Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

PCB charging too much to allow road digging work in its jurisdiction: MSEDCL
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

MSEDCL officials said that they had applied for permission for digging up roads to lay underground cables, as part of the Integrated Power Development Scheme.

From 2 to 50 in 5 years: Heart transplants pick up pace, but restricted to only a few centres
Wed, Jan 17, 2018

A heart transplant centre requires considerable infrastructure, surgical expertise and high standards of follow-up care.

Eight months after their uterine transplants, two women ready for assisted pregnancy
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

India’s first two uterine transplants took place in May last year

To help drug-resistant TB patients, state to spend Rs 15 crore on their nutrition plan
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The latest step towards fighting TB comes after the government's earlier effort under the 'Arogyavardhini' project -- when it provided ready-to-eat food packets for patients resistant to TB drugs -- did not fetch a positive response in Mumbai.

Road Safety Awareness Week — January 11 to 17: Pune district tops in highest accidental emergencies
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Incidentally, road accidents within the city limits of Pune account for an average of over 400 deaths every year. About half of them are two-wheeler riders.

DMER: 4,400 doctors didn’t serve mandatory govt bond in 10 years
Wed, Jan 10, 2018

Renewal of registrations,c which takes place every 5 years, likely to be affected

Corporatisation attained a negative meaning, but it led to better patient care
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

While Nobel, Villoo Poonawala and Inamdar hospitals are well established at Fatimanagar and Hadapsar, Apte said, at Sahyadri Hospitals, their emphasis was on tertiary care specialties — high-end brain surgeries and providing critical care.

In three years, forest fires devoured 875 hectares in Pune district
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

While dry grass and hot winds usually cause forest fires, many such fires are also deliberately set by villagers, said Khandekar.

Outbreak of bird flu in Karnataka; Maharashtra border districts on alert
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Maharashtra Animal Husbandry Commissioner Kantilal Umap, however, assured that the situation was being monitored and “there was no need for alarm”.

Rohan Bopanna serves home-grown brew at Tata Open
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

At the ATP-250 Tata Open Maharashtra underway at Balewadi, Rohan Bopanna makes it a point to be there at the coffee counter where his own coffee brew is being sold.

Maharashtra bandh: Hospitals in Pune recorded drop in OPD attendance on Wednesday
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

As against the 259 new admissions to the hospital on January 2, the hospital registered 169 on Wednesday.

Bogus doctors: Legislators express concern, PMC says action being taken against ‘quacks’
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Mahajan assured that action was being taken against the ‘bogus doctors’, and told the Council about all the FIRs filed against them.

Dr Samiran Panda takes charge as NARI chief today, to focus on HIV prevention among IDUs, MSMs
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

As a scientist with the Indian Council of Medical Research during the early 1990s, Dr Panda was a key member of the team, documenting the HIV/AIDS epidemic among IDUs in northeastern states, with focus on Manipur, Nagaland and Mizoram.

Pune institute close to finishing lab model of solar ultraviolet imaging telescope
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

This telescope is going to measure the radiations coming from one of the middle layers of the sun, the photosphere.

Forest dept plans new rescue, treatment centre for animals in Pune
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The move is being welcomed as there has been a rise in the number of animals and birds being injured. According to Rajkumar Jadhav, Director, Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park, the rescue centre get several calls daily.

Drive to find ‘hidden’ TB cases: Third round to cover rural areas in Pune
Thu, Dec 07, 2017

The campaign will cover 24 districts, continue till Dec 18

Road safety should be treated as public health problem
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Among men, road injury was the third individual cause of health loss in 2016 as against the tenth leading cause in 1990. Non-communicable diseases and injuries are contributing to overall disease burden. There is rapid urbanisation and more traffic on the roads is a reality that cannot be wished away.

