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Govt to provide Rs 500,000 to cancer patient for treatment

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BHAKTAPUR — Health Minister Gagan Thapa has said the government is working on a plan to provide financial assistance of Rs 500,000 to cancer patients in the country.

Speaking at a programme organised at the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital operated Nepal Cancer Alleviation Organisation on Monday, the Health Minister said the government was preparing to increase the assistance amount being given to cancer patients so that their treatment would become easier.

Currently, the government provides Rs 100,000 to a cancer patient belonging to the poor and indigent communities .

“Treatment of cancer is costly. The Ministry has proposed the Finance Ministry to increase the amount of monetary assistance being provided to cancer patients and it is awaiting an approval from there ( Finance Ministry) to implement its plan,” he added.

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Stating that the government had laid its focus on making the citizens health conscious and encouraging them to adopt healthy habits so as to prevent them from becoming ill, the Health Minister said the government was working to increase efficiency of the government-run hospitals across the country for the relief of patients of chronic diseases.

Besides, the government has extended the services of the Gangalal National Heart Center to outside the Kathmandu Valley. Center’s services are being rendered from the Bheri Zonal Hospital Hospital, Nepalgunj and a cancer hospital in commemoration of the late Girija Prasad Koirala has been established in Nepalgunj, according to Minister Thapa.

He further said the government was preparing to introduce a health insurance proposal to a meeting of the Council of Ministers to be held on April 20 , seeking its endorsement and the health insurance of all citizens will be mandatory from the next fiscal year.

He pledged to financially assist the hospital to purchase required technical materials and equipments.

On the occasion, couple Chinikaji Shrestha and Shanta Devi Shrestha of Bagbazar, Kathmandu who contributed Rs 40 million to construct the new infrastructure at the Hospital feted.

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Type 2 diabetes early in life found to increase risk of fatal heart disease by 60 pc

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KATHMANDU — Developing Type 2 diabetes early in life increases risk of death linked to heart disease by 60 percent, according to a study published in Diabetologia.

The condition was once considered a disease of the elderly but the obesity epidemic has led to a surge in cases in young adults and even children too.

Research on 744,000 sufferers over 15 years to 2011 found the average diagnosis age was 59 and there were 115,363 deaths during the period.

It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked to almost a 30 percent higher risk of death from any cause, though a lower risk of dying from cancer was seen.

“Type 2 diabetes in young people is somewhat aggressive and leads to higher mortality,” said study co-author Dianna Magliano, head of the diabetes and population health laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

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Dr Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, said “Type 2 diabetes has evolved through the years into a different type of disease. It used to be a disease of the elderly.” He was not involved with the study.

“What we see nowadays with Type 2 diabetes is that it’s affecting a younger population and is more aggressive. There’s more weight, more lipotoxicity, more insulin resistance and more inflammation, and inflammation can cause premature cardiovascular disease,” Zonszein said.

Lipotoxicity is when the fats in the blood, or cholesterol, build up in places they shouldn’t, such as the liver, kidneys or heart.

The researchers also think the reason the younger people had fewer cancers is that it’s just more common for older people to have cancer.

They also suggested that because this group of younger people is being treated for Type 2 diabetes, it’s possible that when they do have cancer, it’s getting diagnosed and treated sooner, because they’re already engaged in the health care system.

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