AWARENESS TO ACTION- THE SPECTRE OF ANTIBIOTIC RES...

    Antibiotic resistance awareness week…..phew a mouthful. At first look one is likely to see it as another packaging exercise on the part of some healthcare marketing team. Look a little deeper and you come face to face with a looming public health catastrophe. Terms now coming into common healthcare usage-XDR (extreme drug resistant) diseases, pan resistance, and the apocalyptic sounding ‘post antibiotic world’, all signal a dark future for infectious diseases. Make no mistake, it is menace that that has no silver bullet remedy- it’s only a multi-dimensional approach of clinicians, public health bodies, policy makers and an...

Beyond Borders

  Collateral Damage!The term has been so ubiquitously and loosely used that it has lost all meaning except one- almost always the party at the receiving end is helpless and hapless. And never has it been brought in to greater focus than recently with the October 3rd bombing of the...

Financial Planning f...

The medical profession is held in awe and respect across the globe. It is a noble profession as doctors try to heal sickness, diseases, treat physical and mental trauma. Acquiring doctor’s degree is result of years of hard work in academics, many years of training and spending huge sums of...

Health in the time of Hartal Mar14

Health in the time of Hartal

It is that time of the month in Kerala again……….the good old hartal. A political party calls for one, calculated to disrupt life and activity in the worst way possible. The populace or at least the majority gear up for the holiday with a calm acceptance and in some cases anticipation. The small business, unsuspecting visitors to the state and events scheduled for the day take a beating. Beverages, legal and otherwise, show brisk sales. All in a day’s play for us in Kerala. Healthcare, of course has to run a different course. That is expected to function as if there is no disruption. It can’t shut shop and sit at home. Asthma, appendicitis,...

INTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY Mar07

INTIMATIONS OF MORTA...

What can be as morbid as a discussion on mortality? While artists and writers may find it romantic, doctors for the large part don’t like any serious discourse on death. Right ? Well, not quite. Counterintuitive as it may seem, when advances in health and care have seen longevity at an all...