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Telemedicine center becomes effective at Phalebas

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PARBAT— A telemedicine center, brought into operation at Thanamaula of Phalebas Municipality-8 in Parbat by the local Char Bhanjyang Service Center has been providing its services to a good number of people.

Locals have been benefited by the operation of center which provides telemedicine services and health counseling for epilepsy, mental problems and other health issues related to urinary system, skin and neurology.

As stated by Char Bhanjyang Health Center’s chief Roshan Gurung, health services have been accessible to the locals with the operation of the telemedicine center.

Telemedicine is about remote delivery of health services by the means of telecommunication and technology through which healthcare providers and patients make a two-way communication, wherein the former listen to the patients problems, evaluate and make diagnosis, and recommend them required treatment or further steps.

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The center provides the services to patients through Skype where medical specialists and doctors from home and abroad are available for the patients’ convenience.
Local Arjun Kunwar (38) said he had been uncomfortable even for his day to day movement due to neurological issues.

But now the problem has been normalized following the treatment he acquired on the consultation of a foreign doctor. The center made it possible for him. He underwent a surgery of his throat nerve on the recommendation of the doctor he met on the Skype at the center.

According to him, there are other many people who have been living a normal life after receiving healthcare services from the center for different health- related problems.

The center refers patients to other health facilities, in coordination with the Western Regional Hospital Pokhara, if they need to be admitted to hospital.

It was established in 2066 BS on the initiation of Char Bhanjyang Tamu Society based in the UK. Up to 25 people visit it on a daily basis these days. It welcomes people from Kushma Municipality, Mahashila Rural Municipality, Bihadi Rural Municipality as well as neighboring districts Baglung and Gulmi.

Besides all these, the center conducts a free health camps in the presence of medical experts from abroad every year targeting the locals. It has been launching a Health Education Campaign for health awareness of people. The ambulance service is in the offing.

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Commonly used heart, diabetes drugs may help ease mental illness

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Commonly used drugs to combat physical health diseases, such as, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes could bring significant benefits to people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or non-affective psychoses, according to a study led by University College London (UCL).

The researchers say their findings have “enormous potential”. But they, and independent experts, say the results now need to be tested in clinical trials.

The study published in JAMA Psychiatry assessed the health data records of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses — including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The starting point for the researchers was a list of currently prescribed medications that science predicts could also help patients with severe mental health disorders.

The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during periods when they were taking certain medications to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes.

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The study focused on those patients who had either been prescribed Hydroxylmethyl glutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (HMG-CoA RIs), more commonly known as statins—which are used to reduce cholesterol/heart disease, L-type calcium channel antagonists (LTCC), used to reduce high blood pressure, or biguanides (such as metformin), used to treat diabetes.

“Serious mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder, are associated with high levels of morbidity and are challenging to treat,” Lead author, Dr. Joseph Hayes (UCL Psychiatry), said, “Many widely used drugs, such as statins, have long been identified as having the potential for repurposing to benefit these disorders.”

“Many widely used drugs, such as statins, have long been identified as having the potential for repurposing to benefit these disorders,” Dr Hayes added.

This study is the first to use large population data sets to compare patient’s exposure to these commonly used drugs and the potential effects on people with serious mental illnesses.

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