St Martha’s Hospital Offers Week-Long Health Screen Drives at Discounted Rates This World Health Day

Bangalore, March 31, 2017With World Health Day being celebrated on April 7th, St Martha’s Hospital offers a plethora of health check-ups to encourage people to come forward, be examined and take preventive care where necessary. All of the packages offered will be at discounted rates to encourage people to set the monetary aspect aside and come forward. These camps will be held for a week, between April 3rd to April 9th8.30AM to 1.00PM, to ensure that the program is more accessible to a larger number of people.

Speaking on the introduction of the health check-up programs, Sr. Shanty, the Nursing Superintendent of St Martha’s Hospital says, “We strongly believe in the idea that early detection will save lives. The health check-ups offered are basic yet integral to the overall health of people. We have a good number of options for men and women. In keeping with our commitment to women, we have specialized camps for women”.

The camps on offer are

For Women

  1. Breast cancer screening, including a mammography of both breasts, an FNAC in case of an abnormal result, free consultation with a Gyn & Surgeon at Rs 1300/-
  2. Osteoporosis health check-up, with two options of Bone Mineral densitometry with Single Side Vitamin D3 or Whole body Vitamin D3 tests – Rs 1800/-
  3. Diabetic health check-up with a full urine and blood panel including diet counselling and consultation Rs 1200/-
  4. Ante-natal package specific to each trimester with a host of tests at Rs 4000/-

For Men and Women

  1. Oral and dental screening with an Othopantomography test and free consultation at Rs 350/-
  2. Spine Disorder check-up BMD single site test, spine flexion and extension test and Vitamin D3 test at Rs 2500/-
  3. General male and female health check-ups with blood and urine panels along with free consultation with dietitian and doctor for Rs 1200/-

For prior appointments call 9986726648.



India’s best single photograph revealed by the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

         World’s largest photography competition announces Nikunj Rathod, as winner of India National Award

  • Full list of National Award and Open competition category winners announced today
  • Images available for publication at

Bengaluru, March 30, 2017:
The judges of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards today announce the photograph “Reckless Kids” by Nikunj Rathod, as the winner of India National Award.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s largest photography competition, and the National Awards is a global program open to photographers of all abilities.  It aims to find the best single photograph taken a local photographer in 65 countries.

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 Rathod’s winning image “Reckless Kids” is an action filled image of kids playing captured on at the Mahim bay in Mumbai.

 Rathod (age 29) is an independent filmmaker and an award-winning photographer based in Mumbai. He enjoys working within the mediums of film and photography and was awarded 2nd place in the 2016 India National Award.

 Talking about his winning image, Rathod says: This image was taken in March 2016 at Mahim bay which is in Mumbai. I was wandering around that area and was waiting for the evening to come to take some silhouette photographs. After a while, some noise near by caught my attention. The noise was quite chaotic. From the distance, I saw a group of kids playing around some junk yard cars, screaming, throwing bottles at each other, fighting. It’s only when I went closer that I realized how reckless they were!

 Commenting about his success, Rathod continues: Last year’s achievements in the Sony World Photography Awards [2nd place India National Award and shortlisted in Open People category] not only opened up new opportunities but has also put me on the map of the photographic world. This year’s achievement came like an unexpected surprise!! I’m grateful to World Photography Organisation and Sony for believing in my work and giving me such life changing experiences!

 The runners up positions for India National Award were given to:

  • 2nd place: Avishek Das for the image “The Faith of Life “
  • 3rd Place: Prabha Jayesh for the image “Untitled”

 Winners and runners-ups across all 65 National Awards were announced today, and can be viewed here.

 Rathod’s winning work will be shown alongside the awards’ other winning and shortlisted images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21-May 7 and published in the annual winners’ book.


