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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Gene mapping used by US scientists to combat food poisoning

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

    ... Associated Press in Washington US disease detectives to decode DNA of potentially deadly bacteria Gene mapping used to combat food poisoning Chances are you've heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings? US disease detectives are beginning a programme to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1467682/gene-mapping-used-us-scientists-combat-food-poisoning
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Warning on pollution risk for children

    Posted Oct 14th 2014, 04:33am by SARAH KARACS

    ... such as air pollution, contaminated food and lead poisoning. Paediatricians at the summit also cited research showing lead- which can be found in paints and varnishes- impedes neurological development ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1615826/warning-pollution-risk-children
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Modern approach no threat to age-old Chinese medicine techniques

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 03:55am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... business. Providing medical services in a tiny, 50-year-old clinic in Tsim Sha Tsui, Wong said he wasn't aware that the nearby Watsons store was offering a Chinese medicine service. "We do it our way, and they do it their own way. No worries at all," said Wong, who has practised for more than 30 years. His patients range from youngsters to the elderly. He said his patients ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1618742/modern-approach-no-threat-age-old-chinese-medicine-techniques
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    WHO report admits incompetent staff failed to combat Ebola outbreak

    Posted Oct 18th 2014, 04:53am by AP

    ... of its Africa office. "It's the regional office in Africa that's the front line," he said. "They didn't do anything. That office is really not competent." Piot, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1618860/who-report-admits-incompetent-staff-failed-combat-ebola-outbreak
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hand washing key to curbing spread of disease, Hongkongers told

    Posted Oct 15th 2014, 04:07am by ALICE WOODHOUSE

    ... people do not wash their hands thoroughly after touching contaminated surfaces or other people. A survey by the Centre for Health Protection found this summer that 30 per cent of people do ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1616413/hand-washing-key-curbing-spread-disease-hongkongers-told
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Air pollution slows growth of children's lungs, says UK study

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 05:31am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... boys. A weaker and smaller lung means children might have more difficulty doing exercise and a lower resistance to respiratory diseases, said Tam. But the specifics of how pollutants restrict ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1610186/air-pollution-slows-growth-childrens-lungs-says-uk-study
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    33 sickened by ammonia gas leak in northwestern China

    Posted Sep 08th 2014, 01:29pm by WU NAN

    ... Wu Nan nan.wu@scmp.com Quick hospital treatment reduced the danger to the four victims most seriously injured in Ningxia; pressure on a compressor is blamed Ammonia poisoning sickened 33 people because of a leak on Sunday afternoon in Yinchuan, the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in the northwest, official state media reported. Four suffered from severe poisoning ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1587785/thirty-three-sickened-ammonia-gas-leak-northwestern-capital
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Visitors to Saudi Arabia warned to steer clear of camels amid Mers threat

    Posted Oct 04th 2014, 04:23am by SARAH KARACS

    ... clean food and so on. "Of course we are concerned about their safety, but this pilgrimage is something they have to do. We have been contacting them every day and they say they haven't ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1609028/visitors-saudi-arabia-warned-steer-clear-camels-amid-mers-threat
  9. News - World - HEALTH

    US health agency finds old ricin, other deadly pathogens in labs

    Posted Sep 07th 2014, 05:45am by AP

    ... in the labs or surrounding areas, the agency said in a memo to employees. All have been destroyed. They included a bottle of ricin, a highly poisonous toxin, found in a box with microbes dating from ... found still another improperly stored pathogen in one of its laboratories- staphylococcus enterotoxin that can cause food poisoning. The vials were in a locked freezer but not in a lab ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1586687/us-health-agency-finds-old-ricin-other-deadly-pathogens-labs
  10. News - China - HEALTH

    Paint factory in Hunan town closed after state media reports 300 children suffer lead poisoning

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:02am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... lead poisoning claims A paint factory in Hunan province, which residents blame for lead poisoning in more than 300 children, has been shut following a state media report on Saturday, according ... … [they] put pencils in their mouth and bite, which can also lead to lead poisoning." Higher authorities summoned Su to an "emergency meeting" yesterday, and he was likely to face ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533561/paint-factory-hunan-town-closed-after-state-media-reports-300-children

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