Friday, 21 February 2014

Medical news - seven China links

1. With more than 10,000 new cases of HIV a year, Yunnan is to fund more NGO anti-HIV programs and improve healthcare for people with the infection.

2. New regulations on genome sequencing are to stop clinics ripping off consumers by offering the sequencing as part of routine health checks or to help predict children’s potential abilities, officials say.

3. Malnutrition is still a major problem in some parts of rural China, with one in every five children under the age of five years in poor areas needing better nutrition. Local governments have been set a benchmark of 29 kg per capita meat consumption standard to benefit children in underdeveloped region.

4. Pilot schemes have been set up in 27 provinces to allow rural migrants to claim medical insurance benefits away from their home town.

5. About 13 million deaths from smoking-related illness could be avoided if China adopted WHO recommendations on tobacco control, a paper in the BMJ says.

6. Adverse effects from drugs - and especially antibiotics - are a major health burden for hospitals in China and also cost thousands a of yuan a year for hospitals and patients alike in extra care costs, a study has suggested.

7. Only 9% of boys and 2% of girls in China get the minimum amount of physical activity per week to maintain health, a study carried out in 11 cities has found.

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