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Old June 7th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #361
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Perfint Healthcare to raise $20 mn from PEs

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Chennai-based medical technology manufacturer Perfint Healthcare is planning to raise around $20 million (approximately Rs 111 crore) from private equity investors. The company had, in March 2012, raised $6 million (around Rs 33.3 crore) from the existing investors led by Norwest Venture Partners.

S Nandakumar, chief executive officer of Perfint Healthcare, said the money will be utilised to set up a research centre in the US, market its new product Maxio and to obtain regulatory approvals.

“We are also in talks with the investors for a fourth round of funding, which will be around $20 million. We expect the fund-raising to be completed by March 2013,” he said.
The money will be utilised to develop three more new products in the next three years and also to fuel its proposed foray into the regulated markets, Nandakumar said, while declining to disclose the quantum of the stake dilution to the investors.

It may be recalled that the company had rolled out its first product in January 2008, before raising $3.5 million from Accel Partners and IDG Ventures in 2007.

The company, which has been developing products for inteventional oncology, received a second round of funding to the tune of $7.2 million in 2010. The investors include Norwest Venture Partners and the existing investors. Of the total investment, Norwest pumped $3.7 million.

“The investors will be with us for the long-run. Some of them, however, may look at a partial exist via an initial public offer or a strategic sale after 18 months,” Nandakumar said.

The $5-million Perfint has set a target to achieve revenues of around $13 million by the end of March 2013. The growth drivers, according to Nandakumar, will be the new products and its entry into newer markets.

The company has launched Maxio, an integrated planning, navigation and robotic targeting system for CT-guided tumour ablation. The product was unveiled by Sam Pitroda, chairman, National Innovation Council, and advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovation.

According to Nandakumar, tumour ablation was an effective alternative to surgery for inoperable tumours. For instance, only around 20 per cent of the liver cancer patients are surgical candidates.

With the new product, the company is now looking at the US, Europe, China, Korea and Japan, apart from catering to the domestic market, he said.
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Old June 8th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #362
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Centre plans massive geriatric care facilities under NPHCE, identifies 8 hospitals to set up dedicated wing for seniors


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Union government is planning a massive upgrade of the infrastructure and healthcare manpower under the National Programme for the Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE). This would see the need to establish geriatric wards and geriatric clinics at various levels of the district healthcare delivery system.

Geriatric units with 10 beds at district hospitals and elderly clinics twice a week at the Community Healthcare Centres (CHCs) are planned. In addition, eight regional centres with geriatric wards and manpower training are being established across the country. These are at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh; Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir; Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala; Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam; Madras Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; SN Medical College, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, besides Grant Medical College and JJ Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

In the corporate sector, Apollo Hospital, Chennai has a department of Geriatric Medicine. Hyderabad-based Heritage Hospitals also have a separate geriatric department. Many hospitals in the metro cities including Max, Fortis, Rockland, Pushpanjali, Crosslay and Jaipur Golden in Delhi have started programmes targeting geriatric care. Small standalone geriatric hospitals such as Vindhya Geriatric hospital in Bangalore and Aastha Hospital in Lucknow have been started. There is a huge scope for medical entrepreneurs to look at setting up more, stated Dr Pratibha Dabas, principal consultant, Healthcare, Technopak.

Currently, India has the second largest elderly population in the world. According to official population projections, the number of elderly persons will rise to approximately 140 million by 2021. Over the next four decades, India’s demographic structure is expected to shift dramatically from a young to an ageing population resulting in 316 million elderly persons by 2050, she said.

Common ailments among the Geriatric population are hypertension, heart diseases, cancers, osteoarthritis, hearing impairments, cataract, respiratory problems, nutritional problems, diabetes, tuberculosis, and mental morbidities. Elderly persons in India often succumb to preventable conditions like bronchitis, asthma, and pneumonia.

The Technopak report on Age-Sensitive Hospitals: Need and Opportunity states that an absence of human and institutional capacity for geriatric care in the Indian healthcare system contributes to variations in morbidity and access to care. Both outpatient visits and hospitalizations of the 60+ age-group are more than three times that for the general population leading to higher expenditure on healthcare. Almost 20 per cent of doctor’s visits, 30 per cent of hospital days and 50 per cent of bedridden days are related to elderly patients. India’s old are hospitalized for an average of 32 days.

Further, the geriatric population takes an average of six prescription drugs concurrently and often suffer from adverse drug reactions. Increase of morbidity associated with chronic non-communicable diseases due to increased life expectancy requires providers to keep pace with the higher demands of the ageing population on the system, reports Technopak.

