The sex ratio of children ever-born (that is, including children who died at birth or later) to all women was 895 in rural areas but 878 in urban areas.
Naysayers have forwarded unsubstantiated claims about lack of vaccine safety to already-settled debates about the vaccine’s potential to encourage risky behaviour.
The Indian Patent Office’s decision marks a setback for patient groups who said the move could stop affordable copies of the Sovaldi drug.
Fifteen million of women who have had seven or more children live in rural India.
As people have very strong feelings about third-party access to medical records, all of this has caused a bit of a scandal.
NSS data reveals that a majority of rural and urban populations did not get proper medical treatment because of the expense.
Researchers are trying to fill in the blanks between the genetic blueprint (genotype) and psychiatric disorder (psychiatric phenotype).
The laser technology, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2009 as a surgical tool to treat brain tumours, involves a small laser-tipped probe that heats up and kills tumours from the inside out.
It is no wonder that between 66% and 75% of clinical trials whose results are published in the major medical journals are funded by the drug industry.
As resistance to antibiotics peaks, alternative strategies to fight infection, like boosting our body’s innate immunity, are being explored.
Rather than introducing transgenes from other species, why not use the genetic variation naturally present in mosquito populations?
The fact that women can get periods in space was once used as an argument that women shouldn’t be astronauts.
Sugary sodas are often seen as an innocuous product, a small part of our global consumer culture. Marion Nestle looks behind this façade in her book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).
Results of the analysis shouldn’t come as a surprise – they’re small pieces of an interconnected chain of problems bereft of any clear beginnings or endings.
The misleadingly low prevalence rate means there is less interest in tackling the disease in these regions.
We know a lot more about the origins of the ongoing Zika virus outbreak, the nature of the virus strain and its link with brain disorders today than we did last month.
Gentle nudges are a better way of limiting tobacco consumption than hard shoves .
The research shows that Atovaquone can stop the resisting parasites from spreading in the field because it targets a protein involved in releasing energy.
Peter Bowes has been on a new diet that claims to guard against disease and slow ageing. Then he met a group with a mutation that lets them eat what they want while enjoying the same protection.
Stopping transmission of the contagious viral disease that has infected millions is possible within a year, experts say.
Intestinal worms continue to be bad news in most parts of the world, but they’ve cohabited with humans for so long that they have evolved to interact with us in complex, even beneficial ways.
Tens of thousands of people die from rabies each year – one every ten minutes. It kills more people in sub-Saharan Africa than anywhere else besides India, and rates have been increasing.
Every dollar spent on better treatment of anxiety and depression produces a return of four dollars in better health and ability to work, says the WHO.
A UN-WHO report stresses the economic costs of non-communicable diseases in India, the challenges posed by increasing urbanisation, and the urgent need to ensure universal health coverage.
The Philippines this week launched the world’s first public dengue immunisation programme.
A new WHO study shows that the number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in under four decades and the condition is becoming a major problem in poorer countries.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the first Global Diabetes report. In 1980, WHO reported that 108 million adults were living with diabetes. Since then the numbers have quadrupled, with the disease claiming more lives every year. Health and medicine editor Candice Bailey spoke to endocrinologist Sundeep […]
The Vietnam government has confirmed two women have contracted the Zika virus, the first cases in the country.
To tackle Zika and other viral outbreaks, we need to focus not only on the pathology of the disease, but also on the global political and economic architecture.
“Whatever needs to be done to curb tobacco consumption will be done,” health ministry officials said on the cigarette companies’ decision to close their factories over the new rules.
Large pictorial warnings on cigarette packets are a good idea, but the government needs to come down on surrogate advertising too, say activists
The three strains are adapted to cold temperatures but can multiply at up to 30 ºC, an international team of scientists from Europe has reported.
An up-close and personal view of the notorious virus has opened up possibilities for future studies and treatment options for the Zika-prone.
Now, if you help a road accident victim, you should expect to be treated with respect by hospitals, the courts and the police.
We know that our diet has a huge influence on our health, but is it possible to use food as medicine for a specific disease? Emma Young, who has type 2 diabetes, is sceptical but intrigued.
One reason to expect the three genes used in transgenic mustard to be safe is that they aren’t new at all. They have been in the human food-chain for around two decades now.
WHO concedes that there’s still no scientific proof that the Zika virus can cause foetal malformations and neurological disorders, but scientific consensus is emerging that there is a link.
World Health Organisation calls for larger pictorial health warnings on cigarette and bidi packets.
Anyone who thinks that a scientifically acceptable unifying theory, explaining all life in its gory details, can be propounded to solve all our problems is being unreasonable.
Without adequate safeguards and greater debate about private aid, organisations like the Gates Foundation can provide only partial solutions and can even entrench the very systems whose symptoms they seek to address.