Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies, is an investigative journalist whose articles on pharmaceutical counterfeiting, gun trafficking and coercive interrogations by the CIA have won international attention and numerous awards. She speaks to Down To Earth about her book and generic drugs
'Innovators of medical diagnostic tools can approach us for finances'
Mohammad Aslam, managing director of Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, tells Down To Earth how the government-aided non-profit hand holds researchers when it comes to medical diagnostics
"I spent three years in bed, giving company to death"
K Pradipkumar Singh was diagnosed with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in 2000. After suffering acute stigma for many years, Singh bounced back. He made body-building his career and has won many world titles. A new book I am HIV Positive, So What? traces his painful, yet inspirational journey. He speaks to Rajat Ghai on how he rebuilt his life in six-pack abs
`Diseases have become a way of life in Gaza'
Born and raised in a refugee camp in Gaza, Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian doctor who has worked for reconciliation between Israel and Palestine. In January 2009 he lost three of his daughters in an air strike by Israel. Instead of sinking into hatred, he wrote a memoir, I shall not hate, which calls for peace in the region. His efforts won him humanitarian awards. Abuelaish, who now …
`We've strong evidence that eating sugar contributes to heart disease'
Kimber Stanhope, nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis, US, is studying the health effects of fructose, a component of sugar. She has carried out carefully planned experiments feeding comparable groups of people fructose, glucose and high fructose corn syrup—which, like sugar, is part fructose and part glucose—and then comparing their effects on risk factors …
'Ebola is the result of environmental degradation'
Peter Hotez is the co-founder of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases that provides access to essential medicines for millions of people worldwide. He tells Down To Earth what prompted the rare Ebola disease to spread in epidemic proportion and how to contain such diseases in future. Edited excerpts
`Eating chicken is like taking a course of antibiotics'
Devi Shetty, cardiac surgeon and founder of Narayana Health, has seen increasing cases of antibiotic resistance at his hospital. Even those who had never taken antibiotics are reporting it. Edited excerpts from an interview
`Irresponsible reportage can harm business'
Vishal Nath, director, National Research Centre for Litchi (NRCL), says there is no scientific evidence to prove that acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in children is caused by litchi and that conclusions cannot be drawn from mere suspicions. Edited excerpts from an interview: