Anuradha Mascarenhas


Anuradha Mascarenhas is a senior editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on health, environment, science and related issues.

CWG 2018 double medal winner Tejaswini Sawant visits Army’s Artificial Limb Centre, dedicates win to slain soldier
Thu, Apr 19, 2018

Tejaswini Sawant has a special connection with the armed forces. Both her grandfathers were in the Army, while her father had served in the Navy for a short while.

In a first, NIV confirms presence of equine encephalosis virus in country
Tue, Apr 17, 2018

The presence of the virus in India has also fuelled concern among the scientists as the country is home to several species of midge that can spread the virus.

Scarlet celebrates autism in Archie comics
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

World Autism Month: New character says ‘neurodiverse hearts beam when shown kindness’

Indian mosquitoes susceptible to Zika virus, finds new NIV study
Mon, Apr 16, 2018

At Pune’s National Institute of Virology, scientists have demonstrated in their study how Indian mosquitoes, when infected with African strain of the zika virus (ZIKV), can easily transmit the infection to suckling mice.

‘We hope to create a comprehensive map of the vulnerabilities women face,’ says Bhavani Rao
Sun, Apr 15, 2018

"Vulnerabilities are not just geophysical, they are socio-economic and cultural; they can be events that compromise the security of a community and more. We hope to create a comprehensive map of the vulnerabilities women face," said  Bhavani Rao.

More sunlight not only boosts Vitamin D levels, it also brings down cholesterol: Study
Sat, Apr 14, 2018

A study comparing the effects of increased sunlight exposure versus Vitamin D supplementation found that the former not only led to an an increase in Vitamin D concentrations, it also brought down cholesterol.

On Mission Indradhanush radar: 192 remote villages in 23 districts of Maharashtra
Fri, Apr 13, 2018

Officials to reach out to children, pregnant women in Marathwada, Vidarbha

After Centre ‘drops’ bridge course: Maharashtra enrolls 1200 homoeopathic practitioners for modern medicine
Mon, Apr 09, 2018

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Registrar Dr K D Chavan said the academic council had accorded the sanction to start the one-year certificate course in modern pharmacology in 2016-2017.

Pune: Treatment rates under CGHS to be revised, more hospitals to be included
Fri, Apr 06, 2018

The CGHS was introduced in Pune on July 17, 1978, and the city currently has nine wellness centres and one polyclinic.

Tax on alcohol, tobacco a powerful response to chronic diseases: Study
Thu, Apr 05, 2018

In India, wealthier households spent seven times more on alcohol and three times more on soft drinks and snacks, as compared to poorer households, the study found.

Pune: 14 horses, infected with glanders, die; serosurveillance stepped up
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

Glanders is a highly infectious and often fatal zoonotic disease primarily affecting horses, donkeys and mules.

Pune: Focus on rehabilitation, Juvenile Justice Board disposes of 50 per cent cases in 6 months
Fri, Mar 30, 2018

The Board has brought down the number of pending cases from over 4,000 to 1,999. Some of them were pending for more than four to five years.

Two die, over 60 infected by ‘monkey fever’ in Sindhudurg
Thu, Mar 29, 2018

Last year, 212 cases and 12 deaths due to KFD were reported from Maharashtra, while 129 cases and seven deaths were reported the year before that.

Four leopard cubs lost in sugarcane field rescued, reunited with mother
Tue, Mar 27, 2018

Kartick Satyanarayan, CEO of Wildlife SOS, said due to to a variety of factors, including deforestation, habitat encroachment and poaching, leopards are continuously forced to leave  their forested homes and venture into buffer areas.

Euthanasia: Many prepared ‘will’ for families with plans to end ‘life care’
Mon, Mar 26, 2018

Shubhada Joshi, the 62-year-old founder-director of Girikand Travels, for example, told her family in writing, two years ago, that she “should be allowed to go peacefully”.

Some patients refused life-support, chose ‘end of life’ care: Pune hospitals on passive euthanasia
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

Passive euthanasia was legal even before the March 9 order, but a specific permission from the High Court was required before pulling the plug, especially in cases where the patient was either in coma or otherwise not in a position to make a choice.

Over 88 per cent of UGC-approved list of journals are dubious, finds study
Sat, Mar 24, 2018

The UGC-approved list of journals is required for various academic purposes, including appointment of faculty, evaluation of their performance for career advancement, and submission of doctoral theses.

Few clinics, hospitals in Pune notify health authorities about cases of TB
Fri, Mar 23, 2018

As many as 1,306 hospitals, clinics and laboratories are registered to notify TB cases with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), but from January till March this year, only eight hospitals have reported new patients.

Scans, painkillers: Lancet series flags poor care for lower back pain
Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Iron-deficiency anaemia, migraine and other musculo-skeletal conditions (that include everything other than osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) are the top three causes of disability in India, according to the Lancet series author.

Pune steps up efforts: Strict watch in newborn care units, revised protocol
Wed, Mar 21, 2018

The measures include conducting weekly audits, following strict infection control practices, and setting up a revised protocol by a committee of experts. State health authorities are also planning to set up eight additional SNCUs.