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HOTC performs kidney transplantation on 386 patients




BHAKTAPUR — Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC) in Bhaktapur has performed kidney transplantation on 386 patients so far.

The Centre came into operation in April 23, 2012. During the past nine months alone, the Centre has transplanted kidneys on 104 patients, shared the Centre’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha.

He also said that the Centre provides haemodialysis service to over 100 patients on a daily basis under its 24-hour service.

Director Shrestha further informed that the Centre has successfully transplanted kidney received from a brain-dead person for the first time in Nepal, has performed successful liver transplant, along with providing Endoscopic Ultrasound service to the patients – first of its kind at a government health facility.

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The Centre has increased its services with a rise in number of kidney patients. At the same time, it is also launching open heart surgery service for the first time in Bhaktapur in the near future, according to Dr Shrestha.

A meeting of the Council of Ministers held on January 1, 2018 took the decision to change the Centre’s name to Dharmabhakta Human Organ Transplant Centre.

Dr Shrestha added that the name on the board of the Centre will be changed once they receive the circular from the Ministry of Health.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

Raghu Kshitiz



Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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