Indian medical colleges should now introduce Geriatric specialization on similar lines that of the developed world, like the US. Till recently, in India, only one educational institution in Chennai offered a post-graduate degree in geriatric medicine. Others such as IGNOU offer a one year part-time, Post Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (PGDGM) and IMA AKN Sinha Institute offers a certificate in geriatrics. Most of the elderly patients are treated in general medical wards for want of infrastructure and specialists, stated Dr Dabas.
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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:01 AM   #363
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GH gets state-of-art liquid oxygen tank

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The Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital has become the first government-run institution in the State to install a tank to store liquid oxygen. With a capacity to hold 13,000 litres of oxygen, the tank is expected to cater to the needs of the entire hospital when it becomes operational.

At present, oxygen is supplied through 1,052 outlets using cylinders. The GH requires around 1,400 cubic metres of oxygen a day for its 52 operation theatres, besides intensive care units and post-operative wards.

Currently, the hospital consumes around 300 oxygen cylinders every day. In these rooms, each oxygen cylinder is manually plugged and unplugged by contract workers.

“We train the hospital’s contract workers to do the work and not all are uniformly trained,” said Dean V. Kanagasabai. By installing the tank, the hospital has cut down its expenses on the salary of workers by Rs. 40.80 lakh. Also, it has saved around Rs. 20 lakh on the transport of oxygen cylinders.

The tank, which has come up in the space between Tower Block 2 and the old cardiology block, will be put into use by the end of the month when approval is received from the Controller of Explosives.

The tank, costing Rs. 40 lakh, has been built free of cost by Inox Air Products, which supplies the gas to the hospital. A full tank will ensure that supply will last for five days.

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Old June 21st, 2012, 10:06 AM   #364
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Kilpauk hospital to get another Rs. 10 cr to improve facilities

Rs.1.8 crore has been allotted for stormwater drains and a sewerage network, a long-pending demand

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Government Kilpauk Hospital has been sanctioned more funds to upgrade its facilities.

The hospital is set to receive around Rs. 10 crore more this year, for equipment and improvement of its existing facilities.

The hospital’s dean P. Ramakrishnan said on Wednesday that the government had sanctioned Rs. 5 crore to set up an MRI scan machine and Rs. 2 crore to renovate its mortuary.

The hospital has also been allotted Rs.1.8 crore to build stormwater drains and a sewerage network, one of its long-pending demands. Work on stormwater drains began several months ago, and is expected to be finished before the monsoons set in.

Up until now, every year, during the monsoons, the hospital gets flooded and the nursing hostel situated on the southeast end of the hospital premises, remains closed for at least a month.

The hospital has also received funds to improve facilities for the women’s ward and Rs. 18 lakh has been allotted for purchase of equipment for the ‘No scalpel vasectomy’ programme. KMC is the training centre for the state’s vasectomy programme.

Tourism Minister Gokula Indira, who participated in a programme to commission renovated wards at the hospital on Wednesday, announced that she had given Rs. 30 lakh from her constituency development fund to the hospital to improve facilities at its neonatal ward.

Dr. Ramakrishnan said the funds would be used to build another storey at the neonatal unit. The hospital has already been sanctioned Rs. 13 lakh under the National Rural Health Mission for civil works in the unit.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:08 PM   #365
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Tamil Nadu govt allocates Rs. 10 crore to upgrade dental hospital

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday announced Rs. 1.25 crore to purchase 149 dental chairs for the Government Dental Hospital in Chennai. The move is a part of the state government's efforts to modernise dental treatment and improve oral hygiene among masses.

The state government has also allotted Rs. 10 crore to upgrade the Government Dental Hospital in Chennai into a Centre of Excellence in Dentistry.

Recently, the state government had all government hospitals add a dental wing to the existing services they provided. In rural areas, primary health centres are offering dental services three days a week to provide treatment and raise awareness on oral hygiene in the rural population.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #366
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I received this email from my batch mate:

Doctors in SSC. Please clarify.


Dear Friends,

'Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which cures blood cancer. Its available free of cost at
"Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai". Create Awareness. It might help someone.
Forward to as many as u can, kindness costs nothing.
Cancer Institute in Adyar, Chennai

Category: Cancer
Address: East Canal Bank Road , Gandhi Nagar
Adyar Chennai -600020 Landmark: Near Michael School
Phone: 044-24910754 044-24910754 , 044-24911526 044-24911526 , 044-22350241 044-2235024

This is the response from the Institute:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/free-bloo...medicine.shtml

Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

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Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.

Brief Analysis
The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility. "Imitinef Mercilet" is apparently an alternative spelling of the cancer drug, Imatinib mesylate. It is true that Imatinib (or "Imitinef") is available free of charge for patients who have been admitted to the Adyar Cancer Institute hospital for cancer treatment. However, the Institute is not handing out the drug freely to all as suggested in the message. Moreover, the drug does not actually cure all blood cancers as claimed in the message.

