Reading Dr Vikram’s post on “is-health-insurance-the-answer-to-indias-healthcare-woes?” made me think. Well, in the United States, despite healthcare being the highest capita spend of the GDP as per Organization for economic Co-operation and development (OECD) survey. But yet still we are unable to meet the healthcare needs of the population. That made me think – Is having […]


The pendulum has swung in the country with respect to tackling non communicable diseases. This is evident from the key initiatives under the new National Health Policy 2017, which lays a lot of emphasis on screening and prevention of these diseases. With changing lifestyle and demographics, it is clear that India would have to change […]


The Indian government today released the national health policy with focus on primary care and wellness. The last healthcare policy came out in 2002 and one can understand why health is often ignored in the national agenda of the country, with so many other issues taking precedence. One of the key features of the national […]


Life expectancy has gone up in India. But are people able to live fully functional lives ? Is the quality of life improving as medical technology keeps more Indians alive year after year ? To answer some of these questions the WHO has started calculating Health Adjusted Life Expectancy (HALE), or healthy life expectancy,  to […]


You too can save a life. And for this you don’t need a medical degree. Simple knowledge about ‘Basic Life Support’ (BLS) techniques can go a long way in saving lives in emergency situations. Columbia Asia Referral Hospital, Yeswanthpur conducted a session of BLS Training program for new police recruits at the Traffic Training Institute […]


In India, the average growth in expenditure on total healthcare is lower than the average GDP growth rate. The GDP spend percentage is lower than most low income countries. India is a low-middle income country as per the World Bank classification. In fact, the growth in expenditure on total healthcare in India has been decreased […]


After success with Polio, the government has renewed its efforts on eradicating Measles. Though program was announced some time ago, for details please read this piece we carried in 2011 but we see a renewed focus on the effort currently. Many schools in Bangalore are running a school inoculation program against Measles. Recently my daughter […]


India is the second most populous country in the world with 1.21 billion people, sustaining 16.9 percent of the world population. India was the first country in the world to start family planning program way back in 1952 to facilitate the use of family planning services as a step towards reducing the fertility rates, increasing […]


Immunity is the ability of the body to resist the attack of pathogens, or to fight against the infection which is caused due to unwanted biological invasion. It is an indication of the tolerance level of the host to strike back against the infection, reacting by the action of specific antibodies.


Finally some validation for us Tennis players. Playing tennis can help you live longer according to a study by Oxford and some researchers in Finland and Australia. The study was conducted over a period of 9 years over a pool of 80,000 people mostly of Scottish and English descent. These people consisted of 52% women […]