Genetic obesity in children: Doctors call for govt. help in
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Lack of government intervention and apprehension of starting clinical trials in India is probably delaying rare treatment options available for children suffering from genetic obesity.

In March, two-and-a-half-year morbidly obese Srijit Hingankar died at a Pune hospital due to chest infection triggered by his excess weight. Two months later, his doctor received an approval from a German hospital about his enrolment for a drug trial for leptin hormone deficiency, which was diagnosed as the reason for his excess weight. At the time of his death, Srijit weighed 31.5 kg, equivalent to the average weight of a 10-year-old.

“I plan to utilise the approval to enrol another baby so that someone else doesn’t meet Srijit’s fate,” said bariatric surgeon Dr. Shashank Shah, who practises in Mumbai and Pune.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/genetic-obesity-in-children-docs-call-for-govt-help-clinical-trials/article18526667.ece
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