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New Study Offers Hope for Patients Suffering From a Rare Form of Blindness

A new form of therapy may halt or even reverse a form of progressive vision loss that, until now, has inevitably led to blindness. This hyper-targeted approach offers hope to individuals living with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) and validates a new form of therapy with the potential to treat neurogenetic diseases effectively and with far fewer side effects than other medications. Details of this therapy appear in the latest issue of Science Translational Medicine

Breakthrough Mouse Model for Diabetic Kidney Disease Suggests a Role for Immune and Inflammatory Pathways

Scientists led by Duke-NUS Medical School have designed mice that successfully emulate a severe form of kidney damage in humans with diabetes, called diabetic nephropathy. Genetic analyzes of the mice led to the surprising finding that expression of genes controlling immune and inflammatory responses may play a causal role in promoting kidney damage, and suggest these pathways might be promising targets for therapy

Health Insurance Sector in India and Ayushman Bharat, Impact Highlighted

With the government's implementation of the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission in September 2018, the health insurance sector in India stands to gain like never before. A health policy for the socio-economically underprivileged sections of the country, Ayushman Bharat will likely benefit nearly 500 million Indians or 100 million families, by providing them with health insurance of up to Rs 5 lakh per year. Although the underlying framework for the scheme's pricing and delivery is still under consideration, the central and state governments will finance it.