China Health
Chinese surgeon asks patient for more money mid-operation
Is China’s offer of a free physical a ‘ruse’?
China: US should curb demand for opioids, not blame China
Chinese firm clones dog in bid to treat cardiovascular disease
Leukemia patient has stem cell surgery
Young Chinese woman who recorded her fight against breast cancer dies
Doctors remove a live EEL from the anus of a man who refused to say how it got there
Man loses 17 kg to donate stem cells to leukemia patient
2018-01-18 07:30:13 A young man from Northwest China lost 17 kilograms of weight in two months in order to donate hematopoietic stem cells to a 2-year-old boy in Wuhan, Hubei province, Changjiang Daily reported Wednesday. The little boy, who suffered from leukemia, managed to find the matching donor in November 2017 through the China Marrow Donor Program. On Monday morning, the stem cell collection started   Read More ...
Doctors raise doubts on ‘wonder drug’ Pidotimod use on children
2018-01-17 20:05:43 SEVERAL Chinese doctors have raised doubts over whether an immuno stimulant called Pidotimod is as effective as manufacturers claim, saying the drug has been overused among children. It is claimed that Pidotimod boosts the immune response and reduces recurrent infection. Doctors said it can be used in cases of acute infections. Ji Lianmei, a pharmacist at United Family Healthcare, a private hospital in Beijing, is the first doctor to bring public attention to the drug   Read More ...
Govt plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid
2018-01-17 08:09:39 Govt plans to develop 13 hospitals with Chinese aid With the assistance of the Government of China, 13 Sri Lankan hospitals will be developed to provide better services to the public, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Rajitha Senaratne said. The Minister announced this during a special discussion held at the Ministry recently on developing the Mirigama Base Hospital. The hospital will be developed at a cost of Rs   Read More ...
Experts warn of emerging 'super bacteria'
2018-01-17 08:01:29 China is the largest producer and user of antibiotics in the world, and the country hardest hit by antibiotic misuse and bacterial resistance. Problems are particularly acute in animal husbandry, where antibiotics are frequently used as health products to promote growth. Serious consequences are emerging, including an increasing risk of "super bacteria," severe environmental degradation, and a big threat to people's health   Read More ...
17.5 pct of patients in China use TCM: administration
2018-01-15 17:01:05 About 17.5 percent of all patients in China are treated with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine said Monday. As of September 2017, 20.4 million patients had been discharged from TCM hospitals, accounting for 15 percent of all discharged patients in the country, the administration said. Currently, 67 percent of the town-level and community health centers have TCM units, totaling over 30,000   Read More ...
Chinese surgeon asks patient for more money mid-operation
2018-01-13 06:35:04 HONG KONG: A surgeon in northeastern China accused of asking a patient to pay for an add-on procedure while she was undergoing an operation is being investigated by the health authorities, according to a local media report. The 20-year-old patient, identified only as Jiang Meng, was diagnosed with cervical erosion by a doctor at a hospital in Dalian, a port city in Liaoning province, New Culture Daily reported on Friday   Read More ...
China to provide 100 Cambodian children with free heart surgery in 3 years
2018-01-12 03:02:26 China will provide 100 Cambodian children who have congenital heart disease with free surgery in three years in a program called "China-Cambodia Love Heart Journey." The program was inaugurated Thursday by visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the Peace Palace in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Under the program, Chinese medical personnel will teach on site their Cambodian counterparts who can also have opportunities to go to China for training   Read More ...
New club to target depression in children with chronic diseases
2018-01-11 03:01:44 The Children's Hospital of Fudan University announced to set up a club for children with chronic diseases after it was found that many have symptoms of depression. A survey conducted by the hospital and health authorities found 30.77 percent of hospitalized children in the department of renal rheumatology exhibit such symptoms, such as feeling down, waning interest and a change in appetite and sleeping habits   Read More ...
App offers guide to Tibetan medical care
2018-01-11 02:31:07 A mobile application providing information at no cost about Tibetan medicine in the Tibetan language has been updated recently. The project is part of an effort to provide online access to Tibetan medicine, which has a history of over 2,300 years. The app includes the diagnosis and treatment of 128 diseases frequently encountered on the plateau and information on 300 kinds of Tibetan medicines   Read More ...
Flu season to drop off as schools break for winter
2018-01-10 02:30:57 Virus more aggressive, but health official says end to peak is in sight. The peak season for flu, which has been spreading more aggressively than previous years, will trail off as usual at the start of the winter school vacation this month, according to a senior health official. Hospitals and health clinics nationwide have seen increasing numbers of flu patients since the start of winter, Jiao Yahui, deputy head of medical administration and supervision for the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said on Tuesday   Read More ...
