Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

As the news trickles in about the raging cholera outbreak in Yemen, and an emerging outbreak is being dealt with urgently in North-Eastern Nigeria, we are more frequently being confronted with the uncomfortable question of leveraging these situations to conduct clinical research activities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have come out with a report dealing with exactly this quandary. This report, … Continue reading Clinical Research in Times of Ebola… and other Epidemics

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TN Medical Council Cracks Down on Online Advertisement by Doctors

Earlier this year, in May, the Tamil Nadu Medical Council took an unprecedented step, and sent notices to 100 doctors asking them to remove their names from online medical directories, indicating that it is in violation of the Medical Council of India’s Code of Ethics Regulations, 2002. A prominent doctor posted a picture of the letter on a social networking site for doctors based out … Continue reading TN Medical Council Cracks Down on Online Advertisement by Doctors

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The #POTUS in JAMA

What happens when the President of the United States of America decides to publish a peer-reviewed commentary in one of the most respected medical journals of the nation? It goes viral, of course. Anybody who follows me on Twitter knows that I am a big fan of Barack Obama, and my liking for him especially peaks after each year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner (although of … Continue reading The #POTUS in JAMA

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Towards Universal Health Coverage: The Lancet Commission and Some Personal Thoughts

The Lancet Commission on Investing in Health (CIH) has come up with an ambitious framework (1) and an editorial comment accompanying it (2) in the recent issue of the journal. The Editorial makes a strong pitch for a systematic adoption of pro-poor strategies to bolster the adoption of UHC. In this commentary authored by the participants of the Bellagio Workshop on Implementing Pro-Poor Universal Health … Continue reading Towards Universal Health Coverage: The Lancet Commission and Some Personal Thoughts

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IEC in Public Health: What can Public Health Learn from Steve Jobs?

I was watching some cool advertisements of an online portal and was wondering that why the public health messages that went out were so boring and hackneyed, poorly designed and “turn off”-ish! In an era where advertising is a buzzword and online or offline marketing is bringing the consumer and provider closer together, it is a sad affair that public health affairs have stayed out of … Continue reading IEC in Public Health: What can Public Health Learn from Steve Jobs?

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World Toilet Day: Give A Shit

Happy World Toilet day. As a dear friend reminded me today, it is the day the World Toilet Organization has earmarked for spreading awareness about the lack of proper sanitation and potable water which is killing a large number of people (someone on a poster contended the number was 1600!) everyday the world over. The activist-information site Water.org contends that, the world over, women spend … Continue reading World Toilet Day: Give A Shit

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National Doctors’ Day & The Perils of Being an Indian (Junior) Doctor

“There is no greater reward in our profession than the knowledge that God has entrusted us with the physical care of His people. The Almighty has reserved for Himself the power to create life, but He has assigned to a few of us the responsibility of keeping in good repair the bodies in which this life is sustained.” – Dr. Elmer Hess On March 30, … Continue reading National Doctors’ Day & The Perils of Being an Indian (Junior) Doctor

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