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The following articles have the tag China

Liver insurance

Liver insurance

Vigilance and vaccination are required for travellers to destinations where hepatitis A virus is rife.

China opens door to health collaboration

AUSTRALIA has a role to play in exchange of information and ideas with China on health care, according to health leaders who attended an annual medical conference in Beijing late last month.

Warning on rising hoax conference invites

AUSTRALIAN researchers are being targeted in an apparent scam involving international conferences held solely to “extract conference registration fees”. Email addresses appear to be gleaned from recently published papers, and used to bulk-send “guest speaker” invitations for obscure or start-up scientific meetings, usually held in cities in China. Dr Sandeep Gupta, from the Department of Nuclear Medicine at John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, received two of the emails, inviting him to separate conferences in the weeks following publication of a paper. The speaker must pay for flights and a $US800 ...

Coal linked to dental and bone deformities

COAL burning may be poisoning millions of Chinese people.  US experts say that burning coal collected off the ground, common in rural China, may be causing outbreaks of the condition  fluorosis, which can cause dental problems and bone deformities. In data presented at the recent American Institute of Physics International Symposium in Buffalo, New York, experts said water was the most common cause of fluorosis, but had been ruled out by Chinese government studies.  Instead, they say coal burned to dry clothes and for cooking releases fluoride from inorganic clay used as an additive in the coal-burning ...

GP primary care model flagged for China

ONE in five deaths in China could be averted if a primary care-based healthcare model was embraced to address preventable risk factors, Australian researchers say.  Associate Professor Lyndal Trevena, head of the Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney, called for China’s billion-dollar health reform package to adopt a primary care approach in which GPs acted as ‘gatekeepers’ for hospital care. Hypertension currently accounts for 11.7% of deaths in China, and smoking for another 7.9 per cent. “Primary care is better placed than large hospitals to monitor risk factors such as high blood pressure, ...

Tainted milk linked to kidney disease long term

A SIGNIFICANT proportion of children exposed to melamine-contaminated dairy products during the health disaster in China last year have long-term kidney damage. Ultrasounds revealed that 12% of 7933 children investigated as part of a follow-up study into the contaminated milk scandal in 2008 had kidney abnormalities. The children were living in Shijiazhuang City and were under three years old at the time of the scandal. In September 2008, melamine-contaminated infant formula, primarily manufactured by Sanlu Infant Milk, killed six children and hospitalised 50,000 additional children. The company had intentionally added melamine, commonly used ...

China gets tough on toxic milk merchants

CHINA has launched an emergency crackdown on melamine-tainted milk products after several companies involved in the original scandal last year were caught again producing toxic milk products, AAP News reports. Chinese health minister Chen Zhu declared that all tainted milk products would be destroyed, after it was found that recalled milk products were being repackaged following the food safety scandal that rocked China in July 2008. Six children died after developing kidney stones and kidney damage, and over 300,000 others became ill when food manufacturers added melamine to infant formula to fool inspectors testing for protein ...

Rising rate of caesareans a global trend

WHILE Australia’s rising rate of caesarean delivery is often attributed to the ‘too posh to push’ set, a study of Asian countries has revealed the trend is going global, even in the developing world. A WHO survey of data from nine countries, including Cambodia, China, Nepal, India, Japan and the Philippines, has found that, across 122 health facilities, more than 25% of women underwent a caesarean section. C-section rates were lowest in Japan, the wealthiest nation in the survey, and were highest in China, where 46.2% of deliveries were caesarean. A quarter of the Chinese procedures occurred ...