Women often keep impact of menstrual pain, bleeding to themselves

Views - 12 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 - 8 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 - 1405 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 - 274 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 - 73 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 - 15 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 - 175 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 - 13 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

Studying health effects of micro-plastics will be a catalyst in efforts to save our oceans

Views - 12 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

“A study of the health effects of marine plastic pollution and micro-plastics is important for strengthening national and global initiatives to combat plastic pollution of our oceans,” stressed Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Rep

AIA Insurance participates in RFTL donation to Apeksha Hospital

Views - 19 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

AIA Insurance, the Gold sponsor of ‘Run for Their Lives 2018’ organised by Rotaract Club of Colombo Uptown, participated in the donation of medical equipment to ‘Apeksha Hospital’, Maharagama. This was the second consecutive year that AIA wa

Western Hospital marks World Kidney Day

Views - 11 Friday, 5 April 2019 00:00

Text and Pix by Ruzaik Farook Western Hospital, Cotta Road, Borella, Colombo organised a free medical camp, street drama and walk to mark World Kidney Day recently at the Western Hospital premises. It was held under the patronage of Western Hospital

Cancer medicine becoming unaffordable

Views - 26 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

A lady, 70 years old was stricken with cancer few years ago. She is a spinster and was a maths teacher at a government school before retirement. I know the family well. They are respectable and socially responsible, determined as far as possible not

Ruhunu Hospital expands to Aluthgama with state-of-the-art laboratory

Views - 16 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Ruhunu Hospital Ltd., the leading private healthcare provider in the Southern Province expanded its laboratory services to Aluthgama by opening a state-of-the-art laboratory in order to provide affordable top quality medical services to the people of

Revival Physical Medicine Centre celebrates 10 years of successful service

Views - 16 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The Revival Physical Medicine Centre, Sri Lanka’s premier institution for physiotherapy and related treatments, recently marked its 10th anniversary at its premises in Colombo, among its staff, a few special invitees and media personnel. Founded in

Hemas Hospitals offers free fertility consultation at Medicare Exhibition

Views - 23 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Leading healthcare provider Hemas Hospitals, in a bid to help more people in need of its wide-ranging and innovative fertility treatments, recently partnered with the 2019 Medicare National Healthcare Exhibition, which took place at the BMICH from 1-

Vision Care and Oticon launch Oticon Opn S and Opn Play at jointly-held industry conference

Views - 19 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Vision Care, the pioneering eye care and hearing care company in Sri Lanka, successfully concluded a three-day conference at Hotel Shangri-La Colombo commencing 17 March, in partnership with Oticon. Vision Care Hearing Solutions is the sole distribut

Australian medical team joins ZONTA Club 11 for Breast Cancer Workshop

Views - 30 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Ann Selle of the Botany Bay Zonta Club in Australia first became known when she developed and pioneered the Post Surgery Breast Cushion. It is nowadays widely distributed to patients in many parts of her home country and also in Sri Lanka. Ann Selle

Ceylon Biscuits and Ninewells Hospital sign MoU for employee healthcare

Views - 133 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Employees of Ceylon Biscuits Ltd. (CBL) will now have access to special facilities and healthcare treatments at the Ninewells Hospital. Following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies, CBL’s workforce of over

Cod Liver Oil: Nature elixir for healthy hair and skin and overall wellbeing

Views - 14 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

Cod Liver Oil is known and trusted for generations due to its unique properties of healing and restoration. Rich in natural source of vitamins A and D which help maintain healthy skin, hair, nails, teeth and bones, Cod Liver Oil also enhances and in

Nawaloka Hospitals promotes early detection among women through special screening offers

Views - 14 Friday, 29 March 2019 00:00

In the midst of juggling a sizablelist of personal and professional commitments, most women find that they have little time to focus on their health. Given the effects of heightened stress and unhealthy lifestyles, this takes on an additional dimensi

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

Views - 22 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 - 29 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 - 20 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 - 21 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 - 26 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 - 18 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 - 32 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 - 26 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 - 27 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 - 47 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

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No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch

Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further

What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available

On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q

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