Parents struggle to find organ donor for son, move to Chennai

It’s been more than three months since the parents of Avighna were told that their son suffers from a rare genetic liver disorder known as Ciggler-Najjar Syndrome. He has been on the waiting list for the last four months. Their on-going struggle has made them move to Chennai, where they hope to find a suitable donor for their child

Parents struggle to find organ donor for son, move to Chennai“It’s been an endless wait. We don’t know what will happen. Every day seems like a decade has gone by. We tried everything we could in Mumbai, to find an organ donor. Through friends and family, we were informed that we could find good doctors in Chennai and that we had a better chance of […]

Indians with diabetes have a threefold rise in mortality rates

Morality rate 3 times higher in Indians with diabetes compared to Indians without diabetes state researchers. People who are underweight were at a significantly higher risk of all-cause mortality. Increase in mortality due to diabetes was accounted for by renal disease and cardiovascular disease

Indians with diabetes have a threefold rise in mortality ratesMadras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF) has published yet another breakthrough study report focusing solely on the morality rates among Indians with and without diabetes. A brainchild of Dr R M Anjana,  and her team, the study – Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES), reports on the mortality rates based on a representative sample of 26,001 […]

Apollo Hospitals in Chennai performs Asia’s first-of-it’s kind Pancreas Kidney transplant

Organ transplants have become one of the finest services to mankind in the country today. In yet another interesting feat, Apollo Hospital in Chennai saved the life of a 38-year-old New Delhiite on Thursday. For the first time in Asia, Apollo Hospitals in Chennai performed a premeditated simultaneous transplant with pancreas from a cadaveric donor and kidney from a live donor thereby saving Hitesh’s life

Apollo Hospitals in Chennai performs Asia’s first-of-it’s kind Pancreas Kidney transplantApollo Hospitals in Chennai attained an applaudable feat by performing a very interesting operation on January 25. What makes the case interesting is that, while most simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney transplants are performed from organs harvested from the same cadaveric donor, this case highlights the need to adapt to other strategies to help patients when the allocation […]

India: Medical tourism to see a threefold rise by 2020, says Tourism Minister

A Large number of patients come from abroad for the treatment of heart and liver transplants, kidney and many more diseases in India. Enhancing value in MVT’, published in 2016 -- India is amongst the top 6 MVT (Medical Value Travel) destinations of the world which include Thailand, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Mexico (India ranked third in the world in 2015). Indian Medical Value Travel, pegged at 3 billion USD in 2015, can be a 9 billion USD opportunity by 2020

India: Medical tourism to see a threefold rise by 2020, says Tourism MinisterAbout 50 thousand patients are admitted every year for treatment in the state’s five-star hospitals. Late Eman Ahmed, ‘World’s Heaviest Woman,’ was undergoing treatment in Mumbai. Also, Ever since the civil war broke out in Yemen, thousands of people struggle to find accessible and trustworthy medical care in their homeland and come to seek treatment […]

Bengaluru woman’s tale of 3 hearts

One organ donor can save up to eight lives. Organ donation not only gives a new lease of life to the recipient but is the only way to honour the donor’s organ. It saves a parent from the pain of losing a child, prevents a child from growing up without a parent and adds years of happiness to couples whose time together would otherwise have been cruelly cut short. It is the ultimate gift of love and a happy responsibility, reminisces Reena Raju, India’s first woman to get a second heart transplant

Bengaluru woman’s tale of 3 heartsFrom being a founder of an NGO (Light A Life- Reena Raju Foundation), to athlete, skydiver, cycler, parasailor and singer. She is a go getter and a fighter who is an inspiration for many. In the year 2009, when Raju was 28-years-old, she had undergone her first heart transplant, due to DCM (dilated cardiomyopathy), a heart condition that leaves you […]

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says study

Last week, the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind stated that the country is reeling under the issue of serious mental health epidemic. Further pointing at the lack of mental health interventions in the country, he also pointed out that according to the National Mental Health Survey of 2016; nearly 14 per cent of the country’s population requires mental health interventions. Now, a study reaffirms that visiting a psychiatrist is still very awkward

Patients find it awkward to ask for help from the psychiatrists, says studyOur focus is on whether we need a psychiatrist these days, with so much pressure on the mind not merely because of stress but also due to another obvious reason which can hold a person back from resorting to pay a visit to the healers of the mind, and what likely is the reason?  It […]

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’

A collaborative stress survey that was conducted by the Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare and No Worry No Tension Healthcare. 2463 individuals from across the country like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Mohali, Ludhiana, Bangalore, Chennai and Jaipur

‘Evaluation of stress levels needs to become an integral part of preventive health packages’Inherent personality traits and natural disposition of individuals play a significant role in determining their ability to tolerate stress. External factors such as life circumstances and difficulties at home play a minimal role in contributing towards stress levels. The findings of the survey suggested significant levels of stress being experienced by individuals, attributed to their […]

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echo

Foetal echo is a procedure that can be done between 18 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. The technology, has now come to be used in various Mumbai based hospitals to identify congenital heart defects so as to provide better treatment

Identification of heart defects in mother’s womb via foetal echoIt is believed that among ever 120 children in India, one is diagnosed with a heart defect and about a third of them have serious heart defects. At a time when we speak highly about caring for our heart, doctors are looking for alternatives to avoid such late diagnosis. With ultrasound technology at its best, […]

Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patients

While the heart was sent to Mumbai’s Fortis Hospital, the lungs of the brain-dead woman were sent to Chennai’s Gleneagles Global Hospital. The Pune-Chennai organ transportation is considered to be the longest distance haul of donated lungs in India

Husband donates organs of brain-dead wife, gives a new lease of life to five patientsThe husband of a 22-year-old young woman who was declared brain-dead following a head injury suffered due to a fall saved the lives of five patients by donating life-saving organs of his wife. The patient’s husband consented for her heart, lungs, liver and kidneys to be donated. The heart was retrieved from Ruby Hall Hospital, […]

Guinness World Record holder on organ donation awareness mission from Chennai to Ladakh

Lourd Vijay was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2013 and underwent a kidney transplant in 2016. He aims to cover 9,000 kms to inspire people to pledge their organs and save lives. He was in Pune, on Thursday, August 17 as part of his awareness drive and will arrive in Mumbai on Friday, August 18

Guinness World Record holder on organ donation awareness mission from Chennai to LadakhLourd Vijay, a professional dancer and Guinness World Record holder, is all set to drive by car for a social responsibility initiative titled ‘Spreading Hope’, a non-profit foundation, on a mission to raise nationwide awareness on kidney diseases and the importance of organ donation. Lourd Vijay was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2013 […]