Health  /  Published 27.08.19

Sore throat, decoded

The weather has changed all over India with the rains and resultant flooding. It has also ushered in the “sore throat” season, with frequent complaints of discomfort in the throat — a scratchy f...
By Dr. Gita Mathai in

Opinion  /  Published 18.06.19

Resistance to antibiotics deserves attention

There are no quick fixes in medicine. But between this theory and its practice falls the shadow of antibiotics. Widely — and mistakenly — considered as a panacea for all ills, antibiotics are pres...
By The Editorial Board in

India  /  Published 06.06.19

Revealed: Dissonance between what doctors know and prescribe

Health researchers have detected a disturbing dissonance between the knowledge held and prescription practices followed by sections of doctors in Bengal’s West Burdwan district in a unique study tha...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Health  /  Published 08.05.19

Vaccination: why and how

Many diseases have been eradicated, some due to better hygiene and understanding, others due to prevention with immunisation. Every since Edward Jenner formulated the smallpox vaccine in 1796, the sci...
By Dr Gita Mathai in

Opinion  /  Published 08.05.19

Rise in drug-resistant diseases threatens India

The world could well be returning to the dark ages before penicillin when even ordinary soil bacteria could slay the weak at will. The latest report of the United Nations Interagency Coordination Grou...
By The Editorial Board in

Science  /  Published 09.02.20

Will the human race survive?

Pathogens, particularly viruses which were never known to affect humans before, are rapidly jumping from other species to attack humans fatally. More alarmingly, we are helplessly witnessing their kil...
By Koustubh Panda in

Health  /  Published 26.11.19

Superbugs at bay

Before 1928, the year penicillin was accidentally discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming, there were no antibiotics. If you developed an infection, you had to be robust enough to survive and overcome it...
By Dr Gita Mathai in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 10.05.19

Royal baby has little to do with racial equality

Sir — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is being held up as a symbol of hope in a very divided world. As the first African-American born in the British royal family, the first-born of Prince Harry...
By The Telegraph in

Opinion  /  Published 18.12.19

The rise of the superbacteria

Meredith Littlejohn, a young student full of hope, battled and survived acute myeloid leukemia only to lose her life to Pseudomonas, an antibiotic-resistant infection. Antibiotic resistance causes 7,...
By Maliha Ahmed and Hsien-Cheng in


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