Healthcare

FDA rejects Sanofi-Lexicon add-on pill for Type 1 diabetes

Views - 7 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: The US Food and Drug Administration declined to approve a drug developed by Sanofi SA and Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. intended for use with insulin in patients with Type 1 diabetes, the companies said on Friday. The decision comes about tw


Seminar on ‘Global Health Outlook; Challenges and Implications for Sri Lanka’

Views - 6 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), Colombo is organising a seminar on the theme ‘Global Health Outlook; Challenges and Implications on Sri Lanka’ on Thursday, 28 March at the BCIS Auditorium, BMICH, Colombo. Ministry of Hea


eChannelling joins hands with Helakuru

Views - 5 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

eChannelling, the largest doctor channelling network in Sri Lanka, has joined hands with Helakuru Mobile App, the most downloaded local app on Google Play Store and Apple App Store, empowering over five million Sri Lankans with localised digital serv


Kosala of Hemas wins Swashakthi Abhimani National Award

Views - 6 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

Kosala Perera of Hemas Holdings PLC won the award for the Best Swashakthi Memberat the Swashakthi Abhimani National Awards Ceremony organised by the Ministry of Social Welfare and Primary Industries. Organised in collaboration with the Department of


When lymph nodes turn deadly

Views - 4 Tuesday, 26 March 2019 00:00

The lymph system consists of lymph nodes and vessels that carry lymph fluid in the body. The system is structured to protect our body through its lymph fluids which contain infection-fighting white blood cells while the lymph nodes act as filters, ca


WHO panel calls for registry of all human gene editing research

Views - 10 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:40

LONDON (Reuters): It would be irresponsible for any scientist to conduct human gene-editing studies in people, and a central registry of research plans should be set up to ensure transparency, World Health Organization experts said on Tuesday. After


Bileeta’s Entution Vesta powers health commodity supply management in Nepal

Views - 11 Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:39

Managing the supplies of lifesaving medicine across a country with 4000+ health facilities is a huge challenge. Ensuring the medicine supplies reach those in need whilst maintaining the stock of medicine at optimum level without wastage or expiration


Preventive health screening at Durdans Hospital

Views - 13 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Chronicillnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, etc. develop over time. Detecting the warning signs for an impending condition or illness can lower the risks of the disease and create a better outcome following management.


California jury orders J&J to pay $ 29 million in latest talc cancer trial

Views - 16 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Reuters: A California jury on Wednesday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $ 29 million to a woman who said that asbestos in the company’s talcum-powder-based products, including Johnson’s Baby Powder, caused her mesothelioma. The verdict, in Calif


Friends Adult Diapers from Darley Butler & Company

Views - 28 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Darley Butler & Company launches Friends Adult Diapers, the number one adult diaper brand in India. Darley Butler & Company, the Sri Lankan giant with the most efficient distribution network for consumer items and pharmaceuticals joins hands with the


Ceylinco Healthcare offers discounts on cancer treatment to 2.7 m people

Views - 14 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Ceylinco Healthcare Services Ltd. (CHSL) has announced that public servants holding ‘Agrahara’ insurance policies of the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF) and their dependents are eligible for discounts of up to 25% on cancer treatments offere


Kinross Dental Care installs cone beam CT imaging unit

Views - 188 Monday, 18 March 2019 00:00

Dentistry has witnessed tremendous advances in all its branches over the past decade. With these advances, the need for precise diagnostic tools, especially imaging methods, has become mandatory. From the simple intra-oral periapical X-rays, advance


WHO unveils sweeping reforms in drive towards “triple billion” targets

Views - 12 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

WHO last week announced the most wide-ranging reforms in the organisation’s history to modernise and strengthen the institution to play its role more effectively and efficiently as the world’s leading authority on public health. The changes are d


ayubo.life lauds clients’ wins at Sri Lanka Corporate Health and Productivity Awards

Views - 18 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Following the conclusion of the first Sri Lanka Corporate Health and Productivity Awards, the country’s leading smartphone health and fitness app, ayubo.life, applauded the success of two of its clients – Hemas Holdings Plc and H-Connect Ltd. –


NMRA launches integrated user-friendly website

Views - 17 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) recently launched their updated and newly integrated user friendly website. This is in-line with the Authority’s new initiative to digitalise its workflow processes. The new website (www.nmra.gov.lk) o


Ruhunu Hospital unveils first private sector vascular unit in Southern Province

Views - 46 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital announced that the hospital now offers laser treatments for varicose veins and has enabled the treatment to be performed as an outpatient for the first time in the Southern Province. With Ruhunu Hospital adapting to the latest and bes


Japan grants UNFPA $ 1.4 m to improve access to sexual, reproductive health services in Sri Lanka

