Saturday, 26 April 2014

Today's Top 10 China medical news stories

1. China is to launch a national cervical cancer screening program to test 10 million Chinese women annually, the National Health and Family Planning Commission says. The move follows concerns about increasing rates of cervical cancer, especially in women under 35. China has 130,000 new cervical cancer cases a year and up to 30,000 deaths a year due to the disease.

2. Vaccination rates have fallen as much as 30% since the hepatitis B vaccine safety scare over the deaths of 17 infants, immunisation experts say. They said the drop in vaccination rates could put up to 500,000 infants at risk of serious vaccine-preventable diseases.

3. In a landmark study, Shanghai clinicians have shown that pulse oximetry is a simple and accurate method for detecting major congenital heart disease in newborn babies in China. Writing in the Lancet, they say the method should be used in all maternity hospitals.

4. Salmonella in China is becoming resistant to most antibiotics including ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone and azithromycin, "posing huge threat to public health and infection control" say clinicians in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

5. A Beijing doctor was punched by the husband of a pregnant woman who said the doctor had pinched her stomach and threatened to kill her. The woman admitted she had first cursed the doctor when she believed she had been ignored by him.

6. Seven leading hospitals in China have signed an alliance agreement to for a National Team to tackle difficult diseases.

7. Kindergartens in Beijing have been struck by the norovirus gastro bug and dozens of children are showing symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting.

8. Young Chinese people do not wish to pursue a career in the medical sector, as jobs in medical services were ranked lowest in a survey of desirable careers by recruitment site zhaopin.

9. Complaints about fake drugs and medical devices being sold online are the most frequent calls to the China Food and Drug Administration hotline.

10. Hospital clinics in Shanghai are overflowing with three-four hour waiting times and yet community clinics are sitting almost empty and 'general practitioners see few patients because the public has little confidence in the level of services provided, according to an article in China Daily.

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