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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Pilots, crews face increased skin cancer risk from high altitude exposure

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:23pm by AFP

    ... population. The incidence rate was attributed to ultraviolet rays filtering into planes at high altitude through cockpit windscreens and windows on the fuselage, the author of the meta-study published ... of this population". The study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology. Researchers reported that at 9,000 metres above sea level, the cruising altitude of most commercial jets, ...

  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Gates Foundation funds 'ultra-thin' condom studies in bid to raise uptake

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 10:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New Delhi Bill Gates funds research on ultra-thin sheaths in hope that increasing pleasure will increase use Next-generation condoms have feel-good factor Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said progress was being made on developing a "next-generation" ultra-thin, skin-like condom that could offer better sexual pleasure, help population ...

  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Artificial sweeteners create conditions for onset of diabetes, study suggests

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:09pm by MCT

    ... the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some humans. And those changes can affect how well their bodies metabolise sugar, according to a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature. ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Suicide: the taboo that’s killing Hong Kong’s elderly

    Posted Sep 09th 2014, 11:35pm by ALICE WOODHOUSE, Shaheera Abdullah and Emilia Goh

    ... elderly The suicide rate of people over 65 in Hong Kong is almost double that of any other age group, and with a rapidly ageing population, prevention authorities face an uphill struggle. In 2012, ... The rate- according to the most up to date figures available- was more or less unchanged from 2011, but experts warn that as Hong Kong's elderly population surges, so too could the number ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Urban planners urged to build social living spaces for the elderly to cut suicide rates

    Posted Sep 11th 2014, 04:49am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Better planning 'could cut suicides' Urban planners have been urged to do their part to create a living environment suitable for the city's elderly, who are nearly twice as likely to take their own lives as the rest of the population. In particular, experts in suicide prevention said, urban neighbourhoods should be designed to promote ...

  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Little evidence testosterone-boosting drugs are beneficial, US regulator says

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 09:31pm by AP

    ... in such a population". The agency will ask its panel of outside experts this month whether the prescribing information on testosterone drugs should be revised. ...

  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Ambulance crew shortage costing lives, Shanghai experience shows

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:08am by Alice Yan

    ... then, the city's rapidly ageing population would make the shortage of ambulance doctors more acute, Wang said. Shanghai has 14.4 million permanent residents, of whom 27 per cent were aged ...

  8. News - World - HEALTH

    WHO endorses using Ebola survivors' blood to help infected patients

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

    ... from the affected countries themselves," Kieny said.   Sierre Leone to confine population to their homes for four days in Ebola fight Sierra Leone will impose a four-day, countrywide ...

  9. News - World - HEALTH

    One suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world, WHO says

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... higher suicide rate- 12.7 per 100,000 people, versus 11.2 in low- and middle-income nations. Given the latter category's far higher population, they accounted for three-quarters ...

  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Americans’ diet now less unhealthy, unless they’re poor

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 10:19pm by AP

    ... Hu said. The study authors say their results are consistent with an earlier report showing that "nearly the entire US population fell short of meeting federal dietary ...




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