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Dealing with hives during Chinese New Year
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Chinese firm clones dog in bid to treat cardiovascular disease
Changing faces: China's plastic surgery boom
Chinese courier takes elderly mother on rounds with him because her Alzheimer’s means she cannot be left alone
2018-04-19 05:10:03 A courier in southwest China has been taking his elderly mother along with him on his rounds because her Alzheimer’s means she cannot be left on her own for long periods, a news website has reported. Cai Yujun, 52, has modified his electric bike to ensure that his 92-year-old mother Yang Suxiu has a more comfortable seat on the back, Thecover   Read More ...
Chinese couple deny cancer con after raising cash for sick child then ‘telling donors she died’
2018-04-16 02:01:32 A Chinese couple who raised money to treat their daughter’s eye tumour have been accused of refusing to use the cash to pay for her medical care and pretending that she had died, according to a news website report. The mother told donors that her three-year-old daughter had died after people who gave money to the family had earlier demanded that the child be treated before her condition worsened, Thecover   Read More ...
WHO enlists 'Disease X' among most dangerous epidemics
2018-03-13 02:30:18 Along with Ebola, Zika and other well-known notorious diseases, Disease X was recently enlisted by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the killer that is potential to trigger deadly global epidemic in the near future. After a meeting at its Geneva headquarters gathering health experts across the world, the organization released its 2018 Blueprint list of priority diseases, which include Ebola, Lassa fever, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Rift Valley fever (RVF) and Zika   Read More ...
Call to lift rules on lung disease
2018-03-12 08:30:20 Doctor Chen Jingyu (right) operates on a pneumoconiosis patient at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing in February. (Zhu Xingxin/China Daily) Restrictions on the diagnosis of an occupational lung disease that affects Chinese laborers should be relaxed to ensure patients get effective treatment, a State legislator has said ahead of the annual two sessions. Pneumoconiosis is caused by the inhalation of dust and affects industrial and agricultural workers   Read More ...
Hospital scalpers a blight on society
2018-03-12 03:30:26 Hospital scalpers are a disease China has been working to cure for years. Commonly known as huangniu, or yellow bulls, these crooks book appointments at major public hospitals - preventing genuine patients from doing so - and then illegally sell them on at vastly inflated prices. Those unwilling to pay up face a lengthy wait, potentially putting their lives at risk   Read More ...
Baby with rare disease can now go for surgery in China - Nation
2018-03-12 02:02:22 PONTIAN: Tanjung Piai MP Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng has lent a helping hand to the family of six-month-old Siti Nur Aaira with a RM90,000 donation for the baby to undergo a liver transplant surgery in China. Siti Nur is suffering from biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts. She urgently needs the surgery which costs about RM250,000   Read More ...
Chinese, American scientists 'light up' lung cancer mutations
2018-03-08 03:02:07 Chinese and American scientists have found a new way to identify non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), the most common type of lung cancer, non-invasively. In a study reported on Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the scientists used a radio-labeled chemical tracer to mark certain cancer mutations, which can help determine sensitivity to and the efficacy of a therapy called tyrosine kinase inhibition in NSCLC patients   Read More ...
American, Chinese scientists find new way to prevent, treat Alzheimer's disease
2018-03-08 03:01:41 American and Chinese scientists reported on Wednesday in the journal Neuron how a receptor on the immune cell in the brain helps prevent or reduce severity of Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disorders affecting 47 million people worldwide. The study, led by Xu Huaxi, a neuroscientist from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, has shown that a receptor called TREM2 can interacts with toxic amyloid beta proteins to restore neurological function   Read More ...
Strangers save life of cancer-stricken Chinese girl by delivering her medicine
2018-03-07 16:33:02 Song Shurui, a 17-year-old from Chengdu, China is afflicted with leukemia and had to undergo a bone marrow transplant in December last year. Unfortunately, she contracted a severe lung infection after the surgery which put her life in grave danger. Dai Qinjia, Shurui’s mother, was told by doctors in Chengdu that her daughter had little chance of recovery, and transferred her to the intensive care unit   Read More ...
FDA authorizes first direct-to-consumer test on breast cancer gene mutations
2018-03-07 12:36:16 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized on Tuesday the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) test which can report three mutations in the BRCA breast cancer genes while giving strong warnings of its possible improper application. The test analyzes DNA from a self-collected saliva sample to describe if a woman is at increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, and if a man is at increased risk of developing breast or prostate cancer, according to the FDA   Read More ...
