The extraordinary story of Dr. V Shanta, 89, who steered the Cancer Institute in Chennai to iconic status — an institution reflecting the histories of social reform and freedom, Nehruvian ideals and excellence
This body map brings together the evidence on proven cancer causes.
Bangladesh has virtually eliminated open air defecation, bringing it down to only 1% of its population who do not have access to indoor toilet facilities.
Why is the government in a hurry to expand an untested programme that provides perverse incentives for private hospitals?
Scientists agree that it’s a good idea for countries prone to Zika infections to be prepared for more cases of the rare neurological disease that causes rapid-onset paralysis.
When the data tells us insurance-based health schemes have not reduced out-of-pocket expenditure for the poor, Jaitley’s budgetary focus should have been on boosting public provision of health care.
India has been polio-free for five years now – the last case having been reported in January 2011 in Howrah, West Bengal – and the ‘Pulse Polio’ campaign in its present form is being wound down.
Bharat Biotech claims it can introduce a Zika vaccine in two years, but given the challenges involved in actually developing a vaccine and regulatory hurdles, is the estimate too hopeful?
In spite of the 8 million new toilets constructed, patterns of toilet usage haven’t changed much. Analysing cultural variations in toilet use provides surprising insights into why this might be so, and what can be done to change it.
For the first time, a government has approved research involving modification of human embryos, but there’s a heavy context underlying this decision that needs to be considered before forming any kind of opinion.
The scientists concluded that patients with schizophrenia were more likely to have one particular form of a gene, and the risk of schizophrenia goes higher with the inheritance of the same form of that gene.
Craig Venter, multi-millionaire maverick, says he can help you live a better, longer life. Roger Highfield asks how.
The minister suggested making prenatal sex determination mandatory for all pregnancies to avoid sex selective abortions. Doctors and women’s rights activists on what this will mean in practice.
Given that mosquito-borne diseases are amongst the biggest killers on Earth today, going for a complete eradication is never out of health officials’ minds.
Zika may also demonstrate the growing importance of BRIC countries as players in global health.
Although homeopathy has been widely drubbed as possessing zero curative potential, it continues to have an existence ranging from undemonstrative to unrestrained in many countries.
Even if sterilisation as a permanent method of family-planning has been popular in India, the morbidity associated with its after-effects, when done badly, have also been widespread.
In honour of Krishna Raj, the Anusandhan Trust established the Krishna Raj Memorial Lecture series on Health and Social Sciences. This year’s lecture is being delivered by Dr Eric Suba on February 4, 2016 in Mumbai.
Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of Gastropod investigate.
Labels have created a subtle but pervasive habit of automatically assuming that the illness defines the person; that the person is the sum total of her illness.
The Zika virus has considerable potential to penetrate our borders to play havoc amid the ideal conditions provided both for it and the mosquitoes.
India is one of the Aedes aegyptis’s many homes but the Zika virus itself has not ever been detected in our country so far.
The Intersection finds out about the almost rudimentary coordination setup that organises a top-end medical procedure: heart transplants.
India has been upgrading its highways since 2000 and yet deaths due to road accidents continue to rise at the rate of 9-10% each year.
The fascinating backstory to Cipla, the Indian company that pioneered the manufacture and export of inexpensive generic versions of patented life-saving drugs.
A tough-to detect and alarmingly common intestinal disease may have a lot to do with India’s stunted children and their susceptibility to polio and rotavirus infections.
Resistance is here to stay but it needn’t be apocalyptic. The challenge for the human mind is to keep pace with it and keep a continuing stream of new antibiotics with novel properties flowing.
Before you draw your next breath, be aware that it could seriously damage you. Scientists have estimated that air pollution by prevailing PM2.5 levels will have led to 6.6 million premature deaths by 2050.
With great confidence and supposed vision, we decided that infectious diseases were a done deal, and research funding for these areas were curtailed. Unfortunately, we did not factor in evolution.
Doctors prescribing the life-saving drugs without regard for longer-term consequences and a lack of public awareness has led to a complicated mess of misuse in the country.
The commerce minister and the pharma industry lobby used smoke and mirrors to change the narrative
How systemic problems at a drug testing lab, GVK Bio, morphed into the story of an illicit affair.
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.