Anuradha Mascarenhas



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

PM Modi’s gesture paves way for surgery on 235 poor kids in Pune
Sun, Oct 23, 2016

Single-window system to be set up to expedite cases.

World recognises injustice was meted out to me, says former IMA chief Ketan Desai
Sat, Oct 22, 2016

For several years, Desai had faced allegations that he conspired in 2009 to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.

Pune girl from bar dancer’s daughter to drum circle facilitator
Wed, Oct 19, 2016

“How else will I survive? There are choices in life and I decided to remain positive,” Sheetal Jain who has battled poverty and sexual abuse to learn drumming.

Less than 6 in 10 tuberculosis cases reported in India: WHO
Sat, Oct 15, 2016

Report says cases under-reported, revises incidents from estimated 22 lakh to 29 lakh in 2014

One in three children have stunted growth in India: Why malnutrition is such a big challenge
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

The phenomenon of high rates of child malnutrition in South Asia has been termed the “the South Asian enigma” by Ramalingaswami and other experts, Amitav Banerjee, a community medicine expert had said.

Leprosy drive spots 20,000 ‘hidden’ cases
Fri, Oct 14, 2016

India is home to 60 per cent of the world’s leprosy patients and according to the NLEP, at least 1.25 lakh new cases were detected in 2014-15 in the country.

Disease panel chief wants two joint directors of health in Pune
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Pushes for separate posts for vector and water-borne diseases,

With 329 adolescent-friendly clinics in Maharashtra, youth open up to ‘closed-door’ topics
Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Among 8,500 peer educators are school kids trained to speak on unwanted pregnancies, sexual issues.

Children undertake fasts too, but not for such a long period, say Jains
Wed, Oct 12, 2016

Fasting is very common among Jains and most do it at special times during festivals and on holy days.

In laboratories across India, scientists take heart from this little fish
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

CCMB is studying the function of Hox genes that help shape the body’s axis while the embryo is formed.

World Mental Health Day: ‘Psychological’ first aid through art and drama for patients with mental disorders
Mon, Oct 10, 2016

Over two years, city-based Parivartan Trust has identified 1,500 such persons with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

Amid fewer child deaths worldwide, high of 1.3 milion is in India
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

Global Burden of Death: world health improves but progress is patchy; Bangladesh betters India in reducing maternal deaths

Living with Alzheimer’s
Fri, Oct 07, 2016

India must be prepared to deal with a disease that is growing globally

Low socio-economic groups travel far to access high quality health care: Study
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

The study funded by the Global Health Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was conducted with the Center for Policy Research, New Delhi and the Institute for Socioeconomic Research on Democracy and Development in Delhi.

HIV/AIDS Bill a big win but 10 years too late: Pune Activists
Thu, Oct 06, 2016

Shortage of drugs, non-functional CD4 Count testing machines and patients vanishing mid treatment major issues in this long battle

Pune: At most mental hospitals in India, women inmates want to go back home
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

Most of the patients expressed concerns not about the care in the hospital, but whether their families would take them home or visit them.

Legal aid cell at Pune mental hospital helps women inmates reunite with kin
Tue, Oct 04, 2016

For seven years, Rumi Pandya (name changed) was admitted at the same hospital. Suffering from schizophrenia, the 45-year-old who hailed from Bangalore had wandered away from home.

CARA’s message on child placement on ‘first come, first served basis’ faces flak
Fri, Sep 30, 2016

What followed was a sense of panic and growing resentment against the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s nodal body for adoption of Indian children for sending such an insensitive message.

Supreme Court okays medical, dental admissions at deemed varsities in Maharashtra, till Sept 16
Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Vacant seats to be filled via centralised admission process, says Supreme Court.

Maharahtra: Eight years after the ban, smoking at public places still a challenge admits FDA
Wed, Sep 28, 2016

In 2015-16, a total of 578 persons were fined for smoking at public places while 132 were pulled up for selling tobacco products within 100 metres of educational institutions.

Asha reaches out to all: Free contraceptives at doorstep gets a healthy acceptance
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

The free of cost distribution of contraceptives at one’s doorstep and/or at a minimal cost of Re one per packet is also among the measures to curb unwanted pregnancies.

Chikungunya cases twice the number of dengue: Sassoon lab
Sat, Sep 24, 2016

Out of 3,378 samples sent for laboratory investigations at Sassoon from January till September this year, a total of 611 tested positive for chikungunya and 316 for dengue.

On new health index, India ranks 143/188
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

First global analysis assesses countries on sustainable development goal health performance

‘Run Machine’ leads in the Pune Running Beyond Myself 100K challenge
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

In 52 days, Pravin has clocked 1,100 kms by running 21 km (half marathon) daily.

Child sex abuse cases double that of rape in Pune district
Thu, Sep 22, 2016

From the time the scheme was launched in October 2013 till July this year, a total of 167 cases of child sex abuse were registered under the scheme with the District’s Women and Child Development office.

World Alzheimer’s Day Today: A day care centre now for patients
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

When 40-year-old Julie Jacob (name changed) realised it was dangerous to let her father suffering from Alzheimer’s disease stay alone in his two-bedroom apartment at Vishrantwadi she and her husband brought him to their home at Nagar Road.

India not likely to introduce vaccine for dengue this year due to limited data, clinical trials
Wed, Sep 21, 2016

ICMR looking at newer vector control strategies, including a bacterium that limits virus growth.

3 dengue deaths, one due to malaria in Pune: Audit committee report
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

From Tuesday, surveillance has been intensified and hospitals have been directed to reserve 10 per cent beds for dengue patients.

NEET: Students admitted to medical colleges at deemed universities on the edge
Tue, Sep 20, 2016

SC had stayed HC order allowing these admissions; hearing in apex court likely Tuesday

Pune’s rising tally on chikungunya cases
Mon, Sep 19, 2016

While Maharashtra has registered 439 cases, Pune heads other cities with its count of 397 cases so far.

A tad less noisy this year, decibel levels still remain high, Ganesh mandals flout permissible limits
Sat, Sep 17, 2016

Decibel levels at 10 spots along the immersion route were extremely high, violating permissible limits.

Pune: New test at NIV to detect dengue, chikungunya within five days of fever
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

During the first seven days of these illnesses like dengue and chikungunya, viral RNA can often be identified in serum and real-time polymerase chain reaction is the preferred test.

After silver at Rio Paralympics, Deepa Malik vows to help physically challenged into sports
Wed, Sep 14, 2016

For Deepa, it has been a struggle since the age of seven when she was detected with spinal tumour and started treatment for it at Pune’s Command hospital.

Deepa Malik: Mettle path to a silver medal
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Deepa Malik becomes India’s first woman medalist at Paralympics with silver in shot put F-35 category in Rio.

Maharashtra: Top health official sends an alert letter
Tue, Sep 13, 2016

Five suspected dengue deaths in Pune this year, audit committee yet to review cases

Pune: 34-yr-old man dies of ‘dengue shock syndrome’
Mon, Sep 12, 2016

When contacted, the Pune Municipal Corporation authorities said they are yet to get information about the death.