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China records rise in voluntary organ donation

China records rise in voluntary organ donation Beijing: Organ donations in China reached a record high last year, after sourcing organs from executed prisoners was banned, the media reported on Wednesday.

"Organ transplantation in China has made a successful transformation in the past year," said Huang Jiefu, former vice-minister of health.


Chinese face growing cancer risk from dioxin

Chinese face growing cancer risk from dioxinBeijing: The Chinese are facing growing cancer risk from dioxin due to changes in their dietary patterns over the past three decades, a research has found.


First case of Zika virus detected in China

First case of Zika virus detected in China Beijing, Feb 10 : China's first case of Zika virus has been detected in a 34-year-old man who recently came from a visit to Venezuela, the government said.


India to organise 'Yoga festival' in China on UN Yoga day

India to organise 'Yoga festival' in China on UN Yoga dayBeijing : India will organise Yoga Festival in China next month to commemorate the declaration of June 21 as International Yoga Day by the UN last year, besides organising a series of events in a number of Chinese cities.


New IVF device to improve fertility

New IVF device to improve fertilityBeijing: Scientists have developed a new technique to more effectively grow and screen embryos prior to implantation during in vitro fertilisation (IVF), leading to higher success rates and lower costs.

For couples struggling to conceive the old-fashioned way, in IVF provides an alternate route to starting a family.


Indian parents hold highest ambition for their kids, finds survey

Indian parentsBeijing, Oct 15 : A new survey suggests that Indian and Chinese mainland parents are pickiest about their child's education, with more than 70 percent of them expecting that their child will achieve a master's level or above.

According to a Julius Baer Group survey, 74 percent of Indian parents and 66 percent of mainland parents recorded a strong preference for their children going to foreign universities.


Chinese hospitals to add beds for birth boom

Chinese hospitals to add beds for birth boomBeijing, May 29 - Chinese hospitals would add more beds to cope with an expected baby boom as a result of the country's loosened one-child policy, an official said Thursday.


Keep your kitchen airy for safer lungs

Keep your kitchen airy for safer lungsBeijing, March 26 : Quitting smoking may not be enough to improve your lung function if your cooking fuel is not clean and ventilation in the kitchen is not proper, research says.


Six-year-old Chinese boy to get artificial ear

Six-year-old Chinese boy to get artificial earBeijing, Feb 11 - A six-year-old boy, whose ears were allegedly cut off by his aunt in China's Hubei province, will get an artificial ear surgically attached, his father said Tuesday.

The right ear of the boy was operated upon and reattached at a hospital in Xiangyang city Jan 28, the day it was cut off. An artificial ear would be attached on the left side, said the boy's father.


Human transmissions of H7N9 to happen in limited scale: WHO

Human transmissions of H7N9 to happen in limited scale: WHOBeijing, Jan. 21 - A World Health Organization representative has said that human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 bird flu virus might occur on a limited scale in China.

Bernhard Schwartlander said that there is no proof that the virus is going to become sustained or widespread among humans, and that it is not known whether H7N9 will cause a pandemic, China Daily reported.


Chinese provinces report five new bird flu cases

Chinese provinces report five new bird flu casesBeijing, Jan 11 - The Chinese provinces of Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang Friday reported five fresh human cases of H7N9 bird flu, including one death.

The five new cases included two in Zhejiang, two in Guangdong and one in Fujian, according to the health and family planning commissions in the three provinces, Xinhua reported.


China to punish harshly over medical waste disposal

China to punish harshly over medical waste disposalBeijing, Jan 9 - In a bid to reduce pollution and protect public health, China has decided to impose harsh punishment on those who will fail to handle the medical waste properly.

Companies or government units that illegally collect, store, transport, and handle medical waste will have their licences revoked and heavily fined, reported Xinhua citing a statement from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.


Baby sold by doctor rescued in China

Baby sold by doctor rescued in ChinaBeijing, Aug 5 - Police have recovered a newborn boy who was allegedly sold to human traffickers by an obstetrician in northwest China's Shaanxi province.

Six suspects involved in the human trafficking case have been arrested, Xinhua reported.

The baby was recovered in Anyang city of central Henan province Sunday, but DNA tests must be conducted to confirm its identity, officials said. The baby was in good condition.


China mulls relaxing one-child policy

China mulls relaxing one-child policyBeijing, Aug 3 : China is still deliberating whether to further relax the country's one-child policy, a spokesman for the country's health and family planning authority said.

