Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

Diwali was quieter this year, noise levels less in many areas
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

MPCB says it’s due to SC ban on sale of firecrackers in NCR

At 2.5 million, India tops list of pollution-linked deaths: Study
Fri, Oct 20, 2017

The Lancet study concluded that pollution is now the largest environmental cause of disease and death in the world today — three times more those from HIV-AIDS, TB and malaria put together.

‘This Diwali, air quality to be better than last year’
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

According to the Air Quality Index, PM 10 and PM 2.5 levels highest on October 19 and 20

Govt health centres across Maharashtra stare at dearth of specialists
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

Dr Satish Pawar, Director of Health, Maharashtra, admitted that at least 1,200 posts of medical officers are vacant from among 7,270 sanctioned ones

Maharashtra hospital challenge: anaemic mothers, low-birth weight babies
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Health department to now introduce National Iron Plus Initiative, providing supervised biweekly iron folic acid supplementation to all under-5 children and weekly tablets for adolescents

One Life, One Change: After husband’s death, paediatrician dedicates life to saving infants
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

After losing Vinod, a pathologist, Priti, a paediatrician, eventually got back to work, at first mechanically. But a challenging case involving a five-day-old baby of farmers, which doctors had termed “hopeless” and too expensive, gave her fresh purpose.

Maharashtra hospitals count infant deaths
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

The SNCU at Nashik civil hospital had attracted national attention after it reported the death of 55 newborn babies in August. The deaths, according to officials, were largely due to the high number of sick infants being admitted.

World Sight Day: ‘Avoidable blindness on the rise in India’
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

Our efforts at preventing vision loss are being eroded, says alliance of eyecare organisations

Study puts a count to suffering people in need of palliative care
Fri, Oct 13, 2017

The Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief is the result of a three-year project involving 61 co-authors from 25 countries.

No plan to ban firecrackers in Maharashtra: Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam
Wed, Oct 11, 2017

“Maharashtra’s condition is not as bad as that of Delhi. We have no plan to ban firecrackers in the state. We will make attempts to create awareness to celebrate an environment-friendly Diwali,” Kadam said.

Pune’s tryst with the 2017 Nobel in electron microscopy
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

At NIV, the facility was set up to investigate macromolecular imaging and exploring novel areas of virus-host interactions in three dimensions that would enable researchers to explore and exploit weakness in the pathogen armour.

Elphinstone stampede: 2013 survey had shown sorry state of foot overbridges
Sat, Oct 07, 2017

The highest section load was observed on the Dadar-Elphinstone Road (1,43,690 passengers) section for Up direction, while the highest section load for Down direction was observed on the Dadar-Matunga section (1,60,633 passengers).

Nobel only beginning for gravitational astronomy: scientists
Wed, Oct 04, 2017

Scientists part of international collaboration on Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory project, which gets Nobel in physics, say it’s a first huge step

Incubator fire: Pune baby succumbs to injuries
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

The baby, as per the paediatrician’s advice, was placed in the warmer at the four-bed Vatsalaya hospital. However, according to the police, the warmer caught fire due to a suspected short circuit.

New vaccine by Pune-based institute safe against severe rotavirus gastroenteritis: Study
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

To be launched in Nov; Centre orders 3.8 million doses for use in Universal Immunisation Programme

Adolescent girls not mentally prepared for early marriage, have no say in groom selection: study
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

But the study found that the mental preparedness of the adolescents was “very poor”, as they were “very scared and anxious” when they learnt that they were going to get married. “There was a distinct lack of knowledge and awareness among girls regarding certain sexual and reproductive health issues that fuelled their fear and anxiety,” said researchers.

Finally, state takes steps to fill over 1,000 vacant posts in health department
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

However, even in Pune, there are a large number of vacancies in the health department. According to Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director of health services, 58 posts are currently vacant in Pune Circle, which include Satara and Solapur. Of these, 20 are in Pune district, 12 in Solapur and 26 in Satara.

Physical activity for 2½ hours every week can prevent 1 in 12 deaths: Lancet study
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

WHO recommends that adults aged 18-64 do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity through the week, as well as muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week.

Pune students take to ‘Microb(e)logging’
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

The new ‘Microbial Science Outreach Initiative’, launched on Tuesday, is aiming to answer about the concepts and misconceptions about micro-organisms in laymen terms.

