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  1. Job and pensions poser as population rises

    Posted Oct 24th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Shi Ting The mainland faces unprecedented challenges in the areas of unemployment, ageing and population control in the coming three decades, the country's top population official has said. Zhang Weiqing, director of the State Population and Family Planning Commission, said yesterday the mainland would face three demographic 'peaks' in the next 20 to 30 years. He ...

  2. Children may get swine flu vaccine

    Posted Jul 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Targeting children for vaccination may be the best way of using limited supplies of vaccine to control the swine flu pandemic, British researchers said. Drugmakers are racing to make a vaccine against the new flu strain, but if the disease increases significantly in the northern hemisphere this autumn, there are unlikely to be enough shots to vaccinate entire populations. ...

  3. HIV cases increase

    Posted Mar 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei Hong Kong saw a record number of new HIV infections last year since the first local patient was diagnosed with the disease in 1984. The 438 new cases last year marked an increase of 12.6 per cent from 389 in 2010. Overall, HIV prevalence in the city is estimated at under 0.1 per cent. That is low by international standards. If more than 1 per cent of the general population ...

  4. Dengue fever threat rises slightly

    Posted May 15th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip People have been urged to step up their anti-mosquito efforts, after a slight rise in the monthly average ovitrap index. The Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said the index- which measures the population of mosquitoes capable of spreading dengue fever- had risen to 4.8 per cent in April, up from 0.2 per cent in March. ...

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    Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... for leukaemia, but his donor was chosen specifically for a rare mutation in their cells. The genetic quirk, carried by a few per cent of the population, made the donor's white blood cells impervious ...

  6. Paranoia threatens to unleash an epidemic

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the seasonal vaccine in the past two years by a large proportion of Hongkongers. 'Last year only 10 per cent of the population got the vaccination because of phobias,' Chan, chairman ... programme was halted. By that time, December 16, 1976, there had been about 500 reported cases of GBS and 30 deaths. About 40 million Americans had been inoculated- 26 per cent of the population ...

  7. Get the flu vaccine message across

    Posted Oct 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... immunity', acquired when 20 to 30 per cent of a population is protected as the result of previous infection or immunisation, making it more difficult for the virus to spread. Task force chairman Dr ...

  8. Number of new H.I.V. infections at record high

    Posted Mar 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... is estimated at under 0.1 per cent- low by international standards, which define infections to be widespread if more than 1 per cent of the general population is affected. Infections through male ...

  9. No clues to record rise in cases of scarlet fever

    Posted Jun 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... population. When it's lower, more people will be infected,' he said, adding that the situation was not that alarming as there had only been one death. University of Hong Kong microbiologist ...

  10. WHO warns of more polio cases

    Posted Oct 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the virus paralysed nearly 1,000 children a day. The WHO last month rated as 'high' the risk of further spreading of WPV1 from Pakistan, given the expected large-scale population movements ...




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