Native to India and other parts of South Asia such as Sri Lanka, black pepper is the mature dried berries of the woody perennial evergreen vine Piper nigryum better known as Gammiris (Sinhala) and Milahu (Tamil). Peppercorns were often referred to as ‘Black Gold’ and were used as currency and sacred offerings to gods. Black pepper or the ‘King of…
People are drawn to vegetarianism by all sorts of motives. Some of us want to live longer, healthier lives or do our part to reduce pollution. Others have made the switch because we want to preserve Earth’’s natural resources or because we’’ve always loved animals and are ethically opposed to eating them.
An International Conference on Oral Cancer, Smokeless Tobacco and Areca Nut, organized by Centre for Research in Oral Cancer at the Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya was held from August 8 to 9 in Kandy.Professor WM Tilakaratne, Senior Professor of Oral Pathology, Director, Centre for Research in Oral Cancer, Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya and the…
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamom) known as Karadamungu in Sinhala and Elakkay in Tamil is native to East Asia and is grown abundantly in India, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, Indo China and Tanzania. Many historical texts mention it as a flavoring and medicinal crop. The use of this spice dates back to the early centuries of the Christian era and the middle
Adolescence is a time of rapid growth. It begins at the ages 10 to 11 for girls and ages 12 to 13 years for boys. High intake of calories, vitamins and minerals, especially iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and D is vital during this period. Active adolescents often have unique nutrition needs. They generally need extra calories to fuel
It’s amazing if you can find an aerobics instructor who is also a psychologist. Niranjala Fernando is such a person. Her charming smile and well-preserved body make people look twice at her. More than beauty, what’s striking about her is confidence. She radiates this confidence wherever she goes or speaks. People, especially women respond to this characteristic in her, instantly.
Tobacco industry, a business functioning within the legal framework of Sri Lanka, has been proved beyond reasonable doubt, is causing serious damage to public health. Government authorities should make people aware of the harmful effects of tobacco and implement laws passed by the Parliament to reduce tobacco use in the country.
Healthy eating habits are vital to maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol, according to Dr. Gotabhaya Ranasinghe, Consultant Cardiologist at Hemas Hospitals Thalawathugoda. It has been discovered that out of every 1000 death are caused by non-communicable diseases in Sri Lanka, 27.1percent of males and 16.9 percent of females are below the age of 60 years.
A clean environment is essential for human health. Next to air, water is the most essential component required for mammalian living. Contamination of soil and water through human waste and pollution is a universal problem, but industrial waste and agricultural runoffs are serious problems, especially in urban areas.
Foot problems account for approximately 20 percent of hospitalizations in diabetic patients. In fact with over 45 million diabetic foot cases reported globally, foot ulcers are the leading cause of lower leg amputations. Nerve damage or Diabetic Neuropathy causes loss of sensation. Consequently the patient may ignore a wound because it does not hurt or even be oblivious to fine…
For the last few days, ever since the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Cosmetics, Devices and Drugs Regulatory Authority launched (CDDRA) a nationwide raid on salons, Hemantha Withanaga’s phone has been ringing off the hook. Withange heads the Center for Environmental Justice which released a damning report on the lead and mercury content in fairness creams.
World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. Diabetes is a group of metabolic disease in which a person has high blood sugar; either because of the pancrease doesn’t produce enough insulin or because the cells don’t respond to the insulin
A post-2015 Tuberculosis strategy is being drafted to heighten awareness on TB. This has been integrated with child health and HIV services as well as other preventive services. Building on the global strategies A Promise Renewed – roadmap developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners under the aegis of the Childhood, TB Subgroup lays out the strategic framework…
Ostomy Association Of Sri Lanka together with Enterostoma Therapy Nurses Association organized a programme to commemorate World Ostomy Day under the theme “Love Ostomates” on October 12 at Cricket Club Galle . This was aimed at creating awareness among the public and to get them to love and respect ostomates.
I was perturbed to hear that CKDU has spread to the North Western Province. This was after claiming ten thousand deaths in the North Central Province. Yet to date, all efforts to clamp down on the plague have been futile. I am no scientist to offer a scientific explanation or to comment on the advice offered by officials. However as an
Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Origin (CKDu) is spreading rapidly among farmers in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The entire North Central Province and Uva Province are affected by CKDU. At present it is slowly spreading to Yapahuwa in the North Western Province. Despite following a decade of research involving scientists (both local and foreign), the exact cause of
Since it was first declared in 1993, October has been the month of pink ribbons and pink paraphernalia. The phenomenon which is relatively new in Sri Lanka came into being after several private cancer detection clinics upped the ante on early detection and awareness. Like red ribbons symbolize AIDS awareness, the pink ones are about raising awareness levels and to
An International Conference themed Public Health Priorities in the 21st Century, the Endgame for Tobacco was held in New Delhi recently. Representatives from over 50 countries participated at this conference which was organized by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India, Public Health Foundation, India and HRIDAY.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of World Health Organization (WHO), recently classified outdoor air pollution as carcinogenic to humans.After reviewing the scientific literature on the subject, the IARC Monographs Program concluded that there was sufficient evidence that exposure to outdoor air pollution causes lung cancer. It also noted that the likelihood
“I wish...I wish I were dead...” “And what use would that be to anyone?” This famous conversation between Snape and Dumbledore from the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows went viral among all Harry Potter fans. At this point Snape wanted to commit suicide because Lily was gone, but Dumbledore made him see sense by telling him