Gansu opens TCM medical center in Belarus
2018-03-05 10:30:09 Authorities in northwest China's Gansu Province have opened a medical center offering traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) remedies in Belarus. According to Gansu's provincial department of commerce, the center, located in the city of Grodno, is the first independent TCM medical center in Belarus. "The center covers an area of 510 square meters and offers a variety of TCM treatment, including acupuncture and cupping," said Ding Rujun of Gansu's Foreign Trade Association   Read More ...
California poises to be U.S. leader in regenerative medicine with Chinese partners
2018-03-02 07:30:19 Dozens of state lawmakers, doctors and experts gathered together in Sacramento, the California State Capitol, this week to voice their support for stem cell research and regenerative therapy. Officials said the State of California poised to be U.S. leader in regenerative Medicine with Chinese partners. It is widely reported that China has made some significant progress in this cutting-edge scientific field   Read More ...
Advanced HPV vaccine available in Shanghai
2018-03-02 04:30:21 Women in Shanghai are now able to receive tetravalent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations in the middle of March, healthcare authorities announced Wednesday, Shanghai Morning Post reported Thursday. The vaccine, targeting HPV 6, 11, 16, 18, has been approved for use among women aged between 20 and 45, according to Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention. A single injection is sold for 803   Read More ...
Dangers of taking drugs with water
2018-03-02 04:01:03 Does the amount of water you take with drugs affect the medication? Dr Dong Xiaohui from the Pharmaceutical Department of Shanghai East Hospital gives the answers. For general oral dosage with tablets, and Chinese medicine granules, 150ml of water is usually required. For capsules, no less than 300ml of water is required to ensure that the medication has properly entered the body, and to prevent the capsule from becoming soft and sticking to the wall of the throat   Read More ...
China to give more support to patients with rare diseases
2018-03-02 03:30:36 China has launched a program aiming at helping patients with rare disease in diagnosis and treatment and offering financial support to those in need. "The cost of treatment and care throws a lot of families into poverty. But what is more desperate yet, is that people often simply don't know what took their loved one's life," said Wang Yiou, head of the Illness Challenge Foundation, who lives with brittle-bone disease   Read More ...
Novel genome platform reveals new HIV, cancer therapies
2018-02-28 06:30:27 American scientists have developed the first ever high-throughput, genome-scale, imaging-based platform to investigate protein stability, providing novel therapeutic possibilities for treating HIV, Alzheimer's disease and cancer. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports, involved a platform named Global Arrayed Protein Stability Analysis (GAPSA). GAPSA has been used to find host proteins targeted by the HIV-1 accessory protein Vpu, which allows the virus to replicate   Read More ...
Coughing New Yorkers cause Chinese medicine company's stock to soar
2018-02-27 12:30:16 Shares in a Hong Kong-listed Chinese pharmaceutical company popped Monday following a U.S. news report that New Yorkers were snapping up a cough syrup it sold. Kingworld Medicines Group's stock closed over 27 percent higher Monday after a Wall Street Journal article was published last week about the popularity of its Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa cough syrup. The medicine, which contains natural herbs, honey and loquat extracts, is sold on Amazon for $12   Read More ...
Girl with cerebral palsy perseveres despite difficulties
2018-02-27 10:01:09 Fu Yuantao, mother of a 12-year-old daughter born with cerebral palsy, has been carrying her child to hospital and school, rain or shine, for 10 years in Yuanling county, Hunan province, Hunan Today reported. The daughter, named Peng Haixin, is unable to walk and has to rely on others in her daily life. Since 2006, her parents have been taking her to different doctors, despite having to borrow of money and bear hunger and cold   Read More ...
Treatment rules for mentally ill suspects
2018-02-27 08:06:19 China’s top procuratorate issued a new regulation on compulsory medical treatment for mentally ill suspects to avoid wrongful convictions and ensure fairness and justice. The rules are aimed at preventing and rectifying cases in which suspects pretend to be mentally ill in order to be exempt from criminal penalties and those in which innocent people are forced to be institutionalized, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a statement   Read More ...
China issues new rule to prevent mental illness abuse
2018-02-27 06:08:44 Procuratorates given more powers. China's top procuratorate recently issued a regulation to prevent and rectify abuses in the country's compulsory mental illness medical treatment system, a move hailed by Chinese law experts on Monday as a step toward judicial fairness. The website of China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Monday said that the SPP has released a new document to deal with those who pretend to suffer from mental illness, and to avoid mistakenly applying the compulsory medical treatment system to mentally stable people   Read More ...