Mao Qun'an, spokesman for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, made the statement in response to media attention on China's population policies, Xinhua reported Friday.


Doctor held in China for infant trafficking

US to close missions in UAE as 'precautionary step'Beijing, Aug 3 - A woman gynaecologist has been detained in northwest China's Shaanxi province on suspicion of infant trafficking, police said.

The gynaecologist, surnamed Zhang, from Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital allegedly sold a newborn July 17 to a man and woman from Shanxi province for 21,600 yuan (around $3,500), Xinhua cited the public security bureau as saying.


37 dengue cases found in China

37 dengue cases found in ChinaBeijing, July 21 : Thirty-seven people have been confirmed as having contracted dengue fever in China's Guangdong province, authorities said Saturday.

As of Friday afternoon, all the 37 patients have been found in five localities of Zhongshan City since July 16, and it is likely that more cases will be reported, reported Xinhua citing provincial health authorities.


Bird flu toll rises to 38 in China

Bird flu toll rises to 38 in ChinaShanghai, June 1 : A man in Shanghai died from the H7N9 strain of bird flu Friday, raising the toll from the virus in China to 38.

The 59-year old man died Friday afternoon, nearly two months after being confirmed as infected with the virus, the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission said in a statement late Friday.


China suspends wild bird sales over avian flu

China suspends wild bird sales over avian fluBeijing, April 19 - Chinese government has ordered suspension of wild bird sales in a bid to prevent spread of the H7N9 bird flu.

The State forestry administration Thursday urged local authorities to beef up epidemic surveillance and suspend transactions of wild birds, Xinhua quoted an emergency notice as saying.

It also directed to ban close contact between humans and animals in the zoos.


China bird-flu toll rises to 17

China bird-flu toll rises to 17Beijing, April 18 - Two more people died Wednesday from a new strain of bird flu detected last month in eastern China, bringing to 16 the number of fatalities from the illness, authorities said.

The infection has been found in 77 people, according to the latest bulletin from the National Commission on Health and Family Planning, which said authorities have seen no signs of person-to-person transmission of the virus.


China bird-flu toll reaches 10

China bird-flu toll reaches 10Beijing, April 12 - Chinese authorities said Thursday that a 10th person has died from the new strain of bird flu detected last month in the Shanghai region.

The number of confirmed human infections rose to 38 with the discovery of nine new cases in Shanghai.

Of the 28 infected people who are still alive, only one, a boy of 4, has made a full recovery, the official Xinhua news agency said.


China starts research on H7N9 vaccine

China starts research on H7N9 vaccineBeijing, April 8 - China has started research for the development of a vaccine for the H7N9 bird flu virus, a health official said Monday.

However, complications in the development and manufacturing process mean it may take about six to eight months before the vaccine can be brought to market, said Liang Wannian, director of the H7N9 influenza prevention and control office under the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC).


China bird-flu outbreak toll reaches six

China bird-flu outbreak toll reaches sixShanghai, April 6 - The toll from an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu in eastern China rose to six Friday with the deaths of a farmer in Zhejiang province and two other people in this metropolis.

Doctors have confirmed 13 other cases of infection with a variant of the H7N9 virus.

All 13 patients are being treated under quarantine at hospitals in Shanghai and neighbouring regions.


China briefs WHO on new bird flu

China briefs WHO on new bird fluBeijing, April 4 - China's health authorities have promised transparency and cooperation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) over human infections from a new strain of bird flu.


HIV-infected students on rise in China

HIV-infected students on rise in ChinaBeijing, March 31 - China is witnessing a rise in the number of registered HIV infected students, with homosexual transmission emerging as a major cause of new infections, a government official has said.

A total of 1,700 students were reported HIV positive in 2012, a 24.5-percent rise year on year, said Yu Jingjin, an official with the country's National Health and Family Planning Commission.


Music, massage, naps key to sound sleep

Music, massage, naps key to sound sleepBeijing, March 20 : Stressing the need to sleep for moderate durations, a Chinese study has urged people to avoid overuse of networking devices and turn to soothing music, massage, and naps for a better sleep.

The Chinese people sleep on an average of eight hours and 50 minutes everyday, but nearly half feel sluggish when awake, found the study prepared to observe Chinese people's sleeping habits and released Tuesday.


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