Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

Meet the man helping visually impaired relive their cricket dreams
Mon, Aug 14, 2017

Ravi Wagh would decide when to hit a six and when to get bowled, and occasionally take on the role of veteran commentator Tony Greig ( who died in 2012), rattling off asides, much to the amusement of onlookers.

Pune: PMC survey finds dengue breeding sites at 24 hospitals
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

While municipal health authorities have refrained from disclosing names of the hospitals, they said that warning notices have been issued to the authorities to ensure cleaning and elimination of the breeding sites.

Maharashtra panel to take a closer look at 180 cases under PC-PNDT Act that ended in acquittals
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

The main aim of the PC-PNDT Act is to ban the use of sex selection techniques after conception and prevent misuse of prenatal diagnostic techniques for sex-selective abortions. While 280 cases are pending in court, the accused in 180 cases were acquitted by the Judicial Magistrate First Class court.

Pune: NARI to conduct survey across India to assess HIV drug resistance
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

In the last decade, successful implementation of the National AIDS Control Programme has contributed to a decline in the estimated adult HIV prevalence, which has dropped from 0.34 per cent in 2007 to 0.26 per cent in 2015.

Long weekend: MTDC resorts booked to capacity
Tue, Aug 08, 2017

Anticipating a huge rush, the MTDC has tied up with Airbnb, a community-driven hospitality company, to promote affordable accommodation and genuine local experiences for tourists, Ashutosh Rathod, joint managing director of MTDC, told The Indian Express.

8.8 million blind in India in 2015, says study in Lancet
Fri, Aug 04, 2017

In India, there were 7.2 million blind people in 1990, which rose to 8.8 million in 2015, making the country the home of almost a quarter of the total 36 million blind people.

More and more Puneites come forward to donate body for research
Thu, Aug 03, 2017

This is not an isolated case as, according to anatomy experts across the city, the practice of body donations is increasingly being seen in the city. The hospital has the capacity to preserve as many as 30 bodies and every month, they receive at least four forms pledging body donations.

Pune breathes heavy as air gets dirty, noise increases
Tue, Aug 01, 2017

"Today, a distance of four km takes an hour to commute. Bigger cars, restaurants, malls have sprung up, but at what cost? Our air has become filthier, weather has turned erratic and more people are falling ill. Life has become a challenge in the city,” Dr Salvi said.

Maharashtra registers 460 dengue cases, 3 deaths this year; highest from Greater Mumbai
Thu, Jul 27, 2017

According to Dr M S Diggikar, the Acting Joint Director of Health, 460 cases of dengue have been reported across the state since January this year.

City’s heart beats with specialised care, newer medical interventions
Wed, Jul 26, 2017

With newer modes of investigations and treatments, hospitals today are catering to sub-divisions of one main branch. Instead of a general orthopaedic surgeon, hospitals have spine specialists, shoulder surgeons, foot and ankle surgeons.

Maharashtra spent Rs 1.5 crores for treatment of 76 critically ill swine flu patients in 2 years
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

While 27 persons who could claim the state dole were economically disadvantaged persons from Pune, the family of a Thane man who died due to swine flu received the highest amount of Rs 10 lakh.

Kaas plateau: To curb number of visitors, online ticket booking may become mandatory
Sat, Jul 22, 2017

The Kaas plateau is located 125 km from Pune. Last year, as many as 54,736 persons booked tickets online, while 73,423 had purchased tickets at the site. Nearly 1.28 lakh visitors had visited the heritage site between August and October in 2016.

Pune Cantonment Board’s Rs 1.45-crore plan: To convert J J Garden into podium park
Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Move aims at setting up alternative parking arrangement in Camp area

Low- and middle-income countries taking lead in tobacco control, shows WHO assessment
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

4.7 billion people — almost two-thirds of the world’s population — are now protected by at least one WHO prescribed best-practice measure on curbing tobacco use. 11 Indian cities are in the list of 100 best performers globally. Indian Express unpacks a significant new report

Nationwide campaign: 2nd phase of TB screening drive begins
Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Between July 17 and 31, a total of 20 districts will be covered in Maharashtra, and 100 across India

At these banks, human milk turns ‘liquid gold’
Thu, Jul 20, 2017

In 6 years, breast milk banks save hundreds of babies in Pune hospitals. In Pune, the first such bank was set up in 2011 at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital. Within two years, D Y Patil Medical College and Hospital in Pimpri and the government-run Sassoon General Hospital set up their own banks — more followed.

