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How Chennai manages to attract tourists

Growing out of its conservative identity, the city is now projected as a melting pot of cultural festivals »

How disabled-friendly are sabhas?

Year after year during the music season, not just persons with disability, even the elderly shuffle as they climb stairs of an auditoriu...»

Where pedestrian space shrinks

An increased use of personal modes of transport, which is a burden on the available roadspace, encroachment upon pavements by vendors or...»

175-year-old MMC has several firsts to its credit

The Madras Medical College has not grown older but only more famous with its alumni bringing it recognition. The second oldest medical c...»

The ‘Jai Ho’ girl who feels like Cindrella

The visit to Los Angeles was not on the itinerary, says Tanvi Shah, the ‘ Jai Ho’ girl who went up on stage to receive the G...»

The tale of price rise and family budget

“How do we cut down on our expenses?” -- this is one question that several families are increasingly pondering over. The rise...»

Patronage for libraries on the rise

The massive structure coming up at Kotturpuram to house the State Library Complex named Anna Centenary Library has made avid readers in the »

Glossy goods and growing consumerism

Not long ago, decade-old television sets framed in a wooden box, refrigerators that were older than a few family members and tape-recorde...»

Women adapt to changing times

From successful entrepreneurs to technology-savvy employees, women in the city have made a striking impact in the public domain. The...»

175 years of medical heritage

The Madras Medical College's 175th anniversary celebrations presented to the city the heritage built into its ethos. For the alumni,...»

Steady rise in those seeking treatment for hair fall

Dermatologists attribute it to increased emphasis on appearance »

Traffic curbs hit commuters

Commuters had a difficult time as traffic was suspended for three hours along Anna Salai on Saturday to facilitate easy movement of VIPs...»

Awareness programme

Ophthalmologists in the city advise regular eye check-up to rule out loss of sight due to glaucoma. As part of World Glaucoma Wee...»

Summer heat, diseases, and vacation plans

It is that time of the year when those in the city start talking about something quintessentially Chennai - the summer heat. It is no...»

IIT-M student dies

A student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras died on Sunday, despite efforts by his friends to get medical intervention....»

Man to get brain-dead daughter's kidneys

The kidneys of a five-year-old traffic accident victim are to be harvested and transplanted in her father. According to the...»

Need for awareness of DVT

This month is observed world over as ‘DVT awareness month' with the aim of raising awareness about deep vein thrombosis (DVT),...»

Raids to identify dealers in spurious drugs intensified

The State Drug Control Authority has intensified raids across the State to identify spurious drug dealers and sellers. The...»

Manufacturing and sale of expired or spurious drugs denied

Representatives of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Tamil Nadu and Retail Medical Shop Owners Association in the city...»

Sign language to interpret world of hearing impaired

Vijaya Baskaran's talent as a professional interpreter for the hearing impaired has inadvertently made her an advocate for the...»

A positive message from a cancer survivor

The part time consultant counsellor and head of cancer support groupin Apollo Speciality Hospital, Teynampet, shares her experiences as a ca »

600 women seek relief for domestic violence

Number does not include cases of dowry harassment, rape »

Changes to drug law mooted

Medical shop-owners and Tamil Nadu Pharmacy Council members say amendment to the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules 1945 is the nee...»

Stanley hospital's rehabilitation therapy is much sought after

Of late, more road accident victims are seeking rehabilitation therapy at Government Stanley Hospital's Institute for Research and Re...»

Lack of work-life balance rising in city

A cognitive behaviour psychotherapist, Ravi Samuel began his career in 1991 by taking up a project on dementia in Ch...»

Nursing students attempt to stage sit-in

Around 60 nursing students from a hospital in Kodambakkam attempted to stage a sit-in on the Directorate of Medical Education premise...»

World Bank approves $118 m loan for State

The State has received approval from the World Bank for a loan of $117.70 million from the International Development Association to &ldqu...»

The bad news: worst of summer is yet to come

Weak westerly wind has kept temperatures in check, say meteorologists; residents grapple with cuts in water, power supply »

Corporation still has 12 doctor post vacancies

The Chennai Corporation, which has recruited 80 doctors in the last three years, still has 12 vacancies. Though the salary...»

Girl undergoes free cochlear implant surgery at GH

A thoughtful donation from one government department to another has ensured that an eight-year-old girl from Cuddalore will soon hear an...»

KMC Burns Department in dire need of funds for upgrading facilities

It is the only centre in south India for specialised treatment of acid and burn injuries »

Disability not a deterrent

While mainstream schools celebrated their success in the Class XII examinations, the schools run for children with special needs rema...»

Heavy showers bring respite from blistering heat

Residents wilting under the blistering heat were treated to torrential showers since the early hours of Wednesday providing them the much...»

A common disorder, yet underdiagnosed

Thyroid disorders are one of the commonest world over, but often underdiagnosed, according to doctors. The butterfly-shaped thyroid g...»

No funding for cancer prevention

While cancer treatment receives generous funding, prevention efforts, which are by far cheaper, do not receive funding. This despite the...»

