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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

Scientists to study astronomical beliefs of Indian tribal communities
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

"India has several tribal communities that have their own cultural practices... So, by interacting with these communities, we can understand their traditional astronomical knowledge and probably gain insights into their lives going back a few millennia," said Dr Aniket Sule.

Covid positivity rate drops to less than 10 per cent in Maharashtra
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur and Kolhapur are among 12 districts where positivity rate is between 6 and 10 per cent. These also include Beed, Hingoli,, Nanded, Parbhani, Ratnagiri, Osmanabad, Wardha and Washim.

‘Pune has shown a way for the city to work together amidst the Covid crisis’
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

LT GEN MADHURI KANITKAR, Deputy Chief, Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) under Chief of Defence Staff says that Pune, with its expertise of academic and research institutions, can show the way forward to encourage innovation through clusters.

LIGO and Virgo announce new detections in updated gravitational-wave catalog
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

After several months of thorough analysis, an updated catalog of gravitational wave detections has been released by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo Collaboration.

Low Covid-19 fatality rates in countries with poor hygiene, low-quality water: study
Wed, Oct 28, 2020

While the findings indicate that the poorer the water sanitation in a country, the lower the Covid-19 deaths per million, the study has strongly advised against pursuing weak hygiene as a disease coping mechanism.

Explained: The plasma therapy debate
Thu, Oct 29, 2020

India's largest ever trial has found convalescent plasma therapy ineffective in Covid-19. ICMR is cautious about the option, some states still push it. In what circumstances do experts recommend this therapy?

‘GBS with Covid rare, muscle weakness indicator of symptom’
Sun, Oct 25, 2020

A month after recovery, noted paediatric surgeon Dr Dasmit Singh speaks to The Indian Express about the consuming loneliness of his hospitalisation and says that, till a vaccine is finalised, the only way to prevent the infection is social distancing and masking.

With decline in positive cases, Pune admin to decide on freeing up Covid beds
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Hospitals are increasingly demanding to dereserve Covid beds. According to Bomi Bhote, president of Association of Hospitals in Pune, a letter was sent to the authorities to free up beds as the load of non-Covid patients requiring hospitalisation is on the rise.

Researchers find two molecules in hydra showing how cells ‘talk to each other’
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Hydra is a freshwater organism with a simple body and a spectacular ability to regenerate. If cut into pieces, almost every piece of the hydra can regenerate into a new one.

Explained: Why a NHRC advisory on sex work has split rights activists down the middle
Fri, Oct 30, 2020

The NHRC wants sex workers to be classified as informal workers in order that they get government benefits in the time of the pandemic. But a veteran fighter for the rights of trafficked women wants the advisory withdrawn.

Quick Covid-19 test from IIT Kharagpur: How it works, why it matters
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Dr Arindam Mondal, Assistant Professor, School of Bioscience, IIT-KGP, said the technology has been subjected to rigorous testing protocols as per ICMR guidelines.

‘Low-cost, easy to conduct’: IIT-Kharagpur’s Covid test gets ICMR approval
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

After rigorous testing with patient samples by an authorised ICMR laboratory, in adherence with the council's strict guidelines, it has granted certification for the Covid-19 diagnostic test, said IIT-Kharagpur Director Professor V K Tewari.

Air pollution contributes to more than 116,000 infant deaths in India
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

In infants, most deaths were related to complications from low birth weight and preterm birth.

Pune: District panel recommends de-empanelment of six hospitals from govt health insurance scheme
Wed, Oct 21, 2020

District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh told The Indian Express that the administration has received 86 complaints and various grievances were being redressed.

Higher severity lengthens post-Covid recovery time in some patients, say doctors
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Dr Kapil Zirpe, in charge of the neuro trauma intensive care unit and isolation facility at Ruby Hall, said that the problem is usually related to patients who have had moderate to severe form of Covid-19.

DBT selects Pune as clinical sample collection site for GenomeIndia project, to tap four Maharashtrian sub-groups
Tue, Oct 20, 2020

Under this project, scientists will identify genetic variation leading to different traits in Indians.

Solidarity Trial dampener: What does this mean for the 4 drugs, including remdesivir?
Thu, Oct 22, 2020

Interim results of WHO’s Solidarity Trial show that none of the treatments studied could prove benefits across parameters. What does it mean for the drugs that hopes were pinned on, especially remdesivir?

India may get Covid vaccine by March, says Serum official
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

Dr Suresh Jadhav, executive director of the Serum Institute of India, told The Indian Express that India is heading fast towards vaccine development, as two manufacturers are already in phase-3 trial and one in the phase-2 trial, and more players are joining the race.

Rains, water stagnation push up dengue, chikungunya cases in Pune district
Sat, Oct 17, 2020

PMC data shows that there were seven cases of dengue and 18 cases of chikungunya before the lockdown in March. Last year, the PMC had recorded 1,407 cases of dengue and 10 deaths – the majority of which were reported from July to November

In India, air pollution and high blood pressure among top 5 risk factors for deaths in 2019: Lancet
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

Latest disease estimates are part of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, to be published in The Lancet on Friday.

Pune AIR Plan aims to protect residents, raise awareness about air pollution
Fri, Oct 16, 2020

“We plan to focus on vulnerable communities and draw up city-specific mitigation actions against air pollution,” Mangesh Dighe, environment officer of PMC, told The Indian Express.

India among high-burden TB nations to register 25-30 pc drop in case notifications: WHO report
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

In India, the weekly and monthly number of TB case notifications fell by more than 50 per cent between the end of March and late April, following the imposition of a national lockdown

Now hospitals in Pune see steady decline in new Covid cases
Thu, Oct 15, 2020

As on Monday, of the total 15,417 beds reserved for Covid-19 patients by PMC in government and private hospitals as well as Covid care centres, only 6,651 were occupied while 8,766 were vacant.

Need for vigilance as dengue, malaria symptoms similar to Covid-19 in pregnant women: study
Wed, Oct 14, 2020

Citing the case of a woman who had both SARS-CoV-2 and malaria, researchers said the patient experienced foetal demise and had to undergo abortion, adding that if the malaria had been diagnosed earlier, the pregnancy might have been saved.

Flash mobs, community participation: Pune’s ‘People’s campaign to halt Covid’ to be launched on Oct 16
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

The campaign entails people owning up to their responsibilities to keep the city safe and break the chain of transmission of Covid-19.