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Anuradha Mascarenhas



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

Women with a vision hold screening for 42,000 slum-dwellers to prevent blindness
Sat, May 28, 2016

Thirty-six-year-old Archana Bhavsar, a mother of two, decided to take up this mission when she got an offer from the local community eye care foundation that had launched an eye care campaign.

FDA seizes Rs 124-crore worth cigarette packs for flouting pictorial warning norms
Sat, May 28, 2016

Manufacturers to be issued warnings to cover 85% of packet surface with visuals on adverse health effects.

Women using biomass fuels at higher risk of having cataract: Study
Fri, May 27, 2016

They found that cataracts were more likely with increasing length of time the women had used biomass fuels — from 50 per cent more likely for 20 years of use to 90 per cent after 30 years.

Maharashtra HSC results: Autistic students shine with pass percentage of 100
Thu, May 26, 2016

89.61% of students with disabilities clear exams

Mercury rises, power bills give parts of Pune a shocker
Fri, May 20, 2016

MSEDCL chief assures that immediate action will be taken

Mental illness India’s ticking bomb, only 1 in 10 treated: Lancet study
Thu, May 19, 2016

In 2013, 36 million years of healthy life were lost to mental illness in China, and 31 million in India.

Maharashtra govt appeals for deferring NEET
Tue, May 17, 2016

Tawde told The Indian Express that the Union health minister agreed to take a favourable decision within four days and the Maharashtra government has urged that the state be allowed to admit candidates for medical and dental courses through the Common Entrance Test (CET) held on May 5 this year.

Donor’s heart transported from Pune to Mumbai via road in 94 mins
Sat, May 14, 2016

In fact, in this organ donation, the relatives agreed to donate immediately, she added. The 28-year-old was on a two-wheeler with his wife when they met with an accident.

Pune: Courts shut for summer break, deferring NEET unlikely
Fri, May 13, 2016

The Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD), on their part, has registered an official grievance with the Prime Minister asking for a common basic syllabus based on Std XII portion.

Suicides leading cause of death among young: Why are they at such high risk?
Wed, May 11, 2016

In India, suicide was the leading cause of death among youngsters (10-24) years with 62,960 deaths in 2013. What is alarming is that 28.65 lakh youngsters (10-24 years) have suffered depressive disorders in 2013.

Suicide leading cause of death among India’s young, says Lancet report
Tue, May 10, 2016

According to Census 2011, there are 364.66 million youngsters in the 10-24 age group, making up 30.11 per cent of the country’s total population.

NEET row: Parents, students disappointed; setback for DMER
Tue, May 10, 2016

The state common entrance test that was held on May 5 will be applicable for admission to the rest of the professional courses.

Regional Mental Hospital: With fewer fans, they discuss life and weather under tree covers
Mon, May 09, 2016

“Only last week, a private firm donated 100 fans for 10 wards here. They will be installed soon,” Dr Madhumita Bahale, officer in-charge of the hospital told The Indian Express.

NEET: ‘SC may uphold validity of state CET for admission to medical courses’
Sat, May 07, 2016

A total of 3.9 lakh students had appeared for the Maharashtra (MHT-CET) 2016 on May 5 and there was anxiety about the validity of this test for admission to medical and dental courses.

Pune tops districts in availing 108 service; 32,973 benefit
Fri, May 06, 2016

The MEMS ambulances fitted with GPS and vehicle tracking system has 937 ambulances stationed at strategic points across the state with 84 in Pune district itself.

2,783 suffer heat stroke in Maharashtra, action plan set in motion
Thu, May 05, 2016

MEMS is a state-run project under the National Health Mission and operated by Bharat Vikas Group (BVG Limited) and UKSAS (United Kingdom).

14.6% people suffer from depression in Amravati villages: VISHRAM survey
Wed, May 04, 2016

Patel pointed out that Vidarbha has been in the news in the last two decades due to the large number of suicides in agricultural communities.

Pune: SC to hear state plea on separate medical entrance exam on May 5
Wed, May 04, 2016

The Apex court has also asked the Health Ministry and Medical Council of India to respond to state governments’ appeal to hold separate exams for admission in medical courses by Thursday, Shingare said.

Pune: Voluntary group does its bit in rehabilitation of prisoners
Sun, May 01, 2016

In Pune, a branch was set up more than two years ago. Initially, the organisation set up medical camps for inmates and celebrated festivals with them, but soon the unmet needs of prisoners were discussed with jail authorities.

Drinking water quality surveillance: Samples from Pune villages found ‘contaminated’
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Analysis of 1,223 potable water samples taken in March from Pune district reveals a 21% contamination, as per state public health lab

Supreme court order on neet: Pune students anxious, to face MHT-CET on May 5
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

DMER to file review petition in the apex court to allow admissions to medical colleges via MHT-CET.

Pune at a high-risk zone: UV radiation levels rising, crosses danger mark
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Beig urged citizens to avoid direct sun exposure explaining that there was relatively less pollution due to the dry and clear weather.

Pune’s first inter-state heart transplant
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

In a first, 6 organs were donated by deceased; green corridor ensures heart reaches airport in 6.5 minutes.

Pune launches special action plan for five most malaria-affected districts
Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Villages categorised according to incidence, door-to-door campaigns underway for anti-malaria pills.

Habitat for birds, animals shows way
Sun, Apr 24, 2016

Just 40 kms away from Pune at Pingori near Jejuri, Ela Habitat for birds and other animals has been able to save as much as 30,000 litres of water every month. This habitat was set up in a low rainfall area where water conservation measures have helped nurture a living gene bank of 250 indigenous […]

‘Heat stroke’ kills 12-year-old girl in Beed: No water, hot weather, that’s life here, say parents
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

The state health authorities have prima facie admitted that Yogita died due to heat stroke and dehydration.

Pune’s sole skin bank finds few takers
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Doctors rue lack of awareness campaigns on the lines of other organs; only 73 donors in four years.

Pune health officials gear up for polio vaccine switchover on April 25
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Dr Archana Patil, Additional Director of Health at State Family Welfare Bureau HQ in Pune said, they had received an initial consignment of 1.40 lakh doses of IPV followed by another larger one.

Pune: Now, digitised inventory of medicinal plant resources
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

First-of-its-kind exercise to collect information and prepare a comprehensive database of 400 such traditional plants found in the state.

Pune: Don’t allow untreated sewage water into rivers, lakes, says expert
Sun, Apr 17, 2016

Water hyacinth spreads rapidly, blocks sunlight, affecting aquatic life and creating a breeding spot for mosquitoes, say experts.

Pune: 600 fire calls in 4 months keep fire dept on toes
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Summers are always a challenge for the department since fire incidents tend to double in number during the season.

How I save water: Water should be spent like money
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Have issued instructions on how water taps should not be kept running in the basin while washing the face, hands or while shaving.

Maharashtra: Stand-up comedian’s ‘Jal Rakshak’ teams replace leaking taps, aim to save 365 crore litres of water
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

According to civic authorities, there are 560 slums in Pune and Tilloo’s team fanned out at various places to check the leakage.

Forest officials call for use of drones to curb poaching, estimate tiger count
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Tiger census has evolved from pug mark counts to the present method of using camera traps.

Common medical entrance test: Maha govt, private medical colleges wait and watch
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The Supreme Court on Monday recalled its 2013 verdict quashing a Medical Council of India (MCI) notification, mandating a common National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) both for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses in government and private institutions.

Maharashtra’s Drought Zone: Govt looks at counselling to help farmers
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The idea to get farmers suffering from depression to get counselling was sparked by a massive survey launched by the state government in October last year.