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, India's Adyar Cancer Institute is distributing, free of charge, a medicine named 'Imitinef Mercilet' that cures blood cancer. The message is circulating rapidly via email and is also making its way around the Internet via blogs, forums and social networking websites.

The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility located in the city of Chennai, India and, as its name implies, it indeed specializes in cancer treatment and research. The Adyar Cancer Institute has achieved great results in the treatment and research of cancer since its establishment in 1954.

I contacted a spokesperson at the Adyar Cancer Institute to ask about the veracity of the message. He sent me the following reply:
Only the Part of this message is true. The medicine Imitinef is available free for only qualified persons and not for all. It is free for those who have admitted in the hospital for treatment.
'Imitinef Mercilet' is apparently an alternative spelling of the drug Imatinib mesylate which is used in the treatment of some forms of leukemia along with other types of cancer. Imatinib, often referred to a "Gleevec", has proved to be an effective treatment for some forms of cancers. However, "blood cancer" is a generalized term for cancers that affect the blood, lymphatic system or bone marrow. The three types of blood cancer are listed as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. These three malignancies require quite different kinds of treatments. While drugs (including Imatinib), along with other treatments such as radiation can help to slow or even stop the progress of these cancers, there is currently no single drug treatment that can be said to actually cure all such cancers.

Moreover, it should be noted that Imatinib is available for cancer patients in many different health facilities around the world, not just the Adyar Cancer Institute.

Thus, although there are some elements of truth to this message, its is also potentially misleading and contains inaccurate information.
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மாற்றுதிறனாளிகளுக்கு அரசாங்கம் செய்ய வேண்டியதை செய்யும் மனிதர்..

அது என்ன காலிபர் ஷூ ?

கால் ஊனமுற்றவர்கள் அதிலும் போலியோவால் பாதிக்க பட்டவர்கள் 'காலிபர் ஷூ' என்று அழைக்கப்படும் செயற்கை காலை அணிந்து இருப்பார்கள். ஆனால் அது சுகம் அல்ல வலி என்பதை நாம் அறிந்திருக்க மாட்டோம்.

சொல்லமுடியாத நரக வேதனை அது. சுமார் ஆறு கிலோ எடை கொண்ட அந்த செயற்கை கால் ஒவ்வொரு அடி எடுத்து வைக்கும் போதும், தொடையிலும், முட்டியிலும் முட்டி மோதி உயிரை உறிஞ்சி எடுக்கும் அளவிற்கு வலி கொடுக்குமாம். தவிரவும் சில நேரம் உடைந்து போய், அடுத்த அடி வைக்க முடியாத அளவிற்கு முடங்கிப் போகச் செய்யும். காலை மடக்கி உட்கார இயலாது, இரு சக்கர வாகனம் ஓட்ட இயலாது. அடிக்கடி காலில் ஏற்படும் காயத்தினால், வலி, மருத்துவம் என்று தொடரும் சிரமங்கள் சொல்லி முடியாது...ஏற்கனவே கால் ஊனமுற்ற வலியோடு இந்த வலியையும் சுமந்துகொண்டுதான் பல ஆயிரக்கணக்கான மாற்று திறனாளிகள் வாழ்ந்து வருகின்றனர்.

நவீன செயற்கை கால்

டாக்டர்.அப்துல்கலாம் அவர்களின் கண்டுபிடிப்பு இது என்பது நாம் பெருமைபடகூடிய ஒரு விஷயம்.

இந்த நவீன செயற்கைகால் ஒன்றின் மொத்த எடையே முக்கால் கிலோ தான். ஷாக்ஸ் மாட்டுவதை போன்று மாட்டிக்கொள்ளலாம். வாகனம் ஓட்டலாம், வலி ஏதுமின்றி வழக்கமான எந்த வேலையிலும் ஈடுபடலாம். பழைய காலிபர் ஷூவின் விலை நான்காயிரம் என்றால் இதன் விலை 15 ஆயிரம் முதல் 20 ஆயிரம் வரை இருக்கும். இந்த விலை காரணமாக புதிய செயற்கைகால் இன்னும் பிரபலமாகவில்லை. இதை பற்றி தெரிந்தவர்கள் இதன் அதிக விலையின் காரணமாக வலியுடன் வாழ்க்கையை தொடருகின்றனர்.



ஊனமுற்றவர்கள் மறுவாழ்வு துறையோ பட்ஜெட் காரணமாக பழைய ஷூவையே கொடுக்கின்றனர். வலி இன்மைக்காக உருவாக்கப்பட்ட ஒன்றை அதிக விலை காரணமாக வாங்க வழி இல்லாமல் தவிப்பது கொடுமை.


