Anuradha Mascarenhas


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

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.

Maharashtra: New treatment strategy to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

According to state health officials, in 2017, Maharashtra had recorded 40,204 cases of lymphoedema and 24,951 cases of hydrocele among LF-infected patients, who suffer from chronic disability associated with the disease.

In Munnar next month, a special treat for nature lovers: a blue carpet across the hills
Thu, Jun 14, 2018

According to experts, Neelakurinji is also seen at Anaimalai Hills in Idukki district, Agali Hills in Palakkad and Sandur Hills of Bellary district. After 2006, it will start flowering this year, creating a blue carpet all over the hills.

Over 90,000 vaccinated against H1N1 virus in Maharashtra since January
Wed, Jun 13, 2018

Last year, more than 42,000 persons had been vaccinated against H1N1, while in 2016 as many as 1.01 lakh persons were given the vaccine. There were 778 deaths and 6,144 cases of H1N1 virus in Maharashtra in 2017, said state health officials.

LGBTI community to hold cycle rally from Pune to Mumbai
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

The bicycle rally will have rainbow flags with the message Acche Swastha ke liye 377 jana hi chahiye (For good health — 377 has to go) tied to them.

Over 8,500 TB patients in Maharashtra living with HIV
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

In areas under the Pune Municipal Corporation, officials have registered a total of 1,105 new TB patients from January to April this year. Of these, 1,010 were tested for HIV and 43 were found to be positive with the virus.

ICMR to focus on determining source of Nipah outbreak
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

While no new case has been reported since May 30, experts believe there is a need to understand and determine the source of the Nipah outbreak.

Maharashtra govt identifies 452 dengue cases, warns doctors against failure to report them
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

With the monsoon only a couple of days away, officials of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s health department have identified 89,896 mosquito breeding spots in the city.

Archbishops’ letters not directed at any party, says Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

CBCI authorities said that controversies were being needlessly created. “What concerns the citizens also concerns the Church and especially when it regards the issues of social justice,” Father Theodore Mascarenhas, Secretary General of CBCI, said.

First ‘ambitious’ study documents breeding pattern of Mottled Wood-Owl
Wed, Jun 06, 2018

For the first time, environmentalists from the Pune University, the Ela Foundation and the Ben Gurion University, Israel, have documented the breeding biology of this bird in the Journal of Raptor Research.

ASHA workers to get training to help parents of autistic children
Mon, Jun 04, 2018

Autism is a developmental disorder, which causes social communication difficulties and impacts one in a 100 children. India will have more than 2 million children with autism under the age of 10 years.

Mitigating human-animal conflicts, more tree cover among priorities: Sunil Limaye
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Additional principal chief conservator of forest (wildlife) says the Forest Department will plant 13 crore seedlings to mark World Environment Day

Nipah virus: Toll 16, scientists also find cases of Japanese Encephalitis
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Three cases of JE have also been detected from the suspected Nipah virus infection samples that were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

Nipah virus identified first at MCVR lab: ‘Immediate response to situation helped’
Thu, May 31, 2018

The MCVR lab was the first lab to detect the Nipah virus infection in Kozhikode. So far, 171 persons have been tested for the virus, of whom 16 were found to be positive.

NIV scientists, health authorities address Nipah fears: No major outbreak, don’t panic
Tue, May 29, 2018

Experts from a high-level team appointed by the Centre has also stressed that the Nipah virus infection was a local occurrence and it was limited to two districts of Kerala: Kozhikode and Malappuram.

India ranks 145th among 195 countries in healthcare, disparity among states
Fri, May 25, 2018

Goa and Kerala had the highest scores in 2016, both over 60, whereas Assam and Uttar Pradesh had the lowest, both below 40.

Nipah virus lethal, but local: Why you needn’t panic
Wed, May 23, 2018

Nipak virus outbreak: The reservoir for the virus is fruit bats, which roost on trees and rarely come into contact with humans. Less than 1% of bats will be infected with the virus and rarely will they infect humans, experts say.

Nipah virus outbreak: Centre rushes health team, Kerala on alert
Tue, May 22, 2018

The Nipah virus infection starts with 3-14 days of fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion. The acute encephalitis then progresses to coma within 24-48 hours.

First WHO list ‘extremely timely’: Experts say India should publish national essential diagnostics list soon
Thu, May 17, 2018

Many people are unable to get tested for diseases because of lack of access to diagnostic services

Pune: Five uterine transplants in a year, doctors now focus on assisted pregnancy
Wed, May 16, 2018

As was the case in the first two surgeries, mothers donated uteri to their daughters for the next three transplants, said Dr Milind Telang, gynaecologist and one of the members of the transplant team.