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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Reform of Medical Council needed to restore public confidence after Eugina Lau case: group

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 11:29am by EMILY TSANG AND LO WEI

    ... in all. Lieh Mak said she believed a revamp was necessary to restore public confidence in the council. But the Food and Health Bureau, which has set up a steering committee for a strategic review ... needs major surgery A concern group has urged the Medical Council to address its shortcomings and restore public confidence in light of criticism that it has failed to protect patients’ rights. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1523714/reform-medical-council-needed-restore-public-confidence-after-eugina
  2. Comment - Letters

    Public awareness must be raised about alcohol-related harm

    Posted May 21st 2014, 04:27am by LETTERS

    ... Public awareness must be raised about alcohol-related harm I refer to the article by Charley Lanyon (" Underage drinking fuels worrying trend in Hong Kong, amid lack of regulation ... harmful and addictive. A new report by the World Health Organisation suggests that "early initiation of alcohol use is a predictor of impaired health status because it is associated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1516745/public-awareness-must-be-raised-about-alcohol-related-harm
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Nationwide campaign to promote smoking ban in public spaces in China

    Posted May 06th 2014, 03:21pm by Li Jing

    ... in China from Monday to promote a nationwide ban on smoking in public places. A spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission Mao Qunan told a launch ceremony in Beijing the campaign was aimed at raising public awareness of the health risks of tobacco use, Xinhua reported. China has pledged to ban smoking in public areas – such as restaurants, hotels, bars, cinemas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1505796/nationwide-campaign-promote-smoking-ban-public-spaces-china
  4. News - China - HEALTH

    Visiting WHO chief Margaret Chan sees 'great progress' in China's health system

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:28pm by XINHUA

    ... Xinhua in Beijing Visiting WHO chief sees 'great progress' World Health Organisation director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun shared her dream at the end of her visit to China. "When I retire from my job and come back to live in China, I'd like to be able to have a well-trained, respected and properly paid family doctor to take care of my health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1552152/visiting-who-chief-margaret-chan-sees-great-progress-chinas-health-system
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    ‘Dirty’ air in subdivided flats pose health hazards

    Posted May 21st 2014, 05:06pm by SHIRLEY ZHAO

    ... capita in the units surveyed is about 41 square feet – some 30 per cent lower than the Housing Authority’s 59 sq ft standard for public housing tenants. Lai said an overcrowded living environment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1517263/dirty-air-subdivided-flats-pose-health-hazards
  6. News - Asia - HEALTH

    Mers virus unlikely to spread in Asia: World Health Organisation

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:00pm by Agence France-Presse in Manila

    ... Agence France-Presse in Manila World Health Organisation downplays risks to Asia from Sars-related Middle East respiratory virus, which has killed at least 287 people in the Arabian peninsula Asian countries should keep their guard against the deadly Middle East respiratory virus, although it is unlikely to spread to the region, a World Health Organisation expert said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1551081/mers-virus-unlikely-spread-asia-world-health-organisation
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Mers on the rise, but WHO not yet declaring a global health emergency

    Posted May 16th 2014, 01:24am by WASHPOST

    ... is not convincing evidence" that the disease has become more transmissible from person to person, the experts said, it does not yet meet the criteria for being declared a public health emergency ... the two diseases "present two different kinds of dilemmas for the world". The spread of polio is an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months because ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1512865/mers-rise-who-not-yet-declaring-global-health-emergency
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    MERS fears for US health workers

    Posted May 14th 2014, 01:47am by AGENCIES

    ... they are awaiting test results to determine whether any of the exposed hospital workers have MERS. Health officials stressed that MERS is not a risk to the general public in the US, but it does spread among ... Agencies MERS fears for US health workers Two health workers at a hospital in the US state of Florida, who were exposed to a patient with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome have begun ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1511616/mers-fears-us-health-workers
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Record sharing is key to better health care for Hongkongers

    Posted Apr 22nd 2014, 02:23am by SCMP Editorial

    ... be a functional partnership between the public and private sectors- or between public hospital doctors and private practitioners. In fact, more than eight years ago, the Health and Medical Development ... Record Sharing System Bill to Legco for scrutiny by the end of the month. A spokesman said the government believed that sharing health records would enhance public-private partnerships ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1493980/record-sharing-key-better-health-care-hongkongers
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    When it comes to live-chicken sales, health should be the top priority

    Posted May 12th 2014, 03:08am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Health should be the top priority As Guangzhou suspended live-poultry sales in nearly a third of its wet markets and substituted central slaughtering as part of a pilot ... sense of security created by improved defences against bird flu. Then former health minister Dr York Chow Yat-ngok said the decision might not be permanent as viruses and the risk could change. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1510125/when-it-comes-live-chicken-sales-health-should-be-top

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