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SARS-like virus no cause for concern: China

SARS-like virus no cause for concern: ChinaBeijing, Sep 28 - Chinese health authorities have tried to ease public concerns after two people in the Middle East were stricken by an illness resembling SARS.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Monday issued a global alert after a Qatari man suffered from acute respiratory problems following his return from Saudi Arabia.


Cancer-causing chemical in China chili products

Cancer-causing chemical in China chili productsBeijing, Sep 22 - A cancer-causing industrial dye has been found in chili paste and red chili powder products in China, a trade watchdog has said.

Several supermarkets and factories in Hunan province have been punished for selling and producing the products dyed with chemical compound Rhodamine B, a banned food additive.


Early sex causing cancer of cervix in Chinese women

Early sex causing cancer of cervix in Chinese womenBeijing, Sep 18 - Due to an early exposure to sex life, the incidence of cancer of the cervix among Chinese women is on the rise, according to experts.

Medical experts told a conference Tuesday that the incidence of cervical cancer among Chinese women has increased from less than five percent 20 years ago to 30 percent now due to early exposure to sex life, Shanghai Daily reported.


China launches cancer screening programme

China launches cancer screening programmeBeijing, Aug 3 : In a step aimed at an early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, a government-supported project, of an estimated cost of 300 to 500 million yuan (upto $8 million), has been launched in China's 14 provincial-level regions.


China confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak in Xinjiang

China confirms H5N1 bird flu outbreak in XinjiangBeijing, July 3 : China''s northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has reported an outbreak of H5N1 in poultry, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) announced Monday.

The disease has killed 1,600 chickens raised by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a unique economic and semi-military government organization of about 2.5 million people.


Chinese eat much more salt than WHO recommends

Chinese eat much more salt than WHO recommendsBeijing, June 12 : China National Salt Industry Corporation (CNSIC), the country''s biggest salt producer, on Tuesday launched a plan to reduce the nation''s salt consumption, as Chinese eat about three times the amount of salt recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).


More Chinese wives get HIV from husbands

More Chinese wives get HIV from husbandsBeijing, June 2 - The number of spouses infected with HIV by their partners is increasing in China, and most of those infected by spouses are females, China Daily reported Saturday.

"The report will help devise better intervention methods to curb rising HIV transmissions within married couples and significantly reduce new infections," said Liu Kangmai, deputy director of the National Centre for AIDS/STD Prevention and Control (NCAIDS).


WHO lauds China's smoking curbs

WHO lauds China's smoking curbsBeijing, May 31 : The World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday praised China for its efforts to raise awareness on health risks caused by cigarette smoking.

"This year marks a milestone in history, as China's health ministry released its first official publication on the harms of smoking," the UN agency said in a statement on World No Tobacco Day Thursday.


100 fall ill after eating chicken in China

100 fall ill after eating chicken in ChinaBeijing, May 28 - Around 100 people fell ill after eating chicken in a northern province in China.

A total of 97 people fell ill in Quyang county of Baoding city in Hebei province, Xinhua reported.

An investigation showed the illness was caused by eating braised chicken produced by a local store. The store has been closed down and the owner taken under police custody. (IANS)


Chinese hospital issues I-cards on sperm health

Chinese hospital issues I-cards on sperm healthBeijing, May 23 - A hospital in China has begun issuing identity cards to men based on their sperm health. The men are given a certificate, which shows sperm count and health, and a DVD that records the quality, quantity and the movement of the sperm.

The sperm identity cards are being issued at a hospital in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, the China Daily reported.


Food poisoning kills 12 in China

Food poisoning kills 12 in ChinaBeijing, May 10 - Over 400 people suffered from food poisoning in China this year, and 12 of them have died, the health ministry said Wednesday.

From January to March, the ministry received 17 food poisoning reports from across the nation, an increase of four cases from the same period in 2011, but the number of people affected decreased by 22 percent.

The 438 cases occurred in public canteens, families and restaurants, Xinhua reported.


China to train 8,000 diabetes doctors in rural areas

China to train 8,000 diabetes doctors in rural areasBeijing, May 5 : China will train 8,000 doctors in rural areas to prevent and treat diabetes, covering 279 counties in nine provinces, the Chinese Diabetes Society (CDS) under the Chinese Medical Association said Friday.

The year-long program will allow doctors to receive both face-to-face and remote online training in the provinces of Jiangsu, Hebei, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Sichuan, Yunnan, Shandong and Henan, the CDS said.


129 Chinese kids hospitalised after school meal

129 Chinese kids hospitalised after school mealBeijing, April 28 - As many as 129 kindergarten students in China's Yunnan province fell ill after having breakfast at school, officials said.

According to the publicity department of Wenshan Zhuang and Miao autonomous prefecture, a hospital in the city of Wenshan Friday received 129 children from a kindergarten which reported feeling dizzy and nauseated after breakfast, Xinhua reported.


