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Bring back a smile to their faces

Bring back a smile to their faces

Cleft Lip and Palate is a condition that may not be life-threatening but young lives would be full of surgery, therapy, frustration, and even exclusion. That’s the general perception of Cleft Lip and Palate -a congenital disorder (a condition existing at birth and often before birth) that causes a facial deformity of a newborn. “That perception is [...]

Lessons from Seyarra

Lessons from Seyarra

It was about four weeks back that Mr. A. Fernando whom I never knew phoned me. He was upset and it did not take long for me to realize the gravity of what he was talking about. He wanted help to save his grand-daughter. Seyarra who had been transferred to the Medical Intensive Care Unit of [...]

Adolescents! What you eat can ‘make’ or ‘break’ you

They are the crucial “in-between” years spanning childhood and adulthood.  Adolescence, from 10 to 19 years, is the most important transition period in a human being’s life, marked by major physiological, biochemical, cognitive, emotional and social changes, MediScene learns. What “makes” or “breaks” a boy or girl on the threshold of adulthood would be the [...]

You don’t want that bellyful of unhealthiness

You don’t want that  bellyful of unhealthiness

That roll of fat around your belly is as unhealthy as its unappealing, chartered physiotherapist Gopi Kitnasamy tells Mediscene. Pointing to the latest research, he explains that belly fat has now been linked to a worrying number of health issues including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia as well as certain kinds of cancers. This [...]

Heaven or hell, it’s inside you

There was once a samurai warrior. In his lifetime he had killed many men in battle. One day he started wondering whether he would go to heaven or hell. Looking for an answer he went in search of a famous Zen Master. After a long and arduous journey he came face to face with the [...]

Awareness key to controlling leprosy

Leprosy is an ancient disease which carries a substantial degree of social stigma even now. For centuries, leprosy was thought to be a hereditary disease, a curse, or a punishment from God. Now it is established that leprosy is a contagious disease caused by the slow growing bacterium, Mycobacterium leprae. History of leprosy in Sri [...]

Most wanted superbugs!

When you hear the term “superbugs”, one imagines a giant mosquito the size of a house trying to stab characters in a science fiction movie; however, “superbugs” has been adopted as a popular name to describe those highly resistant bacteria that are troublesome to treat. I’m still undecided as to whether I like the term. [...]

Opting for holistic healing

Opting for holistic healing

Sri Lanka’s first and possibly only chiropractor became one quite by chance. Dr Gina Variath Perera realised that she wanted to be a chiropractor when she went to one who treated her recurring spine problem very effectively. Convinced by the holistic approach, she turned her back on a career of traditional medicine and instead chose [...]

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