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
The World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a day dedicated to celebrating and support hospice and palliative care around the world. This day is celebrated on October 12 this year.The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, for 2013, is ‘Achieving Universal Coverage of Palliative Care: Dispelling the Myths’.The aim of celebrating this day is to increase the…
Cerebral Palsy Lanka Foundation (CPLF), a non-profit organisation dedicated to the care and therapy of children with Cerebral Palsy launched the 1000 Wheels of Hope project on October 2, World Cerebral Palsy Day. The project hopes to collect funds to provide 1,000 paediatric wheelchairs to children with Cerebral Palsy in Sri Lanka.
Don’t let the name fool you. There is hardly anything ‘benign’ about Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia,(BPH) swelling of the prostate gland if it goes unchecked and leads to renal impairment or even kidney failure. Although those with a family history of the condition are considered to be predisposed, any male over the age of 50 is at risk of developing BPH.The
The body of a newborn baby was discovered buried in a paddy field in the Central Camp area in Ampara allegedly by the infant’s own mother. The 30-year-old woman, who lives alone had reportedly given birth to the baby on July 13 (Saturday) night and had buried the baby the very next day, in her own paddy field.
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most infectious diseases and is surrounded by much stigma. Caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, TB is an airborne disease which affects the lungs in 80 percent and other organs in 20 percent of all patients. A third of the world population is affected by TB, although the situation in Sri Lanka is more controlled.…
Nasty things in everyday food - When pink slime oozed into public consciousness, we all scrunched our noses. What was this mystery substance—a food additive made of beef trimmings that are heated, compressed into blocks, and then exposed to bacteria-killing ammonia—hiding in processed meat? It also got us thinking about what other shocking ingredients go undercover in our grub.
We often consider our kidneys to be troublemakers. Kidney failure and kidney diseases seem to be common ailments today. Sri Lankan officials are baffled by the increase in kidney disease for which the cause is yet unknown. The kidney is the organ that produces urine and balances the waters, acids and salts in our bodies. It also controls blood pressure...