

Banda’s mission in life has been to assist the women and youth gain social and political empowerment through entrepreneurship and education.

She has spent the past thirty years as a development practitioner, a philanthropist and a champion for social justice and equality.

Joyce Banda has been involved several development and humanitarian work. She established the Joyce Banda Foundation in 1998 and the Foundation provides integrated rural development services to over 300,000 resource poor beneficiaries



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President Joyce Banda was invited to and attended the United States of America (USA) National Prayer Breakfast at Washington Hilton Hotel.

President Joyce Banda: Gave a speech

During the week-long event, which ended on Thursday, February 5, 2015, former President Banda delivered a speech at a side event of high-profile women and offered a closing prayer President Joyce Banda.

The National Prayer Breakfast is a yearly event held in Washington DC, whose climax is on the first Thursday of February each year. President Joyce Banda The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide.

The event—which is actually a series of meetings, prayers, readings, greetings luncheons, and dinners—has taken place since 1953 and has been held at least since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW President Joyce Banda.

“She spoke about the importance of love, peace and unity among the people of the world. She bemoaned the prevailing human and natural tragedies including wars that have caused untold human suffering over the years,” said one of Banda’s aides who accompanied her to the historic event President Joyce Banda .

In his keynote address at the event on Thursday, US President Barack Obama said the US would never stop fighting for freedom of religion around the world. He talked about the inspiration given by faith world-wide driving people to do right, but faith also used as a weapon.

President Obama also referred to hate crimes and terrorism, such as “ISIL, a brutal, vicious, death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism.”

The breakfast was attended by some 3,500 guests, including international invitees from over 100 countries. The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the United States Congress and is organized on their behalf by The Fellowship Foundation, a Christ-centered organization. Initially called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, President Joyce Banda the name was changed in 1970 to the National Prayer Breakfast.

It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships. Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own annual prayer breakfast events.

Every U.S. president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the annual event.

The Dalai Lama was the ‘Special Guest’ during this year’s event. President Obama offered “a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, who inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings”.

“I’ve been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions, and we’re grateful that he’s able to join us here today,” said the US President.

Dalai Lamas are the head monks of the Gelug School, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism.The current Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, and is also well known for his lifelong advocacy for Tibetans inside and outside Tibet.

President Joyce Banda : The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa

President Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda

  • President, Malawi
Lilongwe, Malawi
Marital Status
Bachelor of Arts / Science, Columbus University
Joyce Banda on Forbes Lists

Malawi’s first female president (and second on the African
continent) narrowly won a second term this May after originally assuming
office in 2012. President Joyce Banda However, she ordered that the results of the May
elections be nullified and the elections be held in 90 days due to
electoral irregularities; spectators say it is a desperate attempt to
stay in power. Her time so far has been marred by financial scandals,
arrests and prosecutions in her own government. But Banda’s most brazen
decisions have been for austerity’s sake. She sold off a $15 million
presidential jet, cut her own salary by 30 percent and dismissed her
cabinet in the midst of corruption allegations. President Joyce Banda Her bookkeeping measures
have helped lift monetary suspensions from Western donors to Malawi and
restore cash injections from the IMF.

President Joyce Banda : Her Excellency

An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her
Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of
Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s
second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for
two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the
world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of
women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groupsPresident Joyce Banda. 

Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of
Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister
and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister
of Gender and Child Welfare, President Joyce Banda championed the enactment of the
Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal
framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence
against women and girls.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the
“Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of
Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997,
President Banda is a strong advocate for women President Joyce Banda and girls’ emancipation
and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the
Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range
from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.

On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in
the formation of such organizations as the President Joyce Banda

African Federation of Women
Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the
Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the
American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she
served as First President President Joyce Banda.

President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies.
These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM,President Joyce Banda  the GlobalLeaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory
Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard
Medical School.

President Joyce Banda slated to give Keynote Speech at “International Women’s Day”

On Saturday March 7th, 2015, the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W), the international non-profit organization dedicated to connecting, educating and empowering women and young girls around the globe, plans its annual festivities for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC President Joyce Banda.The proceeds from this event will be used to fund the GC4W Community Development & Empowerment Programs that supports initiatives such as the Karamajiji New School Development Project for disable girls and GC4W Women Empowerment Workshops President Joyce Banda.

Building on the wildly successful inaugural celebration at the Harvard Club of New York in 2014, GC4W continues its rich tradition and important work of recognizing and celebrating women leaders from around the globe who are making a difference in the fight for women empowerment. The theme for the 2015 GC4W International Women’s Day Awards & Benefit Gala celebration will be “Connecting for Women Empowerment” as GC4W focuses attention towards progress on the 3rd Goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the United Nations President Joyce Banda.

GC4W was founded in response to this UN mandate and the foundation’s aim to enrich the lives of 100 thousand women President Joyce Banda and youth by the end of 2015 is strategically aligned to support its achievement.

The 2015 International Women’s Day celebration will be highlighted by a keynote address from the Former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda, one of the very first Female Presidents in Africa.

Honorable Dr. Banda will focus her remarks on the importance of investing in young girls and women. As with past award recipients such as Jenna Fernandes, Denise Ajayi-Williams, Amy Hixon, Teresa Clarke, Chief Temitope Ajayi, and the Honorable U. Joy Ogwu, Dr. Banda represents a 2015 class of honorees that hail from both the public and private sectors, including prominent global women leaders, CEOs, NGO leaders, Government officials, Magazine Editors, Grammy Award Winner, GC4W Champions, and Several others President Joyce Banda.

Honorees will descend on Washington DC from diverse geographical origins with dignitaries and social innovators traveling from the United Kingdom, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, United States, Canada, and more to join the celebration President Joyce Banda.