Showing Polio the Finger: A Lesson in Public Health

As students of Public Health, we, in India, are witnessing history in the making. It is not often that one gets to see, and be a part of a revolution that is the eradication of a disease. I know that global polio eradication is still under threat because of multiple issues. And with countries in which eradication had been achieved falling prey to re-emergence of … Continue reading Showing Polio the Finger: A Lesson in Public Health

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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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Longitudinal Data Analysis: A Brief Introduction

I presented this brief introduction to longitudinal data analysis in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, New Delhi as a part of the Residency (PG) Academic Program. Meant as a primer for the MD-students of all the three years, this contains basic principles on the methods applied for analysis of longitudinal studies. I must … Continue reading Longitudinal Data Analysis: A Brief Introduction

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Estimates of Risk: A Short Revision

As a part of the academic program for the residents in the Department of Community Medicine at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, we have to give didactic seminars on different topics for the faculty members and the other residents. This is a great exercise not only in speaking and countering, but also, I think one learns the best when he studies something! … Continue reading Estimates of Risk: A Short Revision

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Social Peer Review: The IJMI Breaks New Ground

With an innovative move to have open peer review of submissions to the IJMI on the G+ community (closed and available only to the members of the group, who are invited by the Moderator/Editor of the Group), they have broken new ground. Now open peer review is nothing new. The BMJ has, amongst many other journals, been clamoring for this to be the standard practice … Continue reading Social Peer Review: The IJMI Breaks New Ground

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World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

A couple of days ago, I had a moment of great joy in the clinic we work in the community health center when a person came up to me and unhesitatingly asked for a pack of condoms (they are distributed for free, along with basic medicines from our center). While it might surprise a lot of people when I say this, but the cultural environment … Continue reading World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero

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PeerJ Calls for Papers: Disruptive Innovation in Open Access

I have been very excited about PeerJ ever since Peter Binfield took up the challenge of bringing down the costs of publication in an online, open access environment a few months ago. I wrote about it, expressed my skepticism at the “starting at 99$” tag, but nonetheless, was fascinated by the audacious claim of bringing lifetime publishing at just 99 bucks! I duly signed up … Continue reading PeerJ Calls for Papers: Disruptive Innovation in Open Access

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