Drug Resistance

  • World TB day: India continues to ignore one of its biggest epidemics March 24, 2014

    New Delhi: It's World TB day on Monday. Tuberculosis is a disease that is curable and yet proving to be a huge challenge for India. It's a disease which was declared a global health emergency in 1993 but continues to grow unchecked even today. With thousands of Indians succumbing to TB...
  • Antibiotic resistance on the rise in India April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: All antibiotics, tuberculosis drugs and other habit-forming medicines may soon have a label, warning users against over the counter medication, according to the latest draft notification by the Health Ministry. According to Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), India records 70 thousand new multi-drug resistant tuberculosis cases every...
  • US: FDA okays new drug that fights drug-resistant TB January 5, 2013

    Mumbai: It's a breakthrough. A new line of treatment for multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the first time in 40 years. Tested on 440 patients in the US in two phase-II clinical trials, the drug Sirturo could prove to be...
  • Mumbai: 2 new cases of drug-resistant TB found April 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Four months after Mumbai's premier Hinduja hospital reported 12 cases of "Totally Drug Resistant TB", the hospital has reported 2 new cases. The bad news is that the state health department remains in denial. Nearly 1,000 Indians die of tuberculosis every day, and the biggest threat at this point is...
  • NDM-1 superbug hits neonatal ICUs, kills infants October 5, 2011

    New Delhi: India is hosting a global summit on antibiotic resistance in the capital this week, even as the NDM-1 superbug has now made its way into the neonatal ICUs in the country that is affecting and killing new-born babies. Because of antibiotic resistance, nearly 60 thousand of new-born babies are...
  • 'Indian' superbug found in US and Canada September 14, 2010

    Boston: An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported on Monday. The US cases and two others in Canada all involve people...
  • Doc talk: What's causing malaria to be drug resistant July 7, 2008

    Drug resistant strains of malaria have worried the scientists across the world. In this week's Doc Talk, Dr Amit Varma, will tell us why this strain is a major health concern, especially in India. ...
  • Drug resistant TB cases even bigger December 18, 2006

    London: Cases of drug resistant tuberculosis are higher than previously estimated and three nations – China, India and Russia – account for more than half of all cases worldwide, according to new research. Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) are strains of the airborne disease that are resistant to at least two...