Aiding aged with Alzheimer’s

Views - 17 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

By Oscar E.V. Fernando With the advancement of civilisation, science and technology, problems of ageing too seem to have advanced! One of the dreaded problems is Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Ageing is an unstoppable journey leading to second childhoo

Allogeneic stem cell transplant: The next wave of cell therapy

Views - 40 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

Allogeneic stem cell transplant is a cutting-edge treatment for cancer whereby healthy blood-forming stem cells are collected from a matching donor and transplanted into the patient to replace a diseased or damaged bone marrow thereby suppressing the

Improving access to quality medicines for all Sri Lankans common aspiration: SLCPI President

Views - 41 Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:00

President of the Sri Lanka Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industry (SLCPI) Shyam Sathasivam reiterated the chamber’s vision of making available quality medicines for all Sri Lankans, saying that establishing key processes to make the pharmaceutical indu

University of Birmingham awarded £1.9 m for global heart research in Sri Lanka, Brazil and China

Views - 32 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The University of Birmingham has been awarded £1.9 million through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Global Health Research (GHR) Program to fund world class research into a common heart condition in disadvantaged populations in Sri

First balloon expandable TAVI performed with only local anaesthesia at Durdans Hospital

Views - 31 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

The first-ever balloon expandable transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) – (without open heart surgery) was performed on an 82 year old patient with Ischemic Heart Disease and poor lung function by Dr. Pandula Athauda-Arachchi Resident Cons

Siddhalepa supports senior citizens with attractive offers for Elders’ Day

Views - 12 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

Sri Lanka’s pioneering and leading Ayurveda company, Siddhalepa will reach out to senior citizens in a special way to commemorate and celebrate Elders’ Day on 1 October. The Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital in Mount Lavinia is offering a series of c

Revolutionary DocOnCall goes live in Sri Lanka

Views - 18 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

DocOnCall has launched a free-of-charge trial for DocOnCall, a revolutionary new mobile app that offers subscribers immediate access to doctor consultations online, via video, audio and chat, to serve them in meeting their primary medical care needs.

AstraZeneca diabetes drug cuts heart risks in major study

Views - 50 Friday, 28 September 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): AstraZeneca’s diabetes drug Farxiga met a key goal in a major clinical study designed to show its heart-protecting benefits in a wide range of patients, potentially distinguishing it from rivals in a crowded marketplace. Diabetics

Walk to end Alzheimer’s on Saturday 29 September

Views - 14 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:28

The Walk to end Alzheimer’s is an annual event organised by the Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) to bring together the community, raise awareness on how to lend care, love and support and more importantly combat stigma. Sun or rain, participant

Nawaloka Hospitals celebrates 33 years of exceptional healthcare with CSR program in A’pura

Views - 15 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:25

Celebrating 33 years of exceptional healthcare service to thousands of Sri Lankans, Nawaloka Hospitals conducted a CSR campaign targeting school age children and the general public in Anuradhapura on 15 September. The main event was a free health ca

Lanka Hospitals hosts ‘Heart Walk 2018’ with Sri Lanka Heart Association on Sunday

Views - 51 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:24

Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, the world-class healthcare provider, will host the annual Heart Walk in partnership with Sri Lanka Heart Association this month in view of World Heart Day to raise awareness on heart disease. The Heart Walk, considere

Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials of gene drive technique

Views - 13 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:22

LONDON (Reuters): Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction. The researchers,

Number of kidney patients decreasing due to comprehensive programs implemented by Govt.: President

Views - 20 Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:21

President Maithripala Sirisena pointed out that the number of chronic kidney disease patientsaredecreasing at a significant rate annually as a result of the comprehensive programs implemented by the Government toprevent kidney diseasespreading in the

Baraka introduces ‘Memo plus Advanced’

Views - 43 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 - 21 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 - 20 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 - 12 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 - 35 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 - 41 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 - 110 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 - 13 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 - 31 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 - 17 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 - 18 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 - 60 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 - 114 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 - 16 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 - 11 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 - 12 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

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Are you monitoring logistics cost in your supply chain?

Monday, 10 December 2018

On the internet a simple explanation of logistics says: “Logistics is generally the detailed organisation and implementation of a complex operation. In a general business sense, logistics is the management of the flow of things between the point of

Sri Lanka needs its own leaders

Monday, 10 December 2018

We are in the era of chaos. Breaking news has now become very common because of some sections of media. People talk about corruption, discipline, and all the weaknesses of politicians. But how many among the general public in Sri Lanka would like to

With hope in our hearts, we will walk on

Monday, 10 December 2018

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark At the end of a storm There’s a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain Though your dreams be tosse

Immigration control & border security: Another distraction?

Monday, 10 December 2018

From the US to Australia, and all Western democracies in between, immigration control and border security have taken centre stage in political campaigns. These issues are a 21st Century avatar conveniently discovered to distract from the growing publ

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