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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.

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Man dies of bird flu in China

Man dies of bird flu in ChinaBeijing, Jan 23 - A 39-year-old man in China's southwestern province of Guizhou died Sunday from the bird flu virus H5N1, the health ministry said.

The man felt unwell Jan 6. He was taken to hospital in the provincial town of Guiyang Jan 19 after his health condition deteriorated. Despite intensive therapy, the man died, reported RIA Novosti.

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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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No breast implant ruptures reported in China

No breast implant ruptures reported in ChinaBeijing, Jan 7 - China's top drug safety watchdog has said it has not found evidence of any ruptures in over 700 French-made breast implants sold in the country.

The implants produced by Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) have caused a global health scare after French authorities recently advised women in the country who carry such implants to have them removed over potential rupture risks.

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Cancer-causing chemical found in peanuts, cooking oil

Cancer-causing chemical found in peanuts, cooking oilBeijing, Dec 31 - Food safety regulators in a Chinese province have detected carcinogenic substance Aflatoxin in peanuts and cooking oil.

The chemical was found in the food items in Shenzhen city of Guangdong province, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The cancer-causing substance triggered a health scare earlier this week after being found in milk products.

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Rat-borne disease kills 10 in China

Rat-borne disease kills 10 in ChinaBeijing, Dec 31 - A fatal disease spread by rats has claimed 10 lives in an eastern Chinese province this year, officials said.

Between October and November alone, around 140 people in Qingdao of Shandong province were diagnosed with haemorrhagic fever that can cause kidney failure, the Shanghai Daily reported.

The outbreak occurred mainly in the rural outskirts of Qingdao, said officials.

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Chinese women forced to register for morning-after pill

Chinese women forced to register for morning-after pillBeijing, Dec 29 : It's not easy for women in a Chinese province to have unprotected sex and then buy morning-after pills as the government has made it compulsory to register using "real names" before every purchase.

In Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, buyers of emergency contraception are now forced to register their names, phone numbers, and identity cards in any pharmacy, said Xinhua.

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Cancer-causing chemicals found in China milk

Cancer-causing chemicals found in China milkBeijing, Dec 27 - A random check on 200 dairy products in 21 provinces in China revealed that at least two samples contained a cancer-causing chemical -- aflatoxin.

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine published the report this weekend, the China Daily reported Tuesday.

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Cancer-causing toxin found in Chinese milk

Cancer-causing toxin found in Chinese milkBeijing, Dec 27 : Excessive levels of a cancer-causing toxin have been discovered in milk produced by one of China's leading dairy companies.

China's quality watchdog, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, found high levels of an aflatoxin in milk and milk products after it conducted a random check at Mengniu Dairy.

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Bird nest delicacy could cause cancer

Bird nest delicacy could cause cancerBeijing, Dec 24 : A delicacy made from the nest of cave swift, a species of bird that builds its nest from its saliva, may cause cancer, China's quality watchdog has said.

Cancer causing chemicals were recently detected in consignments of bird nests from Malaysia.

This is the latest in a string of controversies involving the expensive delicacy made from cave swifts' saliva.

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Chinese couple have eight babies using IVF

Chinese couple have eight babies using IVFBeijing, Dec 19 - A Chinese couple has become parents to eight children using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and with the help of two surrogate mothers, a media report said Monday.

The woman first gave birth to triplets in October after undergoing IVF treatment. Later, they hired two surrogate mothers who gave birth to another set of triplets and twins, also using IVF, the China Daily reported.

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World's largest medicinal botanic garden in China

World's largest medicinal botanic garden in ChinaBeijing, Dec 9 - A medicinal botanical garden in southwest China has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest of its kind in the world, a garden official said Friday.

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Chinese Premier vows to implement measures to help AIDS patients

Chinese Premier vows to implement measures to help AIDS patientsBeijing, Dec 2 : Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has vowed to implement new measures to help citizens living with HIV/AIDS obtain affordable drug treatment, get fair job treatment and education chances.

China's State Council would send inspection teams to regions having high HIV/AIDS prevalence to oversee the implementation of government policies, he added.

