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  1. News - World - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Pornography poses serious threat to public health, panel of activists says

    Posted May 16th 2014, 11:39am by Agence France-Presse in Washington

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Campaigner says there is an 'untreated pandemic of harm from pornography' in advance of summit conference on public health effects Pornography now is so widespread in the United States that it deserves to be addressed seriously as a major public health crisis, a panel of activists said on Thursday. On the eve of a two-day conference ...

  2. News - China - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Mosquito crackdown in Guangzhou as dengue fever cases surge

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 01:34pm by ALICE TING YAN

    ... say Dengue fever is spreading in Guangzhou, as the number of cases has surged rapidly over the past month, local health authorities say. The city’s Health Bureau says that since the first case ... of the Yuexiu district health bureau, was quoted by Yangcheng Evening News as saying. “Therefore, it might prove more difficult to control the disease than we imagined.” The disease, carried ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Hong Kong eyes new food-import regulations after 'rotten meat' scandal

    Posted Jul 29th 2014, 03:38am by Patsy Moy and Shirley Zhao

    ... will be open to lawmakers' suggestions and study whether we can set up laws to better monitor imported cooked meat," undersecretary for food and health Sophia Chan Siu-chee said yesterday. ... for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said the government did not know if any of the rice had been imported into Hong Kong. Currently, it is illegal to commercially grow and sell GM rice ...

  4. Lifestyle - Technology - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Disease research lab mishaps rattle scientists and regulators

    Posted Jul 27th 2014, 03:47am by GUARDIAN

    ... to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH). After the eradication of smallpox, a horrific disease that kills 30 per cent of people it infects, official stocks are kept only at the CDC in Atlanta ... many labs are doing pathogen research is because there is so much to be investigated, in the interest of public and animal health," he said. The breaches in the US have fuelled concerns ...

  5. News - World - PUBLIC HEALTH

    One billion people still defecating in the open, says UN

    Posted May 09th 2014, 03:36pm by Reuters

    ... this is the root cause of so many diseases,” said Bruce Gordon, acting coordinator for sanitation and health at the World Health Organization. Societies that practice open defecation — putting them at risk ... hand having a mobile phone,” said Maria Neira, director of Public Health at the WHO. Making the practice unacceptable has worked in more than 80 countries, the UN says. The goal is to eliminate ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Hong Kong village where residents drink stream water has plea for mains supply turned down

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 05:05am by FANNY W. Y. FUNG

    ... Fanny W. Y. Fung fanny.fung@scmp.com HK$1 million cost per head is too much, says government, leaving residents of 300-year-old village to continue to rely on water from stream Village sees plug pulled on hopes for a water supply A 300-year-old village on ...

  7. News - World - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Saudi death toll from new Sars-related virus reaches 18

    Posted May 27th 2013, 10:30am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says a woman has died from a new respiratory virus related to Sars, bringing the total number of deaths in the kingdom to 18. Saudi Arabia remains the centre for the virus as investigators from the World Health Organisation seek more clues about its origins and how it is spread. Last week, WHO officials ...

  8. News - World - PUBLIC HEALTH

    New Sars-like virus detected in Middle East

    Posted Sep 24th 2012, 03:49pm by Associated Press

    ... Associated Press British health authorities have alerted the UN of a new respiratory virus in a severely ill patient from Qatar. The man was sickened by a coronavirus, which causes most common colds but also causes Sars, or severe acute respiratory syndrome. In 2003, Sars killed hundreds of people, mostly in Asia, in a short-lived outbreak. Britain’s Health Protection Agency ...

  9. News - China - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Guangdong case of H7N9 bird flu is confirmed as Hong Kong remains alert

    Posted Aug 11th 2013, 02:47pm by AFP

    ... flu virus, health officials said, the first case in the southern Guangdong province as nearby Hong Kong remained on alert. The 51-year-old woman is in critical condition after she was admitted to hospital on August 3 following signs of a fever, the Guangdong Provincial Health Department said on Saturday. “She was a poultry slaughtering worker at a local marketplace,” the local health bureau ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - PUBLIC HEALTH

    Campaigners against Tai Po man-made beach reveal E coli danger

    Posted Oct 06th 2012, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng joyce.ng@scmp.com Area where government plans to build beach is loaded with sewage bacteria, say green campaigners, as construction is set to begin Warning on E coli at new beach site Campaigners against government plans to build a beach at Tolo ...




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