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  • Health in a Time of Ebola

    |By Prabhjot Singh| NEW YORK – In Sub-Saharan Africa, any child with a fever should receive immediate medical care to prevent death from malaria or pneumonia. But, as panic about the spread of Ebola grips Liberia – as well as Sierra Leone, Guinea, an...

  • Alcohol ban causes controversy in India

    |By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist| A week ago, the Kerala High Court upheld a government decision to ban alcohol in most parts of the state. Keralites who proudly advertise their state as ‘God’s own country’ are bitterly divided on thi...

  • Alcohol : A pacifier for infants and pregnant women in villages of Andhra Pradesh

    |By Riti Sinha| When the child cries, a mother feeds it milk. But this is not the case in the tribal areas of Andhra Pradesh. Here, when the child cries, all the other does is stick a bottle of locally brewed spurious liquor into its mouth. Macherla ...

  • Fighting for India’s health

    [By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Once upon a time, a few decades ago, I actually used to buy duty-free cigarettes for friends who were over the moon about Dunhill, Benson & Hedges or Marlboro, all imported cigarettes then not ava...

  • Inside India’s sterilisation camps

    |By Sabu S Padmadas|The Conversation| A sterilisation camp held in Chhattisgarh, an impoverished state in central India, has claimed the lives of 13 women, most of whom were young and marginalised. The women, who died within hours of the procedure, w...

  • Everything you need to know about ADHD

    Facts: ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the sa...

  • Bottled Risk

    [By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to flavored water and wate...

  • How Mumbai’s poorest neighbourhood is battling to keep coronavirus at bay

    Ishita Chatterjee, University of Melbourne | The Conversation Informal settlements are experiencing a greater surge in COVID-19 cases than other urban neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India. Their high density, narrow streets, tight internal spaces, poor ac...

  • ‘Azan Can Wait, A Newborn Can’t Wait To Be Breastfed’

    [By Abha Sharma] Tonk (Women’s Feature Service) – Until a few years back, there was no way that mothers like Salma, Nagma or Zebunnisa in Tonk, a small town in Rajasthan, could feed their newborn till an elder in the family came over to whisper the ‘...

How Mumbai’s poorest neighbourhood is battling to keep coronavirus at bay

Ishita Chatterjee, University of Melbourne | The Conversation Informal settlements are experiencing a greater surge in COVID-19 cases than other urban neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India. Their high density, narrow streets, tight internal spaces, poor access to water and sanitation leave residents highly vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. One of Mumbai’s poorest and most underdeveloped neighbourhoods, Shivaji Nagar, is one of three ...

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Is it the end of AIDS in 2030?

[By Syed Mohammad Afsar] Geneva – Writing on World AIDS Day a few years ago, I had shared the story of Seema (name changed), a young mother, and her daughter from India. Both are HIV positive. While the mother had started on antiretroviral treatment (ART) and was, in fact, doing well, her concerns were about her daughter’s health. Would she ...

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Bottled Risk

[By Brahma Chellaney]  BERLIN – Over the last 15 years, the bottled-water industry has experienced explosive growth, which shows no sign of slowing. In fact, bottled water – including everything from “purified spring water” to flavored water and water enriched with vitamins, minerals, or electrolytes – is the largest growth area in the beverage industry, even in cities where tap ...

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Healthcare For Women In Times Of Distress

Delhi (WFS) — Millions have been affected by the devastating earthquake that jolted Nepal on April 25, 2015. With half a million homes destroyed, and hundreds of thousands more damaged, people have been forced to sleep out in the open or adjust in crowded in displacement camps. But even as the crisis has garnered extensive international attention and an outpouring ...

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What’s This Hoopla Around The Little Pink Pill

[By Elayne Clift] Vermont (WFS) – Flibanserin – perhaps derived from “female”, “libido” and “answer” – is Big Pharma’s latest controversial innovation designed, it seems, to respond to women’s quest for an eternal wet dream. It comes in the form of a daily pill, which, of course, is pink. My first reaction to this news was, are those chemists nuts? ...

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Rediscovering Yoga

[By Narendra Kaushik] When Vikalp Singh, a farmer in Nawada Village of Greater Noida, would walk to nearby City Park in the wee hours of the morning to carry out his routine of physical exercises last summer, he would not find many people out. But since last month he has noticed a big increase in the number of people who ...

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Everything you need to know about ADHD

Facts: ADD and ADHD are the same disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder was officially renamed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in 1994. Many people use ADD to refer to Type One presented here, and ADHD to refer to Type Two, but they are the same core disorder. In many cases where ADHD carries into adulthood, it’s a genetic issue [My grandfather, mother, ...

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Why food adulteration is so rampant in India?

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: Ompal Singh, a Food Safety Officer (FSO) in Gautam Buddh Nagar District, always has his hands full. Singh has close to 400 permanent and temporary sales outlets under his jurisdiction (Jewar and Sadar Sub-Divisions of the district). Since Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006 makes it mandatory for every FSO in the country to pick ...

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Why The Maggi Affair has angered and enthralled India

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara | New Internationalist] Hitting the headlines of every Indian daily, for a few days now has been – no, you could never have guessed, L’Affaire Maggi. After samples of Maggi noodles, manufactured in March 2014, were found to contain unacceptably high levels of lead and monosodium glutamate (MSG), the instant noodles brand has come under scrutiny ...

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Fighting for India’s health

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Once upon a time, a few decades ago, I actually used to buy duty-free cigarettes for friends who were over the moon about Dunhill, Benson & Hedges or Marlboro, all imported cigarettes then not available in India. Now I cringe at the thought. The turning point came in 1984, when I met a 21-year-old adivasi ...

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