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Newborn babies who suffered stroke regain language function in opposite side of brain

It’s not rare that a baby experiences a stroke around the time it is born. Birth is hard on the

Summery of Antimicrobials in Gynaecological practice

Surgical site infections are a common complication of Gynaecological surgeries. Up to 8-10% of Gynaecological patients undergoing an operative procedure

1 in 10 Gets Wound Infection After Abdominal Surgery

Globally, more than one in 10 patients develops a surgical-site infection after a gastrointestinal operation, a new study finds. Rates

Metformin is Safe in Type 2 Diabetes With Moderate to Severe CKD

Treatment with metformin appears to be safe and efficacious in patients with type 2 diabetes and moderate to severe chronic

Blood Test for Concussion – FDA Approved

A blood test aimed at guiding management of patients suspected of having concussion won FDA approval on Wednesday, the agency said. The

Hyperglycaemia in Pregnancy National Consensus Document

Hyperglycaemia in Pregnancy (HIP) is a common medical condition during pregnancy and the prevalence is rising in Sri Lanka.The majority

Maternal Use of Antacids Might Increase Risk of Developing Childhood Asthma

Indigestion is one of the most common conditions a woman can experience while pregnant, so it is no surprise she

The Amazing Power of Breast Milk Revealed by a Mother

A few weeks ago, Chelsea Pryce was dealing with something many of us are unfortunately faced with this time of

Hypertension is Common One Year After Severe Preeclampsia

More than 40% of women with severe preeclampsia have hypertension one year after delivery, according to a study published online

H7N4: World’s First Case of Bird Flu In China

H7N4, a new type of bird flu sets foot in China. A 68-year-old woman in southern China came down with

Breastfeeding May Halve Diabetes Risk in Women

Mothers who breastfeed their babies for 6 months or more reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nearly

What Doctors Should Know on Sugar Substitutes/Artificial Sweeteners?

Srilankans now tend to buy foods and beverages those contain artificial sweeteners than pure sugar as these new type of

World’s Most Expensive Medicine – Luxturna

Luxturna, a medication against hereditary degeneration of the retina that can lead to total blindness, will be sold for $850,000

Cellphones and Cancer Risk – Latest Updates

Your odds for getting cancer from your cellphone are slim — but U.S. government researchers report that they can’t completely

British Society of Rheumatology Publishes Latest SLE Treatment Guidelines

The British Society of Rheumatology has published guidelines for the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), an autoimmune condition The

Osteoarthritis is Not Due to Ageing and It’s Preventable

The researchers at Harvard scoured across the United States for skeletons in a quest to further understand osteoarthritis. Ian Wallace,

Vitamin C With Tuberculosis Drugs Assist in Quick Recovery

Supplementing vitamin C along with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it takes these drugs to eradicate the

Ideal Amount of Exercise for Healthy Life – Sri Lankan Study

Debate remains just how much exercise is too little, too much or just right to improve health and longevity. This

Should Not Ban Use of Asbestos – Prof. Ravindra Fernando

Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals.They are, thin fibrous crystals, with each visible fibre composed of

15 Tips for Doctors on Call

1- Drink more water.Try drinking at regular intervals — say, every three hours. Set a timer to go off every

Latest Lipid Management Guidelines with ‘Extreme’ CVD Risk Category

In a departure from recommendations by cardiology societies, two endocrine groups have issued new lipid-management guidelines that bring back LDL-cholesterol

Minimum Grades to Study Medicine? – Prof. Indika Karunathilake

By Prof. Indika Karunathilake We often hear nostalgic reminiscences about great doctors from yesteryear, who managed to enter the medical

Demographic and Health Survey Report – 2016

The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) takes steps to identify, collect, analyse and communicate the information needed for the

Prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan research team found that Prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is high in Sri Lankan adolescents, and is

Should Sri Lanka continue to use Asbestos ?

