Monday, 5 May 2014

My top 7 medical stories from China for Monday 5th May

1. Epidemics of haemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome are likely unless rat populations are controlled, say researchers from the Shaanxi Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Xi'an. Rats provide the reservoir for hantavirus which causes the disease, and outbreaks are linked to the size and density of the rodent population, they found.

2. Gene mutations that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis have been identified by clinicians at the Second Military Medical University, Shanghai. 

3. The average length of a Chinese man's penis is 6.5cm, according to a survey of more than 5000 men carried out by urologists at the Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiaotong University. They say their findings "established a reference range for penile dimensions, which will help when counseling patients worried about their penile size or seeking penis enlargement surgery."

4. A 12-year old boy in Beijing has received a heart transplant from a 21-year old donor who died of brain tumour.

5. Healthcare for Tibetan nomads is improving but still underdeveloped, as healthcare staff are often unwilling to work in remote areas, according to one clinicians in Yushu, Qinghai. The most common medical problems are back and knee problems, hepatitis and cancer, the medic said.

6. Working long hours puts men at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the 'Karoshi' study of more than 2200 people in Shanghai has found.

7. Women in China with pre-cancerous changes of the cervix show high rates of spontaneous regression, suggesting that cervical prevention may need to be modified to reflect this, according to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College.


  1. Just a quick comment to express my appreciation for your website. I graduated in Chinese studies at Sheffield University and am now studying medicine, whilst looking toward being involved in China in some medical capacity in the future. This blog is fantastic and saves trawling the native websites! Thanks again for the regular updates and content. Julian

  2. Thanks Julian! Hope the UK medical training system allows you a chance to get to China!


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