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Reforming healthcare system: AAP government to set up patient welfare committees in Delhi hospitals

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

To deal with the public grievances on various health and medical issues, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party today announced plans to set up patient welfare committees at all government hospitals in Delhi.

Under this plan,  there will be 38 such committees in the government hospitals which will be headed by the local MLAs of the area. The representatives of the public will get an office space in the hospital premises to address the concerns of the patients.

Elaborating on how these welfare groups will benefit the people, the state Health Minister Satyendra Jain said,” The role of the committees will be to deal with day to day public grievances and resolve these issues at local level. Decisions on issues like lack of medicines, cleanliness and treatment will be taken on the spot by these committees.”

The patient welfare committees will ensure community participation and monitor functioning of health care facilities, the minister said.

The Health Minister also announced the plans of setting up 10 district committees to monitor the condition of dispensaries and other health programmes in the national capital.

“These district committees will ensure that the dispensaries across the city have all the essential medicines and cater to the medical needs of the public,” Jain said, and added that these groups will also look after the health programmes launched for public welfare in the city.

Talking about the state government’s immunization programme, Jain said that Delhi government has given de-worming medicines to 35 lakh students (1 to 19-years of age) under the immunization programme called Indradhanush Kawach.

“This immunization programme is being held in all parts of the city and the idea is to strengthen it in the coming months. This month we held it at 700-800 centers but we plan to take this number to 1,000. Our target is that 100 per cent kids of the city are immunized,” Jain said.

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Chilli Can Serve As A Valuable Medicine in Case of Lung Cancer

Additional experiments revealed capsaicin suppresses lung cancer metastasis by inhibiting activation of the protein Src. This protein plays a role in the signalling that controls cellular processes like proliferation, differentiation, motility and adhesion.

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In experiments involving three lines of cultured human non-small cell lung cancer cells, researchers observed capsaicin inhibited invasion, the first step of the metastatic process. Pixabay

Besides spicing up your food, chilli, it seems, also has some medicinal value. New research suggests the compound responsible for chilli’s heat could help slow the spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.

Most cancer-related deaths occur when cancer spreads to distant sites, a process called metastasis.

“Lung cancer and other cancers commonly metastasise to secondary locations like the brain, liver or bone, making them difficult to treat,” said one of the study authors Jamie Friedman from Marshall University in the US.

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They also found mice with metastatic cancer that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung compared with mice not receiving the treatment. Pixabay

“Our study suggests the natural compound capsaicin from chilli peppers could represent a novel therapy to combat metastasis in lung cancer patients,” said Friedman, a doctoral candidate who performed the research in the laboratory of Piyali Dasgupta at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

In experiments involving three lines of cultured human non-small cell lung cancer cells, researchers observed capsaicin inhibited invasion, the first step of the metastatic process.

They also found mice with metastatic cancer that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung compared with mice not receiving the treatment.

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Most cancer-related deaths occur when cancer spreads to distant sites, a process called metastasis. Pixabay

The findings were presented during the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting being held from April 6-9 in Orlando, Florida.

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Additional experiments revealed capsaicin suppresses lung cancer metastasis by inhibiting activation of the protein Src. This protein plays a role in the signalling that controls cellular processes like proliferation, differentiation, motility and adhesion.

“We hope one day capsaicin can be used in combination with other chemotherapeutics to treat a variety of lung cancers,” said Friedman. (IANS)