In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports. The meandering Moei river marks the natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. Its muddy waters are at their fullest, but François Nosten still crosses them in just a… Read more →
Morarji Desai’s decision to ban alcohol in the Bombay Presidency in the early 50s was the chief cause of the growth of the smuggling syndicates and the likes of Haji Mastan, Vardarajan, Karim Lala etc., who were the founding fathers of the Mumbai underworld.
In our current system, a drug company’s return on their financial investment in antimicrobials is dependent on their volume of sales. A further problem arises when we factor in the educational programs aimed at teaching healthcare professionals and animal keepers to limit their use of antimicrobials. This combined with the relative unprofitability has produced a failure in the market and a paradox for capitalism.
This article was co-published in the Op-Ed pages of the Los Angeles Times. Your doctor hands you a prescription for a blood pressure drug. But is it the right one for you? You’re searching for a new primary care physician or a specialist. Is there a way you can know whether the doctor is more partial to expensive, brand-name drugs… Read more →