Anuradha Mascarenhas

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

Two in 100 infants in India born with congenital defects: Study
Sun, Feb 07, 2016

The study is being funded by the University Grants Commission project under its University with Potential for Excellence programme.

My curious case: Infant with rare lung disorder
Sat, Feb 06, 2016

TAPVC, a condition where the blood vessels that transport pure blood from the lung to the left side of the heart are attached elsewhere.

Tackling Zika threat : Pune asks BJMC, Miraj college to ready protocol
Fri, Feb 05, 2016

The Zika virus, transmitted by Aedes mosquito - which also transmits dengue - has been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization, and has spread to over 25 countries.

World Cancer Day: ‘Efforts on to use ayurveda to reduce pain, side-effects of chemotherapy’
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

Meanwhile, an Indus health plus report says that 15 per cent of the younger population in the age group of 25-30 years are at a higher risk of oral and lung cancer.

Sex determination: An old law, a new debate
Thu, Feb 04, 2016

On Monday, Maneka Gandhi said sex determination during pregnancy must be made compulsory, a statement she later said was only an “alternative view”.

Murud beach tragedy: Survivors recall how killer waves took their friends away
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Six girls, who were rescued from drowning, were initially admitted to the rural hospital at Murud on Monday evening.

Gay sex ban: All is not lost yet, SC order on Sec 377 gives us fresh hope
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Amol Palekar welcomed the order and said that it shows the doors of the Supreme court have not ‘shut down’ yet. Having an open mind on the issue that has been pending for so long is definitely a welcome step, he told The Indian Express.

Making a difference: Meet the Cummins India associate who teaches yoga, vipassana to children, bureaucrats and even prisoners
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

It was in 2000 that he was introduced to vipassana that virtually transformed his lifestyle.

Ahead of Anti-Leprosy Day, the challenge is to talk about it
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

India is home to 60 per cent of the world’s leprosy-affected and with Anti-Leprosy Day coming up on January 30, the Centre has vowed to redouble its efforts to find out the “hidden cases”. Hidden cases are those that go unreported and according to Dr Sunil Anand, director of the Leprosy Mission Trust of India, […]

Economist’s vision for India: Padma Vibhushan is an unexpected surprise, says Prof Dixit
Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Goes down memory lane, recalls ‘Bombay days’ and his trip to paternal grandfather’s home in Pune.

Good Samaritan’s rescue act goes in vain; accident victim dies, thanks to hospital ‘apathy’
Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Khairnar, who retired as a cook at the defence canteen at Bombay Engineering Group (BEG), Khadki, just two months ago, died on Saturday (January 23).

Maharashtra leads in helping Dalit students pursue higher studies abroad
Mon, Jan 25, 2016

303 students win scholarships for higher studies abroad, 995 to IITs and reputed institutes in country.

Pune hospitals come up with ‘stroke code’ to cut delays in emergencies
Sat, Jan 16, 2016

Even as the awareness is low, most hospitals have realised the need to have their own stroke code facility, which allows the team of neurologists, radiologists and other staff to immediately respond to the patient.

Pune doc becomes messiah for baby girls, Big B calls him ‘real hero’
Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Dr Rakh has been fighting female infanticide by delivering baby girls for free.

Cut off from old world, they reconnect with Indian roots
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

Asked if she likes Pune, and Meja promptly nods and says how keen she is to share her experiences with her siblings who are in Sweden.

Unwed mom fights new online adoption rules, calls it ‘auction’
Fri, Jan 08, 2016

The plea filed by Gitanjali and another couple will come up for hearing on January 8. In her petition, the mother has pointed out how a child can be rejected for adoption merely because his/her photograph is not appealing.

NE youths tie up with thalassaemia doctors to hold mega awareness event in Pune
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

Singer Zubeen Garg to perform at group’s annual fest themed at preventing thalassaemia.

Maharashtra wakes up to chikungunya threat; Pune reports highest no. of cases
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

Nine new cases detected in the city on Wednesday alone.

Crime patrol 2015: Due to fear, crime against women still go unreported
Wed, Jan 06, 2016

Activists say it will take time for society to evolve, male domination to end

New Year Shocker: NGOs see red over AIDS control body’s cost-cutting measures
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society’s order states: ‘Starting January 1, cut down gatherings, IEC activity, street plays aimed at HIV prevention’ .

Homecoming for three rare birds after two years to nesting ground in Pune
Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Each bird was also given a unique identification number.

Maharashtra Governor push to revival of polo at Mahabaleshwar ground
Fri, Dec 18, 2015

“It has been more than 50 years since the ground has been used to play polo,” Suresh Tapuriah, polo expert and president of the Amateur Riders’ Club — the largest civilian club with 1,400 members in the country.

In a first, MSEDCL detects power thefts by using remote device to rig meters
Tue, Dec 15, 2015

Nishikant Raut, publicity officer with Pune zone of MSEDCL, said the electronic circuit in the CT operated energy meter was tampered with by errant companies.

Serum quickens pace for a dengue vaccine, drug for treating virus
Sat, Dec 12, 2015

In the meantime, Serum has plans to launch a drug for the mosquito-borne virus.

Dengue fever vaccine Dengvaxia: Hope but with caution
Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Delhi was the hardest hit this year with 15,730 registered cases and 38 deaths. Punjab had 13731 cases and 18 deaths while Haryana came a close third at 8066 cases and 12 deaths.

Human Rights Day today: 14 years after GR, special courts yet to be set up in state
Thu, Dec 10, 2015

On Thursday, they plan to submit a memorandum of demands to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for setting up of designated human rights courts.

Goa food festival in Jan to reveal secrets of natural foods
Wed, Dec 09, 2015

Eating and choosing the right combination of food is important, says expert.

Among the Believers: Pointing the camera at lessons of hatred
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

The documentary premiered in April and earned wide publicity. It was shown at nine film festivals across the globe and has picked up eight awards.

Born with HIV, now adolescents, they learn to deal with life, sexuality in Pune
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

With the introduction of anti-retroviral treatment in the 1990s, HIV positive persons gradually picked up the threads of ordinary life.

National Pollution Control Day: SAFAR scientists flash ‘red code’for Pune, warn dip in air quality
Wed, Dec 02, 2015

Red code indicates areas where air quality is considered dangerous; episodes of dipping air quality have increased with time, say scientists.

Battling HIV for 17 years, Shabana pitches for better government entitlements
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

She saw hope when she was introduced to HIV positive people at counselling sessions by the MSACS and gradually, understood the difference between HIV and AIDS.

Phir Zindagi-a film that seeks to sensitise people on organ donation process
Tue, Dec 01, 2015

Directed by the award winning duo, Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukhtankar, the 53-minute film will be screened at MES Balshikshan Sanstha Auditorium, Kothrud, on December 4.

Antibiotics still out of reach of many children
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

An estimated 1,69,760 pneumonia deaths in children under the age of five in India could potentially be prevented through prompt access to effective antibiotics, a new Lancet study published on November 18 has said.

Pune: Fund crunch hits HIV testing, few among high-risk groups report to counselling centres
Sat, Nov 28, 2015

Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) officials admitted that there are no rallies or awareness drives that have been organised this year on December 1 – World AIDS Day.

Maharashtra plans free swine flu vaccine for diabetic, hypertensive people
Thu, Nov 26, 2015

From December 1, the vaccine will be given free to such people with co-infections to bring down high mortality figures.

NGT notice seeks Centre’s response on tobacco disposal at public places
Tue, Nov 24, 2015

NGO Doctors for You, which works for cancer care, had moved NGT praying that the Centre be directed to declare cigarette and bidi butts as “toxic waste”.