Anuradha Mascarenhas

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

Articles By Anuradha Mascarenhas

Pune BioCluster: An amalgamation of ideas, hi-tech facilities and industrial resources

The NCCS and IISER will be the central enabling points. There is an apex advisory committee, a scientific advisory committee and a series of other committees.

Pune: 37-year-old Radkar completes Ironman event for 24th time

The Ironman Triathlon is widely considered as one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Most events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race.

Maharashtra witnesses highest number of swine flu cases, deaths

The state has recorded 3,637 deaths and 33,284 cases of swine flu in the last 10 years.

In Nashik, colour-coded bedsheets are protecting newborns

The Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) declined from 24 per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 13 in SRS 2017, and the state comes a close third after Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

Pune: ICMR to set up clinical trial platform, help bring down cost of drugs

In his talk on efforts of ICMR in containment of Nipah virus outbreak, Dr R R Gangakhedkar, head of the Epidemiology division, admitted that the episode was a learning experience on their preparedness.

Maharashtra govt steps up measures to prevent vector-borne diseases, special focus on dengue situation in Kolhapur

Last year, there were 11,000 cases of dengue in the state, with 67 deaths. Kolhapur had the highest number of dengue cases (1,400) and deaths (13) in the state.

Women scientists welcome Lancet journals’ diversity pledge, ‘no all-male panel’ policy

As part of Lancet’s own commitment, all 18 Lancet group journals committed to refreshing their editorial advisory boards to include at least 50 per cent women members. But Godbole said she was not too happy about the 50 per cent target.

Lancet journals to adopt diversity pledge, ‘no all-male panel’ policy

Six months ago, The Lancet published a theme issue on women in science, medicine and global health (#LancetWomen) that raised concerns about systemic gender bias impeding the advancement of and equity for women in these fields.

Pune rains: Four days, over 6,300 calls to 108 ambulance service

Among incidents: A 28-year-old undergoing labour pains, a snakebite case; submerged roads hamper rescue efforts.

Maharashtra: 1.13 lakh people across 60 villages in 15 districts most affected by floods

Areas along the Konkan coast like Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad, as well as Nandurbar, Nashik, Pune, Sangli and Satara has seen excess rainfall.

PM 2.5 levels in Pune still five times more than WHO guidelines: APnA report

The report, a part of their assessment of air pollution in various cities, shows that the PM2.5 levels in Pune varied between 43.4 and 69.2 micrograms per cubic metre, with an overall average of 56.3 micrograms per cubic metre.

Meet these doctors above 80: ‘Seeing patients keeps us going’

The volume of work for these 80-plus doctors may have reduced slightly but no phone call from patients goes unanswered.

Explained: What’s at stake in India’s biggest ever trial of tuberculosis vaccines

Treating TB requires a multi-drug course of treatment lasting six months; longer still for treating drug-resistant TB. Treatment failure and recurrence can have devastating consequences.

Passage of Triple Talaq Bill ‘will create fear among Muslim community’, say activists

The legislation will unfortunately provide no relief to Muslim women as instead of adopting a secular common law like the domestic violence Act which is already available, this law has criminalised the process, social activist Razia Patel said.

WHO report: Mobile scheme to quit tobacco has over 2 million users in India

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) report on global tobacco epidemic, launched late on Friday, makes a special reference about India’s efforts in helping smokers quit.

Pune: 4 low-income localities declared free of ‘avoidable’ blindness

The project that took off in 2015 has now, in a remarkable achievement, been able to make at least four such low-income localities free of “avoidable” blindness, blindness that can be treated or prevented by cost-effective means.

Pune: Doctors urge screening at schools for early detection of scoliosis

With 10 million scoliosis cases in the country, doctors strongly prescribe a school-level screening programme for early diagnosis.

Violence against doctors: Former cops join hands with medical fraternity to set up quick response teams

The teams will work on various fronts such as audit of hospital security systems, handling tense situations as well as long term measures for preventing them, said Navrange.

Primary health centre in Wagholi: Working overtime to cater to nearly 1.5 lakh patients

Dr Nagsen Lokhande, medical officer at the PHC, Wagholi, said the daily OPD is nothing less than 300 patients. In 2018-19, the PHC registered an OPD attendance of 74,882. This year till date, the centre has registered an OPD of 14,421.

Menstrual cups safe but awareness low, says Lancet study

The study combined data from medical studies and grey literature — such as conference abstracts, reports and theses — for which participants reported their experiences of menstrual cups or their willingness to use them.