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World Heart Day – A peep into the heart of the matter

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World Heart Day (WHD) is a global campaign that takes place on the 29th of September every year. It is the brainchild of World Heart Federation. 

World Heart Day reminds people around the world that Cardiovascular    Diseases (CVD) including heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading cause of death, claiming 17.9 million lives each year. Infact, CVD is responsible for nearly half of all Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) deaths.

So it is the world’s number one killer.

Thinking of Alzheimer’s Everyday

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How does it feel to go through Alzheimer’s disease? Can’t say much about that. No one who goes through the syndrome ever comes back to tell us how it all was. All that we know about Alzheimer’s are what people living without it feel about it. While in most diseases the patients speak about what they go through in terms of history and experience, the patient with Alzheimer’s remains outside the medical evaluation loops. A tragedy of sorts.

World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 - 7

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Existence of life starts with air, water and food. A child comes out from his or her mother’s womb and starts crying as a sign of life. Continuation of life is an art of nature that starts with mother’s milk in all breastfed babies; in all species. In the human species, babies are fully dependent on the mother until one year of age because they start walking only after they are a year old. It is well-proven, beyond any doubt, that up to the first 6 months of their life, babies require only breast milk. After 6 months, complementary feeds start.

ORS Base- National ORS Day, July 29

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July 29 is National ORS day. As we all know oral rehydration therapy has brought a tremendous breakthrough in the treatment of diarrhoea. Before oral rehydration therapy, ADD was the leading cause of infant mortality. But with oral rehydration therapy, there is a significant decrease in death from diarrhoea. Most diarrhoea related death in children are due to dehydration. Worldwide diarrhoea still kills millions of infants annually. Just in India, according to WHO estimations, diarrhoea killed 321 children every day in 2015.

National Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) Day

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29th July is observed every year as National ORS Day to highlight the importance of ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS (ORS) as a cost-effective method of health intervention. 

Dr. M.V Pillai received 15th P. Kesavadev Award

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Dr M.V. Pillai, renowned cancer specialist, writer and orator received the P Kesavadev Literary Award for his outstanding contribution to Malayalam literature. The award was given away at a function held at Thiruvananthapuram on the occasion of 15th edition of P Kesavadev awards instituted by P Kesavadev Trust. 

BREAKING BAD NEWS : A Case Study

BREAKING BAD NEWS : A Case Study

Informing someone of undesirable news is always a hurdle. It is even harder in a hospital environment involving sick patients and their attendants. Below we discuss critical scenarios and certain approaches one must adopt inorder to avoid any retaliation towards bad news.

Sad Demise of Dr. B Umadethan (Batch of 1963)

Sad Demise of Dr. B Umadethan (Batch of 1963)

We offer our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr. Umadethan. We grieve the loss of such an eminent personality who was the former D.M.E (1997-1998) and Principal of T.M.C (05/96-12/97). A 1963 M.B.B.S batch Alumnus, Dr. Umadethan will not only be remembered as the foremost consultant in forensic science but also as a caring mentor and good friend.

International Yoga Day - Yoga and Cancer Care

International Yoga Day

Yoga is a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices which has its origins in India, 5000 years ago. The Sanskrit word “Yoga” comes from the root “Yog” which means “to unite”. In ancient India, Yoga was practiced by various religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. The modern day Yoga in the western world is a modification of “hatha yoga” which mainly consists of changing various postures. The mention of Yoga is seen in Rigveda and  Upanishads.

Only Blood Can Substitute Blood

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The theme for this year’s world blood donor day- 'Safe blood for all'- focuses on the two cornerstones of an effective blood transfusion service, namely: safety and adequacy of  blood supply. Globally, the demand for blood and blood products is on the rise with increasing life expectancy of the population and the availability of advanced life saving treatment modalities like organ transplantation, chemotherapy and  life support systems.