City maintains smoking ban momentum

Two years after the Union Health Ministry declared a ban on smoking in public places, the city has maintained the momentum. Several non-g...»

Elders' helpline, police receive more calls as temperature soars

As temperature soars and the heat becomes unbearable, the elders' helpline and police personnel in the city are getting calls to rush hel...»

Cath lab equipment at GH to be replaced

The Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) is in process of replacing the Cath lab equipment at the Government General Hospital...»

Fake, sub-standard and the adulterated

Consumer activists stress need for system to lodge complaints easily, initiate action against violators »

There's hope everyday for these elders

A range of activities keeps those with dementia occupied at centre »

“Platform for blood donors, recipients”

A group of information technology professionals have got together to use their domain knowledge for a cause. Conceived by five childh...»

“Many prefer unsafe transport mode to ambulance”

Srivatsan Raghavan's visiting card says: Vision: In PPP framework respond to 30 million emergencies and save one million lives annual...»

Visually impaired students find it tough to get Braille books

With the closure of the printing press at the Government Higher Secondary School for the Blind in Poonamallee, visually challenged studen...»

Price hike fuels concerns among consumers

The announcement about the increase in the prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene gave jitters to many on Friday. From ho...»

June, a month of unstable weather

The sun has been playing hide and seek with the clouds for the past few weeks. This month, so far, the city has received 55.8 mm of r...»

Hospitals report rise in complaints of fever

The unexpected shift from hot to cool weather in June has resulted in hospitals and clinics reporting sporadic increase in complaints of...»

Sudden downpour throws traffic out of gear

Subways, main thoroughfares inundated; stormwater drains overflow »

North Chennai cries out for better healthcare

The working class of North Chennai contends with poor sanitation and polluted atmosphere that often lead to Acute Diarrhoeal Disorders (...»

Lack of safety for pedestrians here cause for concern

Lack of proper facilities at the Anna Main Road junction near the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in K.K. Nagar has made life rather...»

Delay in disbursing surgery costs under insurance scheme

The delay in disbursing funds by the government under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme is delaying the improvement of their departments, w...»

24-hour maternity centre to be opened on July 16

Civic body has upgraded the hospital at a cost of Rs.1.29 crore »

Weaving for their daughters

“We are rated on the kind of dresses we give our daughters.” »

Revised noon meal menu likely in all schools

The revised noon meal menu that was introduced on an experimental basis in six Chennai schools recently has not only won the approval...»

Additional courses offer respite from regular classes

“When you study lot of subjects, horizons of your knowledge keep expanding” »

Corporation health centres to get semi-auto analysers

The Chennai Corporation will soon provide semi-auto analysers at 70 of its 72 health centres in the city, said Commissioner Rajesh Lakho...»

“Passive lifestyle increases risk of dementia”

Active socialising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help senior citizens retain cognition, say experts. For, elders who lead a p...»

Spreading awareness about AIDS

Trained as an Electronics and Communication Engineer, R. Kaleeswaran, the Regional Communication Manager Training (Southern Region) a...»

Wet spell, mosquitoes and children's ailments

The intermittent showers in the past few weeks have made children vulnerable to wheezing, fever and in some cases dengue and malaria. »

New challenge for theatre-owners

City Pulse is a weekly report on Chennai's civic issues by the City Bureau. This week's report is by T. Madhavan and R. Sujatha. »

With rains approaching, Corporation gears up to tackle tree falls

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Digging worsens traffic chaos on city's choked roads

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Will vendors' relocation change T. Nagar?

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Bad roads, bumpy rides and back pain

Driving on the city roads is wrought with problems — chaotic traffic, poor traffic regulation, uneven speed-breakers and pot-holed...»

Anaesthesiology Department upgraded

The Anaesthesiology Department of the Madras Medical College, to which the Government General Hospital is attached, has been upgraded as...»

Spurt in conjunctivitis cases likely

After every spell of rain, eye clinics and hospitals in the city have seen a surge in the number of persons reporting viral conjunctivit...»

The odds of appalam-makers

A dozen employees are busy doing several tasks: some cut ropes of dough into one-inch cubes; others roll out the cubes in tiny circle...»

No shortage of job opportunities

Shorthand not an outdated skill in this age of computers »

MMC may tie up with U.S. varsity

The Madras Medical College is exploring the possibility of a tie-up with Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, U.S. to faci...»

Body handed over to kin in decomposed state

The body of a 50-year-old man who died in the intensive care unit of the Government Royapettah Hospital on Sunday was handed over to his...»

One-way violations an everyday reality

9.40 a.m. A middle-aged man, on a motorcycle, with a bag slung across his shoulder, speeds out of Velachery Road. He rides into the v...»

Teachers' shortage for Community Medicine

Low salaries and lack of teachers have resulted in less than the desired level of attention being paid to Community Medicine, an importa...»

Recording Assembly proceedings

They take notes at a feverish pace, transcribe them verbatim, avoid redundancy and ensure proper sentence construction. Their work is...»

