Health science

Medicinal maggots make a comeback amid growing threat of superbugs

The use of live maggots to clean wounds is enjoying a renaissance in the NHS amid growing concerns about the threat of antibiotic resistance. The treatment – which involves applying sterilized fly larvae to wounds to eat away at dead tissue – was common in the first half of the 20th century, but the use […]

Medical science

New data suggests Canada’s ‘bet’ on delaying, mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines has paid off

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly summary of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you have not yet subscribed, you can do so by clicking here. New Canadian data suggests the bold strategy to delay and mix second doses of COVID-19 vaccines has led to strong […]

Medical drugs

Mumbai Rewind: Drugs are nothing new in Bombay, the city was under the influence of cocaine a century ago

Although the problem of drug use in Mumbai has been highlighted a lot lately, the threat is not new to the City of Dreams. Almost a century ago, Bombay was in the throes of some sort of drug epidemic and the culprit at the time was cocaine, a recreational and euphoric drug obtained primarily from […]