Thursday, 8 May 2014

My top 5 medical stories from China for Thursday 8th May

1. Malnutrition is still a significant problem in rural China, with 27% rates of stunting and 13% rates of severe stunting seen in a survey of 84 villages in mid-western provinces in 2010. Researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, looked at 1260 children under 3 years old, and recommended that the Chinese government should implement appropriate nutritional intervention strategies to help reduce the prevalence of malnutrition in children.

2. Two million Chinese people die of a heart attack each year and the treatment of survivors is very poor, cardiologist Professor Wu Yangfeng told the World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne this week. Professor Wu said there was very little use of proven treatments such as aspirin, statins and antihypertenisves in China for secondary prevention of acute coronary syndromes.

3. Resistance is a rapidly growing problems for the aminoglycoside antibiotics that are routinely used for the treatment of severe infections due to Klebsiella pneumoniae, Beijing researchers have shown. In a new study they found high rates of 16S rRNA methylase genes among 43 K. pneumoniae isolates found in nine tertiary hospitals in China.

4. The angiotensin system may play a key role in H7N9 influenza morbidity and mortality, according to researchers from Hangzhou. In a study published this week they showed that blood plasma levels of angiotensin II are higher in H7N9 patients and could be used to predict their physical deterioration.

5. The first death of a human due to the H5N6 strain of avian flu, has been reported in a 49-year-old man, from Nanchong in Sichuan, Xinhua says the man had been exposed to dead poultry and was initially diagnosed as having pneumonia.

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