What is asbestos? Asbestos is a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals. These are useful because of their excellent tensile

Top Ten Skills You Must Have as a Doctor

1.  Verbal communication skills. A doctor needs to be able to speak clearly, hear well and observe patients to effectively

CDC Guidelines on SSI Prevention Released

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated evidence-based recommendations for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs). Summery

Controversy on Female Circumcision in Sri Lanka – Medscape

Members of Sri Lanka’s Muslim communities have strongly condemned criticism of ancient cutting rituals performed on girls, saying it should

Nearly half of Sri Lankan doctors are not aware of symptoms of autism, study finds

Recent research study has found that nearly half of doctors in Sri Lanka unaware of the symptoms of autism and

Lessons They Have Taught Me

A few months ago, I came out with a post on why I love my own doctor. Today I want to celebrate

The Most Popular Medical Research Of 2017

As the sun starts to sets on 2017, we take some time to reflect on the remarkable breakthroughs that were

How Doctors Die – The Must-Read Article for Physicians

“How doctors die” is an illuminating article published in late 2011 by Ken Murray, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Family

Glyphosate not likely to be carcinogenic – U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has said that glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s top-selling weed killer Roundup, is

Take-away Meals Link to Heart Disease and Diabetes in Children

Frequent and regular consumption of take-away meals increases risk for heart disease and diabetes in children. Regular consumption of take-away

Doctors Die Just Like the Rest

In “How Doctors Die,” a powerful essay that went viral in 2011, a physician described how his colleagues meet the end:

Greatest Achievements of the Human Body -World Records

Every year, thousands of people around the world submit their entry for a new world record. From the world’s longest

Blood Pressure More Than 130/80 mmHg is Now Hypertension!!! (AHH /ACC)

Highlights: The American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology (AHH /ACC) along with several partner organizations have released guidelines

5 Ways to Cope with Night Shifts

What do doctors, nurses, firefighters, truck drivers, and air traffic controllers all have in common? Many of them work night

How Sri Lanka is striving to stop NCDs – WHO

Shamima Marikar’s children are like most below the age of six: They have a taste for sugar that must be

Journey of Ending Malaria in Sri Lanka

The journey towards malaria elimination was turbulent. At the peak of the most devastating outbreak during the 1930s, 1.5 million

World AIDS Day 2017 – Everybody Counts

World AIDS Day is observed on the 1st December each year to raise awareness, end the prejudice associated with the condition

One in 10 Medicines Fake: WHO

We may need to take medicines every day, or only once in a while. Either way, we need to make

The greatest gift a physician can receive

By Melanie Sulistio(Cardiologist) Yesterday I looked in the eyes of a mother and told her that her son was likely

9 Reasons the “Golden Age of Medicine” Was Golden

By Thomas D. Guastavino (Othopedic surgeon) To listen to all those desperate to reform health care, you get the impression that

World’s First Artificial Kidney is Ready to Implant

A team of cientists has developed the world’s first artificial kidney technology to be implanted in the body. Their bio-hybrid

Patients Pretending They are Sick – Story of India’s fraud Medical Schools

India’s system for training doctors is broken. It is plagued by rampant fraud and unprofessional teaching practices, exacerbating the public

Sri Lanka National Health Policy 2016- 2025

The health services available in Sri Lanka during 1950’s had been studied by a foreign expert at the invitation of

WHO Published World Health Statistics for 2017

The World Health Statistics series is WHO’s annual compilation of health statistics for its 194 Member States. The series is

Early childhood adversities linked to health problems in tweens, teens

Adverse experiences in childhood — such as the death of a parent, growing up in poverty, physical or sexual abuse,

How many doctors do we need for Sri Lanka?

The College of Medical Educationists hosted a panel discussion on “How many doctors do we need for Sri Lanka?” from

Smoking causes extensive damage to DNA

Scientists have measured the catastrophic genetic damage caused by smoking in different organs of the body and identified several different

World Anaesthesia Day 2017-Free articles

On the occasion of the 2017 World Anaesthesia Day, we take this opportunity to highlight some of the key papers

‘Unbelievable’: Heart Stents Fail to Ease Chest Pain

A procedure used to relieve chest pain in hundreds of thousands of heart patients each year is useless for many

Synthetic Beta Cells to Treat Diabetes

Treating type 1 diabetes and some cases of type 2 diabetes has long required painful and frequent insulin injections or

Researches found Nerve centre for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have for the first time convincingly shown where in the brain the earliest signs

Dietary Restriction Increase the Lifespan via Mitochondrial Remodeling

Manipulating mitochondrial networks inside cells—either by dietary restriction or by genetic manipulation that mimics it—may increase lifespan and promote health,

Faster diagnosis key to fighting TB in Sri Lanka: WHO

Faster diagnosis key to fighting TB in Sri Lanka: TB review mission reveals Source:WHO Prasad* is a 19-year-old student studying

Paracetamol in Pregnancy Tied to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – ADHD

Women who use a lot of the common pain reliever Paracetamol during pregnancy may be more likely to have children

Do Humans Harbor Lymphatics in Brain?

