Prajakta Dandekar, in Mumbai, is part of a relatively small group of scientists around the world working to ensure fewer animals are used in pharmaceutical research using human-on-a-chip technology.
The focus of the 2016 International AIDS Conference has on access to necessary antiretrovirals, equity and making sure no-one is left behind. But there is a funding gap that needs to be addressed.
Since 2005, the number of new HIV/AIDS cases around the world has been relatively constant, according to a study published in the Lancet journal.
As faecal transplants emerge as a remarkably efficient way to treat intestinal disorders worldwide, India’s lag may not be in the best interests of suffering patients.
The hypothesis that synchronisation of menstrual cycles is an adaptive process can be appealing as it suggests that evolution favoured females who cooperated in the face of male sexual domination.
Despite decades of promising research, the many men who want their own contraceptive pill still have nothing. One of them meets the people hoping to make male birth control a reality.
When an ayurvedic drug has been ‘approved’ by the Ministry of Ayush, it does not really mean much in the eyes of the law because there is no such requirement under the law.
The shift from the MDGs to sustainable development goals is also a shift from tracking aggregates to tracking more disaggregated indicators, and India urgently needs a strategy to overcome data limitations.
An ayurvedic anti-diabetic concoction has been developed by CSIR and is being distributed by a private entity. However, the details of its clinical trials, or the patent application, aren’t to be found.
A ‘data revolution’ is needed in terms of making disaggregated data available if India is to achieve – or get anywhere near – the ambitious sustainable development goals related to health and nutrition.
‘Greenpeace sees Golden Rice as a poster child, but if it is successful in helping stop childhood blindness it will undermine Greenpeace’s entire argument.’
When doctors in rural Italy began to see a surge in cancer cases, they were baffled. Then they made the link with industrial waste being dumped by local crime syndicates.
As the 2016 Olympic games are a little more than a month away, to be held in Zika-prone Brazil, what do we know about the virus and its effects?
A new class of medicines has been found to reduce cardiovascular mortality and heart failure in diabetic patients – but at a very high cost per patient, even as the claims are backed by a journal with a vested interest.
The mitochondria is where almost all the energy our body requires is produced, so defects in this DNA can cause serious problems. Mitochondrial DNA is unique because it is inherited only from the mother. But why?
Deaths due to heat waves in India are usually reported as class- and gender-neutral numbers, hiding the irony of global warming that those least responsible for it are affected the most by it.
HGP-Write has been envisioned as an effort to synthesise one nucleotide at a time to piece together the entire human genome. What could go wrong?
When a gentle glow feels like a spotlight and everyday sounds hurt your ears, life can get anxious and painful. But there may be an upside to being highly sensitive.
Afraid of being judged, some journalists avoid reaching out, while others don’t even know the problem exists.
Aarathi Prasad’s new book tells how the ‘possession’ of a woman by the Goddess or a ghost is widely used in India to account for – and sadly eclipse – symptoms of psychiatric conditions.
Himanshu Bansal wants to perform an experiment that will revive brain-dead people. However, he may have skipped some regulations while his previous research raises serious ethical and scientific questions.
Experts noted that Brazil was entering winter months, when mosquito disease transmission is lower, and said that there was no reason to decrease travel to the country.
According to the report, malnutrition– either undernourishment or obesity– is responsible for nearly half of all deaths of children under five worldwide and, together with poor diets, is the number one driver of disease.
Like many parents, Sandy is concerned about how much time her 18-month-old spends in front of screens. Weighing up the available evidence, Olivia Solon explains that she might be worrying too much.
The Genomic Data Commons will centralise, standardise and make accessible data from some of the largest cancer genomics datasets in the world. The information will be made available at no charge to any cancer researcher.
The cancer risk, if any, from cellphone-use continues to be low. After all, there has been no noticeable increase in brain tumours in various countries for the past several decades.
Marian Partington is working to forgive Rosemary West – one of her sister’s killers – because she thinks the only way to break the cycle of female violence is to understand it.
Sofosbuvir, a single drug to treat hepatitis C viremia, has been hailed as a “milestone” because of its efficacy. But as two charts show, what could be the point if its cost is prohibitive?
Contradicting what the health ministry said in March, the Drugs Technical Advisory Board now recommends banning plastic bottles for medicines.
The tobacco industry and its political backers have delayed the implementation of an important anti-smoking measure even as countries around the world are moving to the next stage of reform.
Any use of antibiotics promotes the development and spread of superbugs – multi-drug-resistant infections that evade the antimicrobial and antibiotic drugs designed to kill them.
The study said continued surveillance to determine the true frequency of the gene in the US is critical.
The largest study to have investigated the association of leisure-time physical activity on the risk of 26 types of cancer found higher levels of exercise resulted in a 7% lower risk.
The lack of specific guidelines from professional bodies until now will have contributed to reticence among some doctors to prescribe Entresto – but cost is also an issue.
“I’ve been lucky to have had mentors who don’t look at us as women but as scientific colleagues. That’s why you aim for areas of excellence because that’s where you find people like that.”
Ketamine belongs to a class of drugs that block cellular receptors for the neurotransmitter glutamate, an important chemical that is the brain’s chief means of activating neurons.
The long-standing distinction between rice and wheat agriculture persists and plays an important role in shaping the landscape of sexual attitudes in the country.
He deserves credit for popularising yoga as an effective way of physiotherapy but by making specious claims, he is doing a disservice both to himself and to his followers.
Faso Soap is designed to repel mosquitoes for up to six hours after being applied. The soapy water, once thrown away in the street, can also hinder the insects from breeding in stagnant water.
According to the WHO, 1.5 million people died from TB in 2014. The challenges in tackling the disease include the facts that people are tested too late and that the turnaround for most tests is long.