Many people still find it more convenient and hygienic to defecate in the open rather than in the closet-like toilet. These habits have been formed over centuries and are hard to change overnight. Photo: cdn.downtoearth.org.in

Toilets: Hygiene Begins at Home

Above: Many people still find it more convenient and hygienic to defecate in the open rather than in the closet-like toilet. These habits have...
Tobacco Consumption: Going Up in Smoke

Tobacco Consumption: Going Up in Smoke

In a reassuring move, the Delhi government has warned of legal action against tobacco companies if they violate laws and advertise at outlets selling...
Photo: Wikimedia.org

Legalising Marijuana: Hash Tag

Allowing the use of this opiate for medical purposes is the need of the hour,provided it does not fall into the wrong hands and...
Most of the day-to-day work in any public hospital is carried out by junior (resident) doctors and nurses. Photo: Anil Shakya

Doctors in Distress: High Court to the Rescue

In order to resolve the manpower crisis in the healthcare sector, the government will need to greatly invest in modern facilities so that doctors...
Government tightens noose on Gelatin capsules

Government tightens noose on Gelatin capsules

A government move to replace these with cellulose-based pills has stirred a debate over its motives and the affordability of such medicines in a...
More than 1,000 doctors turned up for work at AIIMS in March to protest against attacks on them by patients, their relatives and friends. Photo: UNI

Are Doctors the Fall Guys?

Jharkhand has proposed a bill to protect these professionals and also make them and hospitals more accountable. But how about enforcing already existing laws...
A legal framework for use of generic drugs is in the offing.

Generic medicines: Spoilt for Choice

Prime Minister Modi’s push for these medicines over costlier ones can be successful only if pharmacies, drug controllers and doctors put aside their greed...
Illustration: Anthony Lawrence

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

Finally, the government has stepped in to arrest the spread of antibiotic resistance that is now threatening our lives. It will soon have to...
An illustration showing use of stents in the heart. Photo: Britannica

Govt Acts to Rein in the ‘Business’ of stents

Doc-corporate nexus behind gratuitous use, move late, but necessary one By Sujit Bhar Somewhere within the complex medical system of high tech, biology and care, flourishes...
Imaging: Anthony Lawrence

Scary Online Webcare

Demonetization has led to many patients opting for online consultations. But, the medical practitioner diagnosing you online may not even be a doctor… and...

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