The commonest test used to diagnose tuberculosis — an expensive blood test available in the form of a kit — could be one of the reasons for the rising drug resistance of the tuberculosis bacterium.

Malaria is a disease that has been with us for all of human history. Malarial parasites are known to infect all terrestrial vertebrates. They are notable for their ability to survive and develop in the environment of vectors that transmit them from host to host, spreading disease. (Editorial)

People guzzling concoctions of worms to relieve their immune disorders are inspiring scientists to take parasite therapy seriously.

The activists opposing the commercialization of Bt brinjal have asserted that Bt brinjal would seriously affect the use of brinjal in the Alternative and Complementary Systems of Medicine (ACSM) in India, through ‘loss of synergy’. The then Minister for Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India (GoI), repeatedly echoed this view.

Bhutan recognizes health as a prerequisite for economic and spiritual development, poverty reduction and the road to Gross National Happiness. This policy re-emphasizes and recognizes the values of democracy, which is transparency and equity in the delivery of health services.

Chronic Emergency: Why NCDs Matter examines the magnitude of the challenge posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in middle- and low-income countries, and makes the case for elevating the challenge as a priority item to address on the agenda of decision-makers. NCDs are on the rise in all middle- and low-income country regions.

A close examination of the ongoing debates on universal access to healthcare, both in national and international fora, reveals a plurality of ideological perspectives and motivations on how universal access can be achieved. This statement, issued at the end of a recent meeting of “participant observers”, brings their insights and concerns about universal access to healthcare.

Several assets of Unani medicine are available in different languages, includ-
ing Urdu, Persian and Arabic. These literary assets are easily accessible and

According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
of the National Institutes of Health, USA, ‘Homeopathy is a controversial
area of alternative medicine involving highly diluted preparations and its con-
cepts are not consistent with well-known laws of science.’

The traditional medicines directive of the European Union is discriminatory. (Editorial)