Greening drive promising, yet long way to go

“A tree committee comprising experts, policy-makers, NGOs is needed for pragmatic planning” »

“COPD, fourth most common cause of death”

Frontier Lifeline Hospital conducts a smoking cessation campaign to spread knowledge about the disease »

Avadi health facility lacking in basic amenities

The Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) facility at the Heavy Vehicles Factory campus in Avadi is the nearest for hundreds of benefi...»

Beware! it's a season of viral infections

The current spell of northeast monsoon has brought in its wake viral infections in both adults and children. Apart from the usual compla...»

Influencing lives with the power of the pen

What began as a way to express feelings soon became a hobby and by the time Shanthakumari Sivakadaksham realised it wa...»

After the deluge, the ravaged roads

Chennai has received 71 cm of rain during this year's northeast monsoon, leaving the roads in the Chennai Metropolitan Area in a sham...»

Fear of flu haunts residents

Fear of flu attacks have surfaced with the city continuing to receive rainfall. Doctors say they are seeing more cases of air-borne v...»

Helpline for positive sex workers launched

Tamilnadu AIDS Initiative (TAI) - Voluntary Health Services has launched a helpline for positive sex workers, providing them an opportuni...»

Two-wheeler parking lot opened at Koyambedu bus terminus

A two-storeyed two-wheeler underground parking lot was inaugurated at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) at Koyambedu here on S...»

New KMC blocks to become functional soon

The new casualty and outpatient blocks of the Government Kilpauk Hospital here will become functional within a fortnight. An addition...»

Commuters from Poonamallee to Vadapalani stranded

Thousands of unsuspecting commuters and road-users travelling from Poonamallee and Porur to Vadapalani were stranded for over two hou...»

Thatched shed goes up in flames

A thatched shed that went up in flames early on Friday morning in Shenoy Nagar left half a dozen elderly residents in the area tense...»

Two hacked to death by gang

Two persons were killed by an armed gang at Mylapore late on Thursday night. According to police sources, the gang first murdered...»

A helping hand during old age

Several organisations have come forward to offer facilities for senior citizens »

CGHS beneficiaries at Avadi await polyclinic

The struggle for a new building and a full-fledged polyclinic is an ongoing battle for the beneficiaries of the Central Government He...»

Self-defence techniques need of the hour

Changing job profiles and an expanding city have meant that women have to travel longer distances, sometimes alone and at nights. Pro...»

Suburban railway stations need more facilities

The suburban train services have been catering for different pockets in the city and its suburbs for nearly a century. Though passeng...»

Lawyers squat on railway track

Hundreds of train commuters on the Tambaram-Chennai Beach section were stranded on Sunday for over an hour as lawyers squatted on tra...»

Public-private partnership to help unidentified accident victims

The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital here is engaged in a public-private partnership initiative to assist unidentified accident v...»

Aavin butter, ghee in short supply

Competitive pricing and the quality are key drivers of demand »

Differently abled women communicate need to be understood

The speech and hearing impaired women who gathered at Church Park Presentation Convent School to celebrate International Women's Day...»

Preparing polling officials to deal with difficult situations

“Remaining alert, knowing voter strength prevent untoward incidents” »

Poll preparedness gaining momentum

Political campaigns being done mostly on foot in the city »

Persons with disability to be trained in marketing

NGO to train them to sell products in mainstream market »

Madhavaram yet to catch up in basic amenities

Madhavaram, the new constituency abutting the city, is an amalgamation of urban middle class and rural population spread across local...»

Physically challenged face discomfiture in some booths

It was a mixed bag on election day when it came to ease of access for senior citizens and persons with disability to polling booths. The...»

Braving age, disability to cast votes

For Selvarani (86), sipping sugarcane juice outside Olcott Memorial School with her daughter Devi (35) after they voted, it was an act o...»

Indelible ink and a shot at the blue button

Waiting outside a polling booth in Jawahar Vidyalaya, Ashok Nagar, R.Anandhi (19) is one of those who defines all the possibilities that...»

Four children operated on

Four children with Down's syndrome in the age group of nine months to four years were operated for heart ailments at the Government Chil...»

Drawing up summer vacation itinerary

From budget to schools' schedules, there are several considerations that go into a vacation plan »

Skill upgrade programmes for doctors

The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University is launching several programmes aimed at mid-level doctors and those who work in rural areas a...»

Sneha to cover more schools, colleges

“Now we cover students in around 80 schools and colleges, but we want to reach out to more students.” »

Akhanda Bhajan held at Sundaram

With tears in eyes, devotees try to come to terms with Baba's death »

Delay in completing Stanley subway

Hospital authorities have several problems »

A patient wait for facilities

Inpatients have no access to water in bathrooms; outpatients use mobile toilets »

A grim battle for industrial estates

While industrial units in the city are feeling the pinch of power outages only for the past few days, those in the city fringes like Thir...»

KMC plans burns treatment training for doctors from other hospitals

Following recognition by the National Academy of Burns-India (NABI) as a centre for training doctors in treating burn injuries, more pat...»

