Healthcare

Baraka introduces ‘Memo plus Advanced’

Views - 14 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

Baraka the leading herbal healthcare brand in Sri Lanka, in their quest to provide the best for a happier and healthier life, launched their brain tonic Memo plus as ‘Memo plus Advanced’ with an enhanced formula, at the Baraka Auditorium recently


Subscribe and rest easy: Free unlimited medical consultations now on oDoc

Views - 17 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

Patients can now cut down medical expenses in addition to time spent in queues, germ filled waiting rooms and stressful trips to the doctor by subscribing to free unlimited medical consultations for the entire family on oDoc for Rs. 499 a month. oDoc


Durdans Hospital holds Heart Health Forum

Views - 13 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

It was an enriching morning for cardiac patients and the general public at the latest edition of Heart Health Forum themed ‘Health that Makes the Heart Go On’ held on 25 August from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Attending the cardiac related awareness pro


Are you aware of thalassaemia?

Views - 7 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

By P.R.D.R. Piyathunga Thalassaemia is recognised as a common genetic disorder in Sri Lanka. The disease occurs due to haemoglobin, the main component of red blood cells not been produced in sufficient quantities. Treating low blood cells of thalass


Sri Lanka to host more than 600 delegates from 60 countries at Digital Health Week 2018

Views - 22 Tuesday, 25 September 2018 00:00

The largest global digital health event this year, Digital Health Week 2018, will take place in Colombo from 7 to 12 October. Already over 600 delegates from over 60 countries have registered for the various conferences happening during the digital h


Male infertility: The good, the bad and the ugly

Views - 27 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 - 101 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 - 10 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 - 12 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 - 19 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 - 13 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 - 17 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 - 22 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 - 33 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 - 12 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 - 8 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 - 11 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 - 12 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 - 12 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 - 20 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 - 31 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 - 14 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 - 14 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 - 428 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 - 32 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 - 51 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.


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Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B


Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U


Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines


Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel


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