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Dental surgery to the fore

Dental surgery to the fore

Consultant Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeon, Dr. Suresh Shanmuganathan discusses trauma and oral cancer  Any defect, disease or injury to the mouth, the jaws or the face, it will be the Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons who will step in to put it right. Tackling two of the major issues affecting the facial region, Consultant Oral and Maxillo-facial [...]

7 things you should know about heart attacks

7 things you should know about heart attacks

As the Chief Medical Officer for the local emergency service Falck, Dr. Steve Cockeram will tell you that a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is one of the most common (and most preventable) causes of premature death and severe disability in Sri Lanka. Heart attacks are already responsible for a third of deaths – worryingly [...]

Afraid of lifts, injections, dentists? You’re not alone

Last month, in response to a reader’s query, I briefly described a type of anxiety called phobias. This month I thought I will write a more comprehensive description of this group of conditions called anxiety disorders. They are among the commonest of psychiatric conditions and have been called the ‘cough and cold’ of psychiatry. Anxiety [...]

Restorative dentistry — getting to the root

Restorative dentistry — getting to the root

Recognised as a specialty in Sri Lanka since 1997, restorative dentistry is a comparatively young field in the country. However, experts say its uses and success rates have grown and will continue to grow in the future. Restorative dentistry is the science behind the restoration and reconstruction of teeth. Dr. Priyake Palipana, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry [...]

Baby and you both need the right food

Baby and you both need  the right food

While it’s now widely accepted that a pregnant woman is not ‘eating for two’ the one she is eating for still needs a lot of nutrition and energy to successfully enter the world. Kicking off our new series on healthy eating in partnership with the Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka, we speak this month with [...]

20 minutes of Yoga: A good mind booster

Just 20 minutes of yoga a day sharpens the mind, researchers say. The ancient practice was found to be more effective at boosting brain power than conventional aerobic exercise. Researchers in America discovered that a single session of Hatha yoga significantly improved a person’s speed and accuracy when tested on their working memory and concentration. Lead author [...]

Now, it’s email stress!

Sending and receiving emails is making our stress levels soar more than ever. New research has found there is a distinct and direct link between stress levels and email use. Professor Tom Jackson, from Loughborough University, studied the physiological and psychological impact of email use on employees at a UK government agency. He tracked the blood pressure, [...]

Memory problems at a young age? Blame it on stress

An increasing number of young people are suffering from poor memory, according to a new report.  While memory problems are normally seen as a sign of ageing, the latest study found that 14 per cent of young men and women between 18 and 39 also complained that their memory was poor. Now researchers leading the [...]

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