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Author: Bobby Ramakant – CNS

Who is the champion of democracy?

Monday, June 20, 2011
(CNS): Manish Tiwari, Congress spokesperson, has said democracy faces greatest peril from the tyranny of unelected and unelectable. He said that the Centre was running out of patience with 'irrational expectations and attitudes.' Earlier Pranab Mukherjee said that there is growing trend of undermini ...

Women with tuberculosis (TB) could lose their home

Friday, March 11, 2011
Bobby Ramakant CNS According to the study done by Tuberculosis Research Centre in India alarming numbers of women with tuberculosis (TB) become homeless once diagnosed with TB. At a meeting on importance of addressing TB in context of women's health organized by Global Health Advocates (GHA) t ...

Progress in tuberculosis vaccine research

Saturday, February 12, 2011
Collaboration and funding are some of the major requirements for delivering new, more effective and safer vaccines against tuberculosis (TB). This was a much-heard statement during the annual research meeting of the TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI). 'Challenging' would be an understatement whe ...

Wake up call for community engagement in TB programmes

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
In Andhra Pradesh state of India, a doctor gulped down sleeping pills when pulled up by authorities for not doing field visits to follow up tuberculosis (TB) patients (source: The Times of India). There was no other medical officer in the clinic so she couldn't go to field visits and rather attend ...

Local response to fury of Bahraich floods

Sunday, February 6, 2011
Just a short stroll through Rewali, Adampur, the mud embankment in Kaiserganj, Bahraich, a small district in the flood prone area of Uttar Pradesh, gives you an idea of the gravity of the predicament people here face year after year. Yet this year none seem to grumble their grievances about governm ...

Should tuberculosis (TB)-preventive therapy (IPT) be given to all?

Monday, August 2, 2010
(CNS): A raging issue on the first day of XVIII International AIDS Conference was whether Isoniazid (INH) Preventive Therapy (IPT) be given to all regardless whether people have TB or not? A full-course of IPT can prevent latent tuberculosis (TB) infection from becoming active TB disease. It is ver ...