Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Medical news in brief

Prostate cancer rates have increased as much as five fold over the decade up to 2010, a study from the Jiading area of Shanghai suggests.However, prostate cancer mortality declined slightly and the five-year prostate cancer survival rate was 51%.

An outbreak of enterovirus 71 (EV71) infection in Shanghai resulted in severe disease in hundreds of children. Of 220 children admitted to hospital, , 11% needed pediatric intensive care unit care and 3% (seven) died. Severe disease tended to occur more in children who were younger and male gender.

Almost one in five medical staff are suffering from excessive workload and burnout, a study carried out at a Beijing hospital has found.

A herbal remedy, called Triptergium wilfordii is more effective against rheumatoid arthritis than the conventional medicine methotrexate, according to a trial in 207 patients carried out by Peking University Medical College.

Gastric lap banding is being used successfully in severely obese Chinese people to help them lose weight and avoid diabetes, clinicians from the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinan University, Guangzhou report.

Asthma and rhinitis symptoms are common in Chinese children, research from Chongqing has shown. A study of 4530  children under eight found that 47% had recent rhinitis symptoms, 1.6% reported a history of allergic asthma . Risk factors for respiratory disease included living near a main road and having a damp or mouldy room.

Patients from around China are flocking to Beijing and overloading its hospitals, according to the city's Health and Family Planning Commission. Officials said the capital was taking on more than its fair shareof the medical burden because patients came to the city for treatment from other provinces where hospital services were poor.

A joint venture medical school set up by Duke University and Wuhan University will enrol 100 students for postgraduate medical degrees costing up to 300,000 yuan.

Local residents living near a mine in Guangdong have been found to have toxic levels of cadmium and lead in their bodies, because they eat rice that is contaminated with these metals from pollution, researchers have shown.

Fish caught in Lake Taihu near Suzhou contain high levels of arsenic, mercury and the insecticide DDT that pose risks to human health, a study has found.

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