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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Measles makes a comeback in China as vaccination falters among migrant workers

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:23am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Number of cases in first five months of the year outstrips total for 2013 Measles returns as vaccination falters Measles- a disease Beijing had intended to virtually eliminate by 2012- is making a comeback as millions of migrant workers miss out on vaccinations. Cases of measles on the mainland hit 11,089 in April compared to 2,070 ...

  2. News - China - HEALTH

    Smoking to have 'devastating' economic impact in China: WHO

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:39am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... with diseases linked to smoking. "Every year more than one million people die as a result of tobacco-related illness. This is a terrible statistic," she said. "China needs to take urgent ... to lifestyle, including smoking and poor diet. The global average is 63 per cent. Cases of tobacco-related diseases will rise to three million per year by 2050 and the World Health Organisation wants ...

  3. News - China - HEALTH

    China approves DNA-sequencing devices to detect genetic defects in unborn babies

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 04:56pm by Angela Meng

    ... the controversial ban on medical diagnostic products that can help detect birth defects in unborn children. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on Monday approved the registration of genomics company BGI's sequencers- which help map out the sequence of a person's genetic code, which in turn determine traits such as eye colour and skin colour or even the propensity to certain ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    20 per cent more elderly seeking treatment for serious eye condition each year

    Posted May 19th 2014, 05:07am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com More seeking care for age-related eye condition At least 20 per cent more elderly people in Hong Kong are seeking treatment every year for an eye condition that could lead to blindness, a specialist from the city's major private eye hospital says. Dr Marten Erik Brelen, of Chinese University, said the trend goes against the old perception ...

  5. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Mers virus unlikely to spread in Asia: World Health Organisation

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... are keeping a close eye on that and hope that would not be the case,” Jacobs said. While there was always a chance of the virus spreading in health care facilities treating infected patients, “the ... then I think that what we have been seeing is what we will keep seeing.” The WHO said 15 countries have reported Mers cases, with the virus widely circulating in the Arabian peninsula. Both ...

  6. News - China - HEALTH

    Visiting WHO chief Margaret Chan sees 'great progress' in China's health system

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:28pm by XINHUA

    ... to China. "When I retire from my job and come back to live in China, I'd like to be able to have a well-trained, respected and properly paid family doctor to take care of my health," Chan said as she praised China's investment in training general practitioners. During her visit, Chan met Premier Li Keqiang, health and family planning chief Li Bin and other senior ...

  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Does Chinese law restrict doctors from helping outside their clinics? Man's fake rumour triggers heated debate

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:09pm by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... heard of a case where someone sued a doctor who offered to help Chen Zhihua, medical lawyer, Beijing In the man's vivid account, Li then brought the mother and newborn to a hospital ... saying neither the obstetrician nor the case existed. The court filed a complaint, prompting the Nanjing and Henan police to track down the man. It is not clear what penalties he faces. Lawyers ...

  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Even light drinkers have increased risk of heart disease, says study

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:48pm by AGENCIES

    ... consumption. "There was this issue about whether low to moderate consumption was good for your heart. This study shows that this is simply not the case." The study found that individuals who ...

  9. News - World - HEALTH

    Ebola death toll rises to 518 in west Africa

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:17am by AFP

    ... Organisation said yesterday. The UN health agency said 50 new cases- 25 of them fatal- had been reported between July 3-6 by health authorities in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In a statement, the UN agency said the latest figures from health ministries in the three countries showed a total of 844 cases- including the 518 deaths- in the epidemic that began in February. Guinea's ...

  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Anthrax probe reveals new bird flu safety breach in bioterror lab

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:22am by Reuters

    ... operating procedures to document when microbes are properly inactivated. In the anthrax case, scientists working in a high-biosecurity lab sent samples they believed had been inactivated ...




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