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Fake medical probationers galore in Chennai


There are over 1,000 quacks practising Indian streams of medicine in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Siddha Medical Graduates Association (ISMGA) has found. Senior doctors heading the ISMGA have stumbled upon

Chennai doc turns advisor on suicides for Middle East

Chennai psychiatrist Lakshmi Vijayakumar was in a delicate situation last week. Invited to Cairo for a Regional Suicide Consultation by the WHO, she was given the tough task of convincing the Islamic

Mad rush for medical forms


Chaos ruled the first day of the sale of application forms for MBBS and BDS courses in the state on Tuesday, as the Directorate of Medical Education (DME) did not expect the large crowds with the form

IMH hot spot for filmmakers


The sprawling campus of the Institute of Mental Health has been a hot favourite among Tamil filmmakers, thanks to its forested locales and dilapidated charm. Numerous television serials have been set

Director: Patients were not disturbed

Lashing out at the health department for unreservedly issuing permission for film shooting at the Institute of Mental Health, psychiatrists condemn the ‘commodification’ of the mentally ill in Tamil N

Film crew takes over mental health institute

An almost 70-strong film crew shooting at Institute of Mental Health (IMH) since January is giving inmates sleepless nights.

The crew from Shristi Cinemas has reportedly taken over the 218-year-old

When Chennaiites turn unconventional


The patients sit in long rows, eyes closed, hands limp. Pranic healers hover around them, making elaborate motions with their arms and muttering under their breath, invoking the life force, or ‘prana’

Heat-stress cases flood doctors in Chennai


With the mercury inching towards the 40-degree mark, city doctors are receiving cases of heat stress, especially in patients with heart disease and long-term diabetes. Even as the summer is known to s

Body sound to be music to doctors’ ears

When an older doctor puts his stethoscope to your chest he may hear ‘lub-dub lub-dub’, but, soon, younger medicos may hear it go ‘tak-dina-din’.

Experts in the city are looking to record the heart so

Docs urge parents to vaccinate kids

City pediatricians have raised an alarm on meningitis and have urged parents to get their babies vaccinated against the dreadful bacterial brain fever that has a high mortality rate of 16 to 32 per ce

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