Telemedicine: An eye-opener for healthcare providers

Views - 120 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 - 32 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 - 29 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 - 31 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 - 26 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 - 34 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 - 19 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 - 76 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 - 22 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 - 20 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 - 25 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 - 35 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 - 22 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 - 23 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 - 2094 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 - 295 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 - 93 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 - 23 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 - 259 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 - 22 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 - 15 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 - 24 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 - 24 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 - 34 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 - 28 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 - 24 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 - 37 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 - 28 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 - 35 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 - 158 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

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Whither Sri Lanka?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

On Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019, suicide bombers from an extremist group caused carnage in six separate locations in Sri Lanka. Over 250 lives were lost and as many injured. The magnitude and co-ordination of their operation indicate several months o

Our Cricket Board simply cannot deliver – why not they all quit honourably?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

“It is necessary, therefore, for the Government to pay serious attention to the doings of Sri Lanka Cricket [board] and take immediate action to lift their game for the progress of our glorious game.” Question for Sri Lanka Cricket (board) Sri La

Yesterday Tamils, today Muslims and tomorrow who?

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

From the time of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s election victory in 1956, one and only one issue had dominated political party campaigns in this country; and that was communalism. The Tamil community was the main focus of these campaigns for over 50 years

Those who go by social proof are easy prey to crafty schemers

Monday, 17 June 2019

Going after social proof Swiss writer and novelist, Rolf Dobelli, in one of the essays in his 2013 book ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’, has given a fine warning to his readers. He has warned against going by ‘social proof’ or ‘majority view

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