India  /  Published 02.07.21

Antibiotics misused during covid

Antibiotic sales soared during the first COVID-19 wave in India last year, according to a study which suggests that the drugs were used to treat mild and moderate cases of the viral disease. The rese...
By Our Bureau, PTI in New Delhi

Calcutta  /  Published 09.05.21

Appeal against panic buying of meds

Medicine and drugs dealers across Calcutta have appealed to the state government to intervene and find some way of stopping the growing trend of "panic buying" of certain medicines by a sect...
By Kinsuk Basu in Calcutta

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

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

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

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

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

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 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


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