High pitch of excitement at Chidambaram Stadium

It was literally “Shor In The City” – as if an entire segment of the city had turned up at the M.A. Chidambaram stadiu...»

Spiralling price, soaring heat, shining sales

Though the prices of gold, silver, platinum and diamond have increased significantly over the last one year, this did not stop people fro...»

Huts destroyed at Nolambur

A fire that broke out in Siddhartha Nagar, Nolambur, on Saturday afternoon reduced to ashes the homes of around 60 lower income group fam...»

Sickening traffic near hospitals

Fast-moving vehicular traffic and poor road signage near healthcare establishments are adding to woes of visitors to many private and gov...»

Summer and age-old ailments

With the temperature steadily increasing in the last few days, doctors in the city say they are seeing more elderly persons with symptoms...»

Woman delivered of twins and an abnormal foetus

Doctors at the Raja Sir Ramaswami Mudaliar (RSRM) Maternity Hospital in Royapuram here delivered a woman of triplets of which one was...»

AIADMK sweep in city too

Residents hopeful of result favouring developmental work »

Price hike fuels rise in auto fares

Commuters made to shell out Rs.20 more »

Fulfilling a dream of 40 years

Yatagai Scholarship Fund has helped 100 children complete high school education »

School textbooks go easy on the text, heavy on visuals

An ice cream seller wearing a cap, his small, mobile unit with an umbrella in mild pink and white, children crowding around to pick up th...»

Call for scrutiny into “transfer postings”

Members of the Indian Medical Association and Tamil Nadu Medical Council, who met Health Minister V.S. Vijay recently, have called for sc...»

Campaign against tobacco begins

The best way to bid adieu to tobacco is perhaps to ensure that those who give it up are rewarded. At Abirami Mall, five vol...»

Priority to health of elders too

Coping with ailments may not be an easy task for the elderly. Right medical care and counselling is needed to tackle the condition and de...»

Extending a helping hand is part of their job

Over the years, the field of prosthesis and orthotics has evolved into a niche profession. As with other professions, some stumble into i...»

Boy's death fuels tension

A four-year-old boy was fatally knocked down by a speeding SUV (sports utility vehicle) on Triplicane High Road on Thursday afternoon...»

Government hospital in need of more facilities

Successive State governments have concentrated on improving healthcare in their public institutions in the past decade. The Rajiv Gandhi...»

School of Orthotics and Prosthetics is a picture of neglect

The School of Orthotics and Prosthetics, a unit of the Government Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in K.K. Nagar, is a picture of...»

Lack of equipment in sports injury clinic at GRH drives patients to private hospitals

Lack of much-needed equipment in the sports injury clinic at the Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) is making the patients registered...»

Road accidents main cause of amputation, says study

It is based on case history of patients referred to hospital for rehabilitation »

More equipment, manpower sought

Heads of various medical colleges and hospitals across the State presented their problems and demand for manpower and equipment to Healt...»

Hitch in ‘registration of hospitals' move

“The number of hospitals should be known so that during emergency remedial measures can be taken easily'' »

Three asphyxiated to death in hospital

Electrical short circuit in air-conditioner caused fire in intensive care unit »

Safety a casualty in government hospitals

Two accidents in the recent past expose the poor state of buildings and equipment »

Students to undertake census of trees in Greater Chennai

‘Stress factor' of trees to calculate risk to road-users »

Rise in electrical burn cases

Since January this year, KMC has treated 54 persons »

Medical history to be showcased

It is that time of the year when every resident reminisces old times in the city. And the Madras Medical College is no exception. The gra...»

Over 50 MTC crew members screened for hearing loss

Drivers complain of ringing noise in ears, obstruction in hearing, lack of clarity »

Segregating waste can generate income

Everyday kitchen and garden waste can be recycled judiciously with a little effort. It can also pay rich dividends, some experiments in...»

MMC seeks new building for geriatric section

The Madras Medical College has forwarded a proposal to the State Health Department for a separate building to house its Geriatrics Medic...»

Royapettah Hospital to be upgraded

The Government Royapettah Hospital has lined up several proposals to upgrade many facilities and add new ones, including construction of...»

How senior citizens' life can be made easier

Despite wise investment and pension, elderly people find it hard to manage the increasing cost of living »

Beware! tread cautiously

A broken Chennai Metrowater pipeline near the ‘Medical Store' building on the Government Kilpauk Hospital campus is causing hardships to...»

How overnight corrective lenses lend clear vision

V. Nitin is looking forward to the Interschool Sri Lankan Academy cricket tournament as he would be the vice captain of the team from In...»

Burgeoning businesses, growing traffic

The residential population of Kodambakkam zone has been consistently edged out by businesses such as textile and jewellery showrooms on t...»

Awash with messages

The best way to get a message across to children is through entertainment. This was evident from the interest shown by hundreds of studen...»

Grim reminders of insensitivity

Needs of visually impaired in focus on White Cane Safety Day »

Shopping hubs expect subdued Deepavali

Price rise, parking space problem, and wider options for shoppers are among the factors »

They chip in to ensure a smooth organ donation

At the Government Eye Hospital in Egmore, C.Shanthi chats with a middle-aged woman whose son Babu lost his sight after varnish spilled in...»

