A hand-held, 20 cents paper centrifuge can revolutionise global health

Manu Prakash, Stanford University professor who had earlier built the less than a dollar foldscope — a paper microscope that can be used for diagnosing blood-borne diseases such as malaria, African sleeping sickness and Chagas — has now developed another ultra-low cost device that can revolutionise public health. The human-powered paper centrifuge, which can attain … Continue reading A hand-held, 20 cents paper centrifuge can revolutionise global health

Did WHO’s TB care advice cause more MDR-TB cases?

Between 1993 and 2002, the World Health Organisation violated sound medical care by urging low- and middle-income countries to follow less expensive, largely untested and ineffective treatment protocols to treat people with multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB), says a paper published on June 21, 2016 in the Health and Human Rights Journal. Cost factor was the … Continue reading Did WHO’s TB care advice cause more MDR-TB cases?

Editorial: On detecting and delaying diabetes

Between 1980 and 2014, the age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes in India more than doubled among men (from 3.7 to 9.1 per cent) and increased by 80 per cent among women (4.6 to 8.3 per cent). In absolute terms, the number of diabetics in India galloped from 11.9 million to 64.5 million in the same period, … Continue reading Editorial: On detecting and delaying diabetes