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February 6, 2014 by  


Noorain Khan and Nabiha Syed named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Forbes magazine came out with its list of ‘30 Under 30’ for Law and Policy. Among those selected are Noorain Khan and Nabiha Syed.

Noorain Khan is an with Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

A Rhodes Scholar, she specializes in M&A, corporate governance, debt offerings and funds practice at one of the most celebrated—and exclusive—firms in the country. A Soros Fellow at Yale Law School, she’s traveled abroad with the State Department to speak about Islam in the U.S. Former stints at Goldman Sachs, Google and Department of Justice.

Nabiha Syed is an attorney with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.  She is considered to be  one of the best emerging free speech lawyers. Part of the team representing The Guardian U.S. in their ongoing national security reporting. On the team that defended Eliot Spitzer when Hank Greenberg sued for defamation. Formerly First Amendment Fellow in the New York Times Company’s legal department. Cofounded Drone U, an educational platform explaining drone integration into civilian airspace.

Dr. Nasir Marrouche develops new type of MRI

A new type of contrast MRI can predict which heart patients with atrial fibrillation are most likely to benefit from a treatment called catheter ablation, according to a landmark multi-center study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study’s first author is Nassir Marrouche, MD of the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, is the most common type of arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). It’s caused by erratic electrical signals in the heart. When medications don’t work, A-fib often can be controlled with catheter ablation, in which a catheter burns away heart tissue responsible for the erratic signals. Catheter ablation does not work for all patients, however, and there has not been a reliable way to predict which ones will benefit.

The study  suggests that earlier treatment may be beneficial, since the longer a patient experiences A-fib, the more scarring the patient is likely to have.

Patients in the study also underwent DE-MRIs 90 days after their catheter ablations. These follow-up scans showed physicians how effective the ablations had been in burning troublesome scar tissue.

Manteca mosque vandalized

MANTECA,CA–The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has asked the FBI to investigate a recent vandalism at a Manteca mosque as a hate crime.

The Islamic Center of Manteca was hit with spray-painted hateful messages. Vandals also  left behind strips of raw bacon.

“Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products and bigots often use pigs or pork to offend Muslim sensibilities,” a statement from CAIR read.

Basim Elkarra, executive director of the Sacramento Valley chapter of CAIR, adds that the Manetca mosque has been hit by vandals before.

“Because of the nature of the vandalism and the fact that the mosque has been targeted in the past, we urged state law enforcement authorities and the FBI to investigate this disturbing incident as a possible hate crime,” Elkarra said.

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