Beware! several diseases may pour in

Timely treatment will keep infections at bay, says expert »

Fire safety in hospitals comes into focus

No government tertiary care hospital has a regulated fire safety mechanism »

Paediatrics institute's growth stunted

Development pangs continue to plague the Institute of Social Paediatrics (ISP), the children's block of the Government Stanley Hospital,...»

How pollution mounts sweeping attack on city

An IIT-Madras study suggests that roads be swept and watered to bring down amount of dust »

Improvement works at KMC

Several improvement works have been launched at the Government Kilpauk Medical Hospital in the past few weeks, including one to raise the...»

When nature took over...

It was in December 1964 a cyclone wiped out the town of Dhanushkodi and swept a train off the Pamban Bridge. »

Student stabs teacher to death in Chennai school

A teacher was stabbed to death in the classroom of a private school here on Thursday, allegedly by a 15-year-old student who was upset a...»

“Children rarely act violently”

More details needed about the student's background: expert »

Ventilators need new breath of life

Wear and tear high as patients from other hospitals are referred to the GH »

King Institute upgraded as Grade 1 laboratory

The King Institute of Preventive Medicine has been upgraded as Grade 1 laboratory by the Indian Council of Medical Research. This makes t...»

‘Clerical error’ costs eye hospital place in registry

Egmore hospital not in list of centres performing transplantation »

Making a mark in offering quality treatment

Hospitals aiming for national accreditation find the going challenging but worthwhile »

Pulse polio campaign on course

Parents, volunteers ensure that children get their dose as per schedule »

A prince's gift for his people

The 113-acre park was gifted by Sayaji Rao in 1879. »

The first of the foot soldiers against polio were from TN

Three men who spearheaded the movement to start mass vaccination of children »

Nurses on warpath

Power, water supply cut off to one hostel as stir intensifies »

Women in top gear, hunt for treasure

Giggles are not just for little girls. Older women also love to indulge in some fun stuff, laughing, scampering or shaking a leg. ...»

A life spent in struggles and surgeries

R. Sujatha meets Asia’s first female neurosurgeon, who now runs a wellness centre in Chromepet, Chennai »

It's curtains for Star theatre

Madhumati ran here for 50 weeks. Yaadon Ki Baraat for 100 weeks. Now, this famous Triplicane landmark is all set to be razed. »

Determined nurses continue strike

Nurses at Apollo and Fortis Malar Hospital continued their strike for the fourth day on Monday. Hundreds of nurses did not report to work...»

Renal transplants at Government Hospital touch the 1,000-mark

State government now allots Rs. 2 crore a year to the GH for immuno-suppression therapy »

Pulse Rate: Getting that beauty sleep

93 per cent of people in India are sleep deprived, getting less than their requirement of sleep »

Ranganathan Street breathes easy, for once

It is the most crowded street in the city. One that never falls silent, not even in the dead of night. When the electric trains call it a...»

Battling challenge after challenge

The women were from across the State and in different age groups. But, they all wanted answers to their problems – if for one it was gett...»

Lone lift in cardiology block of KMC out of order

It was used to transport bodies of burn victims »

To save a life, no amount is too much

Sanjana Praveen Shivanka is 20 months old and has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). The Sri Lankan ‘bubble baby', suffered from a...»

A thought for the elderly

A few weeks ago, I happened to come across a booklet published in 1978 by the Government General Hospital, Madras, when it launched its o...»

T. Nagar chokes as Metro Rail comes to Nandanam

After a chaotic Saturday, residents and motorists dread Monday when vehicles will be out on the roads in full strength »

Tsunami of fears as ground beneath feet shakes

Tremors felt at 2.15 p.m., alert sounded, widespread panic and traffic chaos as government strives to handle potential disaster »

Patient in GH commits suicide

A 47-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging from the roof in a toilet at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, here...»

Ignoring fire safety norms

Norms are not in place because of lack of interest among those who run hospitals »

Crafting divinity over the ages

R. Sujatha talks to a family that has made dolls of gods and goddesses for generations »

Pulse Rate - It's never too late for a run

Centenarian Fauja Singh who ran the marathon in London on Sunday is an inspiration for many athletes who did not have the opportunity to...»

Five more test positive for A (H1N1) in Tamil Nadu

Transmission of virus still sporadic, no need to panic, say health officials »

Agraharam — time virtually stands still here

Chennai has managed to retain the charm of a centuries-old lifestyle »

Metro hits hospital phones

For almost two months now, the Government Kilpauk Hospital on Poonamallee High Road has been functioning without a telephone connection. »

One more case of A (H1N1)

A final year medical student of Madras Medical College tested positive for A (H1N1) influenza on Sunday, taking the total number of healt...»

Summer is here and so is the bug

One of the reasons for stomach ailments or typhoid during summer is eating out. People must be careful of what they eat and the water they d »

Gold medallist wants to build a hospital

If getting into medical college is tough then qualifying with 12 gold medals after four years of gruelling studies is like a dream come...»

