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

Asian Ebola virus active in almost all states, says NIV study
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

A study by the National Institute of Virology (NIV) here has determined 17 outbreaks so far, affecting 50 people, most of whom succumbed to the virus.

Power cuts: Underground cables only solution, say officials
Tue, Oct 06, 2015

MSEDCL has agreed to spend Rs 967 crore as part of its infrastructure phase-2 upgradation programme.

Same BMI, better health: Still fat but a whole lot fitter
Sat, Oct 03, 2015

An intervention in a Pune school, conducted over a five-year period, had a remarkable impact on students struggling with their expanding waistlines.

Maharashtra accepts ministry protocol on medico-legal care for rape survivors
Fri, Oct 02, 2015

Maharashtra is now the ninth state implementing the protocol, which offers a tool for the doctors to communicate with rape survivors.

Pune: PIL filed against revised CARA guidelines
Thu, Oct 01, 2015

Under the new system, the entire child adoption process has been made online.

Cancer tops list of surgeries for poor under state’s RGJAY
Wed, Sep 30, 2015

Since the scheme began three years ago, 3.5 lakh major operations have been done.

Noise levels dip slightly, but still exceed permissible limits
Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Average readings taken at 19 locations by MPCB on the 11th day of the Ganesh festival also found that sound levels ranged between 70dB and 90 dB.

PMC revives PC-PNDT cell to monitor sonography centres in Pune
Thu, Sep 24, 2015

The PC-PNDT Cell at PMC had been set up with a team of four doctors and infrastructure with dedicated vehicles to visit sonography centres.

Over 1,800 posts of medical officers filled in record one year in Maharashtra
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

Earlier, barely 100-odd doctors could be convinced to take up posts of medical officers or even specialists at district and sub-district hospitals.

At Snehalaya, these kids approach life with much positivity
Wed, Sep 23, 2015

34-year-old gives up IT job to teach HIV positive children clay modelling to make a living; their Ganesh idols sell like hotcakes.

No mutation of virus, but swine flu toll rising
Tue, Sep 22, 2015

Four more die in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.

Dengue down in Pune this year, but not out yet
Sun, Sep 20, 2015

Only 433 cases of dengue this year so far against 3,442 last year.

His life was short but striking, says ’65 war hero’s brother
Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Family of Lt Dilip Gupte, who was 23 yrs old when he died in the battle, hopes defence minister will attend the function to salute him.

Data finally looks at antibiotics resistance in developing countries, and figures for India are scary
Thu, Sep 17, 2015

Researchers map dangerous trends in antibiotic resistance on a global scale for the first time; online mapping tool and new CDDEP report show perilous rise in drug-resistant infections and antibiotic use

Her eyes gouged out, 32-year-old has a new vision
Tue, Sep 15, 2015

Brutalised by in-laws in 2003, Challi Kale, with her vision since restored partially, now supports kin in drought-hit village.

Noise pollution rising during Ganesh festival over the years
Sun, Sep 13, 2015

Noise levels have been consistently rising over the last decade.

India missed 2015 child mortality target: Lancet report
Wed, Sep 09, 2015

India has the highest number of child deaths in the world, with an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2015 — 20 per cent of the 5.9 million global deaths.

Pune: Tankers in service to fill artificial watering holes in wildlife sanctuaries
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

The wildlife population too is sizeable, with more than 200 chinkaras in Mayureshwar, Great Indian Bustards and blackbucks at Nannaj and other habitats.

Kaas plateau at Satara: Dry spell casts a gloom in bloom season at tourist hotspot
Tue, Sep 08, 2015

Though karvi plants are in the budding stage and set to bloom, villagers, foresters and tourist officials fear that the drought-like situation in the state may play the spoilsport.

Maharashtra Cancer Warriors: Now, private doctors to treat patients at govt hospitals in each district
Mon, Aug 31, 2015

As of now, as many as 1,000 patients across the state seek free treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH)and Cancer Research Institute in Mumbai every day.

Pune doctor, a veteran ‘Ironman’, does it again
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

33-year-old Dr Kaustubh Radkar already holds 13 Ironman titles.

Indians lost 37 million years of healthy life in 2013: Study
Thu, Aug 27, 2015

The DALY is a measure of overall disease burden — expressed as number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death. One DALY equals one lost year of healthy life.

Doc firm on Santhara despite HC ban: I too want a beautiful death
Tue, Aug 25, 2015

Dr Kalyan Gangwal, consulting physician at the KEM Hospital, is firm on taking up Sallekhana aka Santhara aka Samadhi Maran.

Fewer girls are missing at birth, show latest SRS data
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

4.56 lakh girls were missing on average every year for the period 2001-12. The reason is sex-selective abortions, which though declining in number, continues in the country.

Pune law college hires ex-judge from South Africa for a course on PIL
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

Visually challenged retired justice Zak Yacoob will help frame the course.

Interview with the sole Indian scientist on Rosetta Mission
Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Philae Lander of European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission became the first space probe to soft land on the surface of the comet in 2014.

Marginal dip in dengue cases in the state, 786 registered so far
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

While 32 confirmed deaths due to dengue were registered in 2014, health officials said that there has been only one death this year.

To tap talent of injured officers, armed forces plan para sports node
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

Lt Col Dutta who lost his left leg in a mine blast injury in 2001 at the LOC recalled that it was the role played by doctors at the ALC who motivated people like him and others to get into competitive sports.

Sepoy in British Indian Army, who rose to become a Captain, stands tall at 100 as he recounts his journey
Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Captain K K Venkatesh Waran (retired), a Second World War veteran, is still fit

Sex workers, women’s rights groups demand apology from DCW chief
Sat, Aug 08, 2015

Women’s commission head Swati Maliwal had equated sex trade with rape.

Organ donation figures improve in Maharashtra
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

On Thursday August 6, observed as Organ Donation day, state health authorities said that so far 353 patients suffering from kidney, liver and other ailments have got a fresh lease of life after organ transplants.

First inter-city heart transplant in Maharashtra: Woman who gifted life to three is real hero, says transplant surgeon
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

“She is the real hero who donated her organs to save three lives,” said Jadhav, a heart and lung transplant surgeon at Fortis hospital, Mumbai.

RTO to set up health cell, ties up with Shekhar Naidu foundation
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

But the family immediately took a decision to donate his eyes and today an eight year old girl and a 40 year old soldier in Kashmir are able to see through Shekhar’s eyes.

Dengue cases rise in Kharadi, PMC says no reason to panic
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Nine cases reported in 3 weeks from same locality.

Brain dead woman’s heart gives 22-yr-old a new lease of life
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

Clockwork precision, concentrated and speedy coordination between airport authorities, two hospitals, government officials and traffic department, and two green corridors in Pune and Mumbai ensure the feat.

Caught on camera: Vulture chicks dying without food
Mon, Aug 03, 2015

The Maharashtra government plans ‘vulture restaurants’, providing carcasses of cattle for the birds to feed on at specific places, especially during the breeding season.