Roche is dragging companies that are manufacturing similar medical products through endless legal battles, discouraging them from entering the market and hence affecting the availability of affordable medicine.
Iron deficiency can be fatal. But in places where patients are also likely to have other serious diseases, so can the iron supplements used to treat it.
A tea garden worker in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal runs a unique ‘bike ambulance’ free of cost for villagers. He was recently awarded the Padma Shri.
Though scientists have claimed that they have solved the two-decade-old mystery, enough questions remain unanswered to suspect that we haven’t seen the bottom of this issue.
What explains the mysterious deaths of children in Muzaffarpur? How is it connected to litchis? And is this really new information?
Despite emphasis on ’empowerment’ over ‘entitlements’, which comes with its own set of problems, health and education remain invisible in the Modi government’s social policy agenda.
They found that organophosphates, common in India, are broken down by microbes in the human gut into glucose – and ask us to reconsider their use for the sake of our farmers.
There is no justification for the Ministry of AYUSH’s reliance on an invalidated practice, which could lure patients of diabetes into a false sense of security.
Even when several government departments and ministries collect data across institutions and other stakeholders, these are not in line with standard definitions.
It’s unadvisable to participate in too many marathons because the heart may be damaged in a few. And current scientific knowledge is unable to accurately identify the vulnerable.
Diseases shape entire societies and cultures. A disease can do more than just inflict suffering – it can shut down a whole civilisation. Of all the diseases that decimated emerging cities, tuberculosis was the worst.
Mothers facing emotional difficulties often do not come out to their families about it due to stigma. In some cases, they may even be unaware that their distress has a name.
India should not persevere with its focus on privatising healthcare or relying on health insurance.
“The quantum of profit for companies is higher [in medical camps], where they have independent access to captive patients and can push their products for treatment after diagnosis.”
In Malkangiri district of Odisha, villagers and civil societies blame the deaths of a large number of children on malnourishment while the officials attribute them to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria.
Johnson & Johnson should be careful while branding its product as ‘ORSL’, a title resembling that of the ORS solution prescribed to treat dehydration from diarrhoea.
Studies have found that bloated claims in news reports are often simply carried over from university and journal press releases, which are approved by scientists.
Rural healthcare is quite the powerful oxymoron in India.
In India, where millions of children are growing up in less than perfect environments for their development, their wellbeing could not be more precarious.
With the plague as well as with demonetisation, India’s leaders have moved to stop the spread of an illness but not its incidence itself.
The experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow the loss of mental functioning in patients with mild symptoms, a major setback for the company and millions of people at risk of developing the memory-robbing disease.
In India, rotavirus infections kill 98,000 children every year. Kang has been working on determining how many cases are added each year and where, and their possible control.
Zeroing in on the genesis of the Kyasanur forest disease was, at one point, called “possibly the most dramatic epidemiological detective story of our time.” This is that story.
Sujoy Guha has spent 37 years trying to realise Risug, a long-term use reversible male contraceptive – itself an unusual thing. It should have come to be more than a decade ago.
Multi-drug resistant bacteria are growing more powerful each day with microbiologists struggling to find a way to combat these pathogens.
“The Indian government stands on the wrong side of history when a number of countries have decided after Fukushima to shun nuclear and adopt renewable technologies.”
In five weeks, 56 children aged one to five, all tribals, have died of Japanese encephalitis, a vector-borne viral fever that attacks the brain, in Malkangiri
Lie awake and you could be playing havoc with your amygdala.
MRSA develops resistance fast enough to keep specialists developing more effective antibiotics, and it is worrying that international travellers may be carrying the bacterium around.
Improving the quality and quantity of mealtimes for young children could save 100,000 lives a year, reduce health costs and improve productivity in adult life, the UN agency said.
While it’s healthy to have a variety of bacteria in our guts, there’s one place where a single dominant type is best: the vagina. Kendall Powell meets the researchers trying to make the world healthier, one vagina at a time.
It is clear that the early Arab medicine described by the Prophet, and practiced before and during his lifetime, was very much alive and influential throughout the time of Yūnānī medical manuscript production and study in India.
A recently released UN report highlights international “policy incoherence” on medication, but the US has denounced its findings, signalling its unwillingness to institute reforms.
Surrogacy is a technology. And like any other technology we should not attribute to it magical properties that conceal its anthropogenic character.
The toxins leached into the drinks from the PET bottles they were in.
Average life expectancy continues to increase and more people are reaching extreme old age. But, researchers say, people who reach 110 today have no greater life expectancy than those who lived to 110 in the 1970s.
The government approved amendments to bring in legal accountability and establish a formal mechanism to probe complaints of discrimination.
Scientists are questioning CSIR’s BGR-34, promoted through commercial advertisements without any published evidence or clinical trials to support the claims made.
Yoshinori Ohsumi’s experiments sparked off a revolution in autophagy research that has made it possible to develop drugs that can target autophagy and treat diseases
How close are we to having effective treatments – and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place?