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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Children who smoke menthol cigarettes more likely to get addicted, study finds

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 10:51am by Reuters in New York

    ... Reuters in New York Children who experiment with menthol cigarettes are more likely to become habitual smokers than their peers who start out with the regular variety, according to a US ... flavour, and critics have charged that menthol makes cigarettes more palatable to new smokers - many of whom are kids - and may be especially likely to encourage addiction. “This study adds ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1073814/children-who-smoke-menthol-cigarettes-more-likely-get-addicted-study
  2. News - China - HEALTH

    30,000 people quarantined in China after resident dies of pneumonic plague

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 06:47pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... broadcaster China Central Television said. The nine-day quarantine period ends tomorrow. All people, vehicles and objects have been banned from exiting the old downtown area of the city and another ... isolated areas have a food supply that can last for over 10 days," the agency quoted an official from the Yumen grain bureau as saying. Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557217/china-seals-entire-city-gansu-after-resident-dies-bubonic-plague
  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Drug company seeks approval for world’s first malaria vaccine

    Posted Oct 08th 2013, 12:59pm by Agence France-Presse in Paris

    ... A spokeswoman for GSK said the company would file an application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) under a process aimed at facilitating new drugs for poorer countries. Under that process, ... Agence France-Presse in Paris GlaxoSmithKline is developing the vaccine for children in sub-Saharan Africa British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on Tuesday it hoped to get ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1327053/drug-company-seeks-approval-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    UN agency urges China to drop HIV spa ban

    Posted Oct 14th 2013, 04:22pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing UN Aids agency condemns draft Chinese regulation to ban HIV-positive people from spas and public bathhouses The United Nations’ Aids agency on Monday ... is the latest instance of longstanding discrimination against HIV-positive people in China. A draft was posted online by China’s State Council, or cabinet, and orders spas and similar establishments ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1331490/un-agency-urges-china-drop-hiv-spa-ban
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Pneumonic plague quarantine lifted in Gansu after no new cases reported

    Posted Jul 24th 2014, 01:46pm by Nectar Gan

    ... Nectar Gan nectar.gan@scmp.com Fear of pneumonic plague in the old town section of a Gansu town, where 30,000 live, proves unfounded as no new cases appear A guesthouse employee in Gansu ... the 28-year-old employee, surnamed Zhang, told the South China Morning Post yesterday afternoon. About 30,000 people living in the old town section of Yumen, where the plague victim was hospitalised, were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1558145/quarantine-lifted-after-eight-days-area-where-30000-live
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Anthrax probe reveals new bird flu safety breach in bioterror lab

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 01:22am by Reuters

    ... The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday it had uncovered a new safety breach at its bioterror research laboratories involving dangerous bird flu, just ... failures by individual scientists and a lack of agency-wide safety policies had led to the potential exposure of more than 80 lab workers to the dangerous bacteria at its campus in Atlanta. During ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552459/anthrax-probe-reveals-new-bird-flu-safety-breach-bioterror-lab
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Company at centre of rotten meat scandal promises China division shake-up

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:43pm by Daniel Ren, Nectar Gan

    ... has stopped using all food materials from Husi China, including its joint ventures since July 25." Dragon TV in Shanghai alleged in an investigative report that Husi Food mixed expired ... feel that nothing can be eaten here in China," Chen said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1561199/mcdonalds-china-stops-using-all-husi-products
  8. News - China - HEALTH

    China approves DNA-sequencing devices to detect genetic defects in unborn babies

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 04:56pm by Angela Meng

    ... the controversial ban on medical diagnostic products that can help detect birth defects in unborn children. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) on Monday approved the registration of genomics ... The CFDA also approved diagnostic kits for "high-risk" pregnant women, such as those older than 35. Such diagnostic products were introduced in China in 2011, initially for prenatal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1545648/china-approves-dna-sequencing-devices-detect-babies-birth-defects
  9. News - China Insider - HEALTH

    China's poultry industry wants to hush up bird flu news in damage control bid

    Posted Feb 05th 2014, 01:09pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... according to a report in the state-run Xinhua news agency. Authorities should “avoid excessively detailed reports” on infections to prevent further damage to the industry, the report said. Another ... Patrick Boehler patrick.boehler@scmp.com Poultry associations send open letters asking government to temper coverage of the outbreak amid billion-yuan losses China’s poultry industry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1421319/chinas-poultry-industry-wants-hush-bird-flu-news-damage-control
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HKUST scientists invent new water purifier

    Posted Jul 17th 2014, 04:23am by MICHAEL DE WAAL-MONTGOMERY

    ... Michael de Waal-Montgomery michael.dwm@scmp.com Tiny device may clean your water without cleaning out your bank account Scientists invent new water purifier A research team at the University of Science and Technology has invented a low-voltage pulsed electric field device that can kill more than 99 per cent of waterborne bacteria in seconds. The device, which costs HK$10 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555437/hkust-scientists-invent-new-water-purifier

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