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Sex, love now compulsory varsity course in China

Beijing, Sep 15 - A mental health course that would include topics on sex and love has been made compulsory for university students in China to help them "deal with pressures and frustrations in life", the education ministry has said.

The ministry had asked universities across the nation to develop a mental health course in June and has made it compulsory from this month, a ministry official told China Daily.

Though such courses had been developed in the past, they were mainly optional courses, the official said.


China spent $18 mn on HIV research in 2010

China spent $18 mn on HIV research in 2010Beijing, Sep 15 - China invested $18 million in HIV vaccine research in 2010, becoming the third largest contributor globally, after the US and the European Union, UNAIDS has said.


Four- year old Chinese girl has two toes removed to treat congenital disorder

Four- year old Chinese girl has two toes removed to treat congenital disorderBeijing, Sept 13 : A four-year-old girl who was suffering from congenital 'giant toe' syndrome has undergone surgery to remove her two toes.

Jia Tong had to wear adult male- sized shoes due to the disorder.

Though she was taken to Zaozhuang, Shandong, Beijing and Shanghai hospitals, doctors were unable to treat her.


Cuba launches world's first lung cancer retardant

Cuba launches world's first lung cancer retardantBeijing, Sep 7 : Cuba has launched the world's first therapeutic drug against lung cancer.

The drug CimaVax-EGF comes following a 25-year research into tobacco smoking related diseases by scientists at the Centre of Molecular Immunology in Havana, Xinhua reported.

The active ingredient in the drug is based on "a protein we all have when cancer is uncontrolled," said lead researcher Gisela Gonzalez.


40 percent of elderly Chinese are obese

40 percent of elderly Chinese are obeseBeijing, Sep 4 - Nearly 33 percent of Chinese adults between 20 and 59 years of age are overweight, while 40 percent of those between the ages of 60 and 69 are obese, a study has found.

The figures were up three percent and 4.2 percent respectively since 2005, China Daily reported, quoting a study by State General Administration of Sport.


Six patients die every minute of heart disease in China

Six patients die every minute of heart disease in ChinaBeijing, Aug 13: A new report has revealed that about six people die every minute in China from cardiovascular diseases out of 230 million patients who suffer from the disease.

According to a report released by National Center for Cardiovascular Disease, nearly three million people die in China every year of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, cerebral apoplexy, heart failure and hypertension.


HIV spreading among China's elderly: 80-year-old infected

HIV spreading among China's elderly: 80-year-old infectedBeijing, Aug 6 - A nearly 80-year-old man in China has been diagnosed with HIV, with doctors saying he got infected due to "frequent unprotected sex".

The case is the latest to support experts' opinion that the HIV virus is spreading fast among elderly Chinese men who have been largely neglected in the country's anti-AIDS campaigns, Xinhua reported.


Doctor selling Vietnam kids to Chinese families

Doctor selling Vietnam kids to Chinese familiesBeijing, Aug 1 : A Chinese doctor has been found guilty of helping sell Vietnamese children to buyers in China. Two children, less than a week old, were found to have their umbilical cords still attached.

Police in Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang provinces cracked down on a trafficking gang July 15, and rescued eight children and detained 39 suspects.


China mulls new mental health law

China mulls new mental health lawBeijing, June 13 - China is mulling over a law that gives people the freedom to decide if they need a mental health check instead of compulsory tests for mental disorders.

Tests must be carried out only at the discretion of the patient or their guardian, says the draft law being considered. China has over 100 million mentally ill people.


New E. Coli bacteria resistant to eight classes of antibiotics

New E. Coli bacteria resistant to eight classes of antibioticsBeijing, June 4 : Chinese scientists, who have fully sequenced the genome of the new E. Coli spreading through Europe, said Saturday they have found genes in the bacteria that gave it resistance to eight classes of antibiotics.


China bans use of endocrine disruptor ‘Bisphenol A’ in babies'' bottles

China bans use of endocrine disruptor ‘Bisphenol A’ in babies'' bottlesBeijing, June 1 : China has banned the use of Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor, in the production of babies'' bottles in order to protect the health of infants.

BPA is widely used in the production of plastics, including tableware and beverage containers.

It BPA is now considered to be an endocrine disruptor and experts said it could lead to the early sexual development of children and may cause cancer.


80 percent of Chinese students sleep deprived

80 percent of Chinese students sleep deprivedBeijing, May 30 : About 80 percent of primary and middle school students in China are not getting enough sleep, according to a report released Monday.

The study by the China Youth and Children Research Centre says the average sleeping time for elementary and middle school students was less than eight hours, even on weekends, Xinhua reported.


China to penalise people found spreading STDs

China to penalise people found spreading STDsBeijing, May 21 : Authorities in China may soon be able to penalise anyone found intentionally spreading sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to the latest draft amendment by the health ministry to the regulation on STD prevention and treatment.


