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AWARENESS TO ACTION- THE SPECTRE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Education, Information | Comments Off

AWARENESS TO ACTION- THE SPECTRE OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

    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-...

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Beyond Borders

Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in Editors Desk | Comments Off

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 hospital at Kunduz in Afghanistan, manned by the Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF). Thirty people lost their lives and numerous lay injured. Explanations will be given and blame may be proportioned but humanity is yet again the casualty. Disaster relief work is...

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Financial Planning for Doctors & how it’s different

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Fiscal Fitness | Comments Off

Financial Planning for Doctors & how it’s different

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 money. Usually a Bachelor’s degree in medicine takes about 5 years. But in today’s world that might not be enough to have a successful career and many opt for a Master’s degree like an M.D. which usually takes another 3 years. And then specialisations in...

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Health in the time of Hartal

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in The Crib | Comments Off

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...

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INTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Watch Doc | Comments Off

INTIMATIONS OF MORTALITY

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 time high and going higher yet, we have started seeing more and more concerns about mortality and end of life issues. From bestsellers’ Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie and Randy Pausch’s The Last lecture, we’ve learnt to confront the inevitable with...

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Ente Keralam

Posted by on Feb 21, 2015 in Art Palate | Comments Off

Ente Keralam

  Nothing excites us at TREAT as much as the sight of doctors doing creative work outside their main domain, which informs and enriches their day jobs as well. Rakesh Ramesh, surgical oncologist and multimedia artist brings a unique sensibility to his art. A keen eye makes even his abstracts stand out with quirky details. Life and life forms populate his work- an undercurrent of positivity is omnipresent in his art. A prolific painter, Rakesh has explored different milieu, landscapes and life forms. Keeping with these digital times, his...

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TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Sentinel | Comments Off

TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH

[Through SENTINEL, we bring to you monuments, installations or artwork which stands testimony to the challenges and triumphs of the world of Healthcare.] TESTIMONIAL TO A PUBLIC HEALTH TRIUMPH-ERADICATION OF SMALLPOX This statue, situated in front of the WHO headquarters in Geneva, was unveiled by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Margaret Chan in 2010, commemorating the 30th Anniversary of eradication of smallpox. This is the description given at the base of the statue: The conquest of smallpox was an unprecedented...

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PRANA

Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Alter-Natives | Comments Off

PRANA

The word alternative when used with Medicine is often taken as something inferior, only to be undertaken if one is game for experimentation etc. Most of this stems from an incomplete understanding of these systems of Medicine and a lack of practitioners who truly practice across these domains. Dr Shirdi Prasad Tekur, a paediatrician and integrative health practitioner has been doing so for decades. In his inimitable style, he helps us look at alternative systems with a fresh eye.   Let’s get down to the basics – the “funda/s” in current...

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Laughing DOSES – Man behind the mask

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Alter Doctors | Comments Off

Laughing DOSES – Man behind the mask

Now who has caught our attention over the last year as much on Facebook and whatsapp as the cartoonist with that tongue in cheek sense of humour, who has helped us laugh at ourselves and make life a little bit easier in our duty rooms, cafetarias and…..confess it, even some OPDs and ORs. TREAT caught up with him recently for a small peek at the man behind Laughing Doses. About Myself: I did my MBBS from Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital (admissions batch 2000) following which I did my M.D. Anaesthesiology in 2010 from SRTRMC,...

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A NEAT WAY TO CRACK THE ALL INDIA PG EXAM

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in The Crib | Comments Off

A NEAT WAY TO CRACK THE ALL INDIA PG EXAM

Nitin Yashas , second year resident in General Medicine,fellow traveler on this issue,who has survived largely intact to tell the tale Yet another season of entrance exams are coming to an end with the slog overs left and yet another season is all set to begin. With the announcement of the AIPGMEE results, the fate of 90000 odd doctors sealed as far as government seats are concerned, here are few tips and tricks on how to crack the exam. 1. In the initial 2 years since the inception of the exam, physical fitness and ability to get up early in...

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You nod , and you listen and you gently just smile

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Skin Deep | Comments Off

You nod , and you listen and you gently just smile

Tears, fears and sometimes jeers- this is the lot of the modern doctor. How we take it is, well, mostly up to us. Dermatologist and theatre personality Anil Abraham takes you through all this.. My elderly Gynae Prof used to recommend a policy called MASTERFUL INACTIVITY in most normal delivery cases.Maybe we should also follow this principle in  day to day practice.Sometimes the conflict or argument or trying to prove you are right is traumatic.So is there an option… ?   When the patient walks in, you just nod and you smile, And then...

