Monday, 7 January 2013

China medical news in brief

Headache and migraine a problem for one in ten Chinese children

A study of 4812 children and adolescents in Shanghai, China has found that 10% experienced a headache in the past three months. Of those who had headache, 45% were classified as having migraine. with the highest rates of migraine found at ages 14 years and 15 years. Tension-type headache accounted for 29% of headaches, while  cluster and other headache were responsible for 6.2% and 20%, respectively.
Source: Clinical Journal of Neuroscience 

Zhejiang prostitutes have high HPV rates and cervical cancer risk

Two out of three sex workers are infected with high risk subtypes of HPV putting them at increased risk of cervical cancer, a Zhejiang study has found.
Cervical samples from almost 300 female sex workers  in Huzhou, Zhejiang, showed that the prevalence of HPV was 67%, compared to 19% in the general population. Among the different types of HPV found,  HPV-16 (29%) was the most prevalent, followed by HPV-58 (24%) and HPV-52 (21%), and these were significantly associated with abnormal cervical cytology. The rate of cervical abnormalities was also higher among female sex workers (21%) than among the general population (5%). Researchers from the Huzhou Central Hospital conclude that female sex workers in the city have a greater probability of being infected with high-risk HPV, and novel vaccines against HPV-58 and HPV-52 should be developed. Using condoms could reduce the risk of infection.
Source: International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics 

Jiangsu simplifies medical insurance claims

Medical insurance claims can now be settled on the spot for outpatients in  Jiangsu. Outpatients from 13 cities including Changzhou, Nantong, and Wuxi can immediately settle their medical insurance if they go to see a doctor with their medical insurance cards, according to Jiangsu provincial Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.
Source: Jiangsu China.


Gay men in Yunnan have high HIV risk

More intensive HIV and STD screening and prevention campaigns are needed for gay men in Yunnan, say researchers who found a high incidence of new infections. In an 18 month study of 378 seronegative gay men in Yunnan they found that 11 became infected with HIV and 15 were infected with syphilis. Subgroups at high risk included students, retirees and minority ethnic groups, say the researchers from the No.1 Hospital of China Medical University, Nanjing.
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases.

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