GH told to answer RTI query clearly

State Info Commission order follows petition relating to discharge summary »

Seniors go the full mile

Older athletes gear up for international sports meet in November »

Unclaimed bodies burden mortuaries at city hospitals

Lack of systematic procedure prolongs wait for kin of deceased »

Reaching out to the mentally ill

Tele-psychiatry service has reduced inhibition and ensured people seek treatment »

Warming up to infant care

This year, the State government announced that it aims to reduce IMR to less than 15 »

Avadi dispensary to become reality

After a two-year-long wait, Central government employees in Avadi will be able to use the services of a government dispensary close to h...»

Woman dies in Nepal plane crash

Tragedy struck a Chennai-based family when one of its members was killed in a plane crash in Nepal on Monday. Homemaker Latha (36), was a...»

Confusion rules on first day of issue of application forms for MBBS, BDS

11,040 forms distributed in State; Chennai accounts for 3,138 »

Two more from city among air crash victims

The bodies of a Chennai-based couple, residents of Mogappair West, have been recovered from the site of the Agni Air plane crash near Jo...»

Pulse Rate: Keep an eye on your eyes

As the heat becomes intense, so is the need to reduce its impact. People do everything they can to cool off, but often they do not take...»

Apollo Hospitals punished

The State Health Department, through a Government Order G.O. (D) 408, dated 17.05.2012, has punished Apollo Hospitals for violation of r...»

Sons give shape to father's dream

Renowned surgeon Chitturi Satyanarayana's house to be converted into hospital »

Lighting up the lives of those in need

C.N. Janaki, in her nurse's uniform and starched white cap that keeps wispy white hair neatly in place, has a quick smile that forms deep...»

More nurses trained to care for neonates

A fresh batch of nurses, who completed their training in neonatal care on Monday at the Institute of Child Health (ICH) in Egmore, will b...»

Inadequate services at KMH neonatal ward

Despite being equipped with ample number of warmers and a fine staff of doctors, nurses and postgraduate trainee doctors, newborns lay wa...»

Determination over disability

M. Ilangothai has scored 1,101 marks in the class XII examinations, but is yet to call the school to find out her scores for individual s...»

Minor change in cut-off marks expected

Competition for seats in medical colleges to remain tough »

A day after petrol price hike, haggling over fares begins

While some pre-paid auto stands wait for a formal revision of fares, others have begun hiking fares themselves. »

Ace photographer Rajamani dead

Veteran photographer V.K. Rajamani passed away on Friday. He was 77. In a career spanning more than five decades, he not only captured t...»

Ensuring care is continued

A large number of organisations are working with various segments of the community in India to spread the message of healthy living in...»

Now, parents seek help to get over kids’ results stress

At a career counselling session held recently by the Railway Protection Force, a group of middle-aged men and women gave vent to angst a...»

Almost half of city's babies born through C-sections

C-sections have become more common in the last several years for various reasons, including medical conditions »

When in crisis, hop on to bus or train

Fuel crisis has forced many to use public transport but situation begins to improve. The number of call taxis seen on the roads had come dow »

It’s time to kick that butt

World No Tobacco Day was observed on Thursday. The focus this year was on addressing interference by the tobacco industry. Accord...»

Sweat and toil add fragrance to jasmine sales

Behind the fragrance of the jasmine flowers that women wear in their hair is not just sweat and toil of farmers, but that of an entire c...»

Student doctors at GH go on strike for second time in a week

Attendants manhandle a doctor sparking protest; hospital functions with half its strength »

There's no stopping these gifted youngsters

It's an all-round success story this year. Like their counterparts in others schools, students of institutions for the visually and hear...»

Medicos to go on strike tomorrow

Doctors in the city's three major teaching medical hospitals will go on a one-day strike on Wednesday. On that day, a total of 1,000 doc...»

GH seeks to protect itself from patients' relatives

After several rounds of agitation by doctors, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital on Thursday put in place measures to protect the p...»

Early diagnosis is key to life

Treatment of tumours requires intensive and painstaking investigation and follow-up »

Every day is a battle for 19-year-old

Feroz Khan's toothy smile is infectious and his courage, awesome. For the past seven years, he has been in and out of hospitals, determi...»

Children are easy victims of dog bites

In the last four months, four children died of rabies at the Government Children's Hospital in Egmore. The deaths could have been avoide...»

Fire sets off alarm at Stanley Hospital

Rs. 1.10 crore sanctioned for electrical rewiring and civil repair works »

A (H1N1) claims one more victim

The first death due to A (H1N1) infection in June was reported in the city on Sunday. A 49-year-old man who was shifted to the Rajiv Gand...»

Pulse Rate - Epidemic fuels debates, studies

Research found long-term use of insulin does not harm people with diabetes or put them at risk »

Kilpauk hospital gets a Rs. 59-lakh makeover

The new facilities include an intensive medical care unit (IMCU), a special ward for patients admitted under the CM’s insurance scheme, a po »

Recalling the work of a great hunger-fighter

“He was a bright, affirming flame in the midst of a sea of despair then prevailing.” This was how M.S. Swaminathan described...»

