IMA to create organ donors' registry in Kerala

IamThiruvananthapuram: Indian Medical Association in Kerala has come up with a plan to create a voluntary registry of organ donors with details of people who are willing to donate their organs and their consent letters.

The registry will contain the consent letters of those willing to donate their organs and their health status along with other details.

This is being compiled by IMA's Kerala chapter as part of a state-wide awareness campaign on organ donation.


IMA in Kerala to draw up plan to tackle viral diseases

viral diseasesThiruvananthapuram: In view of growing concern over Ebola virus, which has claimed over 4,000 lives worldwide, Indian Medical Association here is working on a training and awareness programme for its members on tackling outbreak of various viral diseases.

The programme is envisaged to help medical fraternity in the state to stay updated on the emerging and re-emerging viral diseases and equip them to face emergencies, IMA's Kerala chapter members said.


Surge in stroke warrants rehab centres in Kerala: Expert

Surge in stroke warrants rehab centres in Kerala: ExpertThiruvananthapuram, March 15 - Increasing incidence of stroke in Kerala, which is now almost on par with developed countries, calls for immediate establishment of rehabilitation centres for the cerebrovascular disease, said an expert.

Developed countries have a system where stroke patients are sent straight from hospital to rehabilitation centres.


Kerala hospitals start phasing out mercury equipment

Kerala hospitals start phasing out mercury equipmentThiruvananthapuram, June 27 - Four hospitals in Kerala have begun phasing out mercury-based equipment as part of an initiative to reduce potential health and environmental risks of the toxic metal.


Very few actual eye donors in Kerala

Very few actual eye donors in KeralaThiruvananthapuram, Nov 20 : The list of people who have signed up to donate their eyes in Kerala is very large -- but when it comes to actual donation, just 250 corneal transplants took place last year, according to the Kerala Society of Ophthalmic Surgeons (KSOS).


Female condom yet to gain acceptability

Female condom yet to gain acceptabilityThiruvananthapuram, Sep 11 : The female condom has not gained the kind of social acceptability in India it should have been six years after its launch but efforts are underway to reverse the trend, its manufacturer says.

But HLL Lifecare, which manufactures the condom with the support of Britain's Female Health Company (FHC), appears to be taking things on its stride as the male condom also took a long time to gain popularity.


Drink green tea, kick the butt

Drink green tea, kick the buttThiruvananthapuram, Aug 25 - Drink green tea to get over the nicotine urge, say Chinese researchers -- and this is a finding that medical professionals in Kerala have reacted positively to.


Food poisoning death puts Kerala eateries on mat

Food poisoning death puts Kerala eateries on matThiruvananthapuram, July 21 - It took the death by food poisoning of a 21-year-old to shake Kerala's health authorities out of their slumber on the lack of basic hygiene in many eateries across the state. In the past few days, some 50 establishments of varying sizes have been shut across the state for not following minimum standards.

All the 20,000 eateries across the state were shut Saturday to protest the health department's raids.


Kerala leads in head and neck cancers

Kerala leads in head and neck cancersThiruvananthapuram, June 23 - Kerala has one of the highest reported incidences of head and neck cancers, which constitute over 30 per cent of all cancers in the Indian subcontinent, said experts here in a press release Saturday.

Subramania Iyer, director of the Head and Neck Institute at Kochi's Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, identified tobacco use as the major cause of head and neck cancers.


Doctors ready to battle dengue as monsoon arrives in Kerala

Doctors ready to battle dengue as monsoon arrives in KeralaThiruvananthapuram, June 22 : Doctors are gearing up to combat the rising number of dengue cases here, as the arrival of monsoon results in a surge in such cases.

A Faseelathu Beevi, medical superintendent at the state run general hospital, told reporters on Friday that with the onset of monsoon there has been a significant rise in the number of patients suffering from the deadly disease.


Kerala hospital introduces new diagnostic tool

Kerala hospital introduces new diagnostic toolThiruvananthapuram, Jan 11 - For the first time in south India, a hospital here has introduced 'Wireless Capsule Endoscopy', a new diagnostic tool for the non-invasive detection of small bowel diseases.


Liver ailments rise in Kerala

Liver ailments rise in KeralaThiruvananthapuram, Dec 21 : Over the last two census periods, liquor consumption in Kerala has grown a staggering 140 percent. As a result, experts say, liver ailments are on the rise in the state.


Kerala to streamline medicinal plants production

Kerala to streamline medicinal plants productionThiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 - With the international market for medicinal plants estimated to be around $60 billion and their exports from India crossing Rs. 3,000 crore ($567 million), Kerala -- home to a huge variety, as well as quantity, of medicinal plants -- has decided to streamline their growth and marketing in a systematic manner.


Rs.520 monthly pension for HIV-AIDS infected in Kerala

Rs.520 monthly pension for HIV-AIDS infected in KeralaThiruvananthapuram, Nov 30 - On the eve of the World AIDS Day Dec 1, the Kerala government Wednesday announced a monthly pension of Rs. 520 for all those infected with HIV-AIDS.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters that this was the first such scheme being implemented in the state.


After condoms, HLL Life Care now turns to sanitary napkins

After condoms, HLL Life Care now turns to sanitary napkinsThiruvananthapuram, Nov 7 - Condom manufacturer HLL Life Care Ltd, which accounts for more than 10 percent of the total global production, is now all set to produce sanitary napkins.


Kerala women's panel wants HIV test before marriage

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 10 - The Kerala Women's Commission (KWC) has asked the state government to pass resolutions and, if necessary, a law to ensure that all those who get married undergo an HIV test.

"This is an issue that is affecting the entire humanity and hence adequate measures have to be taken to safeguard all," KWC chairperson Justice (retd) D. Sreedevi said.

The commission made the request in the wake of several cases where men got married in spite of knowing that they were HIV positive.


Achuthanandan on 'leave' for ayurveda therapy

ayurvedic therapyThiruvananthapuram, Aug 4 : Kerala's Communist Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan has taken an official break from work to undergo a week-long ayurveda rejuvenation therapy.

An official source said that for the next one week, the 86-year-old will remain indoors as a team of ayurveda doctors from the famed Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala will treat him at his official residence here.