Vaccination primary public intervention against influenza: WHO expert
2018-01-10 02:30:48 People should consider vaccination as the primary intervention against influenza, as the northern hemisphere influenza season starts increasing in many temperate countries, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert advised on Tuesday. Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses which circulate in all parts of the world. There are four types of seasonal influenza viruses, types A, B, C and D, of which influenza A and B viruses circulate and cause seasonal epidemics of disease   Read More ...
Working muscles grown from stem cells
2018-01-09 20:05:34 Working human muscle has been grown from stem cells in the lab in a breakthrough that holds promise for sufferers of degenerative muscular diseases, scientists said yesterday. The team from Duke University in North Carolina said they were the first to achieve this feat using adult skin or blood cells which were “reprogramed” into a juvenile, versatile state. These are called “induced pluripotent stem cells” or iPSCs   Read More ...
First robotic surgery in China a success
2018-01-09 09:48:34 Tianji, a surgical robot, performs an orthopedic operation on a patient at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University in Hefei, Anhui province, Jan. 3, 2018. (Photo/China News Service) A patient suffering from numbness received robotic surgery in Anhui on Jan 3, marking the first instance of robotic surgery in China. The 42-year-old Wang, with numbness in his legs and left hand, underwent surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University lasting only half an hour, with a wound measuring only 1 centimeter that had limited bleeding   Read More ...
Club to improve outlook of sick children
2018-01-09 09:45:59 A club has been set up in Shanghai to offer psychological support to children with chronic diseases, to help them recover and integrate at school and in society. The club, the first of its kind in China, is part of the Children's Hospital of Fudan University and initially will work with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It will gradually expand to help young people who regularly visit for medical consultations on 22 types of chronic disease, such as leukemia, autism and kidney disease   Read More ...
Night shifts up women's cancer risks: Chinese researchers
2018-01-09 09:44:07 Women who work on night shifts could have an increased risk of developing multiple common cancers, especially breast cancer, researchers from China said Monday. Xuelei Ma, an oncologist at Sichuan University, and his colleagues performed a meta-analysis using data from 61 articles comprising 114,628 cancer cases and 3,909,152 participants from North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. It turned out that overall, long-term night shift work among women increased the risk of cancer by 19 percent   Read More ...
Combination of herbal and conventional medicine helps China reduce HIV virus spread
2018-01-08 11:41:33 NAIROBI, KENYA: "The cure for HIV and AIDS may not be found this year or next year but there is hope as research shows HIV remission is possible," says Caroline Tiemessen, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa Her sentiments have been echoed by Chinese Medical researcher Prof. Tian Shangxun who concurred that “actually HIV remission or HIV/AIDS functional cure from herbal medication has been a reality for more than 20 years now   Read More ...
Hospital emergencies overloaded by worst flu outbreak in three years
2018-01-08 04:01:21 Patients line up in the middle of the night for appointments the following morning at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH). (Photo: Li Hao/GT) With hospitals across much of China packed with patients stricken by the most severe flu outbreak in years, epidemiologists say the virus cannot be compared to SARS. Health institutions in China are reporting many more flu cases this year than the last three winters   Read More ...
Flu epidemic no cause for SARS panic, expert says
2018-01-08 02:30:46 A child with the flu is given an intravenous drip at the First Hospital of Hebei Medical University in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, on Friday. Hospitals in many parts of China have seen a rising number of people seeking treatment for cold. (Photo/China News Services) Families advised to wash hands, avoid crowds to keep virus at bay. Flu outbreaks are up across China compared with previous years, but the epidemic remains at normal levels and is much less severe than the SARS outbreak, an official from Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention has said   Read More ...
Drugs, made in China
2018-01-06 20:21:31 One new drug promises to stop cancer from spreading to other organs. Another would treat blood cancer. A third would use the body’s immune system to kill tumours. All three show encouraging results, and need just one more step to be approved for use in the United States. The drugs have something else in common: They were created in China. For years, China’s drug industry concentrated on replicating Western medicines   Read More ...
Sleeping less than 8 hours each night possibly leads to more anxiety, depression: study
2018-01-06 08:00:45 People who sleep less than the recommended eight hours a night are more likely to suffer depression or anxiety, a new study suggests. The study, conducted by researchers at Binghamton University of New York State and published in the recent edition of journal ScienceDirect, compared the timing and duration of sleep in individuals with moderate to high levels of repetitive negative thoughts such as worry and rumination   Read More ...