Traditional Chinese medicine becomes popular among New Yorkers in flu season
2018-02-27 06:07:23 A Chinese traditional cough syrup, called Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, is becoming even more popular among New Yorkers in this flu season, following a U.S. news report. According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal last week, Alex Schweder, an architect and professor of design at Pratt Institute suffering a cough about ten days, felt better only in 15 minutes after he drank a bottle of Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, which was recommended by his girlfriend who first learned about the herbal supplement nearly 30 years ago when she was living in Hong Kong   Read More ...
Parkinson's disease can be diagnosed with tears
2018-02-25 07:30:22 American scientists found that tears may hold clues to whether someone has Parkinson's disease, according to a preliminary study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018. "We believe our research is the first to show that tears may be a reliable, inexpensive and noninvasive biological marker of Parkinson's disease," said the paper's author Mark Lew from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles   Read More ...
Chinese scientists develop AI system to diagnose human diseases
2018-02-25 03:30:41 Chinese scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system for the classification and diagnosis of treatable human diseases. A scientific research team at Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center applied a deep-learning framework to develop a diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of pediatric pneumonia and common treatable blinding retinal diseases. The team said the AI system had demonstrated performance comparable to that of human experts in classifying and diagnosing diseases   Read More ...
Scientists hone AI tool to prevent blindness
2018-02-24 02:01:24 Chinese scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to screen patients with serious eye diseases that are treatable if detected in the early stages and the technology is expected to be applied to wider uses in medicine. A paper, published on Thursday in the journal Cell, showed that researchers used an AI-based convolutional neural network to review more than 200,000 eye scans conducted with optical coherence tomography, a noninvasive technology that bounces light off the retina to create two- and three-dimensional representations of tissue   Read More ...
TCM may step in as antibiotics start to fail
2018-02-23 02:01:17 Built on more than 2,500 years of medical practice, the TCM contains various forms of treatment, including herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise and dietary therapy.(Photo/Xinhua) China's top experts in traditional Chinese medicine have developed seven treatments that can potentially combat the growing resistance to antibiotics, a global public health threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050. The treatments are based on TCM clinical experience and outcomes in curbing antimicrobial resistance, which happens when microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses, mutate when exposed to antibiotics and antivirals, or AMR   Read More ...
Molecules, Vol. 23, Pages 459: Nutritional Composition and Antioxidant Properties of the Fruits of a Chinese Wild Passiflora foetida
2018-02-22 12:27:57 Abstract The aim of this work was to evaluate the main nutrients and their antioxidant properties of a Chinese wild edible fruit, Passiflora foetida, collected from the ecoregion of Hainan province, China. The analytical results revealed that P. foetida fruits were rich in amino acids (1097 mg/100 g in total), minerals (595.75 mg/100 g in total), and unsaturated fatty acids (74   Read More ...
Australian researchers develop rotavirus vaccine effective for newborns
2018-02-22 07:30:29 An Australian-led team of researchers have successfully developed a rotavirus vaccine that could have the potential to protect millions of newborn babies around the world. Known as RV3-BB, the rotavirus vaccine was developed by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and trialed on 1,649 newborn babies at 25 health centers and hospitals in District Klaten, Central Java and District Sleman, Yogyakarta in Indonesia   Read More ...
Chinese students in U.S. should pay attention to mental health: medical specialist
2018-02-22 07:01:27 Chinese students studying at U.S. universities should pay more attention to their mental health conditions, a medical professor said Wednesday. Yongjian Geng, professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, told Xinhua that Chinese students and their parents sometimes ignore the students' mental health conditions, which can be dangerous and lead to disastrous results. "Chinese students commonly describe huge pressure and self-denial   Read More ...
Chinese doctor charged over fatal breast surgery gets bail
2018-02-22 04:10:17 A Chinese doctor with no Australian qualifications has been granted bail over a fatal breast enlargement operation at a Sydney beauty clinic last August. Jie Shao, 34, and graduate nurse Yueqiong Fu, 29, are charged with the manslaughter of 35-year-old salon owner Jean Huang, although the cause of her death has not yet been identified. They allegedly used the wrong dosage of anaesthetic when she attempted to put fillers into the breasts of Ms Huang at the Medi Beauty Clinic in Chippendale on August 30   Read More ...
Dedicated doctor honored for six decades of service
2018-02-22 03:01:37 Pioneering lung cancer specialist sees helping patients as her greatest reward. Liao Meilin has witnessed and directly contributed to the rapid development of lung cancer treatments in China over the past six decades. The 84-year-old doctor, one of the most reputable experts in her field, said there is no greater reward than having seen lung cancer-once a near-certain death sentence in China-become more like a chronic disease   Read More ...
