Thursday, 13 March 2014

Seven China medical news snippets for Thursday 13 March

1. Antivirals at kindergarten
Children at a kindergarten in Xian have been treated with an antiviral without the knowledge of their parents. Parents were furious to discover their children were dosed with moroxydine thee days a week supposedly as prophylaxis to prevent viral infections, at the direction of a doctor who was only licensed to practice in Guangdong.

2. Private health eyes China profits
Private healthcare operator Concord Medical says it sees huge potential in the Chinese health system reforms. The group already owns 144 medical centres and the Chang'an Hospital in Xi'an, and is now building three high-end specialty cancer hospitals in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai.

3. Stroke risk with high normal BP
Cardiologists in Guangzhou have shown that pre-hypertension (systolic BP of 120-140mmHg) is a risk factor for stroke. Their research showed that low range hypertension increased stroke risk by 44%, according to the meta-analysis published in the journal Neurology this week.

4. Needlestick risks in Chinese hospitals
Doctors and nurses in Chinese hospitals face high risks of blood-borne infections because of poor needlestick injury prevention practices, a study has found. Doctors faced a high risk of infections from suturing needle accidents while nurses often had needlestick injuries with syringes and IV infusion sets,w ith an average of two injuries per year, a study in the American Journal of Infection Control showed.

5. Medical article fraud
A doctor in Hainan has been jailed for eight years for fraud after it was discovered he wrote 11 medical articles and dissertations for others. The doctor charged about 12,000 yuan for each article.

6. Knee OA undiagnosed
Knee osteoarthritis is common among elderly people in Guangzhou but often goes undiagnosed and untreated. A study of elderly inpatients at a city hospital found the prevalence rate of knee arthritis was 10% in males and 38% in females. Only about half of patients were aware they had arthritis, and among these only 77% had adequate treatment.

7. Dust full of carcinogens
Inhabitants of Guangzhou are exposed to toxic levels of arsenic and chromium in PM2.5 particle in dust, a study has found. Using hair analysis, researchers from Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou found that Guangzhou residents had high and carcinogenic levels of accumulated metals and other toxic elements.

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