Delhi Air Pollution – How is the way we think about it so so wrong?

(A version of this article appeared in Firstpost: http://www.firstpost.com/living/delhi-routinely-tops-global-air-pollution-rankings-how-we-can-seek-more-effective-solutions-4179921.html The prestigious medical journal, The Lancet recently reported that air pollution is associated with 6.5 million deaths annually, and as the Lancet rather poetically puts it, is a “killer indifferent to political agendas and that cannot be contained by borders”. Don’t we know it? Because pollution is [...]

Dengue – What to Do?

In South India, the conversation seems to always turn to Dengue. The neighbourhood hospitals are overflowing with dengue cases, and sachets of Nila Vembu Kashayam (a herbal remedy against fevers) are being sent home, as per government instructions, in my 5-year-old’s homework diary. Offices and factories are reeling under a wave of absenteeism as workers [...]

Positive Development: Dengue Vaccine

What http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-scientists-develop-effective-single-dose-dengue-vaccine-2190835 Why is this important (Image Source: thehindu.com) http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/society/once-bitten-twice-shy/article8077353.ece Now we come to the indirect health impacts of climate systems. Such as the impacts on mosquito-borne diseases. This brings us to Dengue. So why talk about dengue? Dengue incidence has sky-rocketed in India. Dengue is caused by a virus carried within an Aedes mosquito. [...]