Poor parking facilities taking their toll

With Deepavali just a fortnight away, poor parking facilities for shoppers in T. Nagar are taking their toll on residents. While t...»

“50.8 million will have diabetes in India by 2010”

The fourth edition of the World Diabetes Atlas, released in Montreal on Monday at the World Diabetes Congress, estimates that more number...»

Now, focus on health hazards

The monsoon is here and so also the fear of diseases. Hospitals and doctors are preparing themselves for the inflow of patients who will...»

Alcohol abuse, accidents linked

There’s a pattern to the victims who seek medical help at the casualty ward of government hospitals in the city. According to t...»

Pollution, fire safety hazards come into focus

With less than a week to go for Deepavali, the boom of firecrackers has started pulsating across the city. Though pollution and fire...»

Obese boy swallows bone, treated at ICH

A seemingly simple problem with which a 12-year-old boy was brought to the Institute of Child Health here on Wednesday posed a challenge...»

Their condition gives food for thought

The cooks in noon meal centres work in inhospitable conditions, swathed in sweat and firewood smoke, live in shacks and remain at the low...»

A turn to wholesale and co-operative outlets

The last few months have seen a steep increase in the prices of essential commodities, particularly vegetables. The pressure has push...»

Problems in pre-paid auto service

The Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) in Koyambedu saw a steady flow of commuters this weekend. It was also a busy season for prepaid...»

Milk producers' association to go on strike from today

The Tamil Nadu Milk Producers Association has proposed to go on strike from Monday demanding hike in procurement price for milk provided...»

North Chennai skyline changing slowly

It is shedding its crime-prone-area image and attracting more commercial and residential developers »

Residents yearning for summer rain

As the temperature rises steadily, residents are finding ways to remain cool and avoid staying outdoors during the hottest part of th...»

Hospital potential yet to be tapped

Move to convert it into specialised centre for orthopaedics »

Project to phase out mercury use in private healthcare organisations

Based on UN study on disposal of biomedical waste »

Lacunae in issue of online birth and death certificates

The Chennai Corporation's online birth/death certificate facility is a much-sought feature but is not without hiccups. For, several pers...»

Day care centres come under the scanner

Inadequate infrastructure, lack of staff affect crèches even as demand surges »

New hostel for Stanley medical college students ready

PWD is awaiting permission to demolish old hostel buildings »

Neonatal ambulance saves 2-day-old-infant

The facility was launched on Wednesday »

Lab equipment at CGHS dispensaries in disuse

Two automatic biochemical analysers installed in October 2008 at CGHS (Central Government Health Scheme) dispensaries in K.K. Nagar and...»

Traffic diversion leaves road-users fuming

The first day of a new traffic arrangement on Thursday in and around Anna Nagar left residents and commuters irate, confused and short-te...»

Plans to start comprehensive registry for corneal transplant

With more private hospitals taking up corneal transplantation, it has become necessary for the Cadaver Transplant Programme of Rajiv Gand...»

Family claims body of slain kingpin

Four corpses remain in government hospital mortuary. Post-mortem conducted, X-rays taken. »

Pig bites three men, beaten to death

Two of the victims undergo surgery »

Strike by MMM nurses may spread

Support for nurses striking work at the Madras Medical Mission in Mogappair gathered momentum on Friday with all 250 nurses of the hospit...»

Nurses of private hospitals continue strike

Hundreds of nurses from three corporate hospitals boycotted work on Saturday, as a result of which hospitals deployed their nursing stud...»

Striking Fortis Malar nurses return to work

Management presents revised package to Labour Department »

Pulse Rate: Being woman, being young, being healthy

Once upon a time, prevention was said to be better than cure. Today, prevention is the cure »

Nurses' strike pays off

Apollo Hospitals management too gives in »

Meet the silent thief of eyesight

A person with glaucoma remains asymptomatic until much of the sight is lost »

Finally, Sachin scores over savings

Eyes remained glued to the TV screens — first the disappointment of the Budget, then the delight of watching the century of centuries. R. Su »

Watching over generations

A shop as old as P. Orr & Sons would naturally have its share of loyal customers. It comes as no surprise that quite a few of them h...»

One teacher, some students, many dreams

Novel schools seek to make a difference in villages around Chennai »

VAT exemption to make insulin, feeding bottles, helmets cheaper

Several announcements made by Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam in the State budget on Monday, are aimed at improving the health of peop...»

Upgradation of burns unit at KMC

Burn injury victims, largely comprising women and children, will have access to significantly improved treatment at the Kilpauk Medical...»

Surgeries cancelled at Stanley Hospital after power cut

A cable fault left large parts of Government Stanley Hospital in Mint with no power since Sunday night. The power cut lasted most of Mond...»

Fighting that opportunistic infection

Statistics say that 40% of India's population is infected with the tuberculosis bacillus »

Valuable lessons in nutrition

At the weeklong session organised by the Academy of Nutrition in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai, nursing students...»

