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    Shenzhen reports rat boom

    Posted Apr 14th 2014, 02:18pm

    ... recorded cases of people with viral haemorrhagic fever, which is transmitted by rats, mice and other rodents, in the first quarter of the year, against 10 cases in the same time period last year. ...

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    Gene mapping used by US scientists to combat food poisoning

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:29pm by AP

    ... public health laboratories around the country keep watch on food safety, and to use the technology more routinely against other outbreaks. "Genome sequencing really is the ultimate DNA ...


    Government urged to set up mental health commission

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 11:10am

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Current policy neglects community-based services, warns Hong Kong Mental Health Council The government is being urged to set up a mental health commission ... month urging establishment of a committee or a commission to make overall arrangements for mental health policy. They suggested the committee should include representatives from Food ...

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    Jury still out a year after Australian law on plain packaging for cigarettes

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 09:50pm by Reuters

    ... by May 2015. Ellison cited what she called a "compelling" review commissioned by the government which she said had shown plain packaging would improve public health and cut the number ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HKU team hail H7N9 flu vaccine 'breakthrough'

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 03:35am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Research may lead to first single jab that protects against many flu viruses HK team hail vaccine 'breakthrough' University of Hong Kong researchers have developed a vaccine that may be the first in the world to offer a shield against many influenza viruses- including the deadly H7N9 bird flu strain- in one simple shot. The HKU team ...

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    US state of Maryland may be first to ban ‘Vaportini’ alcohol inhaler

    Posted Apr 04th 2014, 10:53pm by NYT

    ... drunk," Palmer said, adding that she was unaware of any other laws against her Vaportini products. Unlike traditional consumption of alcohol, inhaled alcohol bypasses the digestive system ...

  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Maoming officials vow petrochemical plant will be shelved if public opposes it

    Posted Apr 01st 2014, 04:13pm by Adrian Wan

    ... Adrian Wan adrian.wan@scmp.com Local government adopts conciliatory tone following Sunday's violent clashes against controversial extension to paralxylene plant Following violent demonstrations in Maoming, Guangdong province, against a controversial petrochemical plant, the city’s officials now say the plan will not proceed if most people clearly opposed it. The public’s concern ...

  8. News - China - HEALTH

    Doctors attacked by knife-wielding patient in Shanghai, latest in series of assaults on medics

    Posted Mar 21st 2014, 05:00pm by Minnie Chan

    ... Three doctors in Shanghai have been attacked by a patient with a knife, the latest in a wave of assaults against medical staff on the mainland. The attack came as police in a city in Hubei ... month, allegedly by a patient who was unhappy with treatment he received. Li Bin, the minister in charge of of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said earlier this month that she ...

  9. News - China - HEALTH

    Chronic staff shortages plague rural hospitals

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:57pm by Alice Yan

    ... the Chinese Hospital Association, backed by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, found that more than 60 per cent of county-level public hospitals are short of doctors and nurses. ...

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    Scientists are closing in on drugs that may stop the deadly Ebola virus

    Posted Mar 30th 2014, 04:56am by Bloomberg

    ... be able to stop the virus. People who are at risk of infection have little protection for now against a virus that kills as many as 90 per cent of those it strikes. The latest outbreak, in Guinea, ...




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