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Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

Guest Blog: Say No to Staff Abuse – Don’t Abuse and Don’t Accept Abuse

When patients and relatives abuse doctors and hit them or indulge in looting and arson, it makes the news. Video clips go viral, doctors go on strike, arrests are made and the newspapers tend to give adequate coverage to these incidents. What doesn’t get reported is the increasing incidence of...
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 Column: Antibiotic resistance in India : Right problem, wrong solution

Guest Column: Antibiotic resistance in India : Right problem, wrong solution

The Indian drugs regulator is keen on tighter controls on the retail of antibiotics. This is to curb abuse and drug resistance, a menace of ever-growing proportions.  A just cause, of course. But the method that it seeks to employ for the purpose is questionable. The Times of India reported this week that the regulator has proposed the...
Guest Column:Ernst & Young on universal healthcare : money or soul?

Guest Column:Ernst & Young on universal healthcare : money or soul?

An Ernst & Young report released last week in tie-up with industry chamber FICCI reckons that public or government funding of healthcare should be raised to between 3.7 per cent and 4.5 per cent of gross domestic product from 1 per cent at present to achieve universal healthcare over a period of ten years. See here....
Medical Professionalism: Open for Dialogue? Part I

Medical Professionalism: Open for Dialogue? Part I

Disclaimer: The objective of this article series is not to patronize or hurt any sentiments but to promote dialogue and awareness on medical professionalism. “There is no career nobler than that of the physician. The progress and welfare of society is more intimately bound up with the prevailing tone and influence of the medical profession...

Lean Thinking: Waste Management in Healthcare

Although Lean thinking has been in existence for over half a century, it has come in use in healthcare only for a decade or so. Lean thinking emphasizes streamlining processes to provide what the internal or external customer wants with minimal wasted time, effort or cost.  Lean thinking focuses on reducing waste generation in a...

Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Therapy: Exploring new frontiers

Regenerative medicine is a newly evolving branch of modern medicine that deals with cell based therapies which use healthy cells cultured in the laboratory to replace damaged cells in adult organisms to treat disease. This could therefore potentially hold the key for addressing  ailments which currently have no proven treatments or cures, such as,  neurological...

Periodontology and Medicine- Part 3

PERIODONTAL DISEASE AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES   Cardiovascular Disease (CVD), including acute myocardial infarction and angina pectoris are major health problems in developing countries, and are considered amongst most common medical problems in the general population. CVDs are estimated to have led to 1.59 million deaths in India in year 2000 and this figure is projected...
Can Online Physician networks improve patient care?

Can Online Physician networks improve patient care?

Healthcare industry in India is quite disorganized and changing at a fast pace that is increasing the chaos within the industry.  Moreover, there is a sentiment of lack of trust and transparency between physicians, between patients and physicians and between physicians and rest of healthcare community (including the policymakers). Most of physicians tend to work...