• Thu, Oct 18, 2018
  • Ahead of World Osteoporosis Day, Dr C Balaji, Consultant Rheumatologist, Parvathy Hospital stresses the need to prevent the disease and take steps to keep our bones healthy.
    Q and A: One in 3 women over 50 years has osteoporosis
    Can you explain the need for so much focus on Osteoporosis?Healthy bones play a vital role in our body. Its significance increases with age. It provides structure to our body, protects internal organs, produces blood cells and supports all other tissues. When the bone density is reduced, it results in a number of complications. As long as our bone density is normal, the bones are resilient to low trauma fractures, if bone density decreases there is a high risk of fractures, even with a minor fall. Common sites of osteoporotic fractures are hip, spine, wrist and ankle. A decrease in bone density is usually painless and is diagnosed mostly after the patient has sustained a fracture. The main issue is that this is a silent disease and not many are aware of it. Around one in five men and one in three women beyond 50 years, experience this...
  • Citizen Connect: Illegal sand mining: Vallur residents worry over damage to British era dam ahead of monsoon Citizen Connect: Illegal sand mining: Vallur residents worry over damage to British era dam ahead of monsoon

    Even as the Anaikattu Dam across Kosasthalaiyar River at Vallur near Minjur remains dry for past three years due to the poor inflow of water, the rampant illegal sand mining has led to a perilous...

  • Slice of Life: I need to send my earnings to family in Rajasthan Slice of Life: I need to send my earnings to family in Rajasthan

    Every person has a story to share. This column puts the spotlight on the people of Chennai, faces we see but rarely interact with — giving a glimpse into their struggle.

  • Citizen connect: With monsoon round the corner, Velachery residents fear the worst yet again Citizen connect: With monsoon round the corner, Velachery residents fear the worst yet again

    Fearing that the monsoon could hit them hard, the residents of Velachery are seeking the immediate intervention of Public Works Department and city Corporation to clean the Velachery lake.

  • Reporter's Diary: When Paruthi spoke of death days before his own Reporter's Diary: When Paruthi spoke of death days before his own

    People who wrote late DMK minister and AMMK leader Paruthi Ilamvazhuthi’s obituary would not have forgotten to mention his solo performances in the State Assembly during AIADMK’s 1991-96 tenure.

  • Citizen Connect: Eco-friendly gas-fired crematorium bogged down by encroachments Citizen Connect: Eco-friendly gas-fired crematorium bogged down by encroachments

    The gas-fired crematorium at Chromepet in Pallavaram Municipality is lurking due to poor maintenance. The facility is under the management of National Trust whereas the water and electricity supply...

  • Model Citizen: 48-year-old sonologist to spread awareness on breast cancer Model Citizen: 48-year-old sonologist to spread awareness on breast cancer

    Dr Anita Paramasivan, who was recently crowned the first runner-up in Dazzle Mrs India World 2018 in New Delhi, has now decided to spread awareness about breast cancer on a larger platform.

  • Reporter's Diary: Mum’s the word on this gossip item about senior leader Reporter's Diary: Mum’s the word on this gossip item about senior leader

    There was much excitement in WhatsApp groups in the power corridors recently, when everyone wanted to know the name of a senior minister who is around 60, who allegedly became a father! Apparently,...

  • Q and A: Taking #MeToo beyond online forums Q and A: Taking #MeToo beyond online forums

    Chennaiite Rashmi MD has been an active social activist fighting for the empowerment of women through several forums over the years. Now in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, she is part of an...

  • Citizen Connect: Road work pending despite order from HC, residents demand immediate action Citizen Connect: Road work pending despite order from HC, residents demand immediate action

    Despite a High Court order stating that Ramalinga Nagar Main Road should be re-laid, following complaints of it being in a deplorable condition for the past 25 years, work on the same has not yet been...