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Metropolis offers up to 45% discount for women’s health check up packages

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Offers month-long discounted packages to celebrate womanhood on International Women’s Day

Metropolis Health Services, India’s only multinational chain of diagnostic centres, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, is offering special check-up packages, discounted up to 45 percent for women. The special packages can be availed from March 8, 2009 up to April 8, 2009 at Metropolis Laboratories/Collection Centers.

Talking about the rationale behind the special women’s day offer, Ms. Ameera Patel, Executive Director, Metropolis Health Services said, “Modern society is often described as being ‘cash rich and time poor’. Now we can afford adequate food, a car, and the type of luxuries that their parents could only dream of, but, the hours we need to work to achieve this means that our leisure time is limited. This is especially true for women, who are working full time, running a home, and bringing up a family too, and it is easy for them to let their health suffer. Therefore, through this gift of ours on the occasion of International Women’s Day, we want to encourage women to keep a tab on their health, which will go a long way to ensure the wellbeing of their family too.”

Metropolis’ health check up packages, specially designed for women, will screen liver, kidney, heart, and thyroid functions, and will comprise basic screening tests such as sugar and other important functions. This package will include all/some of the following tests:

  • CBC, Blood Group & Rh Factor, Albumin, Creatinine
  • Pap Smear, SGPT, TSH, Urine Routine, Calcium
  • Blood sugar-fasting, Lipid Profile, Phosphorous, Iron, Weight

These packages will be priced around Rs. 1,000.


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Metropolis and Merrygold Health Network to provide Maternal and Child Health Care in UP

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Metropolis Health Services will now provide quality testing services to patients of Merrygold Health Network in Uttar Pradesh. UP has the one of highest maternal mortality ratio of 517 per 1, 00,000 live births (SRS 2005- 2006) and Infant Mortality rate of 71 per 1000 live births (SRS 2007). The main cause of this situation is poor antenatal care (44% received ante natal care) and low coverage of institutional delivery (22%) in the State (source: NFHS III).

HLFPPT has committed to develop the Merrygold Health Network with support of Govt. of UP and SIFPSA (State Innovations in Family Planning Services Project Agency) in the entire State. The Merrygold Health Network is an example of public private partnership working on the principles of franchising for development of network across all 70 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The project will support the Government of UP’s and GOI ‘s efforts in reducing maternal, new born and infant deaths by increasing antenatal care, institutional deliveries and new born care, post natal and family planning services to women in rural and semi urban population.

In the first phase of the project, Metropolis will open one Lab in HLFPPT-owned Hospital and the other lab will be commissioned in a Franchised Hospital. The first Metropolis Laboratory has been commissioned in HLFPPT-owned Merrygold Hospital, Agra. Samples of patients requiring specialized testing will be sent to the referral laboratories of Metropolis Health Services Laboratory through their own effective and efficient systems. The patients will see the reports on the website or can collect the reports from Merrygold hospital.

Speaking on this new partnership, Dr. Velu, Managing Director, Metropolis Health Services said, “It is our privilege to partner with HLFPPT; we are looking forward to provide the best of services and technologies to the underserved. The main objective of this partnership is to create a sustainable public private partnership in health care for the lower middle class and the underserved population. Merrygold health network will create grass-root level networking to provide quality reproductive and child health services at subsidized cost per fixed prices. We will follow the same quality standards to ensure consistency in care. Through this set up we wish to establish our network across the state and offer a comprehensive range of quality tests and latest technology to everyone.”

Elaborating on the project, Dr Vasanthi Krishnan, CEO, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust, said, “The network of franchised hospitals and health clinics will be developed under the name of ‘Merrygold Network’ and each level has been branded with specific name and will provide different level of quality health care . At district level these hospitals/ health clinics will be named as Merrygold and will provide maternal child health services including emergency obstetrics facility. Block /sub divisional hospitals /clinics named Merry silver will provide essential obstetric care, family planning services, and immunization services. These hospitals/clinics are linked with district Merrygold network to refer complicated cases from these centers. Village level network named as Merry Tarang will provide health counseling, condoms, oral contraceptives, sanitary napkins, oral rehydration salts and Folic Acid Tablets to community.”