A(H1N1) under control: panel

A technical committee that reviewed the protocol adopted for treatment of A (H1N1) influenza in the State on Friday, has declared that th...»

Yet another deer injured at VHS

An injured stag on the sprawling campus of the Voluntary Health Services, Taramani, has been a cause of concern to residents and employe...»

MCI nod for admitting 200 more students

The State government has received approval from the Medical Council of India to admit 200 more students in its medical colleges, Health...»

Stay ahead of the weather

PULSE RATE Dengue had infected over 2,500 persons across the State by mid-June »

Wage issues worry contract workers at Kilpauk hospital

Around 45 men and women working at the Government Kilpauk Hospital for the past decade as contract labourers are worried that they may n...»

RO plant to remedy water woes at Royapettah hospital

The Government Royapettah Hospital (GRH) is planning to install a reverse osmosis (RO) plant on its premises to cater to the needs of its...»

Govt. hospitals to come under biometric scanner

System to address complaints of late arrival of doctors, staff »

For Type 1 diabetics, support is key to coping

Type 1 diabetes is a debilitating condition, and often sees victims struggling to cope with its social implications. As R. Sujatha writes, t »

10 more ‘108’ ambulances for Chennai

GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), the organisation that operates the 108 ambulances, just got a boost on Tuesday, w...»

Changing stance

Imitating doesn’t come easily to him. Neither does dance. His attempts at aping the style of the Superstar seem conscious and hence aren’...»

‘I tried to drown myself thrice’

R. Sujatha meets Kalamandalam Gopi »

Don’t sweat it, bedwetting is just a phase

Being scolded by parents only adds to the youngster’s psychological stress, say doctors »

City wakes up to near-normal life on bandh day

With reduced traffic on arterial roads and most shops downing shutters, Thursday’s bandh seemed more like an extended holiday. The bandh...»

More garbage, less medicine at this T. Nagar hospital

Bins, construction material litter Corporation maternity hospital yard in T. Nagar; compound wall is public urinal; residents claim deliveri »

A new lease of life with new skin

Fat cells are extracted from the patient and processed to release good cells that are then injected into the scars »

Eight injured in accident on Kamarajar Salai

Eight persons were injured when a load autorickshaw driver rammed into an MTC bus on Kamarajar Salai on Friday morning. Anna Sq...»

Biometric roll call for GH staff now

Employees of Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital will now have to mark attendance with their fingers instead of in cumbersome regist...»

Accident-tackling 101, from the experts

“It was an eye opener” was how the volunteers, who were aboard the GVK EMRI 108 ambulance on Tuesday, described their experience. The do...»

Toys, books to tackle diabetes

An innovative programme offers care and education to children to deal with the disorder »

Saving a life, Govt. Stanley hospital style

When 50-year-old Senthamarai complained of chest pain and threw up several times on Monday, her son took her to Government Stanley Hospit...»

Queues coil on city roads for medical entrance test vouchers

Curious onlookers watched the serpentine queue of youngsters in front of Axis Bank on Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai. The young men and women were »

Unique, artistic, creative: Kolu plans

While most of us find an excuse to set up a decent Kolu, here are some sharing their elaborate and meticulous plans for this year’s Kolu. »

Digital archival of images at Stanley helps rev up treatments

When Mallika came to the Government Stanley Hospital five months ago, she was emaciated. She had difficulty in swallowing, as there was...»

Spotlight on urban health

With a large number of people migrating to cities, the health of the poor in urban areas has gained importance »

Cattle truck overturns killing two bulls, activists outraged

The animals were tied by the neck in violation of animal protection rules »

Two fever deaths later, dengue scare rife in Chennai

Civic body says number of cases now 26, all measures being taken to prevent spread of disease »

More viral fever, more dengue infections across city

Growing number of cases in hospitals, especially children; doctors raise fears of lack of blood components »

The ailing southern suburbs

Many residents have been hospitalised with symptoms of dengue and typhoid »

Specialist job goes unnoticed

Knowledge of anaesthesia, even among doctors, is poor, experts said »

Dengue: Information deficit fans fears

Lack of adequate details from Chennai Corporation causes panic following girl’s death »

Parents protest unsafe school building in T. Nagar

Close to 100 parents gathered outside a city school on Wednesday morning, protesting against an unsafe block on the premises.They...»

Chennai goes down under as skies open up

The second day of rains saw the city’s infrastructure crumbling; for exasperated residents, travel became a nightmare »

So far, 74 dengue cases reported in city this month

The Aedes aegypti mosquito spreads four strains of the disease »

Two die of unknown fever in Kancheepuram

Many complain of illness; 12 admitted with ‘mild dengue symptoms’ in Ambattur and Avadi »

Women with disabilities ask for a better deal

Most of us enjoy walking the sands of the Marina beach but for women like T. Mageswari and M. Lalithambigai it is a laborious task. <...»

Power Shutdown

Power supply will be suspended in the following areas from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday: Sardar Jung Garden: Soorappan Street. Maduravoyal North: MMDA 1st t... »




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