Category: Research Articles
Research on emerging infectious diseases: pros and cons…
As the world grapples with the constant threat of new pathogens, the role of government oversight in research and response efforts has become a topic of considerable debate in the academic community. In the recently released “SOP [standard operating procedure] for Nipah virus research in Kerala f...
Transgender persons and structural intersectionality: Towards menstrual justice…
Government policies concerning access to menstrual hygiene primarily focus on adolescent girls and women, leaving out transgender individuals. Addressing access to menstrual hygiene for transgender persons will require two key steps: first, their inclusion in current policies, and second, framing...
Cancer and caste inequality among rural women in…
Cecilia Coale Van Hollen, Cancer and the Kali Yuga: Gender, Inequality, and Health in South India, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan Private Limited; 2023. Rs. 1095, 302pgs, ISBN: 978 93 5442 336 9
The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the research…

Background: The Covid-19 pandemic led to unprecedented impact on many sectors globally including research. We assessed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the research portfolio, and on the approval turnaround time for research protocols submitt...

Saviour siblings in India: A reminder of our…
Saviour babies or saviour siblings are conceived specifically to be sources of biological materials — ranging from cord blood, stem cells or even organs — to save another child, usually an older sibling, who is suffering from a disease like thalassemia that can be cured with this biological mater...
Power, policy, and transgender identities: A case study…

Background: Transgender individuals seeking gender-affirming surgeries (GAS) are often denied or delayed by mental health professionals (MHPs). Studies on the gatekeeping of GAS have been mainly conducted in the Global North and primarily focus on the perspectives of health professionals. This...

A multi-dimensional exploration of care extractivism in India
Maya John, Christa Wichterich, editors, Who Cares? Care extraction and the struggles of Indian health workers, Zubaan Academic, New Delhi, 330 pgs, Rs. 895, ISBN: 978 93 90514 03 8 (paperback)
“Doing bioethics” in an era of nationalism: The…
The Vaccine War, Producer: Pallavi Joshi, Director and Writer: Vivek Agnihotri. 2023, 2 hrs, 30 mins. Hindi.
The quantitative analysis of the publication trends of…

Background: Evaluating publication trends in a research area helps assess organised scientific efforts in the particular academic field. This study aims to evaluate and compare trends in medical ethics publications in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) countries.

Methods: A sco...

Public health ethics and the Kerala Public Health…
This commentary looks at the Kerala Public Health Act (KPHA), passed on November 28, 2023, through the lens of public health ethics. While the Act recognises the importance of prevention and strengthening of social systems, it falters in the public health ethics and human rights framework, ignori...
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