Anuradha Mascarenhas


Anuradha Mascarenhas stays in Pune and writes for The Indian Express on health and related topics. 

Hospitals and insurers’ impasse leaves patients on the hook for bills
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

60 hospitals have agreed to our rates, in talks with others, says an insurance service provider.

Pune Municipal Corporation slaps notice on 950 housing societies and wadas with potential breeding sites
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

As part of pre-monsoon preparedness, the insect control department of the PMC had conducted a survey of mosquito breeding sites in March

Pilot project to track hidden dengue cases
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has launched a pilot project in Pune to find hidden cases of dengue. The project involves developing a smart electronic surveillance system that might help predict a dengue outbreak, ICMR officials said. More than 1 lakh dengue cases were recorded in India last year. However, according to ICMR […]

Ten-month-old diagnosed with Japanese Encephalitis, health officials on high alert
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

First case reported in city this year, second in state.

To ensure eye care for kids in Bihar, team of doctors takes part in gruelling bike race
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Dr Parikshit Gogate, a Pune-based paediatric ophthalmologist who is part of the support crew, said that the SightRiders comprises 20 college friends from across the country.

Despite nod by state council, inter-blood bank transfers yet to take off in Pune
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Two months after the State Blood Transfusion Council allowed the transfer of blood between banks, the practice is not very common in Pune yet.

Statewide project to save vanishing sparrows: 1,000 artificial nests in 10 locations
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The project, which had placed artificial nests in the last two years across eight locations, saw an occupancy rate of more than 80 per cent by house sparrows

Pune Municipal Corporation nuisance detection squad defunct, anti-spitting law yet to see light of day
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

“For almost four years, the NDS has been kept away from actions pertaining to sanitation and solid waste management. The squad was transferred to the civic anti-encroachment department...,” said Joint Municipal Commissioner Suresh Jagtap

Toll rises to 125 in Bangladesh landslides
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

"Eighty-eight bodies have so far been recovered in the Ranganati district," said Disaster Management Ministry official GM Abdul Quader who supervises the Disaster Ministry control room in Dhaka.

Pune’s Thomas Pucadyil among 41 ‘exceptional early-career’ scientists chosen for $6,50,000 grant
Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Pucadyil, the only Indian among the 41 scientists, told Pune Newsline that he was elated.

Zika is not priority, chikungunya and dengue bigger threats: NIV chief
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Despite confirmation of three cases last month, Zika may not be a recent introduction to the country. The director of India’s premier virology research laboratory explains to The Indian Express the nature of the public health concern from the mosquito-borne disease.

Award-winning Marathi film Kaasav struggles for release
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

When asked if small-budget films continue to suffer as they are often denied a distributing platform, Agashe admitted that the entire process had become a complicated one.

Award-winning Marathi film Kaasav struggles for release
Fri, Jun 09, 2017

Ready since Sept 2016, the winner of the National Award for best film is still looking for a distributor. "We are still looking for a distribution partner,” Dr Mohan Agashe, who acted in the film and produced it, said.

India’s diabetes epidemic now strikes the urban poor, shows latest study in Lancet
Thu, Jun 08, 2017

The Indian Council of Medical Research-INdia DIABetes study, funded by ICMR and the Department of Health Research of the union Health Ministry, seeks to estimate the national prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in India, broken down by states.

With clock ticking, surgeons travel from Chandigarh to Mumbai for heart, lung transplant
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the Cardiac Transplant team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, said the heart was implanted in a 46-year-old man from Dombivli, Mumbai, who was suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy.

Across 87 km, 16 Pune runners finish world’s oldest ultra marathon
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

The run takes place between Durban and Pietermaritzburg ever year, with the starting point alternating between the two cities. This year, it was the ‘up’ run, and the theme of the race was ‘It Takes All of You- Zinikele’.