இந்த வலியை அன்றாடம் அனுபவித்தவர் சென்னையை சேர்ந்த திரு.மின்னல் பிரியன். அதன் பிறகு இவர் நவீன காலிபர் வாங்கி அணிந்து அதன் அருமையை முழுமையாக உணர்ந்திருக்கிறார். இத்துடன் இவர் இருந்திருந்தால் நம்மை போன்ற ஒரு சராசரி மனிதராக மட்டுமாகவே இருந்திருப்பார். ஆனால் தான் பெற்ற இன்பத்தை, வலி அனுபவிக்கும் பிறரும் பெறவேண்டும் என்ற நல்ல எண்ணத்துடன் இவர் மேற்கொண்ட செயல் தான் மிக ஆச்சர்யம்.


இவர் பெரிய வசதியானவர் இல்லை, ஆனால் தனக்கு தெரிந்தவர்களிடத்தில் பணம் கேட்டு பெற்று இந்த நவீன ஷூவை மாற்றுதிறனாளிகளுக்காக வாங்கி, அதை அவர்களுக்கு இலவசமாக வழங்குவதை ஒரு சேவையாக செய்து வருகிறார். இதுவரை இருபது பேருக்கு வாங்கி கொடுத்திருக்கிறார். பழைய காலிபர் ஷூவுடன் ரோட்டில் நடக்க முடியாமல் யாராவது சென்றால், அவர்களிடம் வலிய சென்று அவரது காலை அளவெடுத்து புது ஷூவை வாங்கி அணிவித்து மாட்டி அந்த புதிய நடையை பார்த்து சந்தோஷபடுகிறார் இந்த மின்னல் பிரியன்...!
இவரது இந்த சீரிய சேவைக்கு மிக பக்க பலமாக இருப்பது இவரது துணைவியார் திருமதி பவானி அவர்கள்.
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Old June 28th, 2012, 05:54 PM   #368
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Doctors in SSC. Please clarify.

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Kannan Sir,

Gleevac is the medicine which is given free of cost by Max foundation for Blood cancer. (They say it is also used for GIST) It is like daily chemo to patients. 30 tablets cost more than a lac which prevents cancer from aggravating & Keep under control.

One of My friend who is suffering from CML from 2007 is taking "Gleevac" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imatinib medicine and he also takes a health supplement from 4life called Transfer factor +,(http://india.4life.com/) which helps to reduce all the side effects of cancer medicine and boost immune power. Intake of medicine should be based on severity of the cancer. Stage 1 or 2 should take atleast 6 tablets a day. This is boost the immune, gives energy and keeps the side effects to minimal. (For purchasing this medicine one has to become distributor) Normally I don’t share this information because some people take it in a different way. But through all these years of experience by seeing people who had been taking this supplement I can vouch for it. (Even my cousin has cancer & this is taken as supplement). None of the Indian doctors prescribe this.

There is also an association known as Glivec® International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP) run by Max foundation (tied up with Novartis). Patient has to get certificate from Government hospital doctor that he is suffering from Cancer and undergo certain process after which he could get Glivec for free all through his life time.

I don't know about Adayar cancer hopsital tie up,but Gidwai in Bangalore supports this foundation & Helps cancer patients.

Novartis is also on the process of developing a medicine for cancer with nil side effects. They announced last year, but don't know the status now.

Please go through these website for more info..

http://www.themaxfoundation.org/gipap/Default.aspx
http://www.maxindiafoundation.org/default.htm

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I received this email from my batch mate:

Doctors in SSC. Please clarify.


Dear Friends,

'Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which cures blood cancer. Its available free of cost at
"Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai". Create Awareness. It might help someone.
Forward to as many as u can, kindness costs nothing.
Cancer Institute in Adyar, Chennai

Category: Cancer
Address: East Canal Bank Road , Gandhi Nagar
Adyar Chennai -600020 Landmark: Near Michael School
Phone: 044-24910754 044-24910754 , 044-24911526 044-24911526 , 044-22350241 044-2235024

This is the response from the Institute:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/free-bloo...medicine.shtml

Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

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Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.

Brief Analysis
The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility. "Imitinef Mercilet" is apparently an alternative spelling of the cancer drug, Imatinib mesylate. It is true that Imatinib (or "Imitinef") is available free of charge for patients who have been admitted to the Adyar Cancer Institute hospital for cancer treatment. However, the Institute is not handing out the drug freely to all as suggested in the message. Moreover, the drug does not actually cure all blood cancers as claimed in the message.

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, India's Adyar Cancer Institute is distributing, free of charge, a medicine named 'Imitinef Mercilet' that cures blood cancer. The message is circulating rapidly via email and is also making its way around the Internet via blogs, forums and social networking websites.

The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility located in the city of Chennai, India and, as its name implies, it indeed specializes in cancer treatment and research. The Adyar Cancer Institute has achieved great results in the treatment and research of cancer since its establishment in 1954.