Consumer base increases from 8 lakh to 23 lakh, but double demand poses many challenges for MSEDCL
Tue, Jul 11, 2017

2006 zero load-shedding model was city’s answer to its worse phase when it reeled under power deficit of 23%.

Space’s rarely visible giants
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Indian astronomers detect a number of Giant Radio Galaxies, hope it will be a step towards a better understanding of why they are so huge, so rare

Six months after MMC election, state yet to nominate five more members
Sat, Jul 08, 2017

Two are ex-officio bearers and include the Director of Health Services and Director of Medical Education and Research, while two other members are elected from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS), and others.

Two men from Pune and Nashik donate heart, liver, kidneys
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

29-year-old woman gets heart, 46-year-old gets liver

1,554 People Plant 20,329 Saplings Across State; Target 4 Crore
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Plantation drive yet to pick up momentum among residents

New report reveals that countries are still not tackling tuberculosis
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

India has not taken up this challenge and this molecular test is not the initial TB diagnostic test for adults and children being investigated for TB here, the Out of Step report has said. Smear microscopy is often used as the initial diagnostic test in the private sector, where up to 70% of people are treated - and delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation are common.

Visually challenged term GST levy on Braille typewriter, other aids ‘criminal’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

With the Centre now introducing GST and chalking out a new rate structure for aids and appliances for the visually challenged and people with physical disabilities, authorities admit this will needlessly increase the cost of education per student annually.

101 babies in 3 years, Jiyo Parsi is ‘light at the end of tunnel’
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

Studies conducted by the National Commission for Minorities, and other joint studies conducted by Parzor and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, have identified several reasons for the decline in the Parsi population.

State emergency medical service treats 553 cases during Pandharpur yatra
Tue, Jul 04, 2017

A total of 937 ambulances, including 233 Advanced Life Support (ALS), 704 Basic Life Support Ambulances (BLS), along with over 5,000 EMS professionals (doctors, drivers, and managers), are working under the MEMS.

Health officials to intensify home-based newborn care to prevent infant mortality
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Maharashtra's health department has identified 25 high-risk blocks in tribal areas of seven districts in the state.

MSACS to reach out to ‘unreached’ high-risk group of sex workers
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

AIDS control body to focus on sex workers who solicit customers online or via telephone, also plans survey of ‘high-risk’ migrants. The Society has also planned to conduct a survey of the mobile and floating population of high-risk migrants.

H1N1 virus claims 260 lives in Maharashtra but state health department yet to procure vaccine
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

State health authorities are yet to procure a vaccine against the new strain. This, despite a strong recommendation by the state committee, in March this year, to prevent communicable diseases. Pune region has the highest number of deaths — 62 — this year.

Pune de-addiction centre lends a healing touch to drug addicts in Punjab
Tue, Jun 27, 2017

The Fateh Foundation, Dorf Ketal Group and Pune-based Muktangan Mitra collectively developed the project after a detailed study of the current scenario on the issue of drug addiction in Punjab.

Hospitals and insurers’ impasse leaves patients on the hook for bills
Mon, Jun 26, 2017

60 hospitals have agreed to our rates, in talks with others, says an insurance service provider.

Pune Municipal Corporation slaps notice on 950 housing societies and wadas with potential breeding sites
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

As part of pre-monsoon preparedness, the insect control department of the PMC had conducted a survey of mosquito breeding sites in March

Pilot project to track hidden dengue cases
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has launched a pilot project in Pune to find hidden cases of dengue. The project involves developing a smart electronic surveillance system that might help predict a dengue outbreak, ICMR officials said. More than 1 lakh dengue cases were recorded in India last year. However, according to ICMR […]

Ten-month-old diagnosed with Japanese Encephalitis, health officials on high alert
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

First case reported in city this year, second in state.

To ensure eye care for kids in Bihar, team of doctors takes part in gruelling bike race
Wed, Jun 21, 2017

Dr Parikshit Gogate, a Pune-based paediatric ophthalmologist who is part of the support crew, said that the SightRiders comprises 20 college friends from across the country.

Despite nod by state council, inter-blood bank transfers yet to take off in Pune
Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Two months after the State Blood Transfusion Council allowed the transfer of blood between banks, the practice is not very common in Pune yet.

Statewide project to save vanishing sparrows: 1,000 artificial nests in 10 locations
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

The project, which had placed artificial nests in the last two years across eight locations, saw an occupancy rate of more than 80 per cent by house sparrows