My name is Vidya Sury. My mission is to help you stay healthy.
I know I can’t heal the world. But I can certainly do my bit – even if it is only sharing information because ‘Knowledge Is Power’ and I know what a difference this could have made in terms of time, effort and money spent for me – sometimes when I couldn’t afford it. I hope you benefit from it.
In 2000, I became the founding member of CLINICOM, an independent ethics committee which evaluates protocols for clinical trials. Our eclectic group is composed of richly experienced medical professionals, from whose knowledge I’ve benefited.
During my tenure here, I was fortunate to add to my health education:
- In 2010: 3rd IJME National Bioethics Conference 2010 (Governance of Healthcare – ethics, equity and justice) 17th to 20th November 2010 at the AIIMS, New Delhi
- I have a Certificate in ICH GCP Training, a seven-module course (2013) from Quintiles, a contract research company providing a wide range of clinical research services for biotech and pharmaceutical clients
- In 2015: Current Regulatory Requirements for Members of Institutional Ethics Committee (An Awareness Program) at the Bangalore Medical College & Research Institute, Bangalore on July 14 and 15, 2015 organized by the Clinical Development Services Agency (CDSA), an extramural unit of Translational Health Science & Technology Institute (THSTI), an autonomous organization of Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of
Science & Technology, Government of India.
- In April 2019, National workshop on regulatory compliance for accelerating innovations held at C-CAMP, Bangalore conducted by the CDSA.
Why a health blog?
My interest in health education started when I became a caregiver at home for my aging grandmother. She lived to be 85, and in the last year of her life she needed constant care. She passed away in 1987 and in those days, our only reference sources for health-related information was books and the library. I did learn quite a lot from the kind doctors who cared for her.
Years later, when my mother was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) – cause unknown (or idiopathic – as the docs said), there were several occasions when I had to spend hours trying to get information on certain things the doctors assumed I knew about. Sometimes it is good to do some research before a doctor’s appointment because it helps to ask intelligent questions. Fortunately, we now had the internet. And I was inspired to start this blog and share what I learned so that others might benefit too.
My mother was being treated by excellent doctors who were amazingly patient and kind. Through the last fifteen years, I have learned a lot of things related to health, medicine, side effects, treatments, do’s and don’ts – which I thought I must share.
In 2014, I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It was a shock. My immediate reaction was denial. Obviously, that wasn’t going to help me, so I determined to show diabetes who’s boss. Yes, I had a tough time initially, but now that I know more about how to manage it, I am keen on sharing tips. Diabetes is not a life-sentence. You can have diabetes and be happy! For daily tips to manage diabetes, visit Life Hacks for Diabetics
I am a diabetes contributor to the Abbott India blog.
Do browse the health library – as I said, Knowledge is Power!
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“Your Medical Guide”, this blog, does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information here is purely for information purposes. Please consult your doctor for medical advice, diagnosis and treatment.