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Health workers obstruct anti-polio drop drive in Kailali

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DHANGADHI — The agitating health workers have obstructed the government’s anti-polio drop drive in Kailali district.

According to the District Public Health Office supervisor Pradip Joshi, the campaign was halted as necessary vaccines and devices did not arrive because of the disruption being caused by the health workers.

The health workers in various districts of the nation, demanding the implementation of the Section 9B of the Health Service Act 19(b), have been staging protests at health facilities and District Public Health Offices for nearly a couple of months.

As many as 116,846 children below the age of five in the district have been affected, Joshi informed.

The two-day campaign is underway in different 15 districts across the nation Saturday.

Earlier, the government had scheduled the campaign for February 18-19. But, it was later postponed for today and tomorrow owing to the workers’ strike.

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Kidney disease may up risk of diabetes

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Kidney disease may up risk of diabetes. Representational image.

KATHMANDU — It is known that diabetes increase a person’s risk of kidney disease. But, now a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that the converse also is true which means Kidney dysfunction also increases the risk of diabetes.

The researchers deduced that a likely culprit of the two-way relationship between kidney disease and diabetes is urea. The risk may be attributed to the rising level of urea — the nitrogen-containing waste product in blood, which comes from the breakdown of protein in foods.

“We have known for a long time that diabetes is a major risk factor for kidney disease, but now we have a better understanding that kidney disease, through elevated levels of urea, also raises the risk of diabetes,” said the Ziyad Al-Aly, Assistant Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis.

The nitrogen-containing waste product in blood comes from the breakdown of protein in foods. Kidneys normally remove urea from the blood, but it can build up when kidney function slows down.

Kidneys normally remove urea from the blood, but it can build up when kidney function slows down, resulting in greater insulin resistance as well as secretion in the body.

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“When urea builds up in the blood because of kidney dysfunction, it often results in increased insulin resistance and impaired insulin secretion,” Ziyad added.

The findings are significant because urea levels can be lowered through medication, diet — for example, by eating less protein — and other means, thereby allowing for improved treatment and possible prevention of diabetes, the researchers said.

For the study, the team evaluated the records of 1.3 million adults without diabetes over a five-year period, beginning in 2003.

Out of these, 117,000 of those without diabetes — or 9 per cent — had elevated urea levels, signalling poor kidney function and were at 23 per cent higher risk of developing diabetes .

The study, conducted in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System, is published December 11 in Kidney International journal.

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