Hemas Hospitals takes legal action against fake news

Views - 13 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, one of Sri Lanka’s leading hospital chains for the past decade, has again been victimised as a result of fake news being circulated among the public. Over the past few years, certain individuals with disruptive intentions have circ

Foraging through fresh frontiers of pharmaceutical innovation

Views - 13 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

By the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry For centuries, human beings have waged a relentless battle against a litany of diseases that have ravaged countless generations. From early influenza epidemics that decimated towns and villages to d

Get back to quality sleep with Sleep Diagnostic Services at Durdans Hospital

Views - 9 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Sleep is essential for the optimal functioning of our bodies. Poor sleep can affect physical and mental performance and even cause mood alterations. If one experiences excessive day time sleepiness, constant snoring, and tiredness even after eight ho

Christell Skin Clinic first skincare provider in Sri Lanka to acquire ISO 9001 certification

Views - 11 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Christell Skin Clinic has been awarded the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 certification by the SGS certification body. In true testament to its motto – ‘Bring out the best in you!’ the leading skincare provider has become the first such centre in th

Sisili specialised medical services opens first EECP Treatment Centre in Colombo

Views - 25 Tuesday, 21 May 2019 00:00

Sisili, a leader in the medical field, has now launched the HeartAid Centre, the first non-invasive treatment and outpatient management of cardiovascular diseases under the auspicious of Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Dr. Rajit

Lilly’s new migraine drug pulls ahead of Amgen in fierce battle for new prescriptions

Views - 23 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:14

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters): Eli Lilly and Co. has pulled ahead in a three-way race with Amgen Inc. and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in attracting new patients to a new class of migraine drugs, and seeks to build on that advantage by stressing that

Vision Care partners with Bangladesh Eye Hospital to expand into international markets

Views - 24 Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:14

Vision Care, the Sri Lankan market leader in eye care solutions with 26 years of trusted excellence, expanded their network to international markets by partnering with Bangladesh Eye Hospital, Bangladesh’s best and most trusted eye care hospital. T

3M to buy medical device maker Acelity in $ 6.7 b deal

Views - 26 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Reuters: 3M Co said yesterday it would buy privately held medical device maker Acelity Inc in a deal valued at $ 6.7 billion, including debt, as the US industrial conglomerate looks to expand its business in medical dressings and related products. T

Lanka Hospitals introduces keyhole shoulder surgeries

Views - 10 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Lanka Hospitals, the leading and multi award winning healthcare provider in Sri Lanka, has now expanded its service range in shoulder surgeries with the introduction of keyhole shoulder surgeries at its Orthopedic Centre. These keyhole camera shoulde

Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics launches state-of-the-art laboratory in Galle

Views - 33 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Having revolutionised the healthcare industry through the most advanced medical testing infrastructure that is on par with superior global standards, Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics (LHD) set the foundation for another milestone when it opened its state-

Telemedicine: An eye-opener for healthcare providers

Views - 98 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

When healthcare is delivered across a distance, with exchange of healthcare information, it is called ‘telemedicine’. ‘Tele’ in Greek means ‘distance’. Therefore ‘telemedicine’ simply means ‘medicine at a distance’. It is not only

Vision Care commends employee efforts at annual staff convention

Views - 16 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Vision Care, the market leader in eye care and hearing solution products, hosted a staff convention recently at the Water’s Edge Battaramulla to recognise and felicitate their star performers. This event served as a channel for motivation to encour

Hemas Hospitals advances battle against NCDs with launch of new Wellness Centre

Views - 18 Tuesday, 7 May 2019 00:00

Hemas Hospitals, the first and only hospital chain in Sri Lanka to have been accredited from the Australian Council on Health Standards (ACHSI), announced the launch of the Hemas Hospital Wellness Centre, a state-of-the-art new primary healthcare fac

News coverage of violent events may contribute to ‘cycle of distress’

Views - 19 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Reuters Health: In the wake of violent events like mass shootings or natural disasters, people who watch the most media coverage of the story are more likely to show post-traumatic stress symptoms months later, a small US study suggests. After the 2

GSK’s HIV drug wins European panel thumbs-up

Views - 13 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s two-drug treatment for HIV infections won marketing approval from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday, after the British drug maker received a nod from the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this mo

Browns Hospitals signs MoU with NITF to provide members access to SL’s premier healthcare services

Views - 20 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Brown Hospitals, a fast growing healthcare service provider, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Insurance Trust Fund (NITF). The agreement will give the NITF’s 2.5 million members and their families access to Brow

