Male infertility: The good, the bad and the ugly

Views - 15 Tuesday, 18 September 2018 00:00

Mankind ensures continuity of its species through procreation or reproduction. Human procreation means sexual reproduction resulting in human fertilisation, usually due to sexual intercourse between a male and a female. To ensure a successful fertili

“Sri Lanka’s ageing population not a threat; fertility rate within healthy range”: IPPF DG

Views - 89 Thursday, 13 September 2018 00:00

By Fathima Riznaz Hafi Family planning has been promoted and practiced for some time now in Sri Lanka. As a result of successful family planning, Sri Lankan families have become smaller and the ageing population is bigger. Though an ageing population

Citra partners Mt. Lavinia MC for dengue prevention and control

Views - 8 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Citra, Sri Lanka’s first social innovation lab, recently entered into a partnership with the Mount Lavinia Municipal Council to develop a citizen-centred open source platform for dengue prevention and control. Citra, a joint initiative between the

Countries in WHO South-East Asia to intensify efforts to control dengue, eliminate malaria

Views - 11 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Countries in WHO South-East Asia last week resolved to accelerate efforts to control dengue which threatens nearly 1.3 billion people with frequent and large-scale outbreaks, and control malaria, that continues to be endemic in the Region. “We need

Rotary Club Colombo West initiates ‘Save a Little Heart’ project

Views - 12 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect and the leading cause of death during the first year of a child’s life. It is estimated that in Sri Lanka, for every 1,000 newborns, there are six to eight born with congenital heart defects

Johnson & Johnson says to work on India compensation for recalled hip implants

Views - 11 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said on Friday it would work with the Indian government to compensate patients who suffered from artificial hip implants the US healthcare company recalled eight years ago. Last month, a government panel reco

AstraZeneca gets FDA breakthrough therapy label for asthma treatment

Views - 14 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: AstraZeneca PLC and Amgen Inc. said on Friday the US Food and Drug Administration had granted a breakthrough therapy label for their drug to treat a type of severe asthma, potentially speeding up its development and regulatory review. The dr

Ashanthi releases music video for suicide prevention

Views - 14 Wednesday, 12 September 2018 00:00

By Safna Malik One of the popular female artistes in Sri Lanka, Ashanthi de Alwis released her official music video, titled ‘Hitha Danne Mithuranne’, to raise awareness among young people about suicide and preventing it on World Suicide Preventi

Spexbay launches its first eyewear store in Maharagama

Views - 20 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:01

Spexbay has launched its fashionable optical outlet for the first time in Sri Lanka. Creating a dynamic experience in the busy but upcoming suburb of Maharagama, a popular area for bargaining shopping, Spexbay offers high quality products at affordab

Fortis Healthcare’s Shivinder Singh sues brother, breaks business ties

Views - 10 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

(Reuters): Fortis Healthcare Ltd. Co-founder Shivinder Singh said on Tuesday he had filed a lawsuit against older brother Malvinder Singh, alleging “oppression and mismanagement” at their joint businesses. Shivinder, who has decided to break busi

IDTechEx releases ‘Technology for Diabetes Management: Technology, Players and Forecasts’ report

Views - 7 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

IDTechEx Research has recently released a new market report ‘Technology for Diabetes Management, 2019-2029: Technology, Players and Forecasts’, including details of glucose test strips, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), insulin pumps, insulin

Dr. Khetrapal Singh unanimously nominated for 2nd term as Regional Director WHO South-East Asia

Views - 8 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh on Wednesday was nominated for a second five-year term as Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia. Dr. Khetrapal Singh’s candidature was unopposed, as the 11 Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region met at the ongo

A quarter of adults are too inactive, putting health at risk

Views - 9 Thursday, 6 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: More than a quarter of the world’s adults – or 1.4 billion people – take too little exercise, putting them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and cancers, according to a World Health Organization-led st

Health for all resonates at WHO Regional Committee session

Views - 10 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Health ministers and experts from countries in the WHO Southeast Asia region on Monday began the five-day deliberations on priority issues, emphasising on universal health coverage for ensuring health for all.“Universal health coverage is at the co

Highest standards certification for Pannipitiya Private Hospital

Views - 15 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Pannipitiya Private Hospital which won the ISO 9001-2008 Standard Certification for all its functions of the hospital has established its own quality control division to further boost and maintain its premium standards. Putting aside the intention of

Mega Lifesciences offers herbal remedy for coughs and colds

Views - 14 Wednesday, 5 September 2018 00:00

Mega Lifesciences Ltd., an international entity which has a vast knowledge of customer needs and providing them the most suitable solutions, has introduced a new product as a remedy for cough, cold and throat irritation that offers prompt relief. As

UK considers banning ‘energy drink’ sales to children in England

Views - 12 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): The sale of high-caffeine soft drinks to children could be banned in England, the British government said on Thursday, citing public health concerns.

