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Pregnant women in China to be tested for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis B

 Pregnant women in China to be tested for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis BNew Delhi, Mar 1: Pregnant women across China will receive free screenings for HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B, and if they test positive, they will be treated at hospitals to prevent them from transmitting the diseases to their children.

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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.

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China ''on verge of stem cell breakthrough''

China ''on verge of stem cell breakthrough''New Delhi, Jan 29: China is on the verge of achieving a breakthrough in stem cell research, says a top scientist in the field.

Zhou Qi, chief scientist with the stem cell research project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said Chinese scientists are expecting a major scientific breakthrough to be made within the next decade, reports the China Daily.

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Cosmetic surgery a booming business in China

Cosmetic surgery a booming business in ChinaLondon, Jan 17: Despite a wave of disasters in recent years, cosmetic surgery is a big business in China where the industry is now worth 10billion pounds a year.

The death of an aspiring Chinese singer during plastic surgery last year has not reduced the growing obsession with beauty that millions of Chinese still go under the knife each year to improve their appearances.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Misuse of antibiotics can harm kids: Experts

Misuse of antibiotics can harm kids: ExpertsNew Delhi, Jan 5 : More than a million children in China have been made deaf by misuse of the antibiotic streptomycin, say medical experts.

Yang Zhiyin of the Chinese Medical Association said that of the 1.8 million deaf children on the mainland, 60 percent lost their hearing because of improper drug use, largely related to streptomycin, reports the China Daily.

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China most likely to be affected by 2011 EU herbal medicine ban

China most likely to be affected by 2011 EU herbal medicine banLondon, Dec. 30: The European Union has decided to go ahead with its ban of herbal medicines, a majority of which is manufactured in China.

Hundreds of herbal remedies will be banned from sale in Britain next year. From May 1, 2011, traditional herbal medicinal products must be licensed or prescribed by a registered herbal practitioner to comply with a EU directive passed in 2004.

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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.

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China sets up bank to freeze eggs of women cancer patients

eggShanghai, Dec 26 (IANS) China will set up an egg bank for women suffering from cancer to store their ovum in freezer so they can have babies before undergoing chemotherapy or a surgery, which could damage their reproductive ability.

The authority has plans to set up the bank in three years, China Daily reported, quoting the Shanghai Morning Post.

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Chinese students hospitalised after eating noodles

Chinese students hospitalised after eating noodlesBeijing, Dec 24 - Over 20 students in China's Heilongjiang province fell sick after eating noodles in school and had to be rushed to hospital, officials said Friday.

The students of Deqiang Primary and Secondary School in Harbin began suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea at about 4 p. m. Thursday, said Wei Jinghai, a school supervisor.

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Chinese wary of kids' mats as chemical said to cause cancer

Chinese wary of kids' mats as chemical said to cause cancer  Shanghai, Dec 22 : Parents in China are being extra careful while buying play mats for their children after some products in Europe were found to contain cancer-causing chemicals.

Belgium and France have banned brightly-coloured foam mats used by kindergartens and families with toddlers, because a recent study said formamide chemicals - used to soften the foam - can lead to cancer, the Shanghai Daily reported Wednesday.

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Alcohol ups risk of coronary artery disease in Chinese men

Alcohol ups risk of coronary artery disease in Chinese menWashington, Dec 10: A Chinese study has suggested that moderate-to-heavy alcohol consumption increases angiographically significant coronary artery disease.

Among a large number of Chinese men presenting with chest pain or EKG changes, sequential subjects undergoing cardiac angiography were evaluated for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) lesions according to their reported recent alcohol intake.

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Chinese teenage helpline swamped with sex queries

Chinese teenage helpline swamped with sex queriesBeijing, Dec 5 - A mental health helpline set up for teenagers in China is now being flooded with queries - most of them related to sex.

Zhu Guangyu, in charge of the Hotline for Teenagers' Mental Health, in northeast Heilongjiang province, has been a psychological counsellor for over 20 years, but he says he is still shocked at so many tender voices asking questions about sex.

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China to have 1.2m HIV-positive people by the end of 2015

 China to have 1.2m HIV-positive people by the end of 2015 New Delhi, Dec 04 : A report scheduled for formal release in the first half of next year has revealed that China will have about 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS by the end of 2015.

China already has 740,000 HIV/AIDS sufferers on the mainland and sex has become the major reason for the transmission, reports the China Daily.

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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.

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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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Hong Kong sees first bird flu case in seven years

Hong Kong sees first bird flu case in seven yearsHong Kong, Nov 18 : Hong Kong officials Thursday stepped up checks on markets and chicken farms after the first human case of bird flu in the city since 2003 was diagnosed.

Tests were also conducted on chickens imported to the densely populated city of seven million from mainland China, Hong Kong Health Secretary York Chow told reporters.

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The curious case of twins in a Chinese village

The curious case of twins in a Chinese village  Beijing, Nov 17 : Believe it or not, a remote village in China has set an amazing record of birth of 98 sets of twins in the past half a century.

The phenomenon is being attributed to a local legend that says pregnant women who gave birth to twins drank water from a village well in Heshan village in the Changde City area in Hunan province, the People's Daily reported.

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China offers free HIV tests

hiv testingBeijing, Oct 2 : Health centres in a Chinese province are now offering tests for HIV/AIDS free of charge in a bid to control the spread of the disease.

People in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region are also being offered free counselling, Xinhua reported.

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Insect bites kill seven in China

blood-sucking-insects-infectionBeijing, Sep 10 : At least seven people have died and over 150 people have fallen ill after being bitten by blood-sucking insects in China, officials said Friday.

A total of 156 people in Shandong province have been bitten by ticks, the Shanghai Daily reported citing provincial health authorities.

Infection from tick bites reduces white blood cell and platelet counts in the blood, leading to organ failure and death.

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1,600 Chinese die of infectious diseases

1,600 Chinese die of infectious diseasesBeijing, Sep 10 : Around 1,600 people died of infectious diseases in China in August, the ministry of health said Friday.

A total of 1,535 people died due to diseases like viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, dysentery, syphilis and gonorrhoea. There were around 340,000 such cases reported from across the country in August, Xinhua reported citing a ministry statement.

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Death toll from tick bites in China rises to 18

 Death toll from tick bites in China rises to 18Beijing, Sep 9 : The death toll from contracting infection from tick bites in China’s Henan province has climbed to 18.

According to provincial health authorities, the 18 victims were among 557 reported cases of suspected human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) since May 2007.

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Nearly 770m non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke in China: Study

Nearly 770m non-smokers exposed to secondhand smoke in China: StudyNew Delhi, Aug 18 : A recent tobacco usage survey has shown a steep hike in the rate of exposure to secondhand smoke among Chinese people.

The survey done by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rate jumped from 53 percent in 2002 to about 73 percent in 2010, reports the China Daily.

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