Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Shenzhen prescriber kickbacks | Residency training failures | Snoring and heart attack | HIV tests for students

Doctors in Shenzhen continue to prescribe expensive quack remedies to patients to make high commissions from sales, according to reports which said a pregnant woman was told to use fish oil and other supplements to improve her unborn child's intelligence.

Breast cancer survival rates (10 years) for women have improved  from 43% in 1972 to 61% in 1998-2002, according to a cancer registry study from Qidong, Jiangsu.

Tick-borne diseases are a major threat in rural parts of central China, with a new study showing that ticks are common and carry a wide range of human pathogen. The ticks found on animals carried five different kinds of pathogens including Rickettsia and humans were at a high risk of exposure to piroplasmosis, researchers said.

Failings in residency training programs in medical-school-affiliated hospitals in  China have been identified in a national study. The survey of 15 teaching hospitals found that they failed to reach the basic standard of 70% in six basic areas of training, and thus more effort is needed to boost postgraduate medical education (PGME).

Chinese people who snore three or more times per week have a higher risk of heart attack, cardiologists have found.  Their case control study of almost 3000 patients who had a heart attack also found that lack of sleep was a risk factor for heart attack.

A female doctor and a pregnant nurse were attacked  by angry family members of a patient with lung cancer at a Hunan hospital. The attackers forced the doctor to kneel and beat her around the head, before being tackled by security guards.

College students in Henan are being forced to undergo HIV tests. The government says the policy will help early detection and treatment of the inefection.

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