I contacted a spokesperson at the Adyar Cancer Institute to ask about the veracity of the message. He sent me the following reply:
Only the Part of this message is true. The medicine Imitinef is available free for only qualified persons and not for all. It is free for those who have admitted in the hospital for treatment.
'Imitinef Mercilet' is apparently an alternative spelling of the drug Imatinib mesylate which is used in the treatment of some forms of leukemia along with other types of cancer. Imatinib, often referred to a "Gleevec", has proved to be an effective treatment for some forms of cancers. However, "blood cancer" is a generalized term for cancers that affect the blood, lymphatic system or bone marrow. The three types of blood cancer are listed as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. These three malignancies require quite different kinds of treatments. While drugs (including Imatinib), along with other treatments such as radiation can help to slow or even stop the progress of these cancers, there is currently no single drug treatment that can be said to actually cure all such cancers.

Moreover, it should be noted that Imatinib is available for cancer patients in many different health facilities around the world, not just the Adyar Cancer Institute.

Thus, although there are some elements of truth to this message, its is also potentially misleading and contains inaccurate information.
The analysis given is correct.
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Old July 1st, 2012, 08:30 PM   #371
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I received this email from my batch mate:

Doctors in SSC. Please clarify.


Dear Friends,

'Imitinef Mercilet' is a medicine which cures blood cancer. Its available free of cost at
"Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai". Create Awareness. It might help someone.
Forward to as many as u can, kindness costs nothing.
Cancer Institute in Adyar, Chennai

Category: Cancer
Address: East Canal Bank Road , Gandhi Nagar
Adyar Chennai -600020 Landmark: Near Michael School
Phone: 044-24910754 044-24910754 , 044-24911526 044-24911526 , 044-22350241 044-2235024

This is the response from the Institute:
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Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message

Outline
Message advises recipients that "Imitinef Mercilet", a medicine that cures blood cancer, is available free of charge from the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai, India.

Brief Analysis
The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility. "Imitinef Mercilet" is apparently an alternative spelling of the cancer drug, Imatinib mesylate. It is true that Imatinib (or "Imitinef") is available free of charge for patients who have been admitted to the Adyar Cancer Institute hospital for cancer treatment. However, the Institute is not handing out the drug freely to all as suggested in the message. Moreover, the drug does not actually cure all blood cancers as claimed in the message.

Detailed Analysis
According to this message, India's Adyar Cancer Institute is distributing, free of charge, a medicine named 'Imitinef Mercilet' that cures blood cancer. The message is circulating rapidly via email and is also making its way around the Internet via blogs, forums and social networking websites.

The Adyar Cancer Institute is a real health facility located in the city of Chennai, India and, as its name implies, it indeed specializes in cancer treatment and research. The Adyar Cancer Institute has achieved great results in the treatment and research of cancer since its establishment in 1954.

I contacted a spokesperson at the Adyar Cancer Institute to ask about the veracity of the message. He sent me the following reply:
Only the Part of this message is true. The medicine Imitinef is available free for only qualified persons and not for all. It is free for those who have admitted in the hospital for treatment.
'Imitinef Mercilet' is apparently an alternative spelling of the drug Imatinib mesylate which is used in the treatment of some forms of leukemia along with other types of cancer. Imatinib, often referred to a "Gleevec", has proved to be an effective treatment for some forms of cancers. However, "blood cancer" is a generalized term for cancers that affect the blood, lymphatic system or bone marrow. The three types of blood cancer are listed as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. These three malignancies require quite different kinds of treatments. While drugs (including Imatinib), along with other treatments such as radiation can help to slow or even stop the progress of these cancers, there is currently no single drug treatment that can be said to actually cure all such cancers.

Moreover, it should be noted that Imatinib is available for cancer patients in many different health facilities around the world, not just the Adyar Cancer Institute.

Thus, although there are some elements of truth to this message, its is also potentially misleading and contains inaccurate information.
One of my friends has confirmed this and this mail is being circulated for almost 3 to 5 years.

Regarding the drug, imatinib is actually a magic drug for certain type of blood cancers. It is very effective. During the process of drug development a drug takes around 10 to 13 years to reach the market but this drug has been given approval in a very short period of time because of its safety and efficacy. Usually anti cancer drugs affect both normal and cancer cells but they are more deleterious to cancer cells because they divide fast (Hair forming cells are also fast dividing. So they are most affected by anti cancer drugs. That is why many people on anti cancer cells lose their hair fast). This leads to more number of side effects when anti cancer drugs are given (as normal cells are also affected). The special property of this imatinib is that it actually targets only cancer cells sparing the normal cells. That is why imatinib is relatively safe when compared to other non specific anti cancer drugs. I wish such type of drug has to be developed for all types of cancer cells. But a sad thing about imatinib is that cancer cells have started to develop resistance against this magic drug. Relief is that many similar drugs like dasatinib are being developed to counteract this problem.
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Thanks all.