Crackdown on defunct NGOs in Maharashtra: In a week, about 50 trusts deregistered
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Maharashtra has about eight lakh registered NGOs and charity organisations and the Charity Commissioner’s office says that nearly three lakh of these are either non-functional, have wound up operations or have remained dormant.

Solapur: Four doctors booked for conducting ‘illegal abortions’
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Some time ago, the health department of Maharashtra government had carried out a similar state-wide survey of medical establishments and it had identified 95 nursing homes in Solapur registered to carry out MTPs.

No full-time chief for five years, PMC’s ailing health department struggles to find one
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

“We have already advertised for 11 key posts and have received 22 applications online. The advertisements were for the posts of Medical Officer of Health, Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Assistant Medical officer of health, cardiologist, forensic medicine expert, plastic surgeon and a few more,” said Kumar.

73 ‘dilapidated, unsafe’ structures in PCB area: Survey
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

There are approximately 3,000 properties in the area, of which a majority of the unsafe structures are in wards 1, 2 & 3

Stepping up veterinary public health to deal with leptospirosis, zoonotic diseases
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Studies in the 1990s conducted at the Primary Health Care facilities in Andaman and Nicobar islands showed an incidence as high as 747 cases/100,000 population and case fatality ratio of 2.8% with disability adjusted life years (DALY) of 853.66/100,000.

Two-thirds of rape victims in state are minors: Govt data
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

The state has revised the criteria for those who can avail the scheme and increased the maximum financial assistance to Rs 10 lakh in cases where victims were mentally challenged or then suffered traumatic injuries after gangrape.

Study finds cashew nut workers in Goa at risk of monkey fever
Mon, Sep 11, 2017

Symptoms include high fever with headache, followed by haemorrhagic symptoms such as bleeding from the nose, throat and gums as well as gastrointestinal bleeding, besides muscle stiffness, tremors, absent reflexes and mental disturbances.

Now, toys to help teachers make science easy and exciting
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

At the Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (COESME) researchers engage in developing low cost interactive hands-on toys that can be used by teachers in their classroom practice.

In August, 55 kids died in Nashik hospital’s newborn care unit
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Across Maharashtra, the state’s 36 SNCUs have registered deaths of 1,756 infants between April and August this year, state health department officials said.

India-Nepal blockade led to 46.5% dip in retail trade of medicines: Study
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

India is the main supplier of medicines to Nepal. Between 2011 and mid-2016, generally over 95 per cent of Nepal’s imports of all retail dosage medicines (both prophylactic and therapeutic) were from India.

Researchers find larvicidal agents in plants that can check dengue-causing mosquito
Sat, Sep 02, 2017

While the armed forces strategy to tame this tiger mosquito has helped bring down the number of dengue cases, at AFMC, researchers tried to test botanical methods of controlling this vector-borne disease.

‘Special barfi’ under FDA scanner, ‘unsafe for eating’
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

FDA officials pointed out this barfi is being sold at Rs 120 per kg. However, the cost of khoya approximates to Rs 200 and to make a fast buck, the vendors often use low quality ingredients, Joint Commissioner (Food), explains.

In Round two of TB detection drive, over 9,000 new cases found
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

The first round was conducted in January, during which authorities had unveiled 2,650 “hidden” cases of TB from 55 districts across 18 states.

Rise in demand for electricity: Power utility proposes five extra high-voltage sub-stations
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

"We have already registered applications from consumers who require 200 MW of power and electricity connections are being processed,” M G Shinde, Chief Engineer, MSEDCL, Pune zone.

Health department pulls up 6,700 nursing homes for not conforming to rules; 791 in Pune
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

More than 1,100 nursing homes and clinics in Pune, Satara and Solapur are among those that have been issued notices.

Maharashtra health dept pulls up 6,700 nursing homes for not conforming to rules; 791 are in Pune alone
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Many of them have been ordered to shut down after they were found to be operating without registering themselves under the Bombay Nursing Home Registration Act.

LGBTQI on Right to Privacy verdict: ‘Thank you, Supreme Court’
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

“Thank you, Supreme Court,” was the reaction of the members, who added that the SC judgment would have a far-reaching impact on their rights.