The yawning gap in tuberculosis care in India

The dismal state of tuberculosis (TB) care in the private sector in India has been exposed by a November 2015 study (The Lancet) that employed a novel strategy of using standardised TB patients — healthy individuals trained to pose as TB patients and interact with health-care providers. Standardised patient method has been widely used in India … Continue reading The yawning gap in tuberculosis care in India

Trials with antibiotics lead to TB diagnosis delay

Tuberculosis patients in India who seek care in the private sector face a delay of as long as two months before they are diagnosed correctly — if at all — according to systematic reviews of Indian studies. This becomes alarming as private sector accounts for almost half of the TB care delivered in India. A … Continue reading Trials with antibiotics lead to TB diagnosis delay

Chennai city’s new strategy to eliminate TB

Thanks to the Zero TB Cities project, if everything works to plan, Chennai may drastically reduce TB mortality, shrink the number of new cases annually and impact TB prevalence in the city in a matter of 3-5 years. Chennai has been chosen as one of two cities in the world where the Zero TB Cities … Continue reading Chennai city’s new strategy to eliminate TB

Editorial: Europe’s blow for health safety

Published in the Hindu on November 28, 2011 The European Commission's recent decision to ban the use of X-ray technology for full-body scanning at airports to avoid “jeopardising” the health and safety of passengers is a victory for millions of travellers. The legislation requires all the 27 member countries to follow “strict and mandatory safeguards” … Continue reading Editorial: Europe’s blow for health safety

Editorial: Is there a brain cancer risk?

Published in The Hindu on June 4, 2011 The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).” The classification is based on increased risk for glioma from increased wireless phone use over a period of time. Glioma is a malignant … Continue reading Editorial: Is there a brain cancer risk?

Editorial: Make pictures speak

Published in the Hindu on November 19, 2009 If the objective is to persuade tobacco users to quit the self-destructive habit and to deter new users, emotive pictorial warnings alongside printed text on all tobacco products can be highly effective. The World Health Organisation recommends the deployment of “shocking” pictures that bring out the harsh … Continue reading Editorial: Make pictures speak

Cardiac CT: reducing radiation dosage possible

Published in The Hindu on June 11, 2009 One of the best non-invasive diagnostic tools used for studying people with coronary heart disease symptoms is the multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scan. The CT angiography was first introduced in 2000, and has become popular in India in the last few years. While it has certain limitations … Continue reading Cardiac CT: reducing radiation dosage possible