Surge in Demand for Homes Made Home Expo 2017 by CREDAI-Bengaluru a Great Success

Bangalore, March 25th, 2017: “Most people interested in purchasing a home have found that now is the best time to invest in one. With the aftermath of the demonetization settling down completely and the real estate market poised for better transparency and a great price range, the time is ripe for an investment in a home,” believes J C Sharma, President, CREDAI Bengaluru. The annual Home Expo by CREDAI  Bengaluru  has only grown bigger and better with time, and in popularity as well as the recently concluded exhibition at Park Plaza proves so.

“The residential real estate sector in Bengaluru is booming owing to the city’s rapid growth over the last few years. The affordable and mid-range segment in the city are witnessing an uptick in demand. Infrastructural developments are contributing to the growth, making even the upcoming outskirts of the city more accessible to people. The city is witnessing demand beyond Electronics City,” says Suresh Hari, Secretary, CREDAI Bengaluru

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This second chapter of Home Expo 2017 by CREDAI-Bengaluru at Hotel Shangri-la saw large numbers of potential home owners arrive at exhibition on the first day. This exhibition follows a similar one held at Hotel Park Plaza a weekend earlier. This Expo at Hotel Shangri-la showcased numerous projects across Bengaluru offering visitors a wide range of options to peruse.

CREDAI Home Expos have always been welcomed and the response has always been phenomenal, with each passing year. This is a single platform that brings together prospective buyers, builders with properties and finance institutions. Effective interaction ensures that people get a good deal.



Hairline International Launches India’s first Revolutionary Genetic Skin Testing and geno-cosmetics today

Bangalore, March 22nd 2017: With a focus on creating highly personalized and comprehensive skin treatment packages, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic, brings to India a revolutionary genetic testing of skin DNA to uncover the propensity of your skin for ailments and afflictions. The reports of the DNA test evaluate 16 genetic markers across 5 parameters to uncover the potential problems associated to an individual’s skin with predictive accuracy. Based on these reports an individualized treatment regimen of topical applications, oral supplements, procedures and a customized diet may be prescribed, leading to concentrated and accurate results. Hairline International has also launched 3 ranges of geno-cosmetics that deal with moisturizing, maintaining firmness, sun protection and lightening of the skin.

Speaking on the introduction of this unique approach to skin care and treatment, Ms Bani Anand, Founder and Managing Director, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic says, “This is a test that takes the guesswork about of skin care and treatment. It works towards two ends – customizing skin care regimens as well as creation of therapy based treatments that are need based and specific to an individual. The test is simple, yet provides immense potential for a personalized approach to skin care. The range of geno-cosmetics that we have launched set the ground for a path-breaking approach to personalized skin care”.

Elaborating on the benefits of exploring the DNA of skin and basing customized treatment packages on it, Dr. Premalatha V, Dermatosurgeon, Hairline International Hair and Skin Clinic says, “The use of examinations such as the skin DNA testing opens the path to a 40 year old being able to maintain their skin well enough to look a decade younger. All this is based on an individual’s body and their genetic leaning, making it all the more person-centric”.

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The Five Parameters

Testing the firmness and elasticity of your skin – the test evaluates one’s predisposition to the weakening of the collagen in the skin based on genetic evaluation. It examines the tendency towards premature wrinkling.

Assessing the tendency of the skin to age and arresting the process through glycation.

Evaluating the skin’s propensity for sun damage and pigmentation

Assessing the level of protection the skin possesses against free radicals

Assessing the skin’s ability to protect itself from elements that incite sensitivity, inflammation and irritation.

The test is a simple one that is done with one swab of the inside of the mouth.

This unique test is now available to the general public on appointment and provides comprehensive and detailed reports that ensure personalized and on point treatment.





The Dire Straits Experience


 Bengaluru March 18, 2017: Seagram’s 100 Pipers Music CDs Play for a Cause takes things to the next level this year with The Dire Straits Experience all set to perform in India for the first time. By making their stage debut in the country, the iconic British band will support 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’, an initiative that will this year focus on helping provide sustainable drinking water to villagers in Rajasthan.