At present, HLFPPT has established their network in 18 district level Merrygold hospitals and 64 Merrysilver hospitals/health clinics in 11 districts i.e. Agra, Kanpur, Badaun, Lucknow, Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Mathura Bareilly & Azamgargh. Similarly 1350 members like ASHA, AWW, chemist, community leaders have been associated with Merry Tarang health network. All franchises will follow the same quality standards to ensure consistency in care. The hospitals that are part of the franchising network will provide the same set of services, have a similar look, and follow the same branding for easy identifiable. In next two years, franchised hospitals/clinics will be operationalized in more districts in the state of UP.

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Deccan – India’s First Budget IVF and Keyhole Surgery Centre

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India’s first state-of-the-art Budget IVF Clinic and Keyhole Surgery Centre ” Deccan” is an initiative of renowned IVF Specialist Dr Gautam Allahbadia, who has developed the centre in the memory of his late mother in order to offer subsidized IVF services to the poor and the needy. Conveniently located at Shivaji Park, in the heart of Mumbai, the clinic has been developed at par with any other centre with due commitment to technology, techniques and quality and provides all the facilities required to deliver a full range of services to couples requiring assistance conceiving.

The centre offers a comprehensive range of infertility services under one roof, so patients don’t need to shuttle from clinic to lab to the scan center. The practice is restricted to treating infertile patients exclusively, and the clinic offers patients the very best medical care – at affordable prices. Some of the services offered by the clinic are basic work up of the infertile couple, one stop fertility diagnostic services, semen processing, ovulation induction and monitoring, in vitro fertilization, donor egg IVF, embryo freezing, treatment of recurrent pregnancy loss, Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and minimally invasive ultrasound guided procedures.

The Deccan team is led by the Medical Director, Dr Gautam N Allahbadia who coordinates the Infertility & Assisted Conception services along with Dr Prajakta Pawar, the Clinical Associate. The Laboratory Director, Mrs Anjali Awasthi looks after the ART laboratory along with the Biologist, Ms Anuja Tamhane. The Keyhole Surgery Center clinical faculty includes Dr Swati Allahbadia, Dr Pritesh Naik, Dr Rajendra Sankpaland Dr Vivek Salunkhe, who perform Minimally Invasive Fertility Alleviation Surgery for our patients.

Says Dr Gautam Allahbadia,”The opening of Deccan IVF Clinic is special to me. Apart from being India’s first budget IVF Clinic, it is one of our first steps in taking the miracle of life to the masses. We know that facing infertility can be one of the most stressful situations a person can encounter emotionally, physically and financially. We are working towards making the dream of Assisted Reproduction a reality for the common man”.

For further details please visit : http://www.testtubebabyclinic.com/new/default.asp

Get gorgeous hair this winter with ‘Parachute Advansed Revitalising Hot Oil’

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Winter weather can damage your hair. Thanks to the harsh conditions like cold and wind, many people have dry, dull, brittle hair. Here is one way you can ensure the health and beauty of your crowning glory.

 

FMCG major, Marico Ltd., recently launched a new innovative product ‘Parachute Advansed Revitalising Hot Oil‘. The oil has been specially designed keeping in mind the needs of its users, during the winters. Massaging the hair with hot oil is the best way to nourish the scalp and hair. A hot oil massage penetrates deep; which in turn helps in making the hair shaft and roots stronger.

Vital ingredients

Specially crafted for the extra care that your hair needs in the winter with:

  • Coconut oil. Moisturizes the scalp, hair and gives healthy, nourished and beautiful hair.
  • Warming oil/ Rosemary/ Thyme/ Patchouli. Makes the oil hot from within and gives hair extra care.

