Scientists alert Lancet to ‘data inconsistencies’ in the Russian vaccine trial paper

A group of 16 scientists has written an open letter to Dr Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet and authors of the Russia's Sputnik V novel coronavirus vaccine trial paper, raising questions about the integrity of the data published in The Lancet on September 4. Just four days after the results of the Phase-1/2 trials … Continue reading Scientists alert Lancet to ‘data inconsistencies’ in the Russian vaccine trial paper

Wait for trial results before using BCG vaccine for COVID-19, Tedros writes

Tedros and others caution that using BCG vaccine on health-care workers for COVID-19 should be only after safety and efficacy are tested through randomised controlled trials. BCG vaccine, which ramps up the immune system, can exacerbate COVID-19 in a small population of patients with severe disease, they warn. In a letter published in The Lancet … Continue reading Wait for trial results before using BCG vaccine for COVID-19, Tedros writes

Coronavirus testing in India needs to be expanded exponentially, strategically, Lancet says

While acknowledging that India was “quick to close its international borders and enforce an immediate lockdown”, the editorial published in The Lancet today (April 25) says that the lockdown is already having the “desired effect of flattening the epidemic curve”. It is also critical of the low testing rates, the hasty manner in which shutdown … Continue reading Coronavirus testing in India needs to be expanded exponentially, strategically, Lancet says

Lancet retracts letter on plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients

The Lancet Global Health retracts a letter about the plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients in Wuhan published on February 26. Can editors of peer-reviewed journals take a moral high-ground and make disparaging comments about preprints? On February 26, The Lancet Global Health retracted a letter by two nurses from Guangzhou province just two days … Continue reading Lancet retracts letter on plight of nurses treating COVID-19 patients

Kashmir editorial: Hey IMA, Lancet has commented on other countries too

How could the Indian Medical Association with over 500,000 doctors, which is supposed to be reading the journal regularly, be blissfully unaware of what The Lancet has always stood for. It is not an act of commission by the journal, as the IMA calls it, but what The Lancet considers as its beholden duty to speak up … Continue reading Kashmir editorial: Hey IMA, Lancet has commented on other countries too

Breaking the drug-resistant TB transmission cycle important

Nearly two months after the Health Ministry set a highly ambitious target of working towards elimination of tuberculosis by 2025, a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases indicates that India’s TB crisis is all set to snowball by 2040 when one in 10 cases could be drug-resistant. What is even more alarming is that the increased … Continue reading Breaking the drug-resistant TB transmission cycle important

Depression: The fault lies in classification

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 300 million people across the world are living with depression. “But that does not mean that all the 300 million people would need medical intervention,” says Vikram Patel from Harvard Medical School and the Delhi-based Public Health Foundation of India. The reason: the current binary classification of … Continue reading Depression: The fault lies in classification

Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

In response to an article I wrote on February 3 about Dr. Jacob John raising ethics issues about the way the authors of the Lancet Global Health paper had failed to properly acknowledge his team’s work on Muzaffarpur mystery disease, the journal has got in touch with Dr. Mukul Das, one of the authors of the Current Science … Continue reading Lancet gets in touch with Current Science authors on litchi disease ethics issue

Renal failure deaths nearly double in a decade in India

Deaths from renal failure among Indian adults now outstrip deaths from HIV/AIDS, signalling a major shift in causes of mortality in the country over the past decade — away from infectious disease causes to non-communicable disease causes. These are the results of a study published recently in The Lancet. As per a National AIDS Control … Continue reading Renal failure deaths nearly double in a decade in India

Non-communicable diseases killed more Indians in 2015

  In 2015, India, like other developed countries, had more number of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases. In the case of males, deaths due to non-communicable diseases (3.6 million) were more than double that caused by communicable diseases (1.5 million), while it was nearly double in females (2.7 million due to non-communicable diseases and nearly … Continue reading Non-communicable diseases killed more Indians in 2015