Epidemiology
New Indian protocol sharply cuts cost of treating animal bites

New Indian protocol sharply cuts cost of treating animal bites

Shimla: Costly treatment of dog and monkey bites can be sharply brought down by an eight-fold reduction in the quantity of immunoglobulin used and paring the vaccine dose five-fold, according to a new protocol devised by four Indian researchers that has been carried in a leading international journal. more

Elective surgery associated with lower risk of death than drugs for ulcerative colitis treatment

Elective surgery associated with lower risk of death than drugs for ulcerative colitis treatment

Washington: Patients over 50 with ulcerative colitis (UC), a chronic disease of the colon, who undergo surgery to treat their condition live longer than those who are treated with medications, according to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The results are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. more

How to predict responses to disease

How to predict responses to disease

Washington: Sometimes the response to the outbreak of a disease can make things worse — such as when people panic and flee, potentially spreading the disease to new areas. The ability to anticipate when such overreactions might occur could help public health officials take steps to limit the dangers. more

Dengue cases in India 300 times more than official figures: Study

Dengue cases in India 300 times more than official figures: Study

New Delhi: A new study by Indian and US researchers has revealed that the annual number of dengue fever cases in India may be almost 300 times greater than the officially reported figures. more

TB outbreaks could be ‘solved’ by DNA tracking

TB outbreaks could be ‘solved’ by DNA tracking

London: Reconstructing the spread of killer diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) from person to person using DNA sequencing quickly identifies the origin and movement of pathogens. This approach is directly informing public health strategies to control infectious disease outbreaks, says a scientist speaking at the Society for General Microbiology‘s Autumn Conference at the University of Warwick. more