How to apply for best results

Step 1: Pour it on your palm and rub the palm to feel the warmth come through

Step 2: Apply it on your scalp let it soak and then massage it with hands to feel the experience of warmth

Step 3: Wash it off for gorgeous hair in winter

Parachute Advansed Revitalising Hot oil is available across the country in an attractive 170 ml pack, priced at Rs. 65/-(Inclusive of all taxes)

For information about the company and tips on hair care visit: www.maricoindia.com;
http://www.parachuteadvanced.com

 


 

Written by sreelakshmi

16 January, 2009 at 8:40 am

Another major source of stem cells – menstrual blood

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Stem cells are one of the most fascinating areas of biology today. But like many growing fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as quickly as it generates new discoveries.

In India, menstruation blood has been considered as dirty and polluting. There have been a lot of myths, taboos and various practices related to menstruation. In olden times, the lady would be made to sit in some corner, wear only particular clothes, use a separate set of vessels for eating and drinking, and she was not allowed to cook. Other members in the family were not to even go near her, let alone touch her!!! At the end of the period, she would ‘cleanse’ herself by taking a hair bath.

Thankfully, while in some of the homes in rural India these restrictions might still be prevalent; in urban homes these rules seem to have lost effect. However, menstrual blood is still today considered sanitary waste. Yet recent findings have revealed menstrual blood to be a rich and easily accessible source of adult stem cells.

LifeCell is the first and the largest private cord blood stem cell bank and stem cell solutions provider in India which facilitates the cryogenic preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cells at its central facility in Chennai, India. They have been doing research on menstrual blood as a source of stem cells. Here is what Dr. Ajit Kumar, Chief Scientific Officer, LifeCell International has to say:

A woman’s role in society and the family is constantly changing. She dons the role of a daughter, sister, wife, mother, an entrepreneur, a working professional, a friend and much more with élan. The master stem cell or the zygote, wherein human life begins, is created when a woman’s egg is fertilized by her partner’s sperm. Shortly thereafter, this master stem cell begins to multiply into hundreds of millions of cells, including a large number of other stem cells, as the embryo develops during the early stages of pregnancy. The less specialized stem cells give rise to more specialized cell types and the process continues throughout pregnancy leading to the formation of all the cell types within the human body such as skin, muscle, nerve, bone, etc. Following birth and throughout adult life, our bodies continue to produce stem cells that serve as a vital source for regeneration and repair throughout our lifetime.

While the concept of stem cells becomes intuitive if one considers the development of complex organisms such as humans from a single cell such as the zygote and also the constant requirements for repair and replenishment of cells, it is only within the last fifty years that stem cells have been recognized for their therapeutic value. It is these therapeutic applications that have become the primary focus of studies by researchers and scientists from around the world. Since the very first bone marrow transplant in the 1950’s, to the 1980’s and ’90’s, when more than 16,000 stem cell transplants were performed to treat leukemia and immune system diseases, research into regenerative cellular therapies for a wide range of human diseases has rapidly advanced. Most recently, medical researchers have discovered adult stem cells in the endometrial lining of the uterus.

Another path breaking discovery in this area is that menstrual blood itself is a rich source of stem cells and serves as a potential source for promising regenerative therapies to treat heart disease, diabetes, neurological disorders like spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, in addition to cosmeceutical applications such as anti-aging therapies, to name a few. In simple terms potentially life-saving stem cells are found naturally in menstrual blood.

The Menstrual stem cell comes from the uterine lining (endometrium), which is shed as part of a woman’s menstrual period. These menstrual stem cells are unique because they have many properties and characteristics similar to both bone marrow and embryonic stem cells.

Until now, menstrual blood has been discarded as unsanitary waste. However, as recent research has shown menstrual fluid contains self-renewing stem cells that can be easily collected, processed and cryo-preserved for potential cellular therapies that may emerge in the future. They multiply rapidly and can differentiate into many other types of cells such as neural, cardiac, bone, fat, cartilage and possibly others; demonstrating great potential for cell therapy. Preliminary research suggests that in addition to possible use by the donor, these stem cells may also be used to benefit other family members who are genetically related to the donor, such as perhaps a parent, sibling or child.

More information on stem cells is available on www.lifecellinternational.com

Written by sreelakshmi

6 January, 2009 at 7:32 am