Saturday, 22 February 2014

My top10 medical stories from China for Saturday 22 February

1. Smoking with a water pipe confers a 'profound' risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among people in south west China and also carries a high risk from passive smoking, researchers have shown.

2. Patients with pneumonia of unexplained origin should be promptly investigated for H7N9 risk factors such as exposure to poultry and they should also be given pre-emptive antiviral treatment such as Tamiflu, the Beijing health department has ordered.

3. About 85% of Chinese doctors experience burnout, with those who are younger, unmarried and working in emergcncy medicine having the highest risk of serious burnout, a study shows.

4. Fertility clinics in China need to become more patient-friendly as they are perceived as too impersonal and lacking in transparency and respect for patient informed consent, researchers say.

5. The stigma of mental illness in Chinese culture means that patients with schizophrenia often do not understand their medication and are unwilling to take any anti-psychotic medication, according to a study from the Guangzhou Psychiatric Hospital.

6. H. Pylori infection rates are over 90% among people in their thirties in Jiangsu, which may explain high rates of gastric cancer in the region, say researchers from Nanjing.

7. Babies in Shenyang have increased rates of neurodevelopmental deficits because their mothers were exposed to high levels of organophosphorous pesticides during pregnancy, according to a study in PLOS One.

8. Adenovirus has emerged as a significant cause of serious pneumonia in China, with a study showing that 5% of cases are attributable to the virus.

9.  People with tuberculosis are also at high risk of HIV, with rates of around 3% in groups tested in TB patients from Guangxi, Henan and Sichuan, say Chinese researchers.

10. A mediation service for patients involved in medical disputes with hospitals is to be launched in Shanghai and it will be open to patients where compensation claims exceed 30,000 yuan ($2900) regardless of whether the hospital refers them.

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