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October 19, 2008
China faces daunting challeges to heatlh equity
China's economic boom of recent decades has also seen its reputation for health slipping and the health gap between the rich and the poor widening.

China has improved maternal and newborn health but health affordability must be addressed in future
China has done well in provision of maternal and health services, but poorly in noncommunicable diseases and smoking cessation.

Swamping bad cells with good in ALS animal models helps sustain breathing
In a disease like ALS -- one that's always fatal and that has a long history of research-resistant biology -- finding a proof of principle in animal models is significant.

Bird flu vaccine protects people and pets
A single vaccine could be used to protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics, according to an article published in the November issue of the Journal of General Virology.

21st century could be the 'age of paranoia,' warns leading scientist
Paranoia is on the increase and could go unchecked unless we take urgent action, claims a leading scientist.

Drug-embedded microparticles bolster heart function in animal studies
Tiny polymer beads embedded with anti-inflammatory drugs can reduce damage to the heart when injected into rats' hearts after a simulated heart attack.

Researchers identify Achilles heel of common childhood tumor
Researchers have, for the first time, found a mechanism for the rapid growth of the benign blood vessel tumor known as infantile hemangiomas, the most common tumor found in children.

New rules for organ transplantation in China will meet international standards
More than 90 percent of transplanted organs in China are obtained from executed prisoners, and the previously under-regulated growth of transplantation in China provided an atmosphere for other organ donors to get financial compensation.

One-third of world smokers are Chinese men: Just 1 part of China's chronic disease battle
Prevention must be at the heart of the China's battle with chronic diseases if it is to stop the health and economic timebomb associated with these conditions.

Out-of-pocket expenses and insurance must be addressed for China to achieve its health goals
High levels of out-of-pocket medical expenses, increasing costs and stalled progress in providing adequate health insurance for all have been set-backs for China's health goals.

A report to help catalyze future health progress in China
The Lancet series on Health System Reform in China opens with a comment jointly written by Lancet Editor Dr.

Providing toilets, safe water is top route to reducing world poverty: UN University
Simply installing toilets where needed throughout the world and ensuring safe water supplies would do more to end crippling poverty and improve world health than any other possible measure, according to an analysis released today by the United Nations University.

Knocking the 'sox' off cancer and lymphatic disorders
Researchers have identified a gene critical for the development of the lymphatic system in a discovery that will have implications for treatment of cancer and lymphatic disorders and other diseases.

The Lancet series on health system reform in China
In the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct.

China's early detection system could be vital in warning world of bird flu pandemic
The Chinese early detection system for infectious disease could identify clusters of bird-flu in humans in real time, thus providing authorities and the rest of the world with early warning of the start of the pandemic.

Gladstone scientists identify role of fatty acids in Alzheimer's disease
Scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and the University of California have found that complete or partial removal of an enzyme that regulates fatty acid levels improves cognitive deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

Enforcing driving laws, restricting access to pesticides and teaching children to swim
Low-cost prevention measures that are most likely to produce large reductions in injury mortality are enforcement of laws for drinking and driving and for seat belt and helmet use, restriction of potent pesticides and teaching children to swim.

Improved distribution of doctors and nurses and absorption of medical graduates in heatlh workforce
Policies to address inequitable distribution of doctors and nurses and ensuring that medical graduates enter the health workforce are among the priorities China must tackle as it seeks to achieve its aim of a Healthy China by 2020.

4 in 10 parents wrong on whether their child is under or overweight
More than four in 10 parents with underweight and overweight children mistakenly believe their children are in the average weight range, according to University of Melbourne research.

The future of traditional Chinese medicine: An efficacy driven approach?
The future of traditional Chinese medicine could see research move to an efficacy-driven approach.
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