Bidi is a leaf-rolled cigarette made of coarse, uncured tobacco, tied with a string at one end. Bidis (beedis or biris) dominate the smoking market of India

Malaria control again

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Treatment has reached many but tuberculosis still kills millions

Port cities set up by Dutch colonists had ingenuous drainage systems

Seven eminent virologists discuss the implications with Down To Earth

Is the West a victim of its own past?

India is the shining star in the global battle to eradicate smallpox. It is also a branded villain as far as polio is concerned. How is it that we managed so well against a disease more virulent than polio? Why does Uttar Pradesh today contribute to about

The polio virus is possibly the most innocuous virus that affects humans. The improvement of sanitation standards across the world has meant fewer people are afflicted by polio as infants, upsetting the historical balance between virus and host. But, sinc