Lost in the Thar
The Indira Gandhi canal project is a costly failure that has led to destruction of habitat and loss of arable land
A strain of the virus that causes bird influenza has been implicated in the death of a three-year-old boy in Hong Kong. The case, though …
Another monsoon. The season of suffering in India's flood plains. And of blaming upstream people for floods. Is there an end to this
People play key role in anti-filaria project
A programme implemented in central Kerala shows how an illness can be controlled if the community is involved.
Can the Grim Reaper wait, please?
A timeless dream: eternal youth, unblemished by illness. The search for the font of immortality has taken a late 20th century turn into what …
A tale of two diseases
India is the shining star in the global battle to eradicate smallpox. It is also a branded villain as far as polio is concerned. How is it that …
Is an avian flu pandemic imminent? As panic sends the world into a flutter, the Indian response still struggles to take wing, discover padmaparna …
Nandan Kanan gets health cover
There is a logic to the idea of neglected diseases. Historically the diseases poor people get--largely in the poorer parts of the world--haven't …
NCD battle starts now
The UN agreement on non-communicable diseases will get snagged on the issue of intellectual property rights for drugs
Children under threat !
Rising cases of respiratory ailments in children, due to air pollution, fail to stir the Indian government
Chikungunya spreads its tentacles
Chikungunya, a viral disease borne by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has assumed epidemic proportions in large swathes of the country, especially …
Size does matter
Children's toilets are a breed apart from the everyday adult toilet
4 flu mutants
Seven eminent virologists discuss the implications with Down To Earth
Increasing pollution, depleting water table make groundwater in Kathmandu unfit for drinking
Famines in India are a nightmare of the past
A WHO study notes that While India has achieved impressive levels in food
production, equitable distribution is still a distant dream. Chronic …
The tiny rodents that most people link only to pestilence and crop destruction have fascinated Ishwar Prakash -- one of that rare breed: a rat …
Will milk fortification benefit the poor?
Drought and a viral disease strike Jaisalmer’s livestock. Kurush Canteenwala finds out how the herders are coping
How pure are their claims?
Market for water purifiers booms, but consumers cannot be sure of quality in absence of regulations
Fever still a mystery
Authorities yet to identify cause of deadly disease prevalent in Muzaffarpur for a decade
Asthma, the bane of modern life, stalks the young ones and the affluent. It will strike 32 million people in India by 2010. The silent strangler …
Hidden industry hand
Attempts are on to derail UN initiative to declare noncommunicable diseases a global priority
Frogs are falling silent
The decline of the frog population is an early warning that something is seriously wrong with living conditions on Earth