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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    33 sickened by ammonia gas leak in northwestern China

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 01:29pm by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan nan.wu@scmp.com Quick hospital treatment reduced the danger to the four victims most seriously injured in Ningxia; pressure on a compressor is blamed Ammonia poisoning sickened 33 people because of a leak on Sunday afternoon in Yinchuan, the capita ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1587785/thirty-three-sickened-ammonia-gas-leak-northwestern-capital
  2. News - World - HEALTH

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

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

    ... to combat such illnesses as malaria and tuberculosis, as they were not prevalent in wealthy countries. However, "there could be a market for this [thin condoms] among well-off nations, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1596228/gates-foundation-funds-ultra-thin-condom-studies-bid-raise-uptake
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Whose line is it anyway? Pregnant woman battles hospital over right to keep umbilical cord blood

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:22am by Ernest Kao, Emily Tsang

    ... in Hong Kong and are not regulated by any government department. The South China Morning Post has learned that the Food and Health Bureau favours regulation to ensure the safety and service ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594958/whose-line-it-anyway-hospitals-policy-umbilical-cords-provokes-rights
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    Novo’s weight-loss shot wins backing of U.S. advisers

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:50pm by Bloomberg

    ... tied to cancer. Novo Nordisk is conducting a post-marketing trial to determine Victoza's effect on the heart. The cancer links are also being monitored while Victoza is on the market, according to the report. None of the three weight-loss pills is on the market in Europe. Orexigen's treatment is currently positioned to become the first for sale there in 2015. Weight-loss ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589518/novos-weight-loss-shot-wins-backing-us-advisers
  5. News - World - HEALTH

    Heavy use of benzodiazepines linked to Alzheimer's onset in older people

    Posted Sep 12th 2014, 05:48am by MCT

    ... finds. Those whose use of the medications is most intensive are almost twice as likely to develop the mind-robbing disorder. Benzodiazepines- marketed under such names as Xanax, Valium, Ativan ... prescribed medicines marketed as Ambien, Lunesta and Sonata (generically named zolpidem, eszopiclone and zaleplon) are "atypical benzodiazepines" and were not included in the analysis. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1590397/heavy-use-benzodiazepines-linked-alzheimers-onset-older-people
  6. 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

    ... are the highest in almost all countries. However, some Asian countries fare badly when compared with the West. The suicide rate for people over 70 was 51.5 in China and 25.5 in Japan, yet only 6.3 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1588977/hong-kongs-suicide-taboo-killing-our-elderly-experts
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    E-cigarettes need tight regulation, WHO says, citing health concerns

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:31am by AGENCIES

    ... at the concentration of the US$3 billion market in the hands of transnational tobacco companies. The devices, which have surged in popularity in particular among young people, function by heating flavoured ... as is often claimed in the marketing of these products," the WHO said. Despite scant research on the health effects of "vaping", as use of the devices is called, the WHO said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1581019/e-cigarettes-need-tight-regulation-who-says-citing-health-concerns
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese firm offers baby milk insurance after food safety scandals

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:34pm by Reuters

    ... capped at 100,000 yuan. “In recent years, the milk powder market in China has been in a mess,” Suning said in an e-mail. “We realised that parents pay a great deal of attention ... in China. Suning Commerce Group, which owns the Redbaby chain of stores, said it had launched the policy this week, backed by China’s second largest insurer Ping An Insurance Group. The policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1579367/chinese-firm-offers-baby-milk-insurance-after-food-safety-scandals
  9. News - China - HEALTH

    Ambulance crew shortage costing lives, Shanghai experience shows

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

    ... discharged from hospital. Yong's experience is common in China's largest city, where residents face long waits after calling the medical-emergency hotline. This is due mainly to a shortage ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1586875/ambulance-crew-shortage-costing-lives-shanghai-experience-shows
  10. News - World - HEALTH

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

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

    ... an industry marketing blitz for pills, patches and formulations that has transformed testosterone into a multibillion-dollar market. Advertisements for prescription gels like Fortesta and Androgel ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1585262/little-evidence-testosterone-boosting-drugs-are-beneficial-us-regulator

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