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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 - 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
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong is not equipped to study the Ebola virus

    Posted Aug 16th 2014, 02:57am by Jessie Lau and Emily Tsang

    ... to establish a BSL4 facility in order to effectively handle patients, and that a facility would be expensive. "I do not think that is Hong Kong's priority at this time, as such infection ... of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, says countries that do not have BSL4 laboratories can still handle the specimen safely, and that Hong Kong is well equipped to deal with patients. "Hong Kong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1574397/hong-kong-not-equipped-study-ebola-virus
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HKU researchers' new liver cancer system helps prolong patients' lives

    Posted Aug 14th 2014, 04:13am by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... such patients undergo only "palliative treatment" such as chemotherapy and electrotherapy, which do little to cure the disease, he said. Researchers found that treatment under the new system ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1573016/hku-researchers-new-liver-cancer-system-helps-prolong-patients-lives
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Medical Council demands new misconduct body amid fears errors swept under the carpet

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:24pm by CANNIX YAU

    ... that should have been referred to us but we received none," Lau said in an exclusive interview with the South China Morning Post. "Do you really believe that there was not even one case ... or believing what he was doing was right or excusable. If you have somebody who is liable to errors, he could make the same mistakes again. Are they safe to be left on their own, unsupervised?" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571647/joseph-lau-wan-yee-demands-new-misconduct-body-hospitals
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong medical workers 'put at risk in Ebola scare'

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 05:03am by SAMUEL CHAN, Emily Tsang, BRIAN YAP

    ... the surgical masks that Hongkongers often reach for during the flu season. Watch: What do Hongkongers think about Ebola? The health scare was triggered when a 32-year-old Nigerian man who was staying ... of them used to come and do business every month … but [recently] some could not get a visa." Since last year, Hong Kong had tightened visa policies on many African countries for reasons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571567/hong-kong-medical-workers-put-risk-ebola-scare
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Ebola-hit Liberia fears starvation as quarantine blocks food supplies

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 04:49am by AFP

    ... hunger. “Clinics are closed. “If we cannot get food to eat, how do we survive? The victims will be more than that of Ebola.” If we cannot get food to eat, the victims will be more than ... at the restrictions. “Let the government see reason,” said Augustine Kimber, a plantation worker. “If they do not, there will be many deaths... not from Ebola, but from hunger.” Ebola can kill a person ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1570771/ebola-hit-liberia-fears-starvation-quarantine-blocks-food-supplies
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Canada patient showing Ebola-like symptoms is placed in isolation

    Posted Aug 09th 2014, 02:48pm by AFP

    ... response, saying WHO is at least partly to blame WHO leaders "need to do a reality check and step up", Koen Henckaerts, a health expert at the European Commission's humanitarian aid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1569953/canada-patient-showing-ebola-symptoms-placed-isolation
  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Tuen Mun man makes Hong Kong's fourth case of Japanese encephalitis this year

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 04:25am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... are more than 2km apart, so we do not see any direct link," he said, referring to the two-kilometre radius that a species of mosquito, Culex tritaeniorhynchus, which spreads the disease, can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1567850/tuen-mun-man-makes-hong-kongs-fourth-case-japanese-encephalitis-year
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong won't follow Macau's strict lead on Ebola, health protection chief says

    Posted Aug 04th 2014, 04:54am by Patsy Moy

    ... own way of preventing the virus," Leung said. "For Hong Kong, the difficulties are that some tourists do not buy sim cards to use mobile phones here, or some of them are reluctant ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1565695/hong-kong-wont-follow-macaus-lead-ebola-health-protection-chief-says

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