Wednesday, 29 January 2014

China medical news headlines for Wednesday 29th January

Tuberculosis rates fall by 80%
Rates of tuberculosis in Shandong have fallen by 80% in the last decade, a study of 55,000 adults has shown.The prevalence rate of bacteriologically confirmed TB ases was 34 per 100,000 for adults in 2010. However, diagnosis of TB is now more difficult as half of bacteriologically confirmed cases did not present persistent cough, researchers said in BMC Infectious Diseases.

Man arrested for spreading H7N9 rumours
China's internet is full of stories of doctors and medical staff who have died of H7N9 influenza. Social networks such as Sina Weibo, QQ and WeChat have stories circulated by netizens of deaths of medical staff in Shanghai, Tianjing, Shenzhen and Nantong, according to CRI. However, health authorities have branded the stories as rumours and have arrested one man for spreading false information. In one case, a doctor who was named as having died of H7N9 influenza has startled patients by being on duty at hospital.

Shanghai life expectancy is 82
Life expectancy in Shangahi is 82 and a half years old, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission has said. Women have a life expectancy four and a half years longer than, a report in ECMS said. LIfe expectancy in the city is on a par with developed countries but infant mortality including migrant families, rose from 5.04 per 1,000 in 2013 to 5.73 per 1,000.

High alert as H7N9 cases increase
China has gone on to high alert for H7N9 influenza as the number of cases continues to increase. Bird markets have been shut down in Shanghai and quarantine authorities have stepped up monitoring at airports. However, health authorities have played down the risk of a pandemic, saying the infection is not spread by human-to-human transmission. A vaccine against the H7N9 virus is being developed but is not ready for use in humans yet, authorities have reported.

China's can't cope with dementia
People in China are ill prepared to cope with the huge number of elderly people with dementia and Alzheimers disease, according to an article in SCMP. China has almost six million patients with Alzheimer's, 50% higher than a decade ago and twice as many as earlier estimated by the international health community. However, caring for dementia sufferers in China is left to family members with limited or no training and no support from the state.

Red Cross resuscitation ads are wrong
An advertising campaign by the Red Cross that urges Chinese to help those who have collapsed and need resuscitation is technically inaccurate, according to emergency specialists The picture on the ad shows a woman pressing the soft tissue of the patient's neck, which will lead to obstruction of the airway. First-aid practitioners should place their index finger and middle finger on the patient's chin bone, a doctor has pointed out.

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