‘Pune, Mumbai record highest deaths due to dengue, chikungunya’
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

Health officials examine serum samples of 49,702 patients

Fog-hit Delhi airport gets help from Pune scientists
Tue, Dec 05, 2017

A weather forecaster at the Delhi airport said they are in the process of “evaluating IITM’s improved model” of fog forecasting. He said a major fog event at the airport is unlikely before December 10.

Cyclone Ockhi: Control room set up in Sindhudurg to help rescued Kerala, TN fishermen
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

“The men prefer to stay in their boats and we have been providing them food and water. We have even made alternative arrangements in case they do not want to stay in the boats,” Patil said.

At Sassoon hospital: 550 cases of sexual assault in 12 months
Sat, Dec 02, 2017

The number of unnatural sex offences has also shown a rise, said officials of the forensic department.

National AIDS institute to set up lab for diagnosing Rickettsial infections
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

“One such disease is Rickettsial infection which is a major cause of illness... there are challenges in the early diagnosis and management of these infections,” said NARI Director Dr R R Gangakhedkar

Test and Treat policy for HIV: At least 6,000 new patients placed on antiretroviral therapy in last 6 months
Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Out of a total of 2.9 lakh people who have been on ART, many died over the years, several stopped treatment and others were lost in the follow-up treatment.

Disposal of bio-medical waste: After CPCB directive, Pune authorities survey clinics, hospitals
Fri, Nov 24, 2017

While 4,494 healthcare establishments are registered with the common waste disposal facility in the city, many more are yet to be registered, said CPCB officials.

Dealing with bullying and challenges of autism, the Archie comics way
Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Scarlet, a new character introduced in the iconic Archie comic series, represents people on the autism spectrum.

‘To save lives in critical emergency situations, it is crucial to train first responders’
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The Lifesavers Club, founded by Dr Fiyaz Pasha, who is also head of the accident and emergency department at Jehangir Hospital, has trained over 5,000 people.

New high blood pressure guideline a ‘wake-up call’ for lifestyle change, say cardiologists
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Definition of high blood pressure revised to 130/80

New high BP guideline a ‘wake-up call’ for lifestyle change, say cardiologists
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

The American Heart Association’s recent decision — to lower the baseline blood pressure parameters and redefine high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80, down from 140/90 — has been welcomed by various Mumbai-based cardiologists and surgeons.

No wedding, no funeral: 25 family members come together to identify cancer risk in Pune
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

On why he arranged such an unique gathering, Gholap said he didn’t want his family members to suffer “like I have in the last seven years”.

Lifestyle risks higher in developed states, malnutrition in others
Wed, Nov 15, 2017

In other words, while states like Bihar and UP are still battling diarrhoea deaths in children, those that have won that war, now have newer battles to fight.

Pune, and its feverish pace, central theme of disease expert’s book of verses
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Awate, who started writing poems at the age of 10, completed his MBBS degree from Dr Vaishampayan Memorial Medical College, Solapur.

‘Slow progress in bid to check child deaths from pneumonia’
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

There is a strong evidence demonstrating that about half of all diarrhoea episodes and about one third of respiratory infections could be averted by breastfeeding.

To woo private sector doctors, cash incentives for deliveries at govt centres
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

The incentive is part of the government’s effort to lower the maternal and infant mortality rate by encouraging institutional deliveries in rural areas.

H1N1 virus claimed 719 lives in state this year
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

Recently, officials said, several meetings were conducted to prepare a plan of action for the next few months, when the cases are expected to rise. Diggikar said, “We have placed an order for 500 doses of the vaccine for all the high-risk districts.”

Demonetisation after one year: Patients prefer paying in cash, govt hospitals yet to go completely digital
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

The largest government hospital in the city receives about 2,000 patients in its out-patient department, and another 600 to 800 patients are admitted for treatment every day.

At least 4,203 dengue cases in Maharashtra this year, over 1,000 in Pune
Fri, Nov 03, 2017

Across the state, 4,203 dengue cases have been reported, and 18 people have died of the disease this year.