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 To motivate us to ‘Be remembered for Good’, 100 Pipers ‘Play for a cause’ has consistently brought together fêted performers in the field of music to support a worthy cause. Since 2014, 200 leading Indian artists have performed for “Play for a cause” in more than 25 cities. Keeping up with this tradition, this year with The Dire Straits Experience, rock music enthusiasts are in for a great night that will be edged in their memories forever.

 The band in India will feature original Dire Straits band mates Chris White (sax, flute, percussion, vocals) and Chris Whitten (drums) supported in the lead by Terence Reis (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Tim Walters (Vocals and Guitar), Simon Carter (Piano, Organ and Keyboards), Danny Schogger (Piano, Organ and Keyboards) and Paul Geary (Vocals and Base Guitar). Together they will revive the Dire Straits catalogue for the fans with some of their greatest hits including Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Brothers in Arms, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love and more.

 The band will be performing in Gurugram on March 17, 2017 at Leisure Valley and in Bengaluru on March 19, 2017 at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre 7:30 PM onwards.

 Chris White said, “India has always been on our list and we are very excited to play in India. Our 2 city tour in India, in Gurugram and Bengaluru, is to support the 100 Pipers “Play for a cause” Initiative to provide water to villagers in Rajasthan. The power of music is incredible and it brings together people across nations and cultures. We are happy to become a part of this great event which is bringing music and artists together to make a difference to the society.”

 Mr. Jagbir Singh Sidhu, Vice President, Marketing at Pernod Ricard India said, “ Seagram’s 100 Pipers Music CDs Play for a Cause has been committed to contribute towards better living conditions for the society.  During this journey, we have partnered with more than 400 leading artists across India and the world while focussing on supporting the affected in the Kashmir flood, Nepal earthquake, cyclones and also adopting social causes like poverty by providing sustenance support to the underprivileged. Our plan this year is to help villagers in Rajasthan by making available access to clean water. We are very proud of The Dire Straits Experience and thankful to them for partnering with us to help the cause and “Be Remembered for Good”.

 A part of the ticket sales proceeds will be put to good use for the construction of water conservation structures in the target areas which will help close to 6-7 villages. Successful implementation of the plan will ensure better quality of water available for drinking, sanitation, irrigation and livestock. With this improved availability of water and increased soil moisture, the agricultural output will also increase thereby enhancing the income of the community members. In order to ensure seamless execution for this, 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’ has partnered with Advit Foundation, an NGO working towards Environmental Resource Conservation and Livelihood Enhancement.


Philips marks World Sleep Day with awareness initiatives in major Indian cities

 Philips marks World Sleep Day with awareness initiatives in major Indian cities

To launch Centre of Excellence to train doctors on diagnosing sleep disorders

Bengaluru, India– Philips Healthcare India today marked World Sleep Day 2017 by announcing plans to extend sleep camps and launch a Centre of Excellence for training doctors on diagnosing sleep disorders in major Indian cities in 2017. Currently, India is suspected to have over 91 million people suffering from sleep apnea, a major cause of sleep disorders.

The Centre of Excellence will provide training to doctors on diagnosis and treatment of sleep associated disordered breathing. By providing certified training, the Centre will encourage doctors to diagnose and treat patients for sleep disorders across major cities in India.

While the Centre will provide specific training to doctors, the sleep camps will raise awareness on sleep disorders and the necessity of visiting sleep labs and seeking medical attention for healthy and sound sleep.

Reiterating its commitment towards training sleep technicians, Philips will also continue to train staff and assist hospitals in setting up sleep labs across the country. Till date Philips has trained over 400 sleep technicians and guided the launch of 500 sleep labs in India.

“Awareness on sleep disorders is rising – people are increasingly looking at lack of sleep as a potential health issue. But a lot needs to be done, especially in tier-II cities. At Philips, we will continue to drive awareness on sleep disorders and map peoples’ sleep patterns in sleep labs. Sleep disorders and their relation with potentially life threatening conditions like diabetes, hypertension and cardiac arrests cannot be ignored” said Harish R, Head of Sleep & Respiratory Care at Philips India.