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Experts say traditional Chinese medicines can help to fight AIDS

Experts say traditional Chinese medicines can help to fight AIDSBeijing, Dec. 1 : Experts in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) have claimed that it has helped in the recovery of at least 17,000 HIV carriers and AIDS patients in China since 2004.

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It's a tough for elderly women in China

It's a tough for elderly women in ChinaBeijing, Nov 29 - Elderly women in China have to lead a more challenging life than men of their age.

According to experts, such a disparity exists due to the elderly women having a lower income but leading a longer life, the China Daily reported.

In China, nearly 46 percent of the women in their 60s rely on children to help them pay for their daily expenses, which is 24 percent more than what men do.

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China to enhance maternity benefits for women

China to enhance maternity benefits for womenBeijing, Nov 23 : Women workers in China are likely to get better maternity benefits following new regulations being contemplated in the country.

Under the new regulations, women will get longer maternity leave from work before and after childbirth, besides being barred from doing certain hazardous jobs, the China Daily reported. They will get prolonged maternity leave from the current 90 to 98 days.

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China to train 35,000 medical staff for disaster situations

China to train 35,000 medical staff for disaster situationsBeijing, Nov 18 : China has plans to prepare thousands of medical staff who could be helpful in emergency situations caused by disasters.

According to health authorities, over 35,000 emergency response medical staff will be trained during 2011-2015 to strengthen the country's capability to overcome disasters and public health emergencies, Xinhua reported.

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Dental cleanings reduce heart attack risk

Dental cleanings reduce heart attack riskTaipei, Nov 14 - People who have their teeth scraped and cleaned had lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 24 and 13 percent respectively, compared to those who never had a dental cleaning.

These findings are based on a Taiwanese study of a database of more than 100,000 people who underwent dental cleaning and were followed for an average of seven years.

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Chinese students don't know much about safe sex

Chinese students don't know much about safe sexBeijing, Nov 14 - School students in China do not have much knowledge about safe sex, and teachers worry about being considered "dirty" by parents if they talk about sex in front of students, say experts.

A report released at the 9th Guangzhou Sex Culture Festival in Guangdong province said around three percent of middle school students in the province have had sexual intercourse.

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Over a million men are sterile in China

Over a million men are sterile in ChinaBeijing, Nov 8 - More than a million men in China are infertile and an official said that symptoms of male menopause which appear in men above 60 can now be found in men around 40.

Research shows that millions of men have prostatic disorders. More than a million men have been found to be infertile, and 50 percent of men over the age of 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction, reported China Daily citing the Beijing Times.

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Around 60,000 new HIV/AIDS cases in China

Around 60,000 new HIV/AIDS cases in ChinaBeijing, Nov 1 - China has recorded about 429,000 registered AIDS patients and HIV carriers by the end of September, Xinhua reported.

According to the official figures released Monday, these statistics are up by nearly 60,000 over the past 11 months.

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China to ensure quality food in schools

Beijing, Oct 24 - China will launch nationwide inspection in school canteens to prevent occurrences of food poisoning, Xinhua reported Sunday.

The State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) and Ministry of Education (MOE) have directed the local health and education administrations to immediately carry out checks on the entire process of food safety in schools.

Inspection teams will be formed to thoroughly check canteens, especially those of kindergartens, elementary and middle schools. Any school that fails to make prompt corrections will be punished.

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China, Canada to build Alzheimer's research centre

China, Canada to build Alzheimer's research centreBeijing, Oct 24 - A China-Canada joint research centre for child development and the study of Alzheimer's disease will be built at a children's hospital in southwest China, authorities said.

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Chinese doctors held for illegal kidney transplant

Chinese doctors held for illegal kidney transplantBeijing, Oct 16 - Three doctors have been arrested for illegally harvesting human organs in north China's Hebei province, Xinhua reported.

According to a municipal official, a private clinic was raided Sept 22 after authorities received tip offs regarding illegal organ transplants that allegedly took place at the clinic.

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China sets up food safety risk assessment centre

China sets up food safety risk assessment centreBeijing, Oct 14 - China has set up a national centre for food safety risk assessment.

The government-funded organisation is designed to offer technological support in assessing, monitoring, issuing early warnings and communicating food security risks and food safety standards, reported Xinhua.

The centre was inaugurated in Beijing Thursday.

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