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Latest Articles in magazine 12 january 2015

Analysis: Implants, Fitment And Life

Recent advances in the field of medicine especially in minimal invasive interventions in cardiac and neurosciences and in orthopedic practice — trauma, spine or joint reconstruction, have brought in increasing usage of implants and prosthesis. These implants, etc., are medical devices that help in treating several conditions that hitherto were left for palliative treatment, providing options for minimal invasive interventions, reduced the hospitalisation and restoration of functionality in shorter time such that individual is rehabilitated faster. However, the ultimate success of usage of implants is just not insertion or fixation to the body organ where it is needed but restoration of anatomical integrity and restoration of functionality to normal or at least near normal.

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Analysis: Failproofing Healthcare

Value chain of healthcare delivery is intertwined among multiple stakeholders at every stage. Everyone has a role and responsibility too. The patient cannot be absolved of the responsibility under the pretext of wilful ignorance even if it is due to the subject matter being too technical or too clinical to comprehend. Moreover, there is a flurry of systemic gaps like missing or misaligned rules; compromised quality of care; sub-standard devices/drugs; or conflicted/improper choices to drive profiteering or other agendas. Far from being failproof, currently we are not even foolproof!

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Case Study: Tools Of The Trade

Abhed Govil sat in the taxi rearranging his mother’s old reports from the three different hospitals where she had been operated upon for her arm fractures. He was meeting Vyom Mankodi, the technical director at Kyosin, the company whose implants had worked on his mother.

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Getting The Formula Right

A few years ago, a doctor had doubts about the accuracy of the blood test report furnished by a neighbourhood pathology laboratory. He devised a test: he sent a sample containing red ink, marked as a patient’s blood sample. The report shocked him. It stated that the patient was hypothyroid as his thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level was above normal! Not only did the lab fail to detect that it was not a blood sample at all, it incorrectly diagnosed the condition of above-normal TSH as hypothyroidism when, actually, the diagnosis should have been hyperthyroidism.

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Apps For All

Talent At A Touch Think of it as a creativity browser. TouchTalent is an Android app and web community put together by a group in New Delhi and they’re obviously on to a good thing as they have funding from over fifteen angel investors to take their idea further. TouchTalent is just what the name implies — swipe your screen to browse through thousands of works by creative people.

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The Sound Of Music

Xiaomi Piston 2 In-Ear Earphones It's not often that you’d find anything in particular to say about the way a little pair of earphones is packaged, but that’s not true of the Mi (Xiaomi’s nickname for itself) Piston 2 in-ear earphones. They arrive in a little brown box with instructions all over the fold-out parts. Inside the box there’s a bit of casing into which the earphones are nestled. The cable part is wound-in around and around in grooves made for it and the two ear-buds, and remote also have little spaces of their own.

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