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Robotic surgery removes complex tumour between newly-wed's bladder and uterus

Using cutting-edge robotic technology, doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have removed a complex tumour located between the bladder and the uterus of a young woman.  The 6x5x4 cm tumour in the pocket between her bladder and uterus was discovered during a routine ultrasound. The Department of Urology and Robotic Surgery of the hospital determined that the tumour's exact nature could not be confirmed through imaging or biopsy due to its difficult location. “The challenges in this surgery were immense. We had to remove the tumour without affecting the uterus, bladder, or ureter -- all while avoiding a large incision that could complicate the patient's future pregnancy plans,” said Vipin Tyagi, the lead surgeon. Tyagi and his team hence opted for a robotic-assisted surgery. The advanced robotic system allowed for unparalleled precision, flexibility, and control throughout the delicate operation. “The robotic technology was essential in accessing this difficult pocket between the organs and removing the tumor without any collateral damage," the surgeon said. Following the successful surgery, the newly-wed patient was discharged from the hospital just two days later – with her fertility preserved, said the hospital. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

18 June,2024 11:13 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Chronic high BP during pregnancy doubled between 2008 and 2021 in US: Study

The number of individuals who had chronic hypertension or chronic high blood pressure during pregnancy doubled between 2008 and 2021 in the US, researchers said on Monday.   Treatment rates for chronic hypertension during pregnancy remained relatively low but stable during the same time, with only about 60 per cent of the individuals receiving (filling prescriptions for) antihypertensive medications, according to the new research published in Hypertension, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association.  Chronic hypertension in pregnancy is defined as high blood pressure diagnosed before pregnancy or before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Preeclampsia typically begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy, can cause liver or kidney damage, and may double a woman’s chances for future heart failure and other cardiovascular complications.  "While the rate of hypertension in pregnancy has doubled, the use of medication for treatment remained stable at only 60 per cent, which we believe is likely below what it should be if patients are treated according to clinical guidelines," said lead study author Stephanie Leonard from Stanford University’s School of Medicine.  In 2017, clinical guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology revised the thresholds to diagnose high blood pressure from 140/90 mm Hg to 130/80 mm Hg for stage 1, and from 160/110 mm Hg to 140/90 mm Hg for stage 2 hypertension.  "We had hoped to see some impact from the 2017 guideline, which reduced the blood pressure threshold for treatment of hypertension. We were surprised to not find any meaningful changes from before and after the guideline," said Leonard.  This study highlights the growing burden of chronic hypertension and poor cardiovascular health pre-pregnancy as critical targets to improve maternal health, said the researchers.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

17 June,2024 07:47 PM IST | New York | IANS
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Treatment for stress-induced exhaustion disorder needs to be relooked: Research

Traditional treatment can tend to overlook important psychological and social aspects of stress-induced exhaustion disorder, researchers said on Monday, adding that the concept of stress needs to be discussed from a new perspective.  Despite stress being central to human development, the focus is often on the negative aspects of stress. A new thesis at Uppsala University in Sweden questioned the traditional view of stress-induced exhaustion disorder and introduced a new model that puts more focus on meaningfulness rather than recovery. “There are no established evidence-based models for the psychological treatment of stress-induced exhaustion disorder. The concepts of ‘recovery’ and ‘stress’ are so widely accepted in our current era that it is difficult to examine them critically,” said Jakob Clason van de Leur from the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University. It’s easy to think that patients with stress-related exhaustion should prioritise rest and relaxation. "But an overly one-sided focus on recovery can lead to a passive existence that it’s easy to get stuck in and can instead become harmful over time,” van de Leur added. He has followed 915 patients with stress-related exhaustion who have participated in comprehensive rehabilitation programmes, including medical, psychological, and physiotherapeutic methods. While the results are positive, he said this approach is relatively ineffective overall. “The treatments used to last up to one year when I started - now we are working on a 12-week digital programme,” van de Leur informed. Despite being a small study, "the results show similar effects to our previous six-month treatment programme, using only a quarter of the clinical resources. This means that the treatment can be made available to more patients in the healthcare system,” the researchers explained. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

