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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    High alert for Ebola needed in Hong Kong, health minister says after emergency meeting

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 04:54pm by Emily Tsang and Agence France-Presse

    ... health authorities stepped up surveillance against the deadly Ebola virus yesterday as a Hong Kong woman who fell ill after visiting Kenya tested negative for the disease. This came as a British ... should remain "highly alert" for Ebola, health minister Dr Ko Wing-man said after leading an emergency meeting with experts to discuss contingency plans in the event of an outbreak. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1562707/hospitalised-hong-kong-woman-tests-negative-deadly-ebola-virus
  2. News - World - DISEASE

    Screening arriving air passengers for Ebola a waste of money, experts say

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:19am by GDN

    ... was declared Ebola-free in what the World Health Organisation's director for the country, Rui Gama Vaz, described as a "spectacular success story". The way Nigeria beat the virus could serve as a model for the rest of the world. As soon as the virus was confirmed in July, a massive public health effort began. Every person who may have been exposed to the virus had to be found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1621577/screening-arriving-air-passengers-ebola-waste-money-experts-say
  3. News - World

    US President Barack Obama appoints Ebola tsar

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:46am by Reuters

    ... Reuters US President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola tsar for the United States yesterday, while the government said a Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from ... to reduce their intake to one meal a day. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker aboard the cruise ship, who did not have direct contact with the now-deceased Liberian patient but could have ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1618922/us-president-barack-obama-appoints-ebola-tsar
  4. News - China - POLLUTION

    Beijing marathon runners don face masks to battle severe smog

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 02:41pm by Li Jing

    ... competitors that there would be "slight or moderate smog" on race day, and asked runners to take precautions based on their own health conditions, advising the elderly and people ... that can penetrate people's lungs, reached 310 micrograms per cubic metre, more than 12 times the safety recommendation set by the World Health Organisation. Some runners wore masks, but most ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1619896/beijing-marathoners-don-face-masks-battle-smog
  5. News - World - POLITICS

    Obama being sued by Republicans for exceeding his powers over health care

    Posted Jul 31st 2014, 09:53pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington House of Representatives majority accuses the president of exceeding his constitutional powers in enforcing his health care law Republicans vote to sue Obama Contending that US President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he enforced the 2010 health care law, a sharply divided House of Representatives approved a Republican plan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1563648/obama-being-sued-republicans-exceeding-his-powers-over-health-care
  6. Business - Companies - TAKEOVERS

    Fosun wins takeover battle for Portuguese healthcare provider

    Posted Oct 16th 2014, 02:23pm by Langi Chiang, Bloomberg

    ... Langi Chiang and Bloomberg langi.chiang@scmp.com Mainland conglomerate goes full steam ahead in its global push, particularly in insurance sector Fosun wins bid for Portuguese health care firm Fosun International has won a takeover battle for Portuguese health care service provider Espirito Santo Saude, seeing off bid rivals from at least three countries to land a €459.83 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1617603/fosun-wins-takeover-battle-portuguese-healthcare-provider
  7. News - Asia - MYANMAR

    Myanmar’s health and information ministers ‘resign’

    Posted Jul 30th 2014, 10:13pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Yangon Health and information ministers 'resign' Myanmar's ministers of information and health have resigned, state media reported yesterday, the latest changes ... "allowed" Information Minister Aung Kyi and Health Minister Pe Thet Khin to step down "of their own volition". No reason was given for the resignations but the work of both ministries has ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1562932/myanmars-health-and-information-ministers-resign
  8. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    Ignoring mental illness treatment creates an economic burden for us all

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 06:25am by DAVID DODWELL

    ... for this, and from a business point of view, we pay a huge economic price too. Data in Hong Kong on the price paid for mental ill health is almost non-existent, but evidence from the World Health Organisation, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and a brilliant new book on Britain's mental health challenges (Thrive by Richard Layard and David Clark) suggests ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1622375/ignoring-mental-illness-treatment-creates-economic-burden-us-all
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A new front in Hong Kong's war on pollution

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 04:31am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial A new front in war on pollution Hong Kong is, as researchers studying the health effects of roadside air pollution have observed, an "ideal urban laboratory". ... of information. Improving technology has allowed experts to focus on particular pollutants that have the greatest direct impact on health. But while there are monitoring stations in our busiest districts, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1619524/new-front-hong-kongs-war-pollution
  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy weakens unborn babies' lungs

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:19am by AFP

    ... to traffic-related air pollutants during the prenatal period could adversely impact the developing lung", the authors reported in the journal Thorax. "Substantial health benefits" could accrue ... Even so, "the findings should be taken very seriously by policymakers", Shaheen said. "The results suggest more needs to be done to reduce air pollution to improve public health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1621398/exposure-traffic-pollution-during-pregnancy-weakens-unborn-babies-lungs

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