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One of my friends has confirmed this and this mail is being circulated for almost 3 to 5 years.

Regarding the drug, imatinib is actually a magic drug for certain type of blood cancers. It is very effective. During the process of drug development a drug takes around 10 to 13 years to reach the market but this drug has been given approval in a very short period of time because of its safety and efficacy. Usually anti cancer drugs affect both normal and cancer cells but they are more deleterious to cancer cells because they divide fast (Hair forming cells are also fast dividing. So they are most affected by anti cancer drugs. That is why many people on anti cancer cells lose their hair fast). This leads to more number of side effects when anti cancer drugs are given (as normal cells are also affected). The special property of this imatinib is that it actually targets only cancer cells sparing the normal cells. That is why imatinib is relatively safe when compared to other non specific anti cancer drugs. I wish such type of drug has to be developed for all types of cancer cells. But a sad thing about imatinib is that cancer cells have started to develop resistance against this magic drug. Relief is that many similar drugs like dasatinib are being developed to counteract this problem.
what about oxaliplatin
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Drugs like oxaliplatin, cisplatin, carboplatin and others belong to a group of drugs with platinum atoms. There is nothing special about them. They are just like other anti cancer drugs with relatively a large number of side effects.
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hennai is becoming the medical capital of India, with patients from different parts of India and abroad coming here for treatment.

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Chennai is becoming the medical capital of India, with patients from different parts of India and abroad coming here for treatment.
A. MURALITHARAN

The MIOT International Centre, which will be inaugurated soon, is equipped with top-end medical technology.
One look at the swanky MIOT International Centre, which will be inaugurated soon on the vast premises of the Madras Institute of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (MIOT) Hospitals, and the array of top-end machines installed there for treating various diseases will convince anybody that Chennai is virtually the medical capital of India.

“This is the love of my life,” declared Mallika Mohandas, chairperson, MIOT Hospitals, as she pointed to the big, white TrueBeam STX machine used in the treatment of cancer. This is the first hospital in the Asia-Pacific region to import the machine, which costs $6 million. “It has revolutionised radiation therapy. It is a true warrior that fights the battle against cancer. It is a top-end, third generation machine. It will provide radiation fast without damaging the surrounding cells. It will precisely and quickly kill the tumour. It is the latest in precision radiotherapy and radiosurgery,” she said.

The MIOT International Centre already has an OCT (optical coherence tomography) guidance system, which allows cardiac specialists to view the inside of the arteries through a light source and facilitates more effective and long-lasting stenting. “The OCT will show, with great clarity where the stent is going in the blood vessel and whether everything is 100 per cent all right,” she said. MIOT is the first hospital in Tamil Nadu and the third in India to acquire this invaluable guidance system. Discovery 750 high-definition CT angio scan, another machine useful in the treatment of heart problems, will seamlessly image the entire heart, making it easy for the cardiologist to find out whether there is a block or fat collection in the patient’s heart.

A. MURALITHARAN

Mallika Mohandas, Chairperson of MIOT Hospitals.
The Heart Revive Centre was inaugurated at MIOT on May 18. Built at a cost of Rs.30 crore, it has a full-fledged Cathlab and an Electro Physiology Laboratory for the treatment of arrhythmia, or irregular heart beat.

Cut to Sankara Nethralaya, Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital, Apollo Hospitals, Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Rajan Eye Care Hospital Private Limited, Global Hospitals, Madras Medical Mission, M.V. Centre for Diabetes, all in Chennai. You will see hundreds of patients from different parts of India and from countries in the Gulf and Africa waiting to receive treatment for various ailments. Dr Agarwal’s Eye Hospital has been listed as a Major Eye Centre by the International Congress of Ophthalmology.

Tiruchi, a Tamil Nadu town, has pioneered the concept of setting up a chain of eye care and dental care hospitals across the country. The Vasan Healthcare Group, said its founder Dr A.M. Arun, was one of the fastest-growing health care groups in India. The group has opened 120 hospitals in 12 States and 30 dental care hospitals. It has diagnostic centres and laboratories, and two multi-speciality hospitals in Tiruchi. Vasan Eye Care Hospitals are day-care centres where patients receive treatment for a variety of eye ailments, including cataract, glaucoma, impairment of retina, squint, neuro-opthalmologic disorders, or they undergo refractive surgery. “We will make Vasan Healthcare Group the McDonalds of health care. We are going to establish many day care centres in urology, skin care and diabetes. We will be starting eye care centres in Colombo and Dubai in July,” said Dr Arun.

