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1.28 bn Chinese covered by medical insurance

1.28 bn Chinese covered by medical insuranceBeijing, Oct 12 - China's three basic medical insurances programmes currently cover 1.28 billion people, or 95.5 percent of the nation's total population, the government said Wednesday.

The number of people covered by a medical insurance programme for urban employees, an insurance programme for unemployed urban citizens and the new rural cooperative medical care system is 154 million more than that of 2008, authorities said.

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China approved 1,000 drug applications in 2010

China approved 1,000 drug applications in 2010Beijing, Oct 10 - China's food and drug watchdog said it approved 1,000 drug registration applications in 2010, 26.2 percent more than in 2009 due to an increase in the approval of generic chemicals.

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Five get organs from man with HIV

Five get organs from man with HIVBeijing, Sep 30 : Five people unknowingly received organs from an HIV-positive man in Taiwan due to "human error" at the hospital. All the organ receivers have so far tested HIV-negative, a media report said Friday.

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Food leaves 34 Chinese students sick

Food leaves 34 Chinese students sickBeijing, Sep 21 - Thirty-four students fell ill after eating at their school canteen in southwest China's Guizhou province, authorities said Wednesday.

The students, aged 13 to 15, complained of stomach ache and nausea at around 10 p. m. Tuesday, said Zhang Qifu, principal of Maoshi village school.

Eleven of the students were in serious condition, reported Xinhua.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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China to test clothes for cancer-causing chemicals

China to test clothes for cancer-causing chemicalsShanghai, June 25 : Children's clothes in Shanghai will now be tested for cancer-causing chemicals, after parents showed concern about the quality of clothes currently on sale.

Textile experts said heavy metals may be found in buttons and dyes of such items.

Now, a new standard would regulate the levels of five types of heavy metal - antimony, cadmium, chromium, cobalt and nickel in children's clothes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Producers added drugs to health food: Chinese watchdog

Producers added drugs to health food: Chinese watchdogBeijing, May 14 : Health food producers in Shanghai have been found to add a banned chemical in their products that drastically lowers the consumer's blood sugar, a health watchdog has said.

The act led to potentially fatal side effects among consumers, the Shanghai Commission of Consumers' Rights and Interests Protection discovered after a recent inspection.

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Over 200 people suffer food poisoning in China

Over 200 people suffer food poisoning in ChinaBeijing, May 3 - More than 200 people in a Chinese city suffered from food poisoning after eating at a restaurant Monday, Xinhua reported.

The victims suffered from nausea, diarrhea and other symptoms after they had lunch at the Ruizhou Grand restaurant in Datong City of Shanxi province.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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