Turning rivers into killers

The recent tragedy in Manali caused by flash floods in river Beas raises serious  questions on the management of dams and barrages in the country Sweeping away on June 8, 2014 evening, of twenty four engineering students from Hyderabad by flash flood in river Beas is a tragedy beyond words.

Antibiotic resistance a worldwide threat to public health: WHO

The world is headed for a post-antibiotic era Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat to public health with cases being reported from every region of the world and having the potential to affect anyone, the World Health Organisation has said. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as antibiotic resistance is also known as,

How malaria defeats our drugs

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports for Mosaic. The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at

PaMZ drug combination: a game changer for TB and MDR-TB treatment

A novel drug combination (PaMZ) designed to treat both drug-sensitive and MDR-TB, including those who are HIV positive, is advancing to the crucial Phase III human clinical trial. If all goes well, the three-drug combination therapy will be a game changer for tuberculosis treatment. Among other things, the less toxic

Hospitals to step up infection control ( from THE hindu health section archive )

More number of suspected MERS cases reported across the State More cases clinically suspected to be Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have begun to be reported by doctors following increased surveillance of severe acute respiratory illnesses (SARI) across the State . Hospitals should put in enhanced infection control practices and

Evolution of a killer

Humans can get plague when bitten by bacteria-laden fleas A few thousand years ago, a bacterium that inhabited the guts of rodents and a variety of other mammals transformed its lifestyle. Instead of relying on faecal contamination of food and water to pass from an infected animal to an uninfected

UN award for govt’s Mobile Seva initiative

An initiative conceptualised by Indian government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology to enable delivery of public services electronically through the mobile platform has been awarded a United Nations public service award. Mobile Seva, a nationwide initiative conceptualised, funded and implemented by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY),