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?
While administrative and governance matters were handled by gram panchayats, an army of frontline, primarily female workers did the actual influencing.
The human brain processes the experience of empathy – the ability to understand another person’s pain – in a similar way to the experience of physical pain. This was the finding of a paper that specifically investigated the kind of empathy people feel when they see others in […]
Herbivores have evolved to be less sensitive to bitter leaves and fruits than carnivores, and their larger livers detoxify these natural compounds. However, some animals are losing this ability.
It’s not that Indians are dirty but that the Indian state has never invested in the complete sanitation chain
Notwithstanding an administrative failure, hospitals turning away patients for a lack of beds is an example of medical negligence and a breach of ethics.
Although the Indian government has said that it won’t succumb to American pressure on IP rights over medicinal patents, rapid developments on this issue have set alarm bells ringing among health groups.
Much of our current understanding of bacterial biology came about not by a blinkered vision of applied research but from decades of attempting to answer fundamental questions.
The goals are a tremendous opportunity to spur government, civil society, academic and business action, and set benchmarks against which they will be held accountable.
The growth figures, last updated in 2007 using data collected more than two decades ago, reveal upsides and downsides.
We are sitting ducks against a virus that has no antidote as yet and which can take out both children and adults.
The problem of antibiotic resistance hasn’t been the lack of new antibiotic drugs but irrational uses of the existing ones.
Even if one believes dogs are creatures that can be killed without compunction, doing so is not an effective means of safeguarding human wellbeing.
The crew of Expedition 44 have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet – knowledge that is crucial if we want to venture out on long journeys exploring the solar system.
Some people suffer eye pain so excruciating they feel suicidal, yet ophthalmologists see nothing wrong. Meet the 82-year-old doctor whose radical idea about the real source of this pain is turning heads.
High blood pressure, high blood sugar and household air pollution from solid fuels together contributed to 3.3 million premature deaths in India in 2013.