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  1. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese health experts optimistic over anti-smoking law

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 04:24am by ZHUANG PENGHUI

    ... could also attract 30,000 yuan fines. "We can safely say the draft has thoroughly adopted the most important articles of the World Health Organisation's Framework Convention on Tobacco ... in the law that the tobacco companies might oppose during the consultation period. We will send our opinions. We expect there will be some wrangling with the industry," Yang said. "As ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1648831/health-experts-optimistic-over-anti-smoking-law
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong to probe Colgate toothpaste over cancer-linked ingredient

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 11:32pm by Phila Siu, Bloomberg

    ... in response to a lawsuit over a Freedom of Information Act request. A departmental spokesman said: "As regards a report saying that Colgate Total contains triclosan, Hong Kong Customs will look into the report, and seek professional advice from the Department of Health on health concerns." Under the Consumer Goods Safety Ordinance, it is an offence to supply, manufacture or import ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1572441/hong-kong-customs-probe-report-colgate-total-toothpaste-contains
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    US$100m Ebola emergency response plan unveiled by WHO's Margaret Chan

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 04:03am by Emily Tsang

    ... the response against the disease to "a new level". The WHO had identified the need for "several hundred more personnel" to be deployed in affected countries, Chan said in an appeal ... in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone said most of the Chinese living in the countries were in the timber, textile or import and export trades. In Sierra Leone, an unnamed embassy staff member said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1563786/us100m-ebola-emergency-response-plan-unveiled-whos-margaret-chan
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Cheap cream can boost flu jabs for elderly, HKU study shows

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by Emily Tsang

    ... stimulated the body's cells and launched the study to determine if it had wider medical use. "It is an important advance in immunisation," he said. "Pretreatment with imiquimod ... believes that application of the cream can solve this problem. But he said doctors should only use it on elderly and chronically ill patients. "A normal healthy adult should gain enough ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559398/cheap-cream-can-boost-flu-jabs-elderly-hku-study-shows
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Health care as a family affair: Shanghai’s family doctor scheme is slow to gain acceptance

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:29pm by Alice Yan

    ... in the clinic, mostly senior citizens with chronic diseases. In the afternoon she goes to residents' homes for check-ups or health education sessions. "As a family doctor, I have more time ... the government really thinks family doctors are important, they should dramatically raise our income. Now we earn merely 70,000 yuan a year, and how can we establish our own families in Shanghai?" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1552151/health-care-family-affair-shanghais-family-doctor-scheme-slow-gain
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Drug trial hopes hit by tight regulations

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:21am by Emily Tsang

    ... arrangements to have the sample imported. The regulatory hurdles might only delay a trial by a month or two- but that is enough to drive sponsors to regional competitors with more flexible regulations, according to Henry Yau, managing director of the University of Hong Kong's clinical trials centre. "A few months can make a big difference to a pharmaceutical research study, as drug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528810/drug-trial-hopes-hit-tight-regulations
  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Legco backs payout over bird cull and sales ban

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 03:55am by Emily Tsang

    ... industry for its losses after a cull of 20,000 birds and a three-week ban on sales of live chickens amid a bird-flu scare. But poultry importers repeated their threat of "radical" action ... as the officials were unavailable. Losses for the longer ban on mainland imports were not included in the compensation package approved by the Legislative Council's Finance Committee yesterday. Under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1432836/legco-backs-payout-over-bird-cull-and-sales-ban
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong Marathon: children's new attitude is important in the long run

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 04:38am by Ernest Kao

    ... he is 7kg lighter, but more importantly has gained a whole new attitude to personal health. The change has come as part of his preparations for the 10-kilometre event at this Sunday's ... of the programme was not weight loss, but to get the youngsters into a habit of exercising and to develop self-discipline and responsibility. Leung said: "As kids become overweight, they enter ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1424678/hong-kong-marathon-childrens-new-attitude-important-long-run
  9. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    British study links carb breakdown gene in saliva to obesity

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 03:39am by GUARDIAN

    ... such as amylase in the body and therefore shape dietary advice for both overweight and underweight people," he said. "Treatments are a long way away but this is an important step in realising ... with and without obesity showed the same patterns. "A lower estimated AMY1 copy number showed a significantly increased risk of obesity in all samples and this translated to an approximate eightfold ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1465636/british-study-links-carb-breakdown-gene-saliva-obesity
  10. News - China - HEALTH

    Mainland Chinese urged to drink more milk as part of national nutrition plan

    Posted Feb 12th 2014, 03:48am by MANDY ZUO

    ... largest importer. The plan was drafted due to "the inability of food production to meet nutritional requirements, the coexistence of malnutrition and overnutrition, and the lack of public ... of Civil Affairs, said the plan showed the improvement in variety and quality of the Chinese diet. "A decade ago, 70 to 80 per cent of our calories came from staples. This plan reduces ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1426261/mainland-chinese-urged-drink-more-milk-part-national-nutrition-plan

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