Contrary to popular belief, mathematics can be an important ally in our battle against pandemics. Here, we discuss some of the early mathematical models of disease transmission, as well as more modern versions that rely on computer-based simulations and factor in complex parameters. Insights gained from such approaches can be used to inform policy decisions related to novel diseases like COVID-19.
Biomaterials research in India has many potential clinical applications, with success stories like a low-cost artificial heart valve developed in 1990. Translating theory into practise, however, still remains a challenge.
Bacteria are staging a comeback. The ability of some bacteria to counter the effects of antibiotics, has led to the emergence of drug resistant strains. These bacteria continue to survive and multiply in the presence of antibiotics, and can no longer be controlled or killed by the drugs that were effective against their ancestors.
Research in the field attempts to understand the mechanism of how bacteria achieve such a feat, … More
Many of us are guilty of having popped in antibiotics for an infection after a quick self-diagnosis. Amoxicillin for UTI, erythromycin/tetracycline for Strep throat or even a cold, are fairly common. Antibiotics are ineffective for cold or other viral infections, but this is not common knowledge. There is definitely a certain convenience and ease associated with unregulated availability of antibiotics, but it also leads to a huge menace – development … More
In the vision of “Health for All” to be realized, telemedicine could prove to be a game changer by bridging the supply of doctors with demand of patients through telecommunication and broadband. However, not all is rosy as it seems.