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  1. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Incinerator dioxin levels reduced but new rules allow more types of waste to be burned

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 04:29am by Li Jing

    ... allowable limits of dioxins, they permit more types of waste to be burned in municipal incinerators. That came as a surprise to Chen Liwen, a researcher with a grass-roots environmental organisation called Nature University. Sludge from urban sewage plants, a byproduct of wastewater treatment, along with "general solid waste from industrial plants", and even some types ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1593418/incinerator-dioxin-levels-reduced-new-rules-allow-more-types-waste-be
  2. News - World - UNITED STATES

    US officials say 100,000 immigrants face losing health-care insurance

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 10:45pm by WASHPOST

    ... The Washington Post 100,000 immigrants risk eligibility and many more face loss of premium assistance Many face the loss of US health insurance US health officials say more than 100,000 immigrants who bought health-care plans through the federal insurance exchange will have their coverage cut off at the end of the month, because they failed to provide proof by the September ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1593997/us-officials-say-100000-immigrants-face-losing-health-care-insurance
  3. News - World

    Rivals agree on type of missile, but who fired it?

    Posted Jul 19th 2014, 02:16am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Rivals agree on type of missile, but who fired it? While Russia and Ukraine trade blame over the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, they appear to agree on one thing- the type of Soviet-era missile used. But if an SA-11 Buk missile, known as "Gadfly" in Nato, struck the aircraft, that won't solve the mystery of who did it. Russia, Ukraine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1556552/rivals-agree-type-missile-who-fired-it
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    Novo’s weight-loss shot wins backing of U.S. advisers

    Posted Sep 10th 2014, 09:50pm by Bloomberg

    ... reimbursement for drug-based therapy before," he said. "There needed to be a kind of change in the attention towards obesity and the usefulness of a drug for that." Many private insurers place Qsymia and Belviq in the third tier of medicines they'll cover, meaning patients pay a large chunk of the bill out of their own pockets. Government insurance programmes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1589518/novos-weight-loss-shot-wins-backing-us-advisers
  5. News - Hong Kong - BUSINESS

    Insurance may cover any losses by retailers during Occupy Central

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 12:11am by Enoch Yiu, TIFFANY AP

    ... Enoch Yiu and Tiffany Ap Insurance may cover any lossesby retailers Some retailers and hotel groups will be covered by insurance against potential business losses should large protests stall business in Central. Companies have bought business interruption insurance policies that covers them if fire, water damage or riots mean the cannot open or conduct business. Some factories ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1581568/insurance-may-cover-any-losses-retailers-during-occupy-central
  6. 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

    ... said. "Storing umbilical cord blood can only be seen as an insurance plan for the infants," said Liang, professor of haematology and oncology at the University of Hong Kong. "The ... it opened in Hong Kong eight years ago in which cord blood from its storage system had been used to cure a local patient. The one-year-old child had neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1594958/whose-line-it-anyway-hospitals-policy-umbilical-cords-provokes-rights
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Chinese firm offers baby milk insurance after food safety scandals

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 06:34pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address concerns about food safety in China. Suning Commerce Group, which owns the Redbaby chain of stores, said it had launched the policy this week, backed by China’s second largest insurer Ping An Insurance Group. The policy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1579367/chinese-firm-offers-baby-milk-insurance-after-food-safety-scandals
  8. News - China - ONE-CHILD POLICY

    Beijing proposes insurance for ageing parents to cover death of only child

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 04:36pm by LAURA ZHOU

    ... Laura Zhou laura.zhou@scmp.com Government considering alternative compensation scheme for parents who lose their support in old age Beijing has proposed an insurance system for parents who ... and family planning commission, said on Thursday that an early plan was for a government-owned fund to invest in insurance for these grieving parents, The Beijing News reported. In China, where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1578509/beijing-proposes-insurance-ageing-parents-cover-death-only-child
  9. News - World - CANADA

    Crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with 'rare' and 'aggressive' cancer

    Posted Sep 18th 2014, 10:37am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Toronto Toronto mayor has therapy for 'rare, difficult' cancer Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has a very rare and aggressive type of cancerous tumour in his abdomen, his ... malignant liposarcoma, a type of cancerous tumour that arises in fat cells in deep soft tissue. Cohen, a colorectal surgeon at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, called it a "very rare" ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595267/crack-smoking-toronto-mayor-rob-ford-diagnosed-rare-and-aggressive-cancer
  10. News - World - HEALTH

    Artificial sweeteners create conditions for onset of diabetes, study suggests

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

    ... McClatchy-Tribune Study suggests using sugar substitutes changes bacteria in our bodies in ways that make us more vulnerable to obesity and Type 2 diabetes Artificial sweetener link ... 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1595451/artificial-sweeteners-create-conditions-onset-diabetes-study-suggests

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