Sunday, March 27, 2016

Global Hospitals demonstrates effective treatment of blood cancer

Shanaki Sakuntala (L), her husband H.N.D. Kodikaragoda and their daughter Yenuli.

BGS Global Hospitals - a unit of Global Hospitals Group, successfully performed a Bone Marrow Transplantation [ BMT], on 33 year old Sakunthala from Colombo who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (Blood Cancer), giving her a new lease of life with her cancer now in complete remission.

Sakunthala, was referred to BGS Global Hospitals - Super Specialty Quaternary Care, at Bangalore and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (Blood Cancer) and was advised to undergo BMT. With the stem cells of her 35 year old sibling, she successfully underwent Allogenic Bone Marrow Transplantation by a team of BMT Physicians. She has responded well to the treatment and is on follow up.

Dr Sachin Jadhav, Head, Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplantation, BGS Global Hospitals, said, "There have been advancements in the treatment of cancer. Bone Marrow Transplant has less toxicity than earlier and has improved the quality of life for patients post treatment. Several new types of Bone Marrow Transplant are emerging like Mini Allogeneic Transplantation, Bloodless Autologus Transplantation and Haploidentical Transplantation. Solid tumors, leukemia's and lymphomas are being cured by using BMT as a modality."

A bone marrow transplant (BMT), also called a stem cell transplant, is a procedure in which diseased or damaged bone marrow cells are replaced with healthy ones. This procedure is performed after a patient has high-dose chemotherapy or radiation. Conditions successfully treated with BMT include cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and solid tumors, as well as aplastic anemia.

In an allogeneic transplant, stem cells are donated to the person from another person, a genetically matched stem cell donor. This is usually a family member, a brother or sister with the same tissue type. Where no sibling is available, a search is made to find the donors. Sometimes there is a slight mismatch between the tissue type of the donor (usually a family member) and the person, but they may still be the best possible match.

Source: The Island

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Global Health City (GHC) launches LIFECARE RESPONDER, a two-wheeler ambulance service.

Bringing about a landmark development in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to its neighbourhod, Global Health City (GHC) launched LIFECARE RESPONDER, a two-wheeler ambulance service on 18th March’2016 in Hotel ITC Grand Chola, Chennai. The launch event was organized in the international conference on Emergency Medicine & Trauma (GAM

ET 2016) organized by GHC, where leading Emergency medicine practitioners from across the world were present. It was also an apt moment for the launch as the world would be observing WORLD HEAD INJURY AWARENESS DAY after a couple of days i.e. on 20th March

The event begun with a traditional lamp-lighting ritual followed by welcome address by Dr. K. R. Ram Mohan – Head of ER, GHC & the organizing Chairman of GAMET’2016.  Then came the big moment, when the physical manifestation of the LIFECARE RESPONDER service, a beautifully accessorized bike ambulance was unveiled by Col. Hemraj ParmarChief Operating Officer, GHC in the presence of elite gathering of ER professionals from many countries, senior officials of GHC and delegates from media. Afterwards the confluence was addressed by Col. Parmar, Dr. K. SridharDirector of Neurosciences & Spinal Disorders, GHC and Dr. T. S. SrinathNational President of SEMI, elaborating on safety in everyday life and urging everyone to adopt SAFETY AS A SOCIAL CULTURE. The ceremony ended with a pleasant valedictory address by Dr. Neeraj ManglaOrganizing Secretary of GAMET’2016. Then it was the time for festivities with photo opportunity and a gala dinner.

Global Health City initiated the Lifecare Responder service as a strong extension to its existing fleet of regular ambulances. The successful launch of this service by the Karnataka and Tamilnadu governments clearly indicates its worth in saving lives during medical emergencies; especially during rush hours, when a regular emergency evacuation vehicle finds it challenging to wade through the traffic to reach the spot of emergency.

GHC is pleased to bring the novel Lifecare Responder service to it neighbourhood community. The bike-ambulance will be manned by a trained Emergency & Trauma care professional and will be equipped with basic life saving gadgets and medications that are essential to stabilize victims till a regular ambulance arrives. GHC hopes that this noble endeavour is appreciated and accepted by the neighbourhood and foresees to better serve the community during medical emergencies

Rare Neurological surgery - Success story of removal of large extensive tumor from the Brain

Success story of Ms Wala 30 years from Yemen, who has been suffering with progressive weakness of the left sided limbs from the 6th month of her pregnancy. She underwent a C- section in January following which she worsened neurologically and became weak in all the limbs and bedridden. 
She was brought to Chennai in an emergency situation and visited another corporate hospital where a Shunt surgery and a tracheotomy were done. The MRI of the brain showed a large extensive tumor occupying the entire brain stem and going into the thalamus. The relatives were told that nothing could be done for the tumor.  

The relatives then came to meet us at the Global Health City, Chennai, India. The Neurosurgical department took up the challenge. Under the leadership of Dr K Sridhar, Head of Neurosurgery, and with the support of the Neuro- anaesthesiology team led by Dr V Ponniah surgery was performed. 
A long 10 hour surgery with intraoperative Neuro-monitoring was done carefully removing the deep seated critically located large tumor. The tumor was removed. 

The patient has made a dramatic recovery. She is awake, responsive and undergoing intensive Rehabilitation Therapy.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BGS Global Hospitals performs India's 1st Endoscopy Guided Liver Stenting (Through Mouth). This procedure has been performed only 4 times in the world so far. ‪#‎GlobalHospitals‬ ‪#‎raresurgery‬

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Science & Conscience

It has been said ‘Science for precision and Conscience for Decision’. When we see the science and scientists today, definitely a minority are seeking recognitions through unethical short cuts. Research and publications are academic attitudes that have deep down desire for awards, recognitions, promotions, monetary incentives and so on. In one way they are means to satisfy the ego of the worker. There is a well known scientific adage that says’ Publish or Perish’. This sounds as life threatening for some who enjoy doing work irrespective of its publicity (Publication). The core objective of happiness in research is definitely eluding today’s scientists.

For the sake of creating sensations, some scientists have used all sorts of unacceptable possibly criminal acts such as painting the animals, falsifying the experiments, faking the results on. There were incidents of severe punishments to scientists who indulged in such acts. But some scientist’s mind like any greedy human mind, continues to involve in clandestine activities, condemnable activities. A new dimension to scientific corruption erupted recently.

‘In August 2015, the publisher Springer retrac
ted 64 articles from 10 different subscription journals “after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports,” according to a statement on their website. The retractions came only months after BioMed Central, an open-access publisher also owned by Springer, retracted 43 articles for the same reason.“This is officially becoming a trend,” Alison McCook wrote on the blog Retraction Watch, referring to the increasing number of retractions due to fabricated peer reviews. Since it was first reported 3 years ago, when South Korean researcher Hyung-in Moon admitted to having invented e-mail addresses so that he could provide “peer reviews” of his own manuscripts, more than 250 articles have been retracted because of fake reviews - about 15% of the total number of retractions’.

‘As long as authors are (mostly) rewarded for publishing many articles and editors are (mostly) rewarded for publishing them rapidly, new ways of gaming the traditional publication models will be invented more quickly than new control measures can be put in place.’ It is difficult to put an end to this unless Values are imbibed as Bible.