Indian-origin American hepatologist Dr Arun J Sanyal,who is the chairman,Division of Gastroenterology,Hepatology,at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond is soon going to create a mobile application for the doctors,researchers and even patients for knowing all that they need to know about a fatty liver and the diseases associated with it.
Once you download this application on your mobile,you would get the entire information starting from basics of fatty liver to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD),NASH syndrome (Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis) etc.
Dr Sanyal,who was here to attend the Fortis International Liver Summit,is working towards it and would be soon collaborating with the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research for his global initiative titled Primary care hepatology.
Speaking to Chandigarh Newsline on the sidelines of the summit,he said,India has excellent specialists for hepatology and even gastroenterology in its specialised centres such as AIIMS,PGIMER,etc. But when it comes to knowing the basics of liver diseases which have very simple reasons to occur such as obesity,sedentary lifestyle,unhealthy eating habits,physicians do not know about it. As a result,by the time patients reach referred hospitals,the damage is already done. And the situation is no different in other developing countries. There is a need for doctors to first know what we call primary care hepatology which means what questions to ask to a patient,who present with conditions like obesity,hypertension,wrong eating habits,their genetic susceptibility etc.,to get to the correct diagnosis level.
We have already launched this programme in South America and we are looking at India for enhancing the skills of the doctors who work at the grassroots level so that they can correctly diagnose the problem and the patient can get the right treatment at the right time, he added.
Dr Sanyal is credited with the finding a cure for NASH – a liver syndrome which is a life threatening disorder,in the form of Vitamin E. He had established that using simple drugs containing vitamin E,NASH can be effectively controlled and can even be reversed up to 40 per cent. His study was published in 2010 in the New England Journal,National Institute of Health,USA.