Prosthetic breasts help cancer survivors regain self-esteem
2018-01-05 04:30:42 Breast cancer survivor Qi Lifang has found herself in the media spotlight after her products have helped thousands of others regain their self-esteem. Qi, a former teacher in Yantai City of east China's Shandong Province, has created a variety of products ranging from silicone prostheses to specially designed bras, nightgowns and swimsuits for breast cancer patients recovering from surgery. They have lyrical and auspicious names such as "Mountain Flowers in Full Bloom," "Spring Blossoms" and "Graceful Women   Read More ...
Chinese firm donates funds to help Zambia tackle cholera outbreak
2018-01-05 04:30:26 Chinese construction giant AVIC International on Thursday donated funds to Zambia's health ministry to help combat a cholera outbreak in Lusaka, the country's capital. The Chinese firm presented a cheque of 100,000 Zambian Kwacha (about 10,000 U.S. dollars) to Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya during a ceremony following escalating cases of the waterborne disease. Cui Ji, the firm's representative, said the increased cholera cases in the city were a source of concern, hence the company's decision to make a donation towards the fight   Read More ...
Two new vaccines made in China are prequalified by the WHO
2018-01-05 03:30:20 Two China-made vaccines -- bivalent Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (bOPV) and hepatitis A vaccine (HAV) �C received prequalification by the WHO on Thursday. It means that the WHO has given the vaccine its stamp of approval for safety and efficacy, and United Nations procuring agencies can now source this vaccine. "Prequalification of bOPV is very good news for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative," said Dr   Read More ...
Gene therapy temporarily reverses type 1 diabetes in mice: U.S. study
2018-01-05 03:01:53 A gene therapy approach that reprograms other cell types into functional beta-like cells could be a promising new option for the treatment of diabetes, a new study suggested Thursday. In mice with type 1 diabetes, the treatment can lead to normal blood glucose levels for an extended period of time, said the study in the U.S. journal Cell Stem Cell. "A clinical trial in both type 1 and type 2 diabetics in the immediate foreseeable future is quite realistic, given the impressive nature of the reversal of the diabetes," senior study author George Gittes of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said in a statement   Read More ...
Chinese food able to help in fitness workout
2018-01-04 20:02:51 To eat, or not to eat? That’s always a tough question for people interested in fitness, and it is even more true in China. Chinese food, although diverse, is high in fats and features a great deal of fried fare. Many Chinese bodybuilders nowadays prefer western style food like boiled chicken breasts and steamed broccoli rather than Chinese food due to its often deep-fried cooking methods, heavy amounts of soy sauce and sugar coated items like lemon chicken   Read More ...
Scientists release results that may help develop diabetes drugs
2018-01-04 09:30:45 Scientists from Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica released important scientific results this morning that can help the development of new medicine on diabetes treatment, the institute said. The result published in Nature, one of the world's top scientific journals, is about the determination of the high-resolution atomic structure of human glucagon receptor (GCGR). Glucagon receptor is a protein activated by peptide hormone glucagon which is mainly found in liver and kidney   Read More ...
First gene therapy for blindness gets $850,000 price tag in U.S.
2018-01-04 04:01:25 International Blindness Relief Organization Vision Care President Dr. Dong Hae Kim (L) performs an eye cataract surgery during a three-day free eye surgical camp activity at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Aug. 9, 2016. (Xinhua/John Badi) Luxturna, the first gene therapy approved in the United States for a rare, inherited form of blindness, will cost 850,000 U.S. dollars per patient, its maker announced on Wednesday   Read More ...
Diabetes drug shows potential in treating Alzheimer's: study
2018-01-04 03:30:33 A drug developed for type 2 diabetes could possibly be a boon for patients with Alzheimer's disease, according to new research published in the Brain Research journal. The "triple agonist" drug combining GLP-1, GIP and Glucagon receptors has been proved to be able to protect the brain from degeneration and effectively reverse memory loss, according to a recent study by British and Chinese universities   Read More ...
Taiwan scientists find key in pluripotent stem cells
2018-01-04 03:01:29 Taiwanese scientists have discovered that circular RNA (circRNA) plays a key functional role in pluripotent stem cells, which may help the development of regenerative medicine or medical technologies. At a press conference Wednesday, Kuo Hung-Chih, an associate research fellow in the Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology at Taiwan's Academia Sinica, said that his team had found that human pluripotent stem cells contain high levels of certain circRNAs, and one type of circRNA, circBIRC6, acts to regulate stem cell pluripotency   Read More ...
Made in China: New and Potentially Lifesaving Drugs
2018-01-03 11:07:14 SHANGHAI — One new drug promises to stop cancer from spreading to other organs. Another would treat blood cancer. A third would use the body’s immune system to kill tumors. All three show encouraging results, and need just one more step to be approved for use in the United States. The drugs have something else in common: They were created in China   Read More ...