Lymphatic vessels are part of the body’s circulatory system. In most of the body they run alongside blood vessels. They

Radiology – Guidelines

Evaluation of Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Found on Chest X – Imaging in Jaundice Imaging of Chronic Abdominal Pain Vascular Hepatobiliary

Pathology – Guidelines

Diabetes Mellitus Investigation of Chronic Kidney Disease Quality Assurance in Chemical Pathology Dynamic Function Tests in Endocrinology Sample Collection Management

Microbiology – Guidelines

National Strategic Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance in Sri Lanka 2017 Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance Designing of Clinical Microbiology

Anaesthesiology – Guidelines

Introduction Management of Acute Pain Management of Sepsis Peri – operative Fluid & Electrolyte Resuscitation & Transport of the Trauma

Immunization – Guidelines

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine into National Immunization Programme -2017 Change of the Polio vaccination schedule: injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)

Paediatric – Guidelines

Recommendations for Resuscitation of extremely premature / low birth weight newborns-22/05/2017 Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) elimination initiative –

Obstetrics & Gynaecology – Guidelines

Hyperglycaemia in Pregnancy National Consensus Document Guideline for Education and Demonstration of Condoms-2017 Breast Symptoms – Early Detection and Management –

Surgery – Guidelines

Management of a patient with acute abdominal pain Management of Goitre Evaluation of Haematuria Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) Management

Medicine – Guidelines

Screening Guidelines Chronic Kidney Disease Sri Lanka – 2017 Triage of Fever Patients with Suspected Dengue and Criteria for Admission

Depression tied to shorter lifespan – Canadian study

  Studies have shown depression to be associated with shortened life expectancy.There are 3 gaps in our understanding of the

Risk Factors for Acute Unintentional Poisoning among Children

BACKGROUND: Acute poisoning in children is a major preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in both developed and developing countries.

Use of Symbiotic Bacteria in Mosquito Gut to Combat Malaria

Even though WHO declared Sri Lanka as free of malaria, it is endemic in more than 106 countries,with 212 million

The Story of Artificial Heart and Jarvik-7

As Sri Lanka’s first cardiac transplant was performed on the 7th of July-2017 at the Kandy Hospital, we were overjoyed

Sri Lanka’s First Ever Successful Heart Transplantation

The iconic event in Sri Lankan medical history was took place at teaching hospital Kandy on the night of July 7 –

Current Status of Dengue Vaccine Development

What is the current status of dengue vaccine development? There is a growing public health need for effective preventive interventions

Global Strategy for dengue prevention and control, 2012–2020 -WHO

During the past five decades, the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold. Some 50–100 million new infections are estimated to

Serological Evidence of hantavirus Infection in an Area Endemic for CKD

Serological evidence of hantavirus infection in Girandurukotte, an area endemic for chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKD u) in

The Way We Are Living Is Killing Us

It is a common experience to feel that our body has let us down when we get sick. We may

Zika In Five Minutes – CDC/Updated April/2016

What is Zika virus disease (Zika)? Disease spread primarily through the bite of an Aedesspecies mosquito infected with Zika virus.Many people infected

A Study On Skin Prick Test-Sri Lanka

It is very hard to fing details on skin prick test amoung Sri Lankan patients as it is not widely

Annual Health Bulletin – Medical Statistics Unit

Annual Health Bulletin by Medical Statistics Unit, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Sri Lanka. Annual Health Bulletin provides

The House of God, by Samuel Shem

Originally published in 1978 amid considerable controversy, this book has become a cult favorite among physicians.It offers a fictional account

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Marquez is one of the most lyrical writers I know,” he says, “and the sentences all (even in translation) seem

The Asthma – COPD Overlap Syndrome

Approximately 1 in 12 people worldwide are affected by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)once regarded as two distinct

Hippocratic Oath With Modern Version

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by doctors swearing to practice medicine ethically.It is widely believed to have

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, MD

Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese, MD Set in Ethiopia, this epic novel tells the story of twin brothers who

Arrowsmith, by Sinclair Lewis

Published in 1925, this book won the Pulitzer Prize the next year (though the author refused to accept it).It follows