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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Illicit cigarette study is blowing smoke, says council on smoking and health

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:12am by CHRIS LAU

    ... Chris Lau chris.lau@scmp.com Illicit cigarette study may be blowing smoke One out of three cigarettes smoked in Hong Kong last year was illicit, costing the government more than HK$3.2 billion in lost tax revenue, a study by two overseas think tanks says. But the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) says the results are "dubious". The Illicit Tobacco ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588896/illicit-cigarette-study-blowing-smoke-says-council-smoking-and-health
  2. Business - Companies - PHARMACEUTICALS

    GlaxoSmithKline China health care unit 'part of US probe'

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 04:05am by Reuters

    ... probe' A US anti-bribery probe into GlaxoSmithKline touched on the firm's Chinese consumer health care business in 2012, internal documents show, suggesting the drugmaker's compliance problems in China could go wider than previously revealed. GSK confirmed it had conducted an investigation into procurement practices in consumer health care in China, but said it did not find any ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1588906/glaxosmithkline-china-health-care-unit-part-us-probe
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Modi broke taboo on women's rights in India; now action must follow

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 06:03am by SCMP Editorial

    ... infection or poisoning by contaminated antibiotics. Women are the victims of a chronically underfunded and poorly governed health system that fails to provide most with accessible and effective antenatal and neonatal care and a choice of safe contraception. India ranks near the bottom of developing nations for percentage of GDP spent on health care, and way under World Health Organisation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1646329/modi-broke-taboo-womens-rights-india-now-action-must-follow
  4. News - China - MIGRATION

    And baby came too: more Chinese migrants take children with them, says report

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 03:13am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... employment prospects and education standards, the families are adding to pressure on public services such as health care, it said. The "Development Report on China's Migrant Population ... of the migrant population division of the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Wang said China had passed the phase of individual migration and was now experiencing entire families moving ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1643348/and-baby-came-too-more-migrants-take-children-them-says-report
  5. News - World - HEALTH

    US health agency finds old ricin, other deadly pathogens in labs

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:45am by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington Investigation of research facilities uncovers forgotten deadly samples US agency finds old ricin, germs in its labs The National Institutes of Health said it had uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of some dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586687/us-health-agency-finds-old-ricin-other-deadly-pathogens-labs
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    No time to lose in battle against Ebola, says UN's Ban Ki-moon

    Posted Nov 23rd 2014, 08:13am by AP

    ... can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next year," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, calling for funding and for health workers to volunteer in the region. Authorities are closely watching a cluster of cases in Mali linked to the death of a 70-year-old Muslim imam who was brought to Mali's capital, Bamako, from neighbouring Guinea. Health officials did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1646323/no-time-lose-battle-against-ebola-says-uns-ban-ki-moon
  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Foreign health funding can help to raise standards on mainland China

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 04:28am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Foreign cash a good remedy Social services tend to lag great urban migrations. The mainland's health system is a case in point. Subject to free-market reforms while ... five or six years to bring the cost of medical care within the means of the poor and even some of the middle class, and wider insurance coverage. A targeted increase in health spending ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1585424/foreign-health-funding-can-help-raise-standards-mainland
  8. News - World - SOCIETY

    WHO says a third of world’s women are victims from domestic violence

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 10:41pm by AFP

    ... abused, according to studies published yesterday by the World Health Organisation. Between 100 and 140 million women are victims of genital mutilation and 70 million girls are married before 18, ... consequences on the physical and mental health of the victims. "No magic wand will eliminate violence against women and girls. But evidence tells us that changes in attitudes and behaviours ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1645578/who-says-third-worlds-women-are-victims-domestic-violence
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Amid rapid advances in science, we need wider debate on ethical issues involved

    Posted Nov 24th 2014, 05:17am by EDGAR CHENG

    ... the ways in which individuals and a society can make decisions about health that are ethically informed, responsible, uncoerced and non-coercive. It is thinking laterally about issues of social justice in the health system, even given a public health system as inclusive and effective as Hong Kong's. How can we make it better? How can we make sure that no one is left out? Centrally, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1645522/amid-rapid-advances-science-we-need-wider-debate-ethical
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Ebola questionnaire for intercity train travellers

    Posted Nov 18th 2014, 04:22am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... to Ebola, just as visitors are asked to do at the airport. The voluntary health surveillance questionnaire, first introduced at Chek Lap Kok on October 20, is given to people who hold passports from Ebola-affected countries or who have visited the countries in the past 21 days. Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man announced the expansion of the border check at a panel meeting in the Legislative Council ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1642396/ebola-questionnaire-intercity-train-travellers

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