Making medical equipment

G.S.K. Velu is a dapper young man, radiating confidence. He is the managing director of Trivitron Healthcare, headquartered in Chennai. He obtained his B.Pharm (honours) with specialisation in biomedical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, and a PhD in pharmacology from the Indian Board of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata. “Trivitron, which began as a small distribution company, has today grown to become a Rs.500-crore enterprise. It is the largest medical technology company of Indian origin. We have multiple products. Our focus areas are cardiology, imaging and diagnostics,” he said. Its focus is also on Critical Life Support Solutions (CLSS) and ophthalmology. Trivitron distributes medical technology products such as CT scanners, MRI scanners and digital X-ray machines of the Hitachi Medical Systems, and digital mammography and bone densitometers from Hologic and manufactures ultrasound machines, ECG machines, colour dopplers, operating theatre equipment, X-ray machines and accessories, radiation apparel, and so on at its technology parks located in Sriperumbudur, and Poonamallee (both near Chennai), Pune and Mumbai. “Initially, we started as a 100 per cent distribution company. In the past few years, we have taken a lot of initiatives to manufacture medical equipment. One-third of our revenue comes from our manufacturing initiatives,” Velu said.

Velu founded Trivitron in 1997 and co-founded Metropolis in 1999. Today, Metropolis has more than 100 laboratories across India, West Asia and Africa. He established Maxivision which, he says, has grown to become one of the top five eye care chains in India. A joint venture between Apollo Hospitals and Trivitron Healthcare has led to the establishment of White Dental Spa, a chain of dental care centres.

BIJOY GHOSH

Dr G.S.K. Velu, managing director, Trivitron Healthcare
Although Trivitron is both distributor and manufacturer of medical technology products, it focusses more on manufacturing and innovation now, Velu said. Almost 90 per cent of the medical technology products, right from the simple glucometer, malaria kits, tuberculosis kits to high-end machines were imported by India. Velu said: “My vision is to provide access and affordability in medical technology. We want to do that by mergers and acquisitions, and also through our initiatives and joint ventures. We, therefore, set up the medical technology park at Sriperumbudur.”

The Poonamallee unit has a division for CLSS, where it manufactures products needed for intensive care units, operating rooms and modular operating theatres. Out of Trivitron’s current turnover of Rs.500 crore a year, its own manufactured products account for Rs.150 crore to Rs.200 crore.

MIOT’s promise

MIOT Hospitals began as an independent entity, specialising in orthopaedics, at Vijaya Hospital in 1988. It moved to Manapakkam, a suburb of Chennai, in 1999. Its founder and managing director, Dr P.V.A. Mohandas, is also chief surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr Prithvi Mohandas, son of Mallika and Mohandas, is an expert in revision hip surgery. In the 13 years since it relocated to its spacious 14-acre campus at Manapakkam, MIOT has witnessed a spectacular growth. It has metamorphosed from a centre for orthopaedics into a multi-speciality hospital dealing with thoracic and cardiovascular care, cardiology, nephrology, neurosurgery, oncology and radiation oncology, hip replacement surgery, knee replacement, accident surgery, plastic surgery, craniofacial and cosmetic surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics, and so on.

Mallika Mohandas spoke about the “promise” made by the Heart Revive Centre. “The promise is that within 90 minutes, the person who has suffered a heart attack will be received by the cardiac specialists at the centre. He/she will be examined and investigated, an angiogram will be done and an angioplasty performed if necessary… We will give result-oriented treatment to the patient,” she said. If the person has arrhythmia, he will be taken to the Electro Physiology Laboratory. A two or three-dimensional mapping of his heart will be done and he will receive radio-frequency ablation. If he has symptoms of a heart attack, the heart attack will be arrested. The cornerstone of the Heart Revive Centre is the new generation Cathlab, where the best possible angiogram and angioplasty will be done. The Cathlab’s proud possession is the OCT guidance system, which is superior to the conventional angiogram.

The MIOT International Centre will house the Departments of Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Surgical Oncology, which are already functional. While the Liver Transplant Centre will be inaugurated in August, the Bone Marrow Transplant Centre will become functional in September. There are plans to open a Heart Transplant Centre in the future.

The centrepiece of the MIOT Institute of Cancer Cure is the TrueBeam STX machine, which gives a fast and precise dose of radiation to cancerous cells so that the surrounding normal cells do not get damaged. “This machine is outstanding in technology. It is a game-changer. The radiation beam will go accurately to the targeted area… A patient can breathe comfortably while undergoing radiation,” Mallika Mohandas said.

Dr Sollin Selvan, Chief Consultant Medical Physicist, said the TrueBeam could do “gated radiation therapy” in which there would be “100 per cent confirmation that the targeted area was being irradiated.” The TrueBeam STX gives a radiation dose four times more than from a conventional machine. That is, if the patient has to lie down in a normal machine for four minutes, it is enough if he/she lies down in the TrueBeam STX for a minute. The machine will be beneficial for stereotactic body radiotherapy and for treatment of lung and liver cancers. “TrueBeam STX is capable of delivering a high-precision dose with sub-millimetre accuracy,” Dr Sollin Selvan said. The patient could be imaged during treatment to position the target area accurately.