17 June,2024 07:11 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Eating junk food like samosa, burger when stressed out can fuel anxiety: Study

Eating junk food like a samosa or burger when feeling stressed out can actually elevate anxiety levels, researchers said on Monday.   When under stress, people tend to turn to high-calorie food for solace. The study by researchers at University of Colorado at Boulder found that in animals, a high-fat diet disrupts resident gut bacteria, alters behaviour and influences brain chemicals in ways that increase anxiety. Lead author Christopher Lowry, a professor of integrative physiology at CU Boulder, said that to think that just a high-fat diet could alter expression of these genes in the brain is extraordinary. “The high-fat group essentially had the molecular signature of a high anxiety state in their brain,” Lowry added in the study published in the journal Biological Research. Throughout the study, the researchers assessed the animals’ microbiome, or gut bacteria. When compared to the control group, the group eating a high-fat diet gained weight. But the animals also showed significantly less diversity of gut bacteria. The high-fat diet group also showed higher expression of three genes involved in production and signaling of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with stress and anxiety. While serotonin is often called a “feel-good brain chemical,” certain subsets of serotonin neurons can, when activated, prompt anxiety-like responses in animals. Lowry suspects that an unhealthy microbiome compromises the gut lining, enabling bacteria to slip into the body’s circulation and communicate with the brain via the vagus nerve, a pathway from the gastrointestinal tract to the brain. “If you think about human evolution, it makes sense,” Lowry said. “We are hard-wired to really notice things that make us sick so we can avoid those things in the future.” Not all fats are bad, and healthy fats like those found in fish, olive oil, nuts and seeds can be anti-inflammatory and good for the brain, said researchers. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

17 June,2024 06:51 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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New device spots life-threatening infections in cancer patients remotely

US-based firm Leuko, founded by a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has developed a device that will give doctors a non-invasive way to monitor cancer patients' health during chemotherapy -- without the need of blood tests.   Chemotherapy and other treatments that take down cancer cells can also destroy patients' immune cells. In some cases, the patient's white blood cell (WBC) count gets dangerously low, a condition known as neutropenia, and the only way for doctors to monitor their patient's white blood cells is through blood tests. However, this new device will help doctors spot life-threatening infections in cancer patients remotely, according to MIT. According to MIT, rather than drawing blood, this device uses light to look through the skin at the top of the fingernail and artificial intelligence to analyse and detect when WBCs reach dangerously low levels. "Some of the physicians that we have talked to are very excited because they think future versions of our product could be used to personalise the dose of chemotherapy given to each patient," said Leuko co-founder and CEO Carlos Castro-Gonzalez, a former postdoctorate at MIT. "If a patient is not becoming neutropenic, that could be a sign that you could increase the dose. Then every treatment could be based on how each patient is individually reacting," he added. The technology was first developed by researchers at MIT in 2015. Over the next few years, they created a prototype and conducted a small study to validate their approach. In a study of 44 patients in 2019, Leuko's team showed the approach was able to detect when WBC levels dropped below a critical threshold with minimal false positives. The company has been working with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the last four years to design studies confirming their device is accurate and easy to use by untrained patients, MIT said. Later this year, they expect to begin a pivotal study that will be used to register for FDA approval. Also Read: Lucknow hospital surgically treats ‘suicide disease’ This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 June,2024 03:39 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Lucknow hospital surgically treats ‘suicide disease’

Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow has become the first district hospital to offer surgical treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia, also known as the suicide disease (mainly because of the high-level pain that the patient suffers). This achievement follows the successful operation of Ashok Kumar, 46, who was suffering from the condition. The patient had to spend merely Rs 400 for the surgery. Bollywood star Salman Khan also had this disease. Trigeminal neuralgia affects about 10-12 out of 100,000 people and is more frequently found in women. Ashok was experiencing severe pain on the right side of his face for six years. Despite using painkillers and undergoing treatments since the age of 40, he found no relief. Later, considering his financial constraints, some persons recommended him to visit Balrampur Hospital. Ashok sought help from Dr Vinod Tiwari, a neurosurgeon at Balrampur Hospital. Dr Tiwari noted that Kumar’s right facial pain was triggered by minor activities such as wind, brushing his teeth, gargling, eating, drinking water, or a light touch on his right cheek, causing him hours of excruciating pain. “I told him if it is not cured by medicines, then surgery is the only solution,” said Dr Tiwari. Further, MRI scan revealed that an artery was compressing the fifth nerve on the right side of Kumar’s brain, leading to unbearable pain. The medical team decided to perform surgery to relieve the compression and ease the patient’s suffering. “I and my team at Balrampur Hospital decided to perform the surgery to remove the tumour and decompress the nerve,” Dr Tiwari explained. The operation, which took over three hours under general anaesthesia, was successful. Ashok is currently recovering in ICU ward. The patient can speak normally and is no longer experiencing pain, Dr Tiwari said. Dr Pawan Kumar, Chief Superintendent at Balrampur Hospital, said: “Due to this disease, the patient is at risk of paralysis due to brain pressure. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

16 June,2024 02:41 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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How this Mumbai-based Parsi couple beat obesity to lead healthy lives again

Parsi couple Kaynaz and Perseus Ghista were struggling with obesity and its associated health issues. However, their path to wellness not only transformed their physical health but also profoundly impacted their personal and professional lives by showcasing the profound impact of bariatric surgery in their journey. The wife’s journeyIn 2017, Kaynaz, weighing 126 kg, sought the expertise of Dr Ramen Goel, bariatric & metabolic surgeon, Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai Central. Her weight had been a source of numerous health issues, including joint pain, high blood pressure, and an overall decline in her quality of life. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery was driven by the desire to reclaim her health and vitality. Surgery and recovery She underwent gastric bypass surgery, a procedure known for its effectiveness in significant weight loss and improvement in obesity-related conditions. The surgery was successful, and over the course of a year, she experienced a remarkable transformation, shedding weight and regaining her health. Six years post-surgery, she now weighs 94 kg. Dr Goel commenting on her progress said, “Kaynaz's dedication to following the post-surgery guidelines and making lifestyle changes was truly commendable. It’s always inspiring to see patients transform their lives in such a significant way.” Life after surgery The weight loss brought about a dramatic change in her lifestyle. Activities that were once a struggle became part of her daily routine. Her energy levels soared, allowing her to engage more actively with her family and friends. Professionally, she found a new level of confidence, which was reflected in her work performance and relationships with colleagues. Reflecting on her journey, Kaynaz commented, “I feel like a completely new person. I can participate in activities with my family and friends without feeling exhausted. My job performance has improved, and I feel more confident every day.” The husband’s journeyInspired by his wife's success, Perseus, who weighed 156 kg, decided to follow suit a year later. His obesity had led to severe sleep apnea, a condition that affected his breathing during sleep. Surgery and a smooth recoveryDr Goel performed a similar bariatric procedure on Perseus. Due to his sleep apnea, the team needed to be especially attentive, but their skill and careful monitoring ensured everything went smoothly. Perseus came through the operation safely and began his journey to better health. Dr Goel added, “His case was particularly challenging due to his severe sleep apnea. We had to act swiftly to manage his oxygen levels during surgery. Thankfully, everything went well, and he made a full recovery.” Recovery and transformation Post-surgery, the husband’s recovery was closely monitored. Over the next six years, he experienced a profound transformation, with his weight dropping to 87 kg.  Sharing his experience, Perseus said, “The surgery was a turning point in my life. Not only did I lose weight, but my sleep apnea also improved drastically. I feel healthier and more energetic than I have in years.” Beyond weight loss Family and relationships The couple’s journey transcends mere numbers on a scale. The weight loss brought about a renewed sense of hope and happiness in their lives. They began to engage in more family activities, and their relationship strengthened as they supported each other through the process. The bond with their extended family and friends also improved as they could participate more actively in social gatherings and events. The wife reflects on their relationship, “We’ve grown closer through this journey. Supporting each other through the ups and downs has strengthened our bond.” Professional impact Both the husband and wife experienced a boost in their professional lives. The wife’s newfound confidence translated into better job performance and opportunities for career advancement. The husband, too, found that his improved health allowed him to work more efficiently and with greater enthusiasm. Overall well-being Today, the couple leads a healthy and fulfilling life. They are living testimonials to the positive impacts of bariatric surgery. Their story is a testament to the fact that weight loss surgery is not just about losing weight but about gaining a new lease on life. It’s about overcoming health challenges, strengthening personal relationships, and achieving professional goals. Their story is a perfect example of how bariatric surgery can change lives. It’s not just about the physical transformation, but the overall improvement in quality of life. I’m proud to have been a part of their journey. This journey underscores the profound human impact of weight loss surgery, highlighting how such medical interventions can bring about positive 