Women snore too, and just as loudly

Views - 11 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

Reuters Health: It’s long been assumed that snoring is a man’s problem. But a new study finds that women snore too and often don’t own up to it. And even when they do admit to snoring, they insist, incorrectly, that theirs isn’t as loud as me

Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry hosts CEO Forum

Views - 64 Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Chamber of Medical Devices Industry hosted its inaugural CEO forum at the Hilton Colombo last week. The event was the first of its kind hosted by the Chamber, and attracted a distinguished audience, comprising of Chairmen, CEOs, Directo

Sleep myths may hinder good sleep and health

Views - 13 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Reuters Health: Widespread beliefs about sleeping include advice on how much sleep is enough, what quality sleep means and how to achieve it, but when these pronouncements are wrong, they can do more harm than good, researchers argue. The study team

Comprehensive facilities for cancer care at Durdans Hospital

Views - 10 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

With rising incidents of cancer the demand for better cancer care facilities has become urgent. Initial medical review, diagnostic investigations and examinations, several treatment modalities and counselling are available through Durdans Oncological

Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death

Views - 14 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs’ brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wed

WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions

Views - 24 Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

WHO last week released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. “Harnessing the power of digital techn

Women often keep impact of menstrual pain, bleeding to themselves

Views - 16 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Many women who suffer from menstrual symptoms like pain and heavy bleeding don’t tell their families or doctors about it even when it interferes with their ability to keep up with daily routines, a Dutch study suggests. Among nearly 43,000

Executive Director of FP2020 highlights need to address unplanned pregnancies in Sri Lanka

Views - 14 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

When couples are empowered to plan whether and when to have children, it enables their families, including women and girls, to reach their full potential. FP2020 is a global partnership that strives to make this a reality, by bringing together govern

Fresh effort to provide Tomo-Therapy and Linear Accelerator to Apeksha Hospital

Views - 1937 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

 Every time he goes to the Apeksha Hospital at Maharagama, his son’s voice comes alive. “Dada we can find money.” He knows that the 18-year-old was no more but he stops for a while to listen to that voice echo in the hospital corridors where t

UNAIDS and sexual harassment: More than a storm in a tea cup

Views - 291 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

It is with great concern that I read the article in The Lancet of December 2018 on UNAIDS and Michel Sidibe. I am not privy to the sexual harassment complaint, investigation and the report of the independent committee. The allegation by a female staf

The global syndemic – What is it? and why you should know about it?

Views - 87 Tuesday, 9 April 2019 00:00

For the first time in recorded history, bacteria, viruses and other infectious agents do not cause the majority of deaths or disability in any region of the world. Deaths from malaria, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases have fallen more than 25% eac

PMF Suwasahana Health Clinic on Saturday

Views - 21 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

PMF Suwasahana Health Clinic organised by People’s Merchant Finance PLC (PMF) will be held on 6 April from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at head office premises at No. 21, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 2. This health clinic is conducted with the collaboration of publ

Lifelong support: Autism Spectrum Disorder beyond childhood in Sri Lanka

Views - 217 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Up to 2% of the global population have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The exact number is hard to pinpoint, but millions of people are affected world-wide, tens or hundreds of thousands in Sri Lanka alone. Awareness of ASD is slowly rising in the c

Urgent appeal for kidney disease patient

Views - 19 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Pathmasiri, 40, is a daily paid labourer living in Malwathu Hiripiriya, Buthpitiya. He is the sole breadwinner of his family and has been eking out a basic existence over the years. Father to two young boys, Pathmasirii also supports his ailing mothe

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A case for reviewing plantation management

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Last week, I elaborated on ‘Going Beyond Agronomic Research for Plantation Reform’ with the aim of beginning a conversation on the importance of non-agronomic research to understand the many problematic areas that plague the plantation sector, in

How are we doing in e-government?

Thursday, 23 May 2019

It is customary to assess some aspect of the performance of a country using a composite index such as the Ease of Doing Business Index or the Network Readiness Index. For government services, there is the e-Government Development Index (EGDI), issued

National introspection in the aftermath

Thursday, 23 May 2019

“The immediate task for the Government is to guaranty the safety and security of all innocent Muslims and prevent a recurrence of 1983 … One cannot eradicate one evil with another” – Anatomy of an Islamist Infamy (III), CT, 9 May. In this, th

Dhammika Perera an anti-establishment candidate

Thursday, 23 May 2019

During the holy Vesak weekend the phones were buzzing all over Sri Lanka over a story that appeared on a web page. The story said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had met with business tycoon Dhammika Perera whose business empire contribute

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