Sunday, 10 January 2016

The top three medical stories from China this week

Medical exam fraud: A medical examination cheating ring has been uncovered in Hebei after a 29 year old woman was found to be taking a postgraduate exam in place of someone else. The woman was arrested after it was found the ID card did not match the details of the doctor who was supposed to be taking the test, who was from Chengdu. The woman said she was paid 60,000 yuan (about US$9000) to take the test on behalf of another person. The woman, who was originally a doctor, said she had given up her job in 2013 after she discovered she could make more money through exam fraud.

Influenza deaths: There have been three severe cases including one death from severe H5N6 influenza in Guangdong and a further death of an overseas visitor from H1N1 influenza, according to media reports. Chinese media said that a a 25-year-old man from Shenzhen, was in a serious condition in hospital. A 26 year old woman died of the same infection in Shenzhen last week, while a third person in Zhaoqing, Guangdong was in a serious condition. Meanwhile a Guyanese man has died of H1N1 influenza in a Miami hospital after returning from China. The infections are presumed to have come from exposure to live poultry and it is not thought there is a high risk of human-to-human transmission.

Air pollution harms fetus:
Pregnant women who are exposed to the high level of air pollution in China are likely to have low birth weight babies, a study shows. Exposure to high levels of PM2.5 particles, as found in China's smogs, was linked to a decrease in birth weight and an increased risk of low birth weight, according to a study by specialists at the Guangdong Women and Children Hospital, Guangzhou. The doctors said the effect of air pollution on fetal growth was similar to that seen with cigarette smoke, and was due to immature fetuses being more susceptible to air pollution because they are in critical periods of organogenesis.

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