Saturday, 8 February 2014

Vaccine for H7N9 | No smoking in medical centres | Cosmetic surgery boom among young Chinese

Vaccine developed for H7N9
Shanghai researchers say they have developed a "gene vaccine" for the H7N9 avian flu virus for humans that has succeeded in primary animal tests, according to Shanghai Daily. The claim was made by officials at an infection disease research body under the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center

Now influenza H6 is a threat to humans
Yet another kind of avian influenza virus has been found to pose a threat to human health in China - this time it is H6. Researchers from Lanzhou tested samples from live poultry markets in southern China from 2008–2011 and found that among the 257 H6 strains tested, 87 viruses couldbind to human receptors. They found that there were 30 different H6 genotypes, showing that these viruses are actively circulating and reassorting in nature. "Our study demonstrates that the H6 avian influenza viruses pose a clear threat to human health and emphasizes the need for the continued surveillance and evaluation of the H6 influenza viruses circulating in nature," they concluded in the Journal of Virology.

Subway station radiation not a health threat
Operators of subway stations in cities such as Beijing and Chengdu say the radiation from security scanners poses no threat to human health. The doses from a typical security scan are equal to around 0.007 mSv per year if a person is scanned daily. This is lower than the safety standard of 1 mSv per person a year. Most X-rays are contained within the machines by protective curtains that block X-rays from escaping," and environmental expert told the Beijing Daily.

No smoking rule for medical centres
Doctors have been advised to deliver stronger anti-smoking messages to their patients ,according to ECNS. According to the report, doctors have been told by the National Health and Family Planning Commission to inquire and record the smoking history of patients during their initial diagnosis to help smokers quit. The NHFPC also says that there should be no smoking in medical establishment and medical workers are also asked not to put ashtrays in their offices. The NHFPC also recommends that smoking clinics be set up.

Cosmetic surgery rates highest in young people
Cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures such as ear piercing have become very popular with young people during the holiday period, according to Xinhua. Many stalls in a Shenyang market offered ear, lip, tongue, nose and belly button piercing over the New Year holiday. The operators claimed to be trained nurses but failed to produce any medical license.  A cosmetic surgeon said that there had been a rise in young people undergoing minor surgeries too, with children as young as eight or nine getting double-eyelid surgery to give them the appearance of larger or "Western" eyes.

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