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In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

In conversation with Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: Part 3: Culture of Giving back

Meet Dr. Sunita Maheshwari: A dreamer with a difference She is a wearer of many hats- is a mother of two, a Yale trained Pediatric Cardiologist, Chief Dreamer, Teleradiology Solutions (a company she co-founded with her husband- Dr. Arjun Kalyanpur), an educator and an innovator. Having received medical training in Osmania University...
Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Guest blog: An example of Swadeshi Healthcare

Gadchiroli, Bangs and the wonder of low Infant Mortality Rates Gadchiroli Gadchiroli is a district in western Maharashtra. It is one of the most backward districts in India with a high level of tribal and deprived population. The terrain is tough with forests and floods; whatever little infrastructure suffers poor...
Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. : Lessons for Medical Students

I recently caught a re-run of Munnabhai MBBS on one of the TV channels. I am a big fan of Mr.Rajkumar Hirani and I think he has been blessed with story-telling gene that is very hard to find. He can make very complex matters easily understandable with his movies that...
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Guest blog: Doctor as the detective

Guest blog: Doctor as the detective

The call came again from Mr. Devarajan’s apartment. I had gone there the same afternoon and found him fairly alright though his arm was still twitching a bit. He was able to swallow food and was comfortable and even spoke to me with some optimism which had cheered me. Now, comes this call of distress....
Of “strong” and “weak” medicines, “heavy” and “light” doses

Of “strong” and “weak” medicines, “heavy” and “light” doses

“Doctor, the previous doctor has given me a very strong medicine for diabetes. I don’t want to take it, I want another opinion”- demanded a grumpy, overweight, middle-aged patient. “Why do you feel so?” “Previously, another doctor had given me a medicine called Glimepiride, 1 mg. I had tiredness when I took it, so I...
Sleep Tight! -- Health risks of sleep deprivation

Sleep Tight! — Health risks of sleep deprivation

Sleep plays an important role in maintaining our physical as well as mental well-being. How we function during the day is a direct result of the quality and quantity of sleep we get. While most people are aware of the common side-effects of sleep deprivation like tiredness, irritability and trouble concentrating, may people do not...
The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor

The difference between a good doctor and a great doctor

All physicians have similar skill sets , but we all know that some are much better than others. Not only are they much more successful, they are able to connect better with their patients, and are often better diagnosticians as well. What differentiates a good physician from a great physician ? What makes a doctor...
Technology for Family Physicians in India: The art of becoming a tech-savvy Family Physician

Technology for Family Physicians in India: The art of becoming a tech-savvy Family Physician

I recently had an opportunity to speak at the First State Conference of Academy of Family Physicians of India- Karnataka chapter on the adoption of technology by family physicians. During my post-graduate training in Family Medicine, I was given a mantra by my mentor that he considered very important for being a successful Family physician....
Visibility (in radiology reporting) is everything

Visibility (in radiology reporting) is everything

There is a great story in the Indian mythological tour de force the Mahabharata about Arjuna and Duryodhana, representing the forces of good and evil respectively, coming to visit their mentor Lord Krishna to seek his support for their respective armies during battle. When they arrive he is asleep on his bed. Duryodhana who arrives...
Using the internet for patient education

Using the internet for patient education

I am an evangelist for patient education and I think the internet is a great resource for patients, because it allows them to learn more about their problem and their treatment options . I encourage patients to make the most of the fact that there is a wealth of information available online. While a lot...