Doctors in China lead race to treat cancer by editing genes
2018-02-21 21:03:27 Shaorong Deng is sitting up in bed at the Hangzhou Cancer Hospital waiting for his doctor. Thin and frail, the 53-year-old construction worker's coat drapes around his shoulders to protect against the chilly air. Deng has advanced cancer of the esophagus, a common form of cancer in China. He went through radiation and chemotherapy, but the cancer kept spreading. Now he's back at the hospital to get an experimental treatment   Read More ...
New push for Hepatitis C cure
2018-02-21 20:03:10 China has increased its pace of development for treatment of Hepatitis C with support from the World Health Organization, aiming to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030. Zhuang Hui of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, who is honorary director of the Chinese Society of Hepatology, said that effective anti-virals will enable more patients to be cured. China has nearly 10 million Hepatitis C patients   Read More ...
Chinese scientists develop new flu vaccine
2018-02-17 18:15:30 A research group from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, on Saturday announced they have developed a new type of flu vaccine using nano-technology. Cui Zongqiang, leader of the research group said the intranasal nano-vaccine can target broad-spectrum flu viruses and induces robust immune responses. “In our study, an intranasal nano-vaccine worked well against infections of H1N1 and H9N2 virus in mice   Read More ...
Chinese scientists develop new flu vaccine
2018-02-17 16:01:00 A research group from Wuhan Institute of Virology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, announced that they have developed a new type of flu vaccine using nano-technology. The intranasal nano-vaccine can target broad-spectrum flu viruses and induces robust immune responses, said Cui Zongqiang, leader of the research group. "In our study, an intranasal nanovaccine worked well against infections of H1N1 and H9N2 virus in mice," Cui said   Read More ...
Chinese research advances highlighted in special issue of Human Gene Therapy
2018-02-17 05:01:49 A special issue of peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy was published on Friday, documenting China's progress, opportunities and challenges in its biomedical research. "This special issue, released coincident with the New Year in China, illustrates the tremendous scientific progress that has been made at certain leading institutions in China working in cell and gene therapy," says its editor-in-chief Terence R. Flotte, professor of University of Massachusetts Medical School   Read More ...
World's first human case of H7N4 avian flu reported in China
2018-02-15 20:16:15 The 68-year-old woman was hospitalized in January Wild aquatic birds are the natural hosts for most influenza type A viruses H7 virus infections in humans are not common and typically cause mild to moderate illnesses The first human case of the H7N4 strain of avian influenza has been reported in China, Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection announced Wednesday. A 68-year-old woman living in Jiangsu Province in eastern China, near Shanghai, had contact with live poultry before she began developing pneumonia-like symptoms December 25   Read More ...
Dealing with hives during Chinese New Year
2018-02-15 05:02:12 SINGAPORE: The Chinese New Year (CNY) period can be a time when some individuals develop new or worsening itchy, red swellings on their skin. They may attribute the itch to eating seasonal festive food that they do not usually eat, or taking medicine such as painkillers to quell a late-night, post-mahjong headache. Some people may find dressing up in new but body-hugging clothes for CNY visiting a factor   Read More ...
Study reveals pets help people with mental health conditions
2018-02-14 17:01:19 People who own pets are better able to manage mental health conditions, a study published Wednesday by three British universities revealed. In what was the first systematic review of existing evidence, researchers at Manchester, Liverpool and Southampton showed how owning a dog or cat, or keeping goldfish, hamsters and finches helps people with long-term mental health problems. Published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, academics from the three universities reviewed a collection of academic papers on the impact of animal ownership   Read More ...
Breakthrough may help with earlier detection of heart attacks and cancer
2018-02-12 03:02:12 A mobile phone-sized box may help patients detect acute heart failure or cancer, at any time, without any medical assistance. A Chinese research program is trying to make this "family physician" dream come true. Chinese scientists have developed a biosensor based on an optical microfiber coupler (OMC) to identify one ultra sensitive biomarker of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the medical term for a heart attack, which could make detection much easier and less expensive   Read More ...
Scientists discover safe UV light to kill flu virus in public spaces
2018-02-11 10:01:37 Researchers have discovered a special type of untraviolet (UV) light that can kill airborne flu viruses without harming human tissues, according to a new study. Broad-spectrum ultraviolet C (UVC) light, which has a wavelength of between 200 to 400 nanometers, has been routinely used to kill bacteria and viruses by destroying the molecular bonds that hold their DNA together. "Unfortunately, conventional germicidal UV light is also a human health hazard and can lead to skin cancer and cataracts, which prevents its use in public spaces," said David J   Read More ...