The Delhi high court has ruled in favour of Roche in a patent case against Cipla for a cancer drug but depending on how it computes the final rate of damages to be paid, the judgment could well turn out to be a de facto compulsory licensing order.
Armed with low-cost sensors, some people are trying to keep a check on the quality of air around them. Personal benefits aside, can this technology help combat pollution on a larger level?
Researchers have been able to show that carefully stimulating a select cascade of biochemical changes in the body can set the stage for faster fracture healing.
Thalidomide caused thousands of spontaneous abortions and deaths of newborns in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and left more than 10,000 children severely disabled. Why did it happen?
Bhopal: A recent medical study has confirmed that the deadly gas that leaked from the Bhopal pesticide plant of the American multinational company Union Carbide 31 years ago is continuing to cripple the third generation of its survivors. The study, conducted by 30 doctors in the last three […]
It is stated that commercial surrogacy is legal in India. Is it and what does it mean? A way to explore this complex subject is with the judgment of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in the Baby M Case, given almost 30 years back, in the early years […]
TB causes more worry in prisons and zoonotic transmissions. A blobal meet discusses ways to deal with the disease.
The molecular processes leading to such devastating human diseases are an extension of a fundamental paradigm represented by obscure bacteria-eating viruses.
Last week’s announcement that the world’s biggest cloning factory would soon open in China wrinkled many an eyebrow – but it’s not the technology as much as the people and the places involved that’s causing the panic.
Throughout the draft ART (Regulation) Bill, the role and importance of the husband has been over-emphasised. It debars single women from availing ART services, violating their fundamental right to procreation.
Around 1.9 million years ago, human beings became fully bi-pedal – able to walk on two legs, instead of four. We may have mastered walking, but do we understand it?
Traditionally, expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials, but could this practice be doing more harm than good? Emily Anthes investigates.
In a manner not too different from societies and cultures of today, the genetic material of most organisms is also a mosaic, containing genes and other elements of foreign origin.
Decades on, is HIV still a taboo subject?
Antibiotic resistant infections are a worldwide issue, and the response to them should be at a similar scale.
Seminal findings by a researcher from IISc has revealed a new way to understand chronic diseases of the gut, which commonly assail the population of developing nations.
The scientific genius of Sambhu Nath De was the source of discoveries in bacteriology that saved millions of lives around the world. A tribute on his centenary.
Delhi’s air, already brimming with toxic pollutants ahead of Diwali, worsened with the festival fireworks, an analysis by the non-government organisation Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) showed. CSE studied air quality data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee and found that the levels of ‘fine particles’ – […]
Fewer disease areas are so ripe for big breakthroughs and much-needed clues to treatments than chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis.
Governance should not be confused with business and winning cannot be at the cost of kickbacks to corrupt coaches and officials.
A 72-year-old woman in Bengaluru consulted a hospital physician about a severe skin infection and fever. She had previously consulted a couple of general practitioners, who prescribed a course of penicillin for three days and fluoroquinolones – both antibiotics – for two days. There was no relief. So, the […]
When it comes to complete immunisation–against DPT, polio and measles–only 65% of Indian children are vaccinated.
The unique challenges of feeding an army, and how World War II kick-started food research that changed what and how the Indian army eats.
The Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) randomised 9,361 high-risk hypertensive adults with systolic blood pressures of 130 or more.
Can there ever be legitimacy in quackery?
The United States and Switzerland want the right to file complaints for loss of trade ‘benefits’ even against countries whose intellectual property rights laws are fully consistent with international agreements.
When the one-child policy was introduced, fertility rates had already fallen drastically, though there was an apparent paradox that overall population growth rates were very high.
There were 1.3 million deaths of children under five in India in 2013 – accounting for one fifth of global child mortality. While access to health care plays a large part in these individual tragedies, other factors such as domestic violence also have a significant impact. My new research […]
At a time when numbers move governments, simply disseminating data on the prevalence of disease could be the GBD enterprise’s greatest contribution.
A discovery by scientists in India and the U.S. uncovers some of the mystery behind the mechanism of scleroderma, a little-understood but prevalent skin condition.
Chicken has emerged as India’s third highest source of protein, with consumption almost tripling. However, with rising demand pushing up prices, the consumption of costlier protein sources has fallen.
Only a few of these long-lived giants appear to develop cancer. However, animals at the other end of the body-size and age spectrum such as mice and rats are highly prone to cancer.
As India embarks on its biggest urban expansion yet, dengue prevention at construction sites must become an urgent priority in the years ahead.
Palliative, or hospice, care is difficult, if not impossible to find and a conspiracy of lies surrounds the deathbed: doctors are afraid to stop treatment for fear of the family’s anger and families hide the truth from their loved one for fear of what it will do to him.
Given that the majority of patients in poor countries have to pay out of their own pockets for healthcare, import duties on drugs are a particularly pernicious form of taxation.
The census considers water supply from handpumps and tubewells as safe as piped drinking water. These sources are carriers of water-borne diseases.
Project 523’s embrace of the traditional body of knowledge about substances’ healing properties is a more recent example of the efforts to “scientise” Chinese medicine through selective appropriation and detailed investigation.
The award was bagged by Youyou Tu for her discovery of artemisinin and by William Campbell and Satoshi Omura for discovering Ivermectin, a drug used to cure river blindness.
RSS-inspired ideologues have reinterpreted many sections of India’s great literature into pseudoscientific contexts, unlike the Chinese.
Sharing breast milk is not new, but will rising demand – and supply – change the relationship between milk donors and the mothers whose babies need it?