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Innovations in medicine needed to cure rare diseases: Doctors

Calling for better health research in India, health experts, including those from the All India of Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), on Wednesday said that innovations in medicine alone can help cure rare diseases.

Considering India’s population, doctors said that the number of patients suffering from rare diseases was quite significant now.

The diseases are usually severe and chronic and it is often difficult to diagnose and treat them due to their complexity, according to them.

Although significant progress has been made in new therapies, unfortunately, treatment is available only for five per cent of rare diseases and much work needs to be done in this regard, they felt.

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