FDA approves two new HIV drugs from Merck

Views - 10 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Reuters: Merck and Co Inc. said on Thursday the US Food and Drug Administration approved two of its HIV oral drugs, nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Fake, low quality drugs come at high cost

Views - 30 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Reuters Health: About one in eight essential medicines in low- and middle-income countries may be fake or contain dangerous mixes of ingredients that put patients’ lives at risk, a research review suggests.

WHO Southeast Asia countries to discuss priority health issues in Delhi

Views - 8 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Intensifying action to eliminate malaria, addressing the increasing threat of dengue, to improving access to essential medicines, member countries of WHO Southeast Asia Region are meeting in Delhi from 3 to 7 September to discuss priority health issu

Oticon OPN hearing aids transform more than a million lives

Views - 12 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Oticon, one of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers recently celebrated selling more than one million state-of-the-art Oticon OPN aids to individuals around the world.

Hemas Holdings launches Fit for Life

Views - 393 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

Keeping in line with the corporate wellness value proposition of the Group, Hemas Holdings PLC launches its one of a kind Corporate Wellness Fitness Program ‘Fit for Life’ for a third year in a row to all Group employees.

Lanka Hospitals delivers 1150th IVF baby

Views - 15 Monday, 3 September 2018 00:00

The internationally accredited, multi award-winning hospital, Lanka Hospitals, Colombo has announced the successful delivery of 1150 IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) babies.

oDoc at work: App launches corporate subscription packages for unlimited medical consultations

Views - 47 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

oDoc, Sri Lanka’s video medical consultation platform, has introduced an employee healthcare solution for businesses.

History of heavy drinking linked to more aggressive prostate cancer

Views - 10 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Reuters Health: Among men getting a prostate biopsy, those with a history of consuming seven or more drinks a week are more likely than nondrinkers to be diagnosed with an aggressive tumor, a small study suggests.

Bangladeshi obstetricians and gynaecologists visit Ninewells Hospital on study tour

Views - 15 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Ninewells Hospital recently hosted a contingent of 10 gynaecologists and obstetricians from Bangladesh who were in Sri Lanka to study the country’s region-leading maternal and baby health care system.

Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda marks 5 years of success

Views - 15 Monday, 27 August 2018 00:00

Marking five years of exceptional healthcare services, Hemas Hospital Thalawathugoda, part of the leading multi-chain of Hemas Hospitals celebrated the milestone anniversary with a series of events themed ‘Pranamaya’ to pay tribute to the many st

Seylan partners with Browns Hospitals to reward newborn babies with Tikiri gifts

Views - 138 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Seylan Tikiri joined hands with Browns Hospitals to further enhance its value proposition by offering every new born baby with a Tikiri voucher worth Rs. 1,000. The parent or guardian can utilise the voucher to open a Tikiri Account at any of the Se

Take precautions against the spread of common respiratory infections

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Upper respiratory tract infections are common these days as we see many cases ranging from common colds, influenza, asthma or even bronchitis/pneumonia. However, the symptoms can be uncomfortable and affect daily routine. It can especially be difficu

Balasooriya Hospital receives Gold at CNCI Achievers Awards 2018

Views - 12 Thursday, 23 August 2018 00:00

Balasooriya Private Hospital Chairman Priyanthalal Balasooriya received the Gold Award in National Level, Large Category, Service Sector at the CNCI Achievers Awards 2018 organised by the Ceylon National Chamber of Industries (CNCI) of Sri Lanka. Bal

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In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Imran may turn blind eye to blasphemy law and persecution of Ahmadiyyas

Saturday, 22 September 2018

There are clear signs that Pakistan’s freshly minted Prime Minister, Imran Khan, will make a sincere effort to reduce corruption and maladministration in the domestic sphere. In foreign affairs he is likely to make a brave attempt to mend fences wi

The rate of exchange, capital flight and the Central Bank

Friday, 21 September 2018

The Central Bank (CBSL) exists for the sole purpose of price stability. Its controls on the financial system and monetary policy exist to maintain price stability. As put forth many times by the Governor, the failing of the CBSL to control inflation

Red flag over the Sri Lankan Navy

Friday, 21 September 2018

Shocking story Rusiripala, a former banker in Sri Lanka, who has taken to writing in Daily FT, is perturbed by the red flag I have raised (Daily FT article 18 September) over the shocking charge that our Navy had operated a ransom gang that had abduc

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