15 June,2024 02:25 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Researchers link hot weather with increased headaches for people with migraines

Scientists have found a link between increased headaches and hot temperatures for individuals with migraines, saying that as temperatures rise, so do chances for migraine attacks.  Weather change is one of the most common trigger factors for migraine, said Vincent Martin, director of the Headache and Facial Pain Center at the US-based University of Cincinnati. The study looked at the use of Fremanezumab drug and whether it could prevent headaches caused by high temperatures. Fremanezumab is administered by injection under the skin and is part of a set of monoclonal antibodies that have hit the market in the past six years to treat migraine in patients. Researchers cross-referenced 71,030 daily diary records of 660 migraine patients with regional weather data and found that for every temperature increase of 0.12 degrees Celsius, there was a 6 per cent increase in the occurrence of any headache. However, during the periods of Fremanezumab treatment, the association completely disappeared. "This study is the first to suggest that migraine-specific therapies that block Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptide (CGRP) may treat weather-associated headaches," said Fred Cohen, a study co-author and assistant professor of medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. If the results are confirmed in future studies, the drug therapy has the potential to help many people with weather-triggered migraine. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, believed that weather and medicine were intimately linked. "A couple thousand of years later, we are proving that weather matters in human health," said Al Peterlin, who retired as chief meteorologist at the US Department of Agriculture and co-author of the study. The findings from the study were set to be presented at the American Headache Society's 66th annual scientific meeting in San Diego, California, over the weekend. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

15 June,2024 12:21 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
Kaustubh Shiravanekar

Mid-Day Premium Combating suicide through one man's efforts to heal emotional wounds

