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500th Pakistani to get liver transplant in India returns home

Two-year-old Nalain Aziz, who became the 500th Pakistani to receive a liver transplant in India, crossed the Wagah Border and returned to his hometown Lahore on Thursday. Aziz was diagnosed with a rare ailment – biliary atresia – where the liver and intestine lose connection. Babies with this condition develop progressive jaundice and need to undergo a surgery commonly called the Kasai operation. When he was just two months old, Aziz underwent an unsuccessful surgery. After multiple visits to the hospital it was declared that his liver had failed and he needed a transplant. As the surgery is still in its initial stages in Pakistan, Aziz was referred to India. His blood group O-positive matched with his mother who became...

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Dora Akunyili arrives for medical treatment in India, thanks Nigerians for prayer

Dora Akunyili treatment in india

Former Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili has commenced continuation of her treatment in India. A statement on Wednesday night by her Media Adviser, Mr. Isaac Umunna, said the former National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) boss is to be treated of an undisclosed ailment. The statement read further that she expressed gratitude to Nigerians and other well wishers across the world who have been praying for her since the news of her sickness broke out over the weekend. She was quoted to have said: “I am touched – indeed, overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection by my fellow countrymen and women, as well as numerous well wishers around the world, many...

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Eight Nigerian Children with Heart Disease undergo open heart surgery in India

Nigerian children heart surgery in India

Eight children from Nigeria suffering from congenital heart  disease were operated successfully through open heart surgery in India by peadiatric cardiac specialists at Innova Hospitals at Hyderabad in India, in early December 2012. Team Innova comprising of Dr. K. S. Murthy, Prof. I. M. Rao, Dr. K. V. Ramana, Dr. Gnanasekhar, Dr. Rama Krishna, Dr. Pankaj Kumar and Dr. Yogesh operated on the Nigerian kids. These surgeries were sponsored by MTN-Nigeria under a CSR initiative. The children hail from deprived families, one of them being an orphan. These children aged between 1 – 10 years were suffering from complex birth defects in the heart. Three of them were sick on arrival and were admitted in the ICU. One of the 3...

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Cancer cell has potential on-off switch

Lung cancer treatment in India

Epigenetics is the phenomena in which genetically identical cells succeed in expressing their genes differently and it result in different physical traits. At present, it is believed that cancer develops from environmental and genetic changes to cancer progenitor cells. These changes occur due to mutations, exposure to toxic substances or hormonal imbalances. "If we believe that everything in nature occurs in an organised fashion, then it is logical to assume that cancer development cannot be as disorganised as it may seem," said Sibaji Sarkar, instructor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). "There should be a general mechanism that initiates cancer progression from predisposed progenitor cells, which likely involves epigenetic changes," said Sarkar. Read more: Cancer Treatment by...

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Sugar is the culprit behind heart diseases

Researchers have uncovered evidence that sugar has a direct effect on risk factors for heart disease, and is likely to impact on blood pressure, independent of weight gain. Research Fellow with Otago's Department of Human Nutrition Dr Lisa Te Morenga, Professor Jim Mann and colleagues have conducted a review and meta-analysis of all international studies that compared the effects of higher versus lower added sugar consumption on blood pressure and lipids (blood fats or cholesterol) - both of which are important cardiovascular risk-factors. They located dietary intervention trials published in English-speaking journals between 1965 and 2013, comparing diets where the only intended differences were the amount of sugars and non-sugar carbohydrates consumed by the participants, and which measured the effects...

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