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Much has been spoken about sterilisation of women over the past few weeks. Although it’s a simple procedure that is being done to ideally reduce the risk of more pregnancy complications (after the third Caesarean section delivery), many claim that
Sickle cell disease is an inherited ailment of the blood, which can cause many complications. While sickle cell disease is rare in Sri Lanka, there is a significant number of diagnosed and undiagnosed patients living with sickle cell disease in vario
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) doesn’t mean that there are ‘cysts’ in the ovary. Unfortunately women make requests to get their ‘Cysts” removed due to its name. The name is a misnomer; they are not cysts, but small immature follicles. T
June 14, is the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian physician, biologist and Nobel Prize recipient, who discovered and classified the ABO blood groups at the turn of the 20th century.
Staying healthy is not only making lifestyle changes to prevent conditions like cancer and heart disease. Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis too should be given priority in your wellness list, the National Osteoporosis Foundation stat
The immune system is the body’s protection against harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins and chemicals.
Sleep is a mandatory part of our daily routine and an adequate amount of quality sleep is capable of revitalising both mind and body to help start off the next day positively. There was a time when people thought that sleep was simply a time when the
Just as diseases inside our bodies announce themselves with symptoms such as fever, cough and pain, diseases of the mind can manifest in various ways. Eating disorders are one such group of illnesses of the mind and have the ability to greatly affect
Obesity has become a serious problem in both developing and developed countries. This condition is associated with a variety of chronic diseases in our health for examples diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol etc. According to the research stud
The design changes in cigarettes over the past several decades have not only made them both more likely to attract new underage users and more addictive, they have also made cigarettes more lethal. Studies conclude that, today’s cigarette smokers
Certain new concepts in joint disease are gradually being introduced and treated. One such painful condition is named ‘enthesitis’. Although not exactly a type of ‘arthritis’, enthesitis could be troublesome as any other disease of the joints
Breast milk is a nature’s gift to a newborn and it is the first specific and perfect nourishment which contains all the well-adjusted nutritious elements for the baby. This is because it produces optimum growth and development, and provides substan
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) there were 2.3 million undernourished people in Sri Lanka in 2017. Currently Sri Lanka is also experiencing a considerable malnutrition status. World Health Organisation (WHO) re
Every year, May 17 is dedicated to World Hypertension Day (WHD). However, as a result of the rapidly growing burden of disease associated with the global increase in hypertension, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the World Hyperten
We often focus on tendons when there is some damage to them. In today’s article we take a closer look at tendons and for that purpose we produce excerpts of an interview done with Dr. Shashanka Rathnayake, Consultant Plastic and Reconstruction Surg
With advances in technology and medical research we are in a better positon to address the female sexual orgasmic and pain disorders that are much discussed today. For this purpose we invited DR Kanishke Samaranayake who has a Fellowship in Cosmetic
Disease and age are co-related. Ageing not only deprives a person of youthfulness it also weakens the immunity system leaving the body vulnerable to various illnesses. High blood pressure is one such condition. World Hypertension Day (May 17) focuse
While the main function of hair is to protect the head from serious injury, it has a great cosmetic importance. The hair is a source of pride for many individuals. In addition, much can be said about an individual’s personality from the way him or
The cooking pattern has changed with time. We see changes in cooking utensils and energy sources when comparisons are made with the past.
The term ‘cure’ brings solace to the mind when it is associated with medical complications. However there are diseases that are in existence with no known cure with the only option available to the patient being to continue living with the condit
Children who develop cavities and gum disease may be more likely to develop risk factors for heart attacks and strokes decades later than kids who have good oral health, a recent study suggests.
Hand Hygiene (HH) is a practice ingrained in us from our early days. By keeping pathogens and other microorganisms at bay, its enforcement will help lessen the weight of public health threats within the nation. However in the hustle and bustle of dai
When you were born to this world, your genes had already decided on how you would start ageing, slowly deteriorate and breathe your last. Ageing is inevitable yet going through it with a positive mind-set would definitely help in ageing beautifully a
Asthma is the result of an allergy. The airways that carry air from the nostrils to the lungs are affected by the allergic condition. This results in inflammation and swelling in the inner regions of the airway tube. Consequently the cavity of the ai
World immunization week which falls on the last week of April every year is a reminder of the importance of vaccinations and the role it plays in the prevention of morbidity and mortality caused by infectious diseases. Dr. Deepa Gamage, Consultant Ep
Addiction to, overdose and abuse of painkillers are not an uncommon nor unheard of phenomenon in the current society. From heart-break to social acceptance, these practices have disturbingly found their place in society, particularly within the impre
Since the procedure was first performed to extract babies from the wombs of dead mothers’, the term ‘Cesarean Section’ has gained much recognition over the years. It’s popularity is such that a research conducted by ‘The Lancet’- a repute
Most often the society fails to see why addiction, particularly to substances, is difficult to overcome. Moreover, drug users are labelled as lacking in moral principles and willpower. Such stereotypes, instead of discouraging the habit, only discour
“Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture the assumption that ageing means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest” says Marilyn Ferguson. Everybody ages, but getting there in the right way at right time can be misinterprete
As of now we have to live in a world where all consumables, especially foods, are associated with hazardous compounds, which adversely affect our health. For example, not like during the ancient time, now we don’t have fresh and pure green harvest.
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