Monday, 24 March 2014

Schistosomiasis test | Cancer snapshot | Stroke survival: six medical news stories from China

A simple and accurate test for schistosomiasis developed by Shanghai researchers could help in the eradication of the disease in China. The rSP13-ELISA method is an affordable serology test for markers proteins of Schistosoma japonicum. The test is highly specific, sensitive and affordable, according to researchers from Tongji University, Shanghai, in an article in Lancet Infectious Diseases this week.

 One in five Chinese people will develop cancer and 13% will die of cancer before the age of 74, data from the nation's cancer registries show.  The most common cancers in China are lung cancer, gastric cancer, liver cancer, oesophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, leukemia and lymphoma, which account for 80% of all cancer deaths.

Chinese people with stroke are more likely to survive now than they would have five years ago, say researchers from the Second Military Medical University, Shanghai. A decrease in mortality from stroke probably reflects advancements in stroke care and prevention. With better survival rates, we should pay more attention to rehabilitation and quality of life for stroke patients. 

Two children in Shanghai have died from hand foot and mouth disease, the infection caused by EV71 enterovirus. The children were from migrant worker families and attended a Jinshan District care center blacklisted over hygiene issues.

Hospital are making large profits from mortuary services, the Global Times reports. Morgues are changing huge markups for services such as preparing corpses for burial and families typically pay 10,000 yuan for cremation and burying services. 

Cardiologists have dismissed internet claims that rubbing inside the elbow is  an effective way to treat people who have had a heart attack. The advice being circulated on social media sites claims that thromboses can be dislodge by  massaging blood vessel near the elbow.

Breast cancer is different in China:  women get it  at a younger age, are  less likely to have breast- conserving surgery and less likely to have positive oestrogen receptor cancers.

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