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Monday, July 23, 2018

Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

To prevent HIV infection NACO to focus on ‘vulnerable groups’
Mon, Jul 23, 2018

HIV prevalence was 1.6 per cent among female sex workers, 2.7 per cent among men having sex with men, 3.1 per cent among eunuchs/transgender and 6.3 per cent in IDU compared to 0.28 per cent among pregnant women attending ante natal care clinics.

Astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar Turns 80: ‘Despite excellent work at many labs, a Nobel Prize in science eludes India since 1930’
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Jayant Narlikar, professor emeritus at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and one of the most famous residents of the city, turned 80 on Thursday.

Current efforts not enough to end AIDS by 2030: Lancet report
Fri, Jul 20, 2018

Linda-Gail Bekker, president of the International AIDS Society and lead author of the Commission’s report, told The Indian Express, that current approaches to HIV control were not adequate to contain it by 2030.

Mahrashtra monsoon Rush: Tourism dept issues safety advisory
Tue, Jul 17, 2018

While bookings are full at several destinations including Malshej, Bhandardhara, Matheran, Karla and other MTDC resorts, tourists are also keen on checking wildlife sanctuaries or climbing forts, MTDC officials said.

Followers Fondly Remember Him: ‘A life well-lived and one that touched many lives’
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Dada would have turned 100 years old in August. “His brain was still sharp but his organs gave way. He had infection in liver and kidney and slowly stopped responding to treatment,” Grant said. “He was a very good human being.”

‘Focus on infection control, Kangaroo mothercare has helped lower mortality rate at SNCUs to 7.6%’
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Online software training sessions were also conducted for 14 medical colleges with Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) to further clarify the status of the sick newborns.

Pune group training youths to provide emotional aid, prevent suicides
Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Every year, more than 1,00,000 people commit suicide in India. Among the various known causes of suicides include family problems, financial distress, professional problems.

Over 700 negligence cases pending: medical council sets up panels to deal with them
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Council gets about 100 cases a year; ‘some old ones may date back to 1990s’

In 18 months, almost 50,000 calls: ‘Hello Forest’ helps track poaching cases, rescue animals
Fri, Jul 06, 2018

The helpline was set up under the Green Maharashtra Mission, which aims to increase the forest cover in the state to 33 per cent, from the current 20.06 per cent.

Health department launches community-based assessment of NCDs in select districts
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

ASHA workers to conduct door-to-door surveys in Washim, Gadchiroli, Osmanabad and Nandurbar

Locals at Araku valley help reach out to tribal women, ensure zero maternal deaths in last two years
Tue, Jul 03, 2018

Pramila, herself a tribal woman from one of the villages in the picturesque Araku valley in Andhra Pradesh, says a tougher challenge is to tackle superstitious beliefs of the locals, like milk from cows is meant only for the calf and must not be consumed by human beings.

Why chikungunya slips under dengue radar
Sat, Jun 30, 2018

Chikungunya spreads round the year and is as prevalent as dengue, NIV finds after redefining symptoms

Foot and mouth disease control programme satisfactory in Maharashtra: OIE team
Thu, Jun 28, 2018

A team from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) had visited Maharashtra from June 21 to 23 for an inspection of the Official Endorsement of Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme in India.

Blood donation: For some, it’s a mission; for others, a way to save lives
Wed, Jun 27, 2018

Maharashtra was recognised for the highest blood collection in the country, said Dr Poornima Rao. The state has 332 registered blood banks, 28 of them in Pune, which saw about two lakh blood units collected last year.

Multi-centre study to assess burden of whooping cough among infants
Tue, Jun 26, 2018

Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing, which often makes it hard to breathe. After cough fits, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breaths that result in a whooping sound.

Pune: 18-year-old engineering student beats sepsis, multi-organ failure
Fri, Jun 22, 2018

Jankar needed 37 cycles of hemodialysis and her heart was poorly functioning at 30 per cent, said her mother Neelima.

Maharashtra: As part of ‘test and treat’ policy, 23,000 more HIV+ persons put on Antiretroviral Therapy
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Several organisations in the field also face the challenge of trying to convince people, who are living with HIV and are relatively healthy, to start taking tablets.

Why heart disease risk varies across states: wealth, facilities, other reasons
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

"Our findings could be helpful in deciding how to allocate resources to prevent cardiovascular disease to those most in need,” study author Dr Pascal Geldsetzer, of the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health, said.

‘Vigilance, application of monitoring standards can control dengue’
Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Doctors and experts say local authorities should be immediately informed once a dengue case is diagnosed

Maharashtra: In last 4.5 years, over 3,000 suicide attempts in state; most cases from Pune, reveals EMS data
Fri, Jun 15, 2018

In the last four-and-a-half years, from 2014 till date, 3,367 persons have attempted suicide in Maharashtra, according to Emergency Medical Services. Worryingly, the highest number of cases were from Pune -254 — followed by Mumbai — 247.