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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Global average life expectancy at record high of 73 for women and 68 for men

    Posted May 17th 2014, 04:39am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva Average life expectancy continues to surge Average life expectancy has risen globally to record lengths of 73 years for a girl born in 2012 and 68 for a boy, following ... said Colin Mathers, coordinator of WHO's statistics on mortality. For the first time, the annual report, the most comprehensive statistical overview of the world's health, measured ...

  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Mers on the rise, but WHO not yet declaring a global health emergency

    Posted May 16th 2014, 01:24am by WASHPOST

    ... of polio to several countries to be a global health emergency, only the second time that the WHO has made such an announcement since it adopted rules allowing such designations in 2007. Fukuda said ... The Washington Post Scientists say there is still no evidence the disease transmits from person to person Mers spreading, but not yet a WHO global emergency Despite a rapid increase ...

  3. News - China - HEALTH

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

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

    ... 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 ... was promised by leaders that this problem would be addressed over time. China is the world's largest cigarette manufacturer and consumer, with more than 300 million smokers, according to national ...

  4. News - World - HEALTH

    US scientists say it’s still not time to destroy remaining smallpox stocks

    Posted May 02nd 2014, 09:07pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington US say it's still not time todestroy smallpox stocks More than three decades after the eradication of smallpox, US officials say it is still not time ... be possible to create a version of smallpox from scratch. "The synthetic biology adds a new wrinkle to it," said Jimmy Kolker, health and human services assistant secretary for global ...

  5. News - World - HEALTH

    Tuberculosis 'superbug' that affects 32,000 children a year is global threat

    Posted Mar 25th 2014, 12:17am by Reuters

    ... of the global burden of tuberculosis facing children. It also estimates for the first time the problem of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis or MDR-TB. "Despite children comprising approximately one ... Reuters in Chicago TB 'superbug' poses global threat As many as 32,000 children worldwide fall ill each year with a drug-resistant "superbug" strain of tuberculosis, ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Average Hong Kong toddler starts using electronic tablets at just 16 months

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:12am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Parents are being warned of the health dangers posed to children who spend too much time in front of electronic screens, after a government study found that toddlers began using tablet computers at an average age of 16 months. The early exposure to such gadgets was worrying, but so was the unhealthy amount of time older children were spending in front ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Study gives parents a wake-up call over hidden dangers of snoring snoozers

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 11:09am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com One in eight Hong Kong children snore, which may be a symptom of a sleep disorder that can lead to behavioural problems and obesity Study gives wake-up call on kids who snore Parents have been given a wake-up call about their children’s snoring after a study found that about one in eight of the city’s youngsters have the noisy night-time ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Survey reveals extent of toddlers' early exposure to computer screens

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 06:13pm by Emily Tsang

    ... at the age of just eight months, while well over a third of primary and secondary school students say they had given up outdoor activities altogether in favour of spending time indoors ... problems with cognitive development and learning, which would in turn affect the social development of children. There is strong evidence to suggest a link between spending a lot of time in front ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Under-fire Medical Council sets out plan for reform to cut waiting times

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 04:15am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... Shirley Zhao shirley.zhao@scmp.com Watchdog's chief hopes to cut waiting times for hearings- if 'vested interests' allow Medical Council sets out plan for reform The Medical Council would cut up to 10 months off the time it takes to set up a hearing on a complaint against a doctor if the government accepts its latest reform proposal, chairman Professor Joseph Lau ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong researchers may have found way to combat Alzheimer's disease

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 04:01pm by LO WEI

    ... then put into a wading pool that contained a resting platform. When the platform was later removed, the memory of each mouse was measured by the length of time it stayed in the section of the pool ...




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