Ever since we entered the 2020s, we have all read cases in newspapers about a rather sensitive topic. From 3 Idiots to Chhichhore, from Deepika Padukone to Shah Rukh Khan, from teenagers to senior citizens- all have talked, explained and been educated on it, yet, we find ourselves in the middle ground when it is brought up. This demon in question is none other than suicide. According to a report by the NCRB, 1,70,924 cases of suicide were recorded in only the year 2022 in India, a 4.2 per cent increase from 2021, making it the highest recorded rate over 56 years. Out of these cases, the maximum cases were that of 18 to 30 years old at a whopping 35 per cent followed by 30 to 45 standing at 32 per cent. The highest reported cause of these suicides was found to be family-related issues. (Data: cmhlp.org) Imagine, the place where one is supposed to be the safest on earth, the people whom they can rely on at any moment, become the very reason they want to end their life. Be it pressure on young students to perform extremely well in exams, or a family feud putting stress on someone, adversities need to be battled but the battle wounds need to be tended to. Kaustubh Shiravanekar does this very thing- tends to unknown people’s mental and emotional wounds, just out of his sheer will with Project Anamika. When asked how a Standard Chartered banker who seems to be set in life started helping people, he narrated the poignant account of how Project Anamika was born. “In 2014, I met a girl on one of those anonymous chat apps. We instantly clicked! She was living in Delhi, studying in college, and had a real zeal for dancing. We used to talk for hours. She wanted to be a classical dancer, but both of her parents were reputed doctors, and they were against that. They wanted her to follow in their footsteps, constantly pressuring her to pursue MBBS after graduation. She was exhausted from constant fights. Sometimes, she had thoughts of running away or even taking her own life due to such matters weighing her down.” Students, especially engineering and medical, contribute largely to the astounding suicide rate numbers. “I still remember that day, December 23rd. She had a breakdown after a career dispute at home. The entire day, I was chatting with her, constantly making sure she was feeling okay and not getting too pressured by these things. At around midnight, I woke up shivering, with a bad feeling about something. I checked my phone and saw a message from her a few hours ago, just two words - ‘Goodbye…’" “I was freaked out because she never used to say goodbye; it was always something like "see ya." I texted her on the app, but there was no reply. I frantically dialled 100. The officer on the other end patiently listened and helped me get connected to the Delhi Police, but those guys simply brushed me off, saying it was impossible to find someone with the limited details I was giving in a city like Delhi! I didn't even have her mobile number; all our communication was on that app, so tracking her wasn't possible. In the morning, I sent an email to the app developers, begging them to share her contact details so I could forward them to the authorities, but to no avail. They declined, citing privacy policy concerns. I felt rock bottom, helpless at that moment.” The virtual walls seemed to have paralyzed Kaustubh, left feeling helpless. “It's been 10 years, and I never knew what happened to her. I had that app until it shut down in 2018, but she was never active again.”  After a year, on the same date, he started Project Anamika, a pseudonym of that anonymous full-of-life girl. Explaining what project Anamika is, he said “It is a personal level self-sustained initiative to offer support, consolation, and a listening ear online or offline to any individual who feels depressed or like ending their life. Through this I am active online on multiple forums like Suicide Watch on Reddit, Quora where people post when they feel down and someone there like me offers informal counselling and life advice, helping them to get over such thoughts. In offline I just hear out my friends, and colleagues, just letting them know that they are not alone someone is always there for them.” He does not even remember an approximate number of the many people he has helped, saying that he just does his part and moves on. He mentioned quite a memorable anecdote in his quest, that of a girl named Harmony Haagensen from the United States. “There is a group on FB, ‘A group where we all complain’ where people just come and rant about everything they want and get it off their mind. Harmony was one of them, I saw one of her posts ranting about fate, she had lost her house to arson the previous night. Everyone got out but her dog didn't make it. She was devastated, losing her friend, house everything in just a few hours. I just pinged on her messenger, thought would offer some good words. We talked a bit, she was quite depressed much to the point that she had lost the will to live. For a few days, I kept in constant touch and talked her out of it. Eventually, her family recovered, and things got better. She assured me that it was all okay and she was hopeful for the future. This case has a special place in my heart cause after recovering Harmony promised me to continue the chain and be the person I was for her if she ever gets a chance. Also, each Sunday she visits Pie's grave and puts a flower on it by my name, creating an emotional bond, which gives me goosebumps to date!” Kaustubh is a testament to how just a “Hope you are well”, or a “Everything will fall in place” might become the best thing ever to happen to that person. With small but impactful steps like this we can, in the maestro Michael Jackson’s words, “heal the world, make it a better place”.

