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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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Two Koreas top of global suicide charts, for different reasons

    Posted Sep 06th 2014, 05:21am by AGENCIES

    ... in 2012. The highest rate across age groups was among people over 70 years of age. The most common suicide methods globally were pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms. The report noted the prevalence of suicides by gas poisoning in Japan. Associated Press, The Guardian ...

  5. News - World - HEALTH

    Artificial sweeteners create conditions for onset of diabetes, study suggests

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 08:09pm by MCT

    ... water. After 11 weeks, the mice that received the artificial sweeteners showed higher levels of glucose intolerance compared with the others- a sign that their bodies were doing a worse job of processing sugar. Among other things, this causes blood sugar to be too high, and is often a precursor to Type 2 diabetes. To see whether the gut microbiome had anything to do with the link between ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong workers want more mental health support at work, study finds

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:22am by Raquel Carvalho

    ... in the workplace were pushing away talented staff. A total of 1,031 workers and managers responded to the study on knowledge, attitude and practices to do with mental health in the workplace, commissioned ... should proactively take steps to maintain their sanity, such as taking breaks or doing exercise. "You have to look after yourself because the employers will squeeze you to death. They want ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Whose line is it anyway? Pregnant woman battles hospital over right to keep umbilical cord blood

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 04:22am by Ernest Kao, Emily Tsang

    ... blood stored in private banks. The three major private cord-blood banks in the city have accreditation from the American Association of Blood Banks. But they do not require a licence to operate ... Public hospitals only allow donations of blood to the Red Cross and do not allow blood to be collected for private storage. Liang said a patient's own cord blood could not be used to treat ...

  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Extreme altruists have bigger brains, Georgetown University study shows

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:42pm by MCT

    ... a significant number of people who had donated kidneys to strangers. She was pleasantly surprised. They were easy to find because many now advocate for organ donation. And they really want to do good ...

  9. News - World - HEALTH

    One suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world, WHO says

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 10:35pm by AFP

    ... suicide globally are pesticide poisoning, hanging and firearms, but jumping from buildings is a common method in highly urbanised areas in Asia. The WHO cautioned that suicide figures were ...

  10. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    Researchers in United States debunk theory that wearing bras causes cancer

    Posted Sep 14th 2014, 04:18am by WASHINGTON POST

    ... they do. The book did not examine other possible explanations. "This is a common confusion," Chen said. "They see two things happening at the same time and they think one causes ...




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