Three cups of coffee a day 'may have health benefits'
2018-01-03 07:30:20 研究:每天喝三杯咖啡有益健康. Three cups of coffee a day 'may have health benefits' Moderate coffee drinking is safe, and three to four cups a day may have some health benefits, according to a large review of previous studies, in the BMJ. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke - but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause   Read More ...
Long waiting times biggest public hospital gripe
2018-01-03 03:01:20 Having to wait a long time at public out-patient departments is people's biggest gripe, a recent survey found. Over half of patients surveyed said they spend at least two hours waiting during each hospital visit, and that the waiting time increases depending on how good a hospital is, according to a survey released today. Dirty toilets and high medical bills are another aspect that patients aren't satisfied with, while the small variety of food is another sore point for hospitalized patients   Read More ...
Traditional Chinese medicine, a new remedy for crops
2018-01-02 16:30:15 While traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is favored by many patients to avoid the side effects of Western remedies, it is also a new choice for sick crops. A remedy using extracts from multiple Chinese herbs was approved by the French certification body ECOCERT in mid-December, and was therefore allowed to be implemented in organic farming in the United States and Japan   Read More ...
Is China’s offer of a free physical a ‘ruse’?
2018-01-01 16:00:35 The public health push, launched in 2016 by Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, was pitched as a benevolent benefit: Residents would get free annual medical checkups. They’d be screened for diseases. And they’d get digital health records, in many cases for the first time. But Physicals for All, as the program is known, is coming under fire from critics who say it has another purpose: government surveillance that violates the basic genetic privacy rights of millions of people in a region with many religious and ethnic minorities   Read More ...
China-U.S. partnership improves medical treatment in Tibetan areas
2017-12-31 08:30:10 Lurong Dregar, 19, had been suffering from severe headaches and seizures for years. The mystery illness even left the young Tibetan woman blind in her left eye. It was not until earlier this year when she underwent an MRI scan at a hospital in Xichang, some 500 km away from her home, that the culprit was finally found -- a parasite   Read More ...
Gene therapy may provide long-term protection against HIV: study
2017-12-29 03:01:09 A novel gene therapy that engineers patients' own blood-forming stem cells may ofter long-term protection against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, U.S. researchers said Thursday. In test animals, the engineered chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells not only destroyed the infected cells, they persisted for more than two years, according to the study published in the peer-reviewed PLOS Pathogens. "Antiviral drugs can suppress the amount of HIV in the body to nearly undetectable levels, but only an effective immune response can eradicate the virus," said a press release from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), whose researchers led the study   Read More ...
China: US should curb demand for opioids, not blame China
2017-12-28 10:07:55 BEIJING (AP) — The United States should look within to cut down demand for opioids which are fueling its deadly drug crisis rather than stressing unsubstantiated claims that China is the major source of these chemicals, a top Chinese drug enforcement official said Thursday. China and the U.S. have worked to build a close working relationship to fight global flows of illicit synthetic drugs, but their collaboration remains fraught   Read More ...
Pediatrics hospitals see rise in flu patients
2017-12-28 04:01:15 The pediatric departments of many Shanghai hospitals saw a rapid increase in the number of young patients this week, thepaper.cn reported Tuesday. The number of children requiring emergency treatment at Xin Hua Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, for instance, increased by 6.7 percent this week alone. Qian Jihong, chief of pediatrics at Xin Hua Hospital, said many children are reporting symptoms of fever, vomiting and coughing, all mainly caused by the influenza (flu) virus and rotavirus   Read More ...
China can achieve its medical goals
2017-12-28 04:00:44 Roo Changizi, chair of the Center for Family Medicine and Integrative Health Care at Beijing United Family Hospital, spoke with media. In Canada, family doctors play a pivotal role in improving healthcare for patients. Many studies indicate that the health of the population is better in areas where well-trained family doctors operate; fewer people are hospitalized, there are fewer complications and the rate of surgical intervention is lower   Read More ...
China clones first gene-edited dog, but it's sentenced to die of heart disease
2017-12-27 18:43:05 Chinese scientists are proudly announcing their first cloned puppy — never mind they purposefully created him with a blood-clotting disorder. Longlong, a cute beagle, was cloned by the Beijing-based biotech company Sinogene from Apple, whose genome was edited so it would develop atherosclerosis and scientists could advance the battle against the disease in humans, CNN reported. "Dogs share the most inheritable diseases with human beings, which makes them the best disease models to study," Feng Chong, technical director at Sinogene, said   Read More ...