Dr Ravindra Mehta, Chief of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders Medicine and Intensive Care medicine at Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore said “Sleep Apnea is a common problem which means cessation of breathing at night while sleeping. It is because of the choking of the airway, meaning there is an obstruction. Snoring esp loud snoring is an accompaniment of Sleep Apnea, it is the most common symptom. The other symptom is stopping breathing is because the sleep is disturbed at night it is non-restorative sleep leading to excessive day-time sleepiness. This impacts the Quality of life when you are sleep deprived, you become sleepy, memory and attention suffers along with work and attitude. Secondly also on Health with High BP, heart disease, worsening Diabetes. General treatment advice is Weight loss, change in position of sleeping, avoiding alcohol, specific treatment is by dependent on the severity of the Apnea. Most common method is by giving CPAP which opens up your airway. Sleep is one-third of your life, it is necessary to give it importance. Understand sleep, follow basics, wake up to know about your sleep.”

Philips Healthcare India continues educating people on the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) like unwarranted daytime sleepiness and trouble in concentrating which can have an impact on productivity, lead to accidents and lower the overall quality of life.  Not only does this affect general lifestyle patterns but chronic sleep disorder could also lead to graver health issues like cardiac conditions, strokes, neurological disorders, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and irregular heartbeats.

In India, incidence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) varied from 4.4% to 13.7%. The prevalence of OSA is high in Northern India with 13.7% of the population reporting the syndromes. Statistics reveal that OSA in Indian males varied from 4.4% to 19.7% while amongst females it ranged from 2.5% to 7.4%. In context to OSA’s prevalence in different age groups, the elderly have been observed to have high snoring and high excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) with 27% being habitual snorers. OSA is also correlated with heart failure which is 12-16% more prevalent in OSA patients. It has also been observed that approximately 60-70% of OSA patients are obese.

Patients can give a call on the toll free number 1800 208 2882 to get more details on sleep disorder screenings and schedule appointments with doctors


CREDAI’s Realty Expo at Hotel Park Plaza Sees Thousands of Footfalls

CREDAI’s Realty Expo at Hotel Park Plaza Sees Thousands of Footfalls

The first of CREDAI’s two weekend realty exhibition concludes with an extraordinary number of enquiries and deals being initiated

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Bangalore, March 18th, 2017: Hotel Park Plaza, Marathahalli was the first venue for the two-expo series of events by CREDAI Bengaluru. The first day of the event saw constant footfalls in large numbers walk in to explore the various properties on display, the details offered on each one and the various special offers that were put up as well.

This two-day Expo had under one roof 39 builders and 4 financial institutions each of which interacted with prospective customers. The Expo was inaugurated by Mr. K.K. Malpani, Founder Director, CREDAI Bengaluru. Among the other dignitaries present were Mr. J.C. Sharma, President, CREDAI Bengaluru & Mr. Errol Fernandes, Treasurer, CREDAI Bengaluru.

Speaking on the event, Suresh Hari, Secretary, CREDAI Bengaluru said, “This is the first major Expo we have had after the demonetization steps taken earlier last year. We believe that this is the right time to buy a home as the prices are at the best that it can be at. This Expo has grown in popularity and there is a huge demand for it. The participation this year has been phenomenal, by builders and financial institutions and people alike. This is a single platform for people to browse through properties that are of the high standards maintained by CREDAI”.

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Speaking on the opportunity such an Expo brings forward a member of the public who visited said, “The real estate segment seems stable at the moment and our family believes that it a good a time to invest in a home. With things now settling down post demonetization and transparency coming into the market, investing in such a long term functioning asset is what we are looking forward to.”

One of the key benefits of an exhibition of this nature is that it allows families to explore properties together. Each one of them is able to contribute to the thought process and what they would want from the property. It encourages collective decision making, which is enhanced with the presence of multiple options in terms of home choices and finance opportunities.