Dr Rajni Gupta, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, said the TrueBeam STX delivered a high-energy X-ray beam of the order of million volts to the affected cells. In CT scan, it was kilo electronvolts (KeV). The TrueBeam STX was far superior to the cyber knife because it was more precise in delivering the radiation dose. It could precisely irradiate a tumour even if it was close to a critical structure, she said. The machine could detect 0.3 mm movement in moving organs affected by cancer and provide accurate treatment.

The Radiation Oncology Department has a brachytherapy machine to treat cervical and prostate cancers and a digital mammograph to detect cancer of the breast.

“This molecular diagnostic laboratory is difficult to establish. You need efficient persons and a good infrastructure to run it,” said Dr C.N. Srinivas, Head of the Department of Laboratory Services, as he showed us round the molecular diagnostic laboratory. Multiflex, an important device in the laboratory, helps a person who has received a transplant to know whether his/her cells and those of the donor match. In May 2013, the laboratory will get Flow Cytometry. This machine will help carry out immunophenotyping analysis to study whether a patient who has blood cancer or lymphoma will respond to treatment.

Vasan Eye Care

The ambience at the Vasan Eye Care hospital at Alwarpet in Chennai is inviting. There is a board which claims, “We are not just India’s largest eye care hospital but also the world’s largest.” In one of the rooms, Dr M. Santhoshi was performing “a slit lamp examination”, which is “a routine check-up”, on the eyes of a girl. Vasan’s Healthcare Group has a 65-year history.

S.R. RAGHUNATHAN

Dr A.M. Arun, chairman, Vasan Healthcare Group.
Dr Arun’s grandfather established Vasan Medical Centre, a drug store, in Tiruchi in 1947. Arun, who obtained his MBBS from Annamalai University, took over the shop in 1991, established a diagnostic centre and laboratory and later founded two multi-speciality hospitals in Tiruchi. Arun said: “In 2001, I realised that ophthalmology had a great future and potential.”

So he started his first eye care hospital in Tiruchi in 2002, and it has become a success. “I believe in two things: trust and care. People trust you and you should take care of them,” he said.

S.R. RAGHUNATHAN

Dr M. Santhoshi doing a slit lamp examination at a Vasan Eye Care Hospital in Chennai.
“There is no competition in health care,” he said when asked about other health care groups starting a chain of eye and dental care hospitals.
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Decent article, but I found the quote by Dr. Arun of Vasan Eye care particularly amusing....he wants to make Vasan eye hospitals the McDonalds of medicine...is this the so called 'fast food' approach to medicine ? one wonders !!! I feel instead of increasing his 'outlets' he should concentrate on improving the infrastructure and quality of the existing ones, especially given that he's competing with the likes of Titans like Dr.Agarwals and Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai to provide quality eye care.
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Aravind eye hospital,Madurai is also well known.Rahul Gandhi visited the hospital to interact and requested them to open a similar hospital in his constituency Amethi.There was an article about this hospital and its founder in one of the issues of "Reader's Digest" couple of years back.
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Decent article, but I found the quote by Dr. Arun of Vasan Eye care particularly amusing....he wants to make Vasan eye hospitals the McDonalds of medicine...is this the so called 'fast food' approach to medicine ? one wonders !!! I feel instead of increasing his 'outlets' he should concentrate on improving the infrastructure and quality of the existing ones, especially given that he's competing with the likes of Titans like Dr.Agarwals and Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai to provide quality eye care.
Vasan Eye care is under Chidu's son now.
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BARE BONES: A view of the Madras Medical College under construction near Park station. Photo: R. Shivaji Rao


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Vasan Eye care is under Chidu's son now.
son or son-in-law?
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Chennai is becoming the medical capital of India, with patients from different parts of India and abroad coming here for treatment.


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Vilasrao Deshmukh's condition critical but stable

The condition of Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh continues to be "critical but stable "according to sources at Global Hospitals in Chennai where he is being treated since Monday evening. Hospital sources add, "Mr Deshmukh continues to be on life support and is on a two-day observation since Tuesday."

Nagpur MP and former Union minister Vilas Muttemwar, who visited the hospital to enquire about Mr Deshmukh's health, says, "His condition is improving. We are happy. Vilasrao is better compared to how he was at Breach Candy, Mumbai."


Couldn't really believe that Chennai has got better facilities than Mumbai (considering the fact, Breach Candy is world class).

This news article certainly confirms the fact that Chennai is steadily becoming Nummer Uno in India.

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