15 June,2024 12:19 PM IST | Mumbai | Tanishka Desai
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New growth, changes in size and colour of moles may be skin cancer: Doctors

One should always pay attention to new skin growth, size, colour of moles as it could be skin cancer, said doctors on Thursday, after American pop singer and actor Kevin Jonas shared that he underwent surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma.   In a video posted on his Instagram account, Jonas shared that he underwent surgery to remove basal cell carcinoma -- a type of skin cancer that most often develops on areas of skin exposed to the sun, such as the face -- from his forehead. "Yes, that is an actual little skin cancer guy that started to grow and now I have to get surgery to remove it." "Make sure to get those moles checked people," shared Jonas, brother-in-law of actress Priyanka Chopra, in the video. The news highlights how crucial it is to keep an eye on moles and new skin growths, especially in younger people. "Even while it could be easy to simply write off skin changes as nothing serious, there are some symptoms that need to be seen by a doctor right away. These consist of any progressive changes in size, shape, or colour as well as asymmetry, uneven borders, various colours, and a diameter bigger than a pencil. Because skin cancer, especially melanoma, can be aggressive in its early stages but is highly treatable, early diagnosis is critical," Pooja Babbar, consultant - medical oncology, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram, said. "Pay attention to any new skin growth, non-healing skin ulcer or swelling or change in any moles like (increase in size, change in colour, bleeding) and consult your doctors," added Vineeta Goel, senior director and HOD - Radiation Oncology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh.  The expert advised to always use sunscreen, hats, gloves, and other protective clothing when stepping out in the sun and maintain a healthy lifestyle to prevent skin cancers. S C Bharija, chairperson, department of Dermatology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said that moles, especially on white skin, need to be monitored regularly. "They should be protected from UVA radiation by avoiding extreme sun exposure. In case of a sudden increase in size, the presence of itching or bleeding and darkening of the lesions should not be ignored and urgent medical opinion should be taken. An early skin biopsy would help to diagnose the problem," the doctor said. The experts also called for frequent self-inspections and expert skin examinations to help in early detection, as it can boost treatment outcomes. "Early diagnosis requires lesser treatment and results in higher cure rates -- this is a golden line for every cancer including skin cancers. Skin cancers are easy to pick up at an early stage as they get noticed if one is little aware of them," Vineeta said. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

14 June,2024 04:41 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Clear national blood policy best way to ensure patients receive safest possible

A clear national blood policy, with all its stakeholders working together, is the best way to ensure that patients receive the safest possible blood whenever they need it, said experts on World Blood Donor Day on Friday.  World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14 to honour and thank those people who donate their blood, voluntarily and unpaid, to give others the gift of life. According to Rahul Bhargava, principal director and Chief BMT, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram, investing in blood bank infrastructure and advanced testing allows us to catch potential issues early on. "That's why robust government initiatives are crucial. Encouraging voluntary donation and stricter donor screening tests are vital for blood donation and access to safe blood," Bhargava said. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the national blood system should be governed by national blood policy and legislative framework to promote uniform implementation of standards and consistency in the quality and safety of blood and blood products. In 2018, 73 per cent of reporting countries, or 125 out of 171, had a national blood policy. Overall, 66 per cent of reporting countries, or 113 out of 171, have specific legislation covering the safety and quality of blood transfusion, as per WHO data. "The government should urgently consider consolidating the regulatory framework for blood tender services under a single legislation- blood law. Blood should be brought out of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, and the regulator should look much beyond the licensing of blood banks," said Anubha Taneja Mukherjee, member secretary, Thalassemia Patient Advocacy Group. According to experts, it is important to screen for infectious agents such as malaria, HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis to prevent transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs). Additionally, performing blood typing, antibody screening and crossmatching to ensure immunological compatibility is crucial, thereby preventing hemolytic and other transfusion reactions. "These measures safeguard patients, particularly those with compromised immune systems or requiring multiple transfusions, from potentially life-threatening complications," said Shruti Kamdi, consultant transfusion Medicine, SRCC Children's Hospital, Mumbai. She also mentioned that comprehensive testing and strict adherence to safety standards are "fundamental in maintaining a reliable blood supply and ensuring the efficacy of transfusion therapy". This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

14 June,2024 04:34 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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