Archive for November, 2010

Lung cancer increasing among women

November 29, 2010

Rates of lung cancer in women have soared in a sign that efforts to persuade them to quit smoking have failed, new research has revealed.
While the number of cases in men has fallen, the killer disease was shown to be claiming a growing number of victims among the opposite sex.Read more…


Foreign docs plump for city hospitals(THE TIMES OF INDIA 24/11/2010)

November 27, 2010

Bangalore: Medical tourism is old hat. Now, foreign doctors visiting India is a growing trend. As many as 48 (almost three a month) international doctors who registered with the Karnataka Medical Council in 2010, visit hospitals in Bangalore.
These doctors, who come from various countries including smaller ones like Bangladesh, Vietnam and Indonesia, stay here for a few months to a year to perform surgeries together or even to train themselves. As per KMC records, the trend is on the rise.Read more…

Awareness key to combat breast cancer: Experts

November 25, 2010

The incidence of breast cancer is rising in metropolitan cities.If there is enough awareness among women about how to keep a tab on these risk factors, then we can combat the disease easily.

Late detection and lack of awareness are a major problem in India where one in 22 women is likely to develop breast cancer, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).Read more…

New cancer test ‘could save lives’

November 24, 2010

A new development in testing for cervical cancer could lead to more lives being saved, scientists have suggested.
A study carried out by American and British researchers on about 47,000 women appeared to show that the new cobas 4800 HPV test improved the detection of pre-cancerous cells in women whose cervical smears tested normal.Read more…

The knife could be the right answer

November 24, 2010

Obesity is known to increase the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes and breathing difficulties during sleep.

While dieting and physical exercise are the mainstays of treatment for obesity, many studies conducted abroad reveal that the success ratio of the two combined is minimal, underlining that the long-term effects of dieting, exercise and even medical therapy on obesity are relatively poor. Read more…

Ist Matched Unrelated Donor stem cell transplant.

November 24, 2010

Narayana Hrudayalaya (NH) on Thursday announced its first successful matched unrelated donor (MUD) stem cell transplant in Karnataka, which is performed in only three or four transplant centers in the country.

A 58-year-old woman was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia almost a year ago, and was initially treated with chemotherapy to which she responded. However, within six months, she had recurrence of the disease and at this point, her only hope for a cure was an allogeneic stem cell transplant. Since she had two brothers and two sisters, doctors at NH went ahead with the process of HLA typing of the patient and the siblings.
However, it was found that none of the siblings matched the patients’ stem cells. National Marrow Donor Programme (NMDP), a US-based NGO was contacted to find out, if there is possibility of getting any other donor. A donor search was initiated through the NMDP, and in three months, a suitable matched donor was available who was free to undergo stem cell pheresis in the US.Read more…