Tuesday October 15, 2019

New Method to Help Improve Understanding and Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

The method can help in revealing previously undiscovered genes linked to the disease, and in predicting whether thousand others had the disease

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The study, published in the journal Genome Medicine, used artificial intelligence (AI) to examine genetic signatures of Crohn's disease in 111 people. Pixabay

Researchers have developed a new method that may help improve understanding and treatment of Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation in digestive tract.

The study, published in the journal Genome Medicine, used artificial intelligence (AI) to examine genetic signatures of Crohn’s disease in 111 people.

The method can help in revealing previously undiscovered genes linked to the disease, and in predicting whether thousand others had the disease.

“Our method is not a clinical diagnosis tool, but it generates interesting observations that need to be followed up,” said senior author Yana Bromberg, Associate Professor at Rutgers University in the US.

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Researchers have developed a new method that may help improve understanding and treatment of Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation in digestive tract. Pixabay

“Further experimental work could reveal the molecular reasons behind some forms of Crohn’s disease and, potentially, lead to its better treatment,” Bromberg said.

Crohn’s disease affects around 780,000 people in the US.

Chronic inflammation may occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract, although symptoms may occur elsewhere. It can also cause joint pain and skin problems, and children with the disease may have growth problems, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

The research team evaluated genetic variants in the 111 people, including 64 with Crohn’s disease, and used AI techniques to pinpoint genes whose functions changed more in Crohn’s patients than in healthy people, and vice versa.

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While the model’s accuracy might improve by including more people, it could help reveal the origin of Crohn’s disease and improve early diagnosis, the study said. “We can use the knowledge gained from this study to similarly model other genetically-linked diseases,” Bromberg said. (IANS)

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50 Lakh get Treatment Benefit under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

According to the National Health Authority (NHA) figures, more than 60 per cent of the amount spent has been on tertiary care

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Under the flagship health assurance scheme of the Narendra Modi government, free secondary and tertiary treatment worth Rs 7,901 crore has been availed in the 32 states and UTs implementing the scheme. Pixabay

Achieving another milestone in just over a year, the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) on Monday crossed the 50 lakh treatment mark.

There are nine hospital admissions every minute across India under the scheme. Under the flagship health assurance scheme of the Narendra Modi government, free secondary and tertiary treatment worth Rs 7,901 crore has been availed in the 32 states and UTs implementing the scheme.

According to the National Health Authority (NHA) figures, more than 60 per cent of the amount spent has been on tertiary care. Segments like cardiology, orthopaedics, radiation, oncology, cardio-thoracic and vascular surgery, and urology have emerged as the top tertiary specialities.

Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have emerged as the top performing states under the scheme.

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Under the flagship health assurance scheme of the Narendra Modi government, free secondary and tertiary treatment worth Rs 7,901 crore has been availed in the 32 states and UTs implementing the scheme. Pixabay

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said: “The Ayushman Bharat family is growing by leaps and bounds. In just over one year, under PM-JAY more than 50 lakh treatments have been availed by beneficiaries across the country.”

NHA CEO Indu Bhushan said: “50 lakh hospital treatments is a significant milestone for PM-JAY, but there is a long journey ahead. The scheme will continue to focus on reducing catastrophic out-of-pocket health expenditure, improving access to quality health care and meeting the unmet need of the population for hospitalization care, so that we move towards the vision of Universal Health Coverage.”

The 50 lakh hospital admissions have taken place in the public and empanelled private hospitals that provide care to the beneficiaries under the scheme. To date, 18,486 hospitals have been empanelled across India. In the first year, 53 per cent of the empanelled hospitals are private, especially multi-specialty hospitals. There have been more than 50,000 portability cases, wherein migrant and travelling eligible Indians have availed their treatment outside their home states.

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The aim of PM-JAY is to bring quality healthcare to more than 50 crore poor and vulnerable Indians across the country. The scheme gives annual healthcare benefits of up to Rs 5 lakh for every entitled family, and provides cashless and paperless access to services for the beneficiary at the point of service. (IANS)