Scientists find how a gene causes Parkinson’s, Crohn’s and leprosy
Enhanced inflammatory reaction to viral and bacterial infection could be key
Why leprosy has resurfaced in India
The decision to declare the disease as eliminated in India in 2005, was a major mistake in the fight against it
Simply put: Diseased India
Did you know leprosy patients can be detained for unspecified periods?
A new Bill will amend all laws that discriminate against leprosy patients, but the list is long
India’s neglected tropical diseases
India experiences the world’s largest burden of at least 11 major non-communicable diseases
Disease eradication targets: will they be met?
The Finance Minister announced that government has action plans to eliminate kala-azar by 2017 and tuberculosis by 2025, among others
At least 20,000 hidden cases of leprosy identified in less than a month
The leprosy drives aim at covering all districts in high-burden states with a prevalence rate of over one leprosy case in a population of 10,000
Treated but not cured
Ten years after India declared itself leprosy-free, drug-resistant strains emerge. The environment facilitates the spread of the disease
Mother Teresa, the saint who fought against stigma of leprosy
She established a number of mobile leper clinics as early as September 1957
India develops world’s first vaccine exclusively for leprosy
The ‘immunotherapeutic’ vaccine for leprosy harnesses the ability of body’s immune system to combat infection
Drug resistance in leprosy
Drug resistance in leprosy is increasing which is definitely not a good sign in post elimination phase of leprosy in the country.The drug …
Public health experts blame it on government complacency
‘Focus of leprosy control programmes has to shift to address new challenges’
Yohei Sasakawa, chairperson of the non-profit The Nippon Foundation and also the World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador for leprosy …
Two institutes are at logger0eads over who deserves the credit for an antieprosy vaccine
Call to fight leprosy
Law commission report demands more rights for persons affected by leprosy
The report, sent to the law ministry, also contains a draft law with provisions to eliminate discrimination
The best of Indian science
In this and the following issue, DOWN TO EARTH presents a review of India's ten best scientific research projects. The selection is based on the …
Power for the future
The Institute of Plasma Research in Gujarat is working to make power generation from nuclear fusion a reality.
Molecules made to order
Restructuring molecules for specific purposes -- be it symmetry of design or to develop medicinal drugs -- has come of age in India.
Speeding up in the fast lane
India's largest particle accelerator installed in Delhi is a boon for scientists studying the behaviour of particles at high speeds.
A ray of hope for leprosy patients
Two groups of Indian scientists have developed anti-leprosy vaccines that they claim are also effective in helping victims recover.