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Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

Chubby, Affluent: India’s New Face of Malnutrition

  Broadening girths are expanding India’s battle against malnutrition, a new Indian study has revealed, setting off a host of so-called lifestyle ailments.   This is happening as India fights…

Programme Keeps Mothers Safe But Boosts Population

Programme Keeps Mothers Safe But Boosts Population

  More mothers are being kept safe and alive thanks to a government programme, but its unintended consequence in high-population-growth states could be an increase in female fertility, a new…

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

In 5 Years, Threat Of Drug-Resistant Superbugs Doubles

The pathogen Escherichia coli attached to the wall of a cell.   A 72-year-old woman in Bengaluru consulted a hospital physician about a severe skin infection and fever. She had…

Can ‘Indra’s Bow’ Save 500,000 Indian Children?

Can ‘Indra’s Bow’ Save 500,000 Indian Children?

An infant getting the oral vaccine for polio.   As many as 500,000 children die every year in India due to vaccine-preventable diseases, despite a three-decade old, government-run universal immunisation…

Quality Of Death: UK Tops, India 67th, Above China

Quality Of Death: UK Tops, India 67th, Above China

  India has been ranked 67th of 80 countries on the 2015 Quality of Death Index, lower than South Africa (34), Brazil (42), Russia (48), Indonesia (53) and Sri Lanka…

How India Cut Neonatal Tetanus Mortality By 99.76%

How India Cut Neonatal Tetanus Mortality By 99.76%

  In 2012, a 12-day-old boy (we will call him “Baby Boy”) in Assam’s Sivasagar district could not be given his feed because he had lockjaw—his face muscles went rigid,…

How Dengue Has Breached India’s Class Barriers

How Dengue Has Breached India’s Class Barriers

A health worker fumigates a residential area to prevent the spread of dengue fever in Chandigarh on September 20, 2015.   As the current dengue epidemic in Delhi and other…