Views - 25 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 00:00

The Government of Japan and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka yesterday signed an agreement, granting $ 1.4 million for improving access to information and services on sexual and reproductive health for women and girls in Sri La


Health sector to leap forward on important public health challenge

Views - 32 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

By Dr.Hathshya M.Munasingha Sri Lanka stands out among the regional counterparts in having good health indicators for which successive governmentshave contributed with social development policies. The high literacy rate is also seen as a major contri


Global health leaders adopt ‘Delhi Declaration on digital health for sustainable development’

Views - 20 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Global health leaders and experts on Tuesday adopted ‘Delhi Declaration on digital health for sustainable development’, which called for the WHO to establish a specific mechanism to centrally coordinate digital health to assist its member states.


London HIV patient becomes world’s second AIDS cure hope

Views - 16 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors said. Almost three years after receiving


Government of India reaffirms safety of Johnson & Johnson’s talc

Views - 17 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

(New Delhi, India): Johnson & Johnson has resumed production of its Johnson’s Baby Powder at plants in Baddi and Mulund, India after Government sanctioned testing reaffirmed that the product does not contain asbestos. This conclusion reinforces the


Nawaloka Hospitals re-opens new improved dental unit to offer best in class dental care

Views - 18 Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pioneer private healthcare provider, Nawaloka Hospitals, re-opened its Dental Unit recently to provide preventive and curative dental care to patients, using a multidisciplinary approach. Led by Resident Dental Surgeon Dr. Manori Danthu


Asiri Group of Hospitals, Platinum Sponsor for Medicare 2019 – National Healthcare Exhibition

Views - 23 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Showcasing its commitment to uplift the medical industry, Sri Lanka’s premier healthcare provider Asiri Group of Hospitals has stepped forward to support the 10th edition of Sri Lanka’s largest medical exhibition, Medicare 2019 – National Healt


India’s Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry partners Medicare 2019

Views - 12 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

The organising committee of ‘Medicare 2019 – National Healthcare Exhibition’ has announced its partnership with FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry), for the second consecutive year. FICCI is the largest and oldest ap


No cut, less trauma and minimal pain with ‘keyhole surgery’ for kidney stones

Views - 10 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Kidney stones is a common condition faced by many people, however, having them removed by conventional surgical techniques can be painful. Kidney stones can range from the size of a grain of sand to the size of a golf ball. Some stones may partly or


Appeal to the Govt. to make organ donation mandatory

Views - 72 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Having established the Kidney Transplant Support Foundation in 2007, the National Organ Donor Program was formally launched in 2009 by then-Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, with the support of my consortium partner, the National Kidney Founda


Gynaecological cancers account for 30% of women’s cancers

Views - 26 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:58

The statistics for women’s cancers are relatively standard around the world; while the most common cancer in women is breast cancer, gynaecological cancers, though lower in incidences, pose a significant threat, with deadly consequences if not dete


‘Let the Blind See’ with Wickramarachchi Opticians and Orel IT’s OrCam

Views - 18 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:57

Sri Lanka’s pioneering vision and hearing care specialist, J.M. Wickramarachchi Opticians together with Orel IT, recently launched the revolutionary artificial vision technology in Sri Lanka. This technology which has taken the world by storm with


Ceylon Chamber to hold wellness session in celebration of International Women’s Day 2019

Views - 15 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:54

On 8 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is organising a special wellness session for working women, conducted by Irushi Aluwihara. Irushi is the Director of Image Consultants, and is a fully-fledged


President says decline in kidney disease due to strengthening of treatment and prevention programs

Views - 14 Wednesday, 27 February 2019 00:54

President Maithripala Sirisena says that the prevalence of kidney patients is declining in the last two years due to the broad program implemented to strengthen the treatment and prevention of kidney disease. President Sirisena made this observation


Today's Columnists

4-day work week: A solution to many problems?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

A three-day weekend every week and only four days of work a week. The idea would seem too good to be true for many. But this is an idea that is being experimented in the West and some companies have already started out on a four-day work week. How ab


Christchurch massacre and the Australian Labor Party

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety, and that is why you will never hear me mention his name… He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless… And to others I impl


Political bait to woo the professionals or a genuine effort to build the economy?

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

It has been a forgone conclusion that Sri Lanka’s current economic woes have been precipitated by the debt burden the country has to serve in the short term and the negative Balance of Trade. Whilst improving tax collection is a temporary measure t


Handagama’s Asandimitta: Not mere psychoanalysis; sociocultural, political and economic analysis too

Monday, 25 March 2019

Sri Lanka’s award winning film director, Asoka Handagama, screened his latest creative work, Asandimitta, before an invited audience in Colombo last week. This was a prelude to its public release, which was to be commenced immediately. Handagama i


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