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The Ebola Fighters – TIME Person of the Year 2014

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Current | Comments Off

The Ebola Fighters – TIME Person of the Year 2014

The Ebola Fighters- TIME magazine Person of the Year 2014 As we approach the year end, we look back to recognise and honour the people who have made significant contributions in the past year. TIME magazine has honoured the people at the frontline fighting Ebola across West Africa and other parts of the world where the disease threatens to spread its tentacles. This once again highlights how the disease suddenly overwhelmed the fledgling Healthcare apparatus in the third world and the humanitarian response, both local and worldwide rose to...

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What They don’t Teach You in Medical School

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Off the Beat | Comments Off

What They don’t Teach You in Medical School

There are many, many things they don’t teach you in medical school which are essential to life after medical college. Things like the travails of the stock market; when, where and how much to invest; when to make career moves like shifting to another country. Imagine during internship, there was a two week posting wherein interns could get to know how to work in different countries- the licensing exams, the expected salary structure, the problems and so on. That would be fun. But unfortunately, this article is not about any of that. Its about...

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CuraTED – Inspirational TED Talks For Doctors

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Watch Doc | Comments Off

CuraTED – Inspirational TED Talks For Doctors

There are few things as rewarding to the mind and the soul as a dose of TED talks. Here is our brief list of assorted TED talks on Healthcare from the last few years; by physicians, social activists, strategists and patients. In this set, the first in a series, let us look at the talks that explore the essential humanity in healthcare in different ways. For best results take one HS over the next five days. 1. Be inspired…be very inspired 2. Physician-heal thyself.. 3. Physician thinker and Healthcare strategist, Stefan Larsson on...

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20 Tips to come out of liquidity crisis

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Fiscal Fitness | Comments Off

20 Tips to come out of liquidity crisis

When you have purchased a new house and settling down with the EMI or say spent a lot of money recently in your marriage, you may face a severe liquidity crisis, unless planned well. This means expenses shooting far higher than your income. Once you start using expensive credit card, home top-up or personal loans, you start getting stuck in a debt trap. So if you are in such a crunch, consider below suggestions. Obtain Low or No Cost Loans 1. Request an interest free loan from your or your spouse’s employer. 2. Take loan against your Gold 3....

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That tube around your neck

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Off the Beat | 0 comments

That tube around your neck

The stethoscope has evolved over the years and the origin of the stethoscope and its history is as fascinating as the history of medicine itself. The origin of the stethoscope is credited to Laennec in 1816, who initially devised a cone made of thick paper and used it to hear sounds!! The stethoscope or “steth” as it is popularly referred to has come a long way. The tubing has changed in length and consistency and keeps evolving. The bell and the diaphragm keep changing to improve acoustics. The ViScope can, in addition to hearing sounds can...

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Mandatory Rural Service for Doctors ?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Contrast Study | 3 comments

Mandatory Rural Service for Doctors ?

Different opinions on contentious topics make not just for interesting debates but often help clarify the intricacies of the issue. Our community has no dearth of articulate voices making their points forcefully. In recent times , few topics have generated as much heat and dust as the call for mandatory rural service for doctors. In the first of our debate series ‘Contrast Studies’, we have two stalwarts from the field presenting their view. In support of the view, we have a Paediatrician and Public Health veteran and the contrary viewpoint...

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Gorukana

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Breathing Space | 0 comments

Gorukana

Situated about 170 kms from Bangalore in the idyllic hills of B.R.Hills, Gorukana is a community based one of a kind project of the Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra where all benefits go to the development of the people and the conservation of the Wildlife and Nature of BR Hills.VGKK was founded in 1981 by doctor and tribal activist, Dr. H. Sudarshan who is also a Magasaysay award winner. VGKK  was started by Dr. H. Sudarshan who is a Right Livelihood award winner in 1980 with a eight bed hosspital and a minor operation theatre for the...

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Teacher’s day- Circle of Love

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Off the Beat | 1 comment

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love

Teacher’s day- Circle of Love I saw something the other day, It made me stop in my sway. The door was open, I walked in Not realizing I would behold a vision. There was my senior professor, Bent over some old foot on the bed Carefully paring away a corn With love, with care.. i understood. For the old foot was my teacher’s teacher, Many moons ago, they were younger. None did realize that what one taught, N the other imbibed, Would complete the circle of love Would complete the cycle of life. I left quietly.. The scene was too sacred to...

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WHY SO SERIOUS???

Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Mad Med Men | 3 comments

WHY SO SERIOUS???

As the AIPG forms are out, we at ALTERDOCTORS have one question to ask : WHY SO SERIOUS??? Presenting to you a sneak preview of the trailers of a NEEEEEET experience. hitting computer labs near you this December. A legend will rise amongst us who will use theatricality and deception to conquer the darkness. His weapons are multiple ranging from Mudiths to Ashishs to Kalams as he ROAMS with them in hope of eternal glory ACROSS the other side of life as a medico. Presenting to you , a MAD MED MEN version of NEEEET trailer through the characters...

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