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The visualization of blood vessels of the brain and the blood flow within is called cerebral angiography. Egas Moniz has been credited for the discovery of this wonderful technique in 1927. Before the advent of CT Scan and MRI, angiography was the mainstay for diagnosing brain lesions. During the 1980s when I was training, angiography was the only major diagnostic tool available. Displacement of various blood vessels in the brain was used as a clue to identify the side and location of tumors or blood clots in the brain and the operations were planned accordingly.

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At ICUs, armed with a battery of gadgets, men battle fiercely for life, clinging to the faintest signs of hope and pushing science and skill to their extreme limits.

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Let me start by nailing the canard that the medical community is somehow allergic to the concept of prescribing medicines generically rather than by their brand names…that is, for example, prescribing Fexofenadine instead of ‘Allegra' 'Agimfast' or `Alafree’. This is pure fiction far removed from reality; fact is that an overwhelming majority of doctors are in support of this laudable idea and believe that it ought to be practiced as a rule in India as indeed it is in much of the developed world, in line with best global practices.

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Sri Sri Shivakumara Swamiji of Siddaganga mutt is well known for his simplicity, austerity and exemplary saintly life and attributes. He is a role model to all saints and people in Karnataka adore him as The Walking God.

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Even as global social media bellwether Facebook talks of a technology that may turn human thoughts into written words with no physical intervention, it is time to revisit the exotic space of mind-reading. For centuries humans have sought to read minds either with supra-natural mental powers, acquired through ages of tapasya, or very advanced technologies, with varying degrees of success. What is known to science currently is simple: thought is the result of a mind-boggling process of information gathering, processing, analysis and interpretation that involves coordinated action of presumably millions of neurons residing in various parts of the brain.

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In the 200 years since James Parkinson wrote about the ‘Shaking Palsy’ in a seminal essay way back in 1817, the crippling movement disorder later named after him, has devastated the lives of millions of people around the world. Grimly enough, even as we head into another World Parkinson’s Day on April 11, the birthday of James Parkinson, the disease continues to defy a cure, crippling and killing people everywhere with remorseless disdain.

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Despite relentless scientific pursuit backed by powerful intellect and cutting edge technologies, mimicking the brain has proved beyond human capability. But undaunted by past failures, efforts to replicate the brain continue at leading-edge scientific facilities all around the world.

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Late on Friday, pro-Kannada activists with tacit support of the state government announced that Bangalore would remain ‘bandh’ the next day to protest the Mahadayi River tribunal’s interim order, although it is common knowledge that bandhs have seldom served to alter the course of judicial thought. Alongside, the government stated that despite the bandh, which might cripple transportation and many other services in the city, hospitals could continue to run as usual! Such a statement could be attributed only to a lack of understanding of hospitals. Nobody is disputing the cause here; it is only the means that is in question.

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Just as innovative brains have contributed to the evolution of music, music too has had a huge influence on the evolution of the brain. Though there is sufficient evidence tracing the origins of music back to pre-historic times, the details remain hazy. However, there is no doubt that music did exist in the distant past, a fact borne out by the discovery of the flute made of dry bones. As civilizations evolved the bones made way to wood. The modern era has been marked by brilliant compositions.

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Music enthralls the body, calms the mind and heightens our sense of pleasure, often carrying us on an ever rising tide of melody to levels of ecstasy, marked by a number of blissful emotions. Scientists have studied several neural structures that receive and spread the stimuli of sound through our minds and body.

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Music is godly—a celestial path to attaining and experiencing divinity. From times immemorial, the idea of humanity has resonated with music in much the same way as it has with divinity. Every known culture on earth has had its own music, making it almost as fundamental to life as walking and talking.

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Headache is a common enough malady and it would be well nigh impossible to find one person who has not suffered it at least once in his life time. Children are no exception to this rule. However, unlike adults who may have several harmless reasons for a headache, frequent recurrence of the affliction among children needs to be taken seriously. This does not mean that every headache in a child is a sign of brain tumour. Far from it: Childhood migraines are common enough.

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Who is responsible for your Head?

YOURSELF?

LAW ?

GOD ?

Infact in India none of them are responsible.

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Every time I travel abroad I feel with growing anguish that with each passing day our standards are slipping. The gap between us and the developed world is large and (unfortunately) appears to be widening all the time. At this rate I am afraid we are destined to remain stuck with the moniker of ‘underdeveloped nation’ forever.

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Big, powerful bikes are the stuff of youth dreams. Speed and style are what gets their adrenaline pumping. However, shouldn’t safety be a part of the ‘style’ statement? It should but is NOT. The shameful accident record of our cities shows that impressing girls with style and stunts is a far more important ethic for the ‘heroes’ who take to our roads than safety.

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Roads play a significant role in Safety. Regardless of how overpopulated a nation is, people will always be its most valuable resource and ensuring their safety has to be, therefore, a collective responsibility involving each one of us. First, our roads need to be engineered around clear, safety-oriented concepts and then its users must adhere to its rules and show compassion for fellow road users.

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The brain is a marvel of nature. Nestled inside its protective embrace are among the most precious tissues of the living world that enable special talents and functions, connecting us seamlessly both to internal needs and external demands. The brain integrates a two-dimensional body, a three-dimensional mind and a multi-dimensional universe into an experience called life that, at a metaphysical level, is nothing but consciousness—a finite phenomenon with infinite abilities.

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More than six decades ago India gained independence, meaning freedom from colonial governance. On this day in 2015 as we celebrate our tryst with destiny, it is indeed time to salute a whole generation of leaders from across all divides who led millions of Indians in an unprecedented show of human solidarity against the Raj and finally won us our independent place in history.

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To us the former President was like family. We met every once in a memorable while, dined together and created some indelible memories. I even sang for him once at the end of a much delayed meeting, at 12 in the night, on his request. So, even as the country bleeds tears on his sudden demise, we, like many others who knew him closely, feel a deep sense of personal loss. We are bereaved…However, given the inevitability of death he went in a manner most befitting his glorious life.

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Securing the health of a nation and of its people is inarguably the responsibility of a state, as inarguably as securing its territorial integrity. But ensuring the health of 125 crore people, most of them poor people living in wretched conditions, is a mind boggling task and can be beyond the powers of even the mightiest and best-oiled government machines. Poor nations like India have no chance of doing this--unless they begin to think smart and find innovative ways to effectively harness their infinite individual human resources for collective social good.

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