Some Snippets from the last months of July' 2011.
US Pharmaceutical Company Testing Drugs on India's Poor
From Stretcher to Where ??
Consultants Blamed for poor training of Doctors !!
Africa : How Safe are the Herbal Medicine ??
Obesity Campaign a "Waste of Cash"
Batlling Malaria in Africa.
Hospital Administration Made Easy
- Jodhpur Hospitals Seeps to improve Image
- JODHPUR: Nearly four months after the "serial" deaths of 16 women in Jodhpur hospitals due to administration of contaminated IV fluid, much seems to have changed at the Umaid Hospital. Contamination apart, which the doctors claim to be beyond their control, the medical college administration has tried to improve the infrastructure right from the operation theatre (OT) to hygiene. READ MORE
- U.S. pharmaceutical companies have moved their operations overseas in the past decade, testing their drugs on poor people in such lands as Russia, China, Brazil and Romania. It is a $30 billion business, and today around 105 countries are allowing such large corporations as Merck and AstraZeneca to conduct clinical trials on their soil. One country that has experienced a boom like no other in this industry is India, with its widely spoken English, an established medical infrastructure and welcoming attitudes towards foreign industry. Most importantly, these pharmaceutical companies are exploiting the country’s vast number of illiterate and poor people who are willing to become guinea pigs. READ MORE
- An emergency response today cannot be crafted in silos. Being prepared equally includes medical preparedness as large-scale attacks on urban, civilian populations have become all too frequent over the past decade. These incidents often result in what experts call “Hospital Multiple Casualty Incidents” (HMCI) which are very challenging to hospital teams.
Faced with a catastrophe, our doctors and nurses are doing their best and saving many lives. But it should not be left to individual capability and commitment. The critical question: How geared is the “system” on the whole to deal with mass casualties? Last Wednesday’s blasts in Mumbai offered a stark example of the gaping hole between what ought to be and what is on this score: we saw many injured victims being bundled into trucks and taken to hospitals. The ambulances came later. READ MORE
- HOSPITAL CONSULTANTS have been blamed for the poor training of junior doctors by Wexford Fine Gael TD Liam Twomey. He said it would be generous of him to say his own training was only haphazard. “I can honestly say disaster was averted not because of excellent training or my expertise but because I was lucky and I had a good nurse beside me. That is not the way to train junior doctors.’’ READ MORE
- From the beginning of time, traditional medicines have been used for both the prevention and cure of ailments that affect human health. They are sourced from leaves, the bark, seeds, sap and other parts of trees and weeds. Traditional medicines have been used to cure deadly ailments such as diabetes, cancer and ulcer. Most traditional medicines are consumed in their raw and semi-processed forms by Asians, Africans and Latin Americans. But over the years, countries like China and India have been able to refine and develop traditional drugs and are exporting them to Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Some of them make claims of being able to cure infertility, menstrual cramps, irregular cycles, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, hot flashes, arthritis, weak digestion and endometriosis. READ MORE
- AN OBESE person's body is programmed to regain any weight that is lost and authorities are wasting money on campaigns urging people to exercise and eat healthy food, an obesity expert says. Joseph Proietto said the high failure rate of weight-loss programs could be explained by growing evidence that obesity was ''physiologically defended''. Read More
- When general practitioner John Lusingu returned to his native Tanzania to do research on malaria, he was met with a total lack of science infrastructure. Undeterred, he helped convert a former kitchen in the Korogwe District Hospital into a small malaria research laboratory in 2004, and launched a study of the infection in children. His efforts eventually led to a successful vaccine clinical trial as well as the erection of state-of-the-art malaria research centers. READ MORE
Hospital Administration Made Easy