Tuberculosis is the world’s number one infectious killer. The recently concluded World Conference on Lung Health offered treatment and prevention options that may someday bring the numbers down, Swati Sanyal Tarafdar found

A few weeks after being selected as a postdoctoral research fellow at an Indian engineering college, Diptendu Bhattacharya started coughing bloody sputum. He passed it off as a regular cough, until his peers threatened to throw him out of the hostel if he didn’t see a doctor. The first physician he met with, on the outskirts of Kolkata, gave him routine flu medication.

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