Inter-city organ transplant: Heart, lungs fly from Chandigarh to Mumbai in 7 hours
Tue, Jun 06, 2017

Dr Anvay Mulay, head of the Cardiac Transplant team at Fortis, said the heart was implanted in a 46-year-old man from Dombivli suffering from an end -stage heart disease called dilated cardiomyopathy.

Civic health services hit as over 500 posts yet to be filled
Sat, May 27, 2017

While 34 among 258 Class II officer posts have to be filled, as many as 135 Class III posts from the sanctioned 254 are still vacant.

After twin womb transplants, a long, careful road to recovery and hope
Fri, May 26, 2017

The family involved in the first transplant hails from Solapur in Maharashtra, the other one from Bharuch in Gujarat.

A day after first uterus transplant, Pune doctors perform another
Sat, May 20, 2017

"This is the first time in the world that both transplants were done via minimal access laparoscopic surgery,” Dr Shailesh Puntambekar, Director of Galaxy Care Hospital

Pune doctors perform second uterus transplant
Sat, May 20, 2017

The 24-year-old Baroda woman, who underwent the surgery on Friday, has been married for eight years. For six years, she has been in and out of hospitals.

Country’s first womb transplant a success: Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital
Fri, May 19, 2017

The mother decided to donate her uterus as her daughter was born without one. “What is the use of my uterus if it cannot help my daughter?” the mother had told the transplant team.

HIV Detection: Govt plans community tests to spot ‘hidden’ cases
Tue, May 16, 2017

There are 10.50 lakh people with HIV on anti-retroviral treatment (ART)

Fires, poaching and more: In three months, forest helpline gets 8,500 calls
Fri, May 12, 2017

The helpline, launched on January 5, is aimed at making forest governance transparent and credible

Pune: Woman to get her mother’s womb in India’s first uterine transplant
Fri, May 12, 2017

The country’s first uterus transplant will take place on May 18 at Pune’s Galaxy Care Hospital.

‘Over 40,000 lives could have been saved in India… by just slowing down’
Thu, May 11, 2017

While supporting the WHO’s call to “slow down, save lives”, the George Institute for Global Health-India has made a fervent plea — to take the measures to address speed outlined by WHO — seriously.

Study forecasts drug-resistant TB spike, spread person to person
Thu, May 11, 2017

1/8 of cases in India will be multi-drug-resistant by 2040, says Lancet paper on high-burden countries

Too few of us, say women astronomers
Tue, May 09, 2017

Women’s representation has grown by half from 11 per cent in the early 1940s to 16.6 per cent now.

In villages, men between 31-59 years most affected by heat stress, says study
Fri, May 05, 2017

The study was conducted in five villages in Jalna and Yavatmal covering a sample of 285 households and 1,549 individuals (in these households).

Indian-origin girl Rajgauri Pawar scores 162 in Mensa IQ test, more than Hawking
Fri, May 05, 2017

The figure beats Albert Einstein’s estimated score and that of Professor Stephen Hawking, who scored 160.

A way to check the risk you face from heat
Fri, May 05, 2017

Researchers draw up the country’s first Heat Wave Vulnerability Index, say 10 central Indian districts are at most risk; Kerala, Lakshadweep the least

On May 13, Pune will get its ‘zero shadow’ moment
Thu, May 04, 2017

This is a biannual phenomenon, when the sun is exactly overhead and a person’s shadow disappears for a few minutes.

Pune: Chemists plan bandh on May 30 against proposed e-platform
Thu, May 04, 2017

The e-platform will require all manufacturers to register themselves with the portal and enter data related to the sale of drugs to different distributors.

An easy-to-use, urine-based dipstick to test for kala-azar
Mon, May 01, 2017

WHO figures show countries with a high burden of VL reported 30,758 cases in 2014 and 21,909 in 2015.

Kidney Warriors — a patient-led online group helps people share problems
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

The group for Indians has over 800 members, the second one has 1,800 members worldwide.

‘Rising pollution levels reduce lung function among diabetics’
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

The study “Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Among Diabetic and Non-diabetics: Insulin Resistance in Diabetic Patients”, is set to be published soon in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research.