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  1. News - World - HEALTH

    Anthrax probe reveals new bird flu safety breach in bioterror lab

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

    ... the anthrax incident, investigators found scientists working with the deadly bacteria failed to follow an approved, written study plan that met all safety requirements. The scientists lacked standard ... leadership. "I learned about it less than 48 hours ago," Frieden said. "These events should never have happened," he said, adding that the events likely "have people ...

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

    Expert group questions ability of suspended heart surgeon Yu Cheuk-man

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 06:07pm by Emily Tsang

    ... ignored the views of six European experts who concluded in January there was nothing wrong with his work and he was seeking legal advice on what to do next. Yu, a Chinese University medical ... complex operations he performed between 2011 and 2012. Quality and safety director Derrick Au Kit-sing said the authority was "seriously concerned" about the standard and skill exercised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550398/expert-group-questions-ability-suspended-heart-surgeon-yu-cheuk-man
  3. News - China - HEALTH

    Health care as a family affair: Shanghai’s family doctor scheme is slow to gain acceptance

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:29pm by Alice Yan

    ... years ago, Tao, like most Shanghai residents, would first head to a big hospital whenever he was ill or injured. There, patients often have to endure hours of waiting because doctors see more ... with the three-year-old medical plan is that some of Shanghai's family doctors underutilise their medical training, Zhu said, because they seldom practice as doctors but work mostly as a pharmacists ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1552151/health-care-family-affair-shanghais-family-doctor-scheme-slow-gain
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Average Hong Kong toddler starts using electronic tablets at just 16 months

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 04:12am by Emily Tsang

    ... Chung and his researchers said. "Parents and their children may not be aware that using the internet and electronic-screen products for long hours can affect the physical and psychological ... that ran the survey on more than 4,300 parents, pupils and teachers in January. One in five pupils spent more than three hours a day in front of electronic screens, the researchers said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549901/health-warning-survey-finds-hong-kong-toddlers-begin-using-tablets-16
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Survey reveals extent of toddlers' early exposure to computer screens

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 06:13pm by Emily Tsang

    ... with electronic screens. The survey also revealed that one in five school students spend more than 3 hours a day in front of electronic screens. Dr Thomas Chung Wai-hung, a consultant to the bureau ... products for long hours can affect the physical and psychological health of the user,” Chung said at the release of a report on the study on Tuesday. “Kids are exposed to electronic devices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549694/survey-reveals-extent-toddlers-early-exposure-computer-screens
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Study gives parents a wake-up call over hidden dangers of snoring snoozers

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 11:09am by Emily Tsang

    ... recommended rate for the age group of 8 ½ to 10 ½ hours a day. “The current study shows that sleep deprivation is indeed an important public health issue as it is so common and so important ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1550930/study-gives-parents-wake-call-over-hidden-dangers-snoring-snoozers
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Smoking to have 'devastating' economic impact in China: WHO

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:39am by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... would have a devastating impact on the mainland and its workforce. "You can't walk properly, you will be so short of breath that you won't be able to work," she said ... and charging higher tax on tobacco products. "These are useful tools and proven to work. They just need to be implemented," said Chan. Anti-smoking campaigners say one major problem ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1550692/smoking-have-devastating-economic-impact-china-who
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong researchers may have found way to combat Alzheimer's disease

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 04:01pm by LO WEI

    ... The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America last month. The team is now seeking to work with drug manufacturers and medical schools, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548746/hong-kong-researchers-may-have-found-way-combat-alzheimers-disease
  9. News - China - HEALTH

    Does Chinese law restrict doctors from helping outside their clinics? Man's fake rumour triggers heated debate

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 06:09pm by Zhuang Pinghui

    ... delivered the baby on a train and not at her registered place of work. The man even posted details about "Li", saying she was from the No 3 Hospital affiliated with Peking University ... said doctors responding to emergencies outside their places of work were exempted from liability. Liu Ye, a medical lawyer at the Shanghai Haishang Law Firm, said a doctor's actions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1548827/man-punished-fake-news-doctor-was-convicted-illegally-delivering-baby
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Father questions hospital treatment after boy, 8, dies of encephalitis

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 03:16am by Olga Wong and Lo Wei

    ... "That's a five-hour delay. In hindsight, could my son have been saved if they [had taken] action earlier?" Lau asked. He added that vomiting and lethargy are symptoms of encephalitis, ... microbiologist Dr Ho Pak-leung said the doctors could have been working on various diagnoses and trying different medications on the boy while he was in their care, and that the bacteria was not found ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1544452/father-questions-hospital-treatment-after-boy-8-dies-encephalitis

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