China's indoor smoking ban to start May 1

China's indoor smoking ban to start May 1Beijing, April 30 - A smoking ban in all indoor public places, including hotels, restaurants and theaters, in China will take effect from May 1, the health ministry said.

Smoking is also banned in waiting rooms at the airports and railway stations. According to the law, business owners will have to carry out promotional activities to warn people of the dangers of smoking, China Daily reported Friday.


China sets limit on melamine in baby food

Beijing, April 21 - Infant food products, in which the quantity of melamine is higher than one milligram per kilogram of food, will be prohibited from sale in China, according to an official regulation.

Melamine is a toxic chemical used in manufacturing plastics.

In other food products, the maximum tolerable level of melamine would be 2.5 mg per kg of food, Xinhua reported citing the regulation issued by the health ministry.


3 kids dead, 35 sick due to food poisoning in China

3 kids dead, 35 sick due to food poisoning in ChinaBeijing, April 8 - Three children died and 35 people took ill due to food poisoning in northwest China's Gansu province, authorities said Friday.

The sick, mostly children below the age of 14, were being treated at two hospitals in Pingliang city, Xinhua quoted a press release as saying.

It said one of the patients was in critical condition while the rest were stable.


College students largest sperm donor group in China

College students largest sperm donor group in ChinaBeijing, March 21 : College students in their large numbers have now become sperm donors in a south China province because of an increase in payment, a media report said Monday.

The sperm bank in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, has said over 95 percent of its donors were college students, whose donations were helping to ease the shortage that was troubling infertile couples in the past few years, the China Daily reported.


Keep kids away from internet on mobile: Survey

Keep kids away from internet on mobile: Survey  Beijing, March 1 : As cell phones provide a more convenient and inconspicuous alternative to net surfing, Chinese children are obtaining access to the internet at a much younger age, triggering concerns that they may be exposed to harmful information, a survey has found.


AIDS ranked as top killer disease in China for third year in a row

AIDS ranked as top killer disease in China for third year in a rowBeijing, Feb. 17: AIDS has been ranked as the deadliest infectious disease in China for the third year in a row, claiming 7743 lives in 2010.

"Deaths from AIDS have peaked in recent years but that doesn''t mean that treatment and control measures aren''t working well," said Hao Yao, deputy director of the Chinese Health ministry's disease prevention and control bureau.


Pollution causing cancer in children in China

Pollution causing cancer in children in ChinaBeijing, Jan 15 - Over 32,000 children under 14 in China today suffer from cancer and such cases are on the rise due to the rampant pollution and unhealthy lifestyles, the health experts here have warned.

"The fatal disease long considered a problem of older people is now striking more and more children," said Zhang Guangchao, a cancer expert and the general secretary of the Chinese Anti-Cancer Association.


Blood donation in China goes down due to cold

Blood donation in China goes down due to cold  Beijing, Jan 14 : Cold weather in China has discouraged people to donate blood, as blood supplies have gone down rapidly in many provinces, officials said.

"Few are willing to donate blood in such cold weather, and many non-local people have gone home for the Spring Festival," said Zeng Jia, an official with the provincial blood centre in southeastern Fujian province.


Excessive lead levels found in 200 Chinese kids

Anhui-Provincial-ChildrenBeijing, Jan 5 : Medical tests have shown that over 200 children in a Chinese province have dangerously high levels of lead in their blood.

The Anhui Provincial Children's Hospital in east China tested 280 children from Gaohe township for lead poisoning in late December, and most of them were diagnosed with high blood lead levels, said Cheng Bangning, deputy director of the hospital's micro-elements testing laboratory.


Beijing could be tobacco-free by end of 2015

 align=New Delhi, Dec 27: The Health Bureau in China has revealed that in a bid to stub out smoking, Beijing is working on making all public spaces - including work sites and transportation options - tobacco-free by the end of 2015.

The bureau is also aiming to reduce the smoking rate among men in the capital from 4.6 to 4 percent during the next five years.

Specifics from the plan have not yet been released, reports the China Daily.


China to have 1.2 mn HIV-affected people by 2015

China to have 1.2 mn HIV-affected people by 2015Beijing, Dec 4 - China will have about 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS by 2015, says a government report.

China has over 740,000 HIV/AIDS patients in the mainland and sex is one of the major means of transmission of the disease.


Half of antibiotics produced in China fed to animals

Half of antibiotics produced in China fed to animals  Beijing, Nov 26 : Nearly half of the antibiotics produced in China are being fed to animals rather than used to fight viruses in people, a media report said Friday.

Of the 210,000 tonnes of antibiotics made in China each year, 97,000 tonnes end up in animals, Xiao Yonghong, a professor from the Institute of Clinical Pharmacology of Peking University, was quoted as saying by the People's Daily.


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