Gastric cancer cases rise in China

Gastric cancer cases rise in ChinaBeijing, April 23 : Deaths from gastric cancer are expected to steadily rise over the next two decades in China as the disease proliferates, said a Chinese cancer expert.

It is estimated that for the segment of population above the age of 65, there will be 860,022 new gastric cancer cases annually by the year 2030, Liang Han, an expert from the Tianjin Cancer Hospital, said at a gastric cancer forum that was held in north China's city of Tianjin April 21-22.


China vows to maintain low birth rate

China vows to maintain low birth rateBeijing, April 11 : China has vowed to maintain the country's low birth rate in order to limit its population to within 1.39 billion by 2015.

"From 2011 to 2015, the country's working-age population will peak, while the aging population will grow at an unprecedented rate," the State Council said in a policy document Tuesday.

It added that the overall population growth rate will be kept below 0.72 percent per annum.


Three drug traffickers get death in China

Three drug traffickers get death in ChinaBeijing, April 11 : Three people were sentenced to death and two others were given jail terms Tuesday for drug trafficking in China.

Xia Shenghua, Lin Hongyan and Shao Xiaoyuan received the capital punishment from a court in eastern Wenzhou city after being convicted for their involvement in the drug trade.


70 percent Chinese have pre-marital sex: Study

70 percent Chinese have pre-marital sex: StudyBeijing, April 10 : Chinese people are showing an increasingly tolerant attitude toward pre-marital sex, with over 70 percent saying they now getting physical before tying the knot, a survey has found.

Data from 1994 showed that only 40 percent of people had pre-marital sex then, while the number was much lower in 1989 at 15 percent, the People's Daily reported citing a study by sexologist Li Yinhe.


China to monitor drugs through electronic system

China to monitor drugs through electronic systemBeijing, March 1 : China will keep track of all drugs prescribed by doctors by 2015 using an electronic monitoring system, authorities said.

The system, launched in 2006, applies to 56,000 types of drugs till the end of February. Another 119,000 types will be covered by the end of 2015, according to a five-year drug supervision plan published by the State Food and Drug Administration.


China launches national drug complaints centre

China launches national drug complaints centreBeijing, Feb 28 - China opened a national centre to receive complaints on pharmaceuticals, health food products, cosmetics and catering.

The centre handles reports of wrong-doings during research, development, production, distribution and utilization, reported Xinhua.

It is also responsible for coordinating efforts to inspect the enterprises and individuals concerned, forming analysis reports and publicizing investigation reports.


Food poisoning sickens 50 children in China

Food poisoning sickens 50 children in ChinaBeijing, Feb 24 - Fifty school students in southern China were rushed to a hospital Thursday when they began vomiting after eating lunch.

The students of the Landun school in Haikou city suffered vomiting, fever and dizziness after lunch, a teacher told Xinhua.

Three students were hospitalized and several others were under medical observation, according to the People's Hospital of Hainan. (IANS)


A 7 kg baby is born in China!

A 7 kg baby is born in China!Beijing, Feb 19 - A baby boy weighing 7.4 kilograms at birth has set a record for China's heaviest newborn.

Chunchun was born via caesarean section that lasted about 20 minutes on Feb 4.

Both mother and the baby are doing fine, according to doctors in Henan province's Xinxiang city, the Global Times reported.

His 29-year-old mother Wang Yujuan said Chunchun's elder sister was four kilograms at birth who is now six years old.


2011 saw 137 food poisoning deaths in China

2011 saw 137 food poisoning deaths in ChinaBeijing, Feb 3 (: Over 8,300 people suffered from food poisoning in 2011 in China, of which 137 died, the health ministry said.

The figures were based on four quarterly reports posted by the ministry on its website, China Daily reported Friday.

The number of food poisoning cases rose by 13 percent year-on-year, while the number of deaths dropped by 26 percent. (IANS)


Food poisoning killed 137 people in China last year

Food poisoning killed 137 people in China last yearBeijing, Feb 3 : Over 8,324 people in China suffered food poisoning last year, and nearly 137 of them died because of it, a report has revealed.

According to a report by China’s Ministry of Health, the number of sickened people increased 13 percent last year as compared to 2010 figures.

The report posted on the ministry’s website, however, said that the number of deaths dropped 26 percent, Xinhua reports.


Chinese scientists make headway in leprosy prevention

Chinese scientists make headway in leprosy preventionBeijing, Jan 30 - Chinese scientists have claimed to have identified 10 susceptibility genes for leprosy to date, a finding that will help identify high-risk individuals and aid in the prevention of the infectious disease.

Over 200,000 new cases are reported worldwide annually, with China being home to about one-tenth of the world's infected population, Xinhua reported.


31 Chinese dead from food poisoning

31 Chinese dead from food poisoningBeijing, Jan 22 - At least 31 people in China died due to food poisoning and around 1,900 were affected in the last quarter of 2011, the health ministry said.

A total of 46 food poisoning cases were reported during the period October-December, registering nearly a 44 percent increase from the same period in 2010, Xinhua reported.


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