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Indian Swine-Flu Virus Reveals Dangerous, New Mutation

Indian Swine-Flu Virus Reveals Dangerous, New Mutation

  A potentially virulent and distinct strain of the swine-flu virus that continues to kill and panic people appears to have taken hold in India, a new study conducted by…

Budget Cuts Could Boost 5 Water-Borne Diseases

Budget Cuts Could Boost 5 Water-Borne Diseases

  A national scheme to supply rural India with safe water is one of eight centrally-sponsored schemes that New Delhi will no longer support, threatening disease outbreaks and potentially placing…

Jaitley Slashes Education, Health Spending

Jaitley Slashes Education, Health Spending

  While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power promising to increase spending on health and education, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has actually reduced the proposed spending on both these…

Health Crisis Needs Money—But That Isn’t Enough

Health Crisis Needs Money—But That Isn’t Enough

  India bears 21% of the global disease burden, losing at least 6% of gross domestic product (GDP) to premature death and preventable illness.   Every indicator is grim. About…

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

100% Wrong: Rural Medical Staff Make Diarrhoea Life-Threatening

  More than 90% of treatments for childhood diarrhoea and pneumonia–the leading causes of death among Indian children–are incorrect, a new study has said.   Instead, largely unqualified medical practitioners,…

Swine-Flu Toll Rises, Panic Need Not

Swine-Flu Toll Rises, Panic Need Not

  Earlier this week, the Shani mandir—dedicated to Shani Dev, a Hindu god who wards off evil—in Jaipur’s Janta Colony saw a strange ritual unfold. A gathering of men praying…

Your Poisoned Food, Our Unending Greed

Your Poisoned Food, Our Unending Greed

A child lying in a Patna hospital in July 2013 after eating contaminated food at her school. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi   Akhilanand Mishra will never forget how he found his son…