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  1. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

    Posted Jun 17th 2013, 10:08am by Jeanette Wang

    ... is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet. Comparing data from the World Health Organisation’s Global Burden of Disease (GBD) studies of 1990 and 2010, researchers found a rapid change in the nation’s health profile. Infectious, maternal, neonatal and nutritional disorders declined ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1262682/rapid-change-diets-put-china-health-under-pressure
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong mulls greater oversight of private health insurance

    Posted May 26th 2013, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com HK mulls private insurance overhaul The government may take on a "middle-man role" in private health insurance cases, helping to decide claims, process compensation and register complaints, the health minister said. Food and Health Secretary Dr Ko Wing-man told a radio talk show that the government would soon roll out a plan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1246171/hong-kong-mulls-greater-oversight-private-health-insurance
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Reduce H7N9 human fatalities, Premier Li Keqiang tells health officials

    Posted Apr 29th 2013, 12:00am by He Huifeng, JOLIE HO

    ... Call comes as number of infected people reaches 124 and mass cull of poultry is carried out Premier Li Keqiang urged health officials yesterday to reduce the fatality rate of the H7N9 bird ... and Hunan in the past week, sparking fears it might soon emerge in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Health authorities in Jiangxi yesterday confirmed two more human cases of the virus, according to Xinhua. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1225525/reduce-h7n9-human-fatalities-premier-li-tells-health-officials
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Step up bird flu tests on chickens, Hong Kong health expert urges

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI, Mimi Lau

    ... With rising risk of infection, health centre urges more checks on local poultry farms The Hong Kong government 's Centre for Health Protection yesterday recommended that tests for H7N9 bird flu on locally raised chickens be stepped up, with its experts seeing a rising risk of human infection. Blood tests for H5 bird flu are conducted on locally raised chickens ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1227144/step-bird-flu-tests-hong-kong-raised-chickens-government-advisers-say
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    H7N9 human transmission possible but 'highly sporadic', says health expert

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 11:39am by Ernest Kao

    ... China’s top health authority is not ruling out the possibility of human-to-human transmission of the new H7N9 bird flu virus strain. Although the virus does not easily infect humans, ... health emergency centre. “Long-term and unprotected exposure to the infected person might result in another human infection,” he said. Feng added that the small amount of family clusters did ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1217287/h7n9-human-transmission-possible-highly-sporadic-says-health-expert
  6. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong on alert for deadly bird flu strain, says health minister

    Posted Apr 01st 2013, 06:13pm by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei lo.wei@scmp.com Hong Kong’s health minister said on Monday that the city was on high alert for anyone infected with H7N9 avian flu virus after the mainland announced on Sunday three ... contracting the virus, previously found only in birds. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said in a radio interview on Monday that control measures and tests currently available would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1204791/hong-kong-alert-deadly-bird-flu-strain-say-health-minister
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Li Bin brings rich experience to health and family planning commission

    Posted Mar 17th 2013, 12:00am by ZHUANG PINGHUI

    ... Zhuang Pinghui pinghui.zhuang@scmp.com Former Anhui governor has rich background in both health and national family planning affairs Li Bin a pragmatic yet charismatic politician Minister in charge of the newly established Health and Family Planning Commission Li Bin yesterday said she was well aware of the importance of her job, but shed little light on how she was going to address ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1192582/li-bin-brings-rich-experience-health-and-family-planning-commission
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Flights to take more health precautions after second Sars scare

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by JOLIE HO

    ... Jolie Ho jolie.ho@scmp.com Stepped up health checks on travellers More health measures will be taken on flights in and out of the city, the health minister said yesterday, as Hongkongers ... and was later diagnosed with seasonal influenza A. His wife, who had a cough and sore throat, also tested negative for the new Sars virus. Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1187793/flights-take-more-health-precautions-after-second-sars-scare
  9. News - China

    Judge officials on health, environment too: expert

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu in Beijing verna.yu@scmp.com Judge officials on health, environment too: expert The assessment of officials' performance should be based on their contribution towards improving the public's health and the environment and not just their ability to boost economic output, leading respiratory disease specialist Dr Zhong Nanshan said yesterday . Speaking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1184044/judge-officials-health-environment-too-expert
  10. News - China - HYGIENE

    Public go potty over ministry's plan to use flies to measure toilet health

    Posted Feb 24th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... was far from abuzz with praise yesterday for draft Ministry of Health guidelines for improving the mainland's notoriously awful public toilets, whose cleanliness will be gauged in part ... Hainan, famous for the density of flies in its tropical climate, health officials have adopted a zero-tolerance stand on the pesky insects, Shanghai-based Dragon Television reports. Mainland media ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1157290/public-go-potty-over-ministrys-plan-use-flies-measure-toilet-health

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