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Has China Learned From SARS?

In a new report on the H7N9 flu outbreak, Chinese health officials warned on Wednesday that the death toll is likely to rise. From Karen Kaplan of the Los Angeles Times: In a report on the outbreak that began in China in...

H7N9 Bird Flu Reaches Beijing

Xinhua reported on Saturday that a seven-year-old girl has become China’s 44th confirmed H7N9 sufferer, and the first in Beijing. The child is being treated at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, and is in stable condition, Zhong...

New Flu Cases Rise in Shadow of SARS

The death of a 38-year-old chef in Zhejiang from a new strain of bird flu has brought the number of reported fatalities to three, following news on Sunday of two earlier deaths in Shanghai. Ten H7N9 cases have now been...

Chinese Farms Breed Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

In 2011, human consumption of antibiotics in China was ten times the global average. Because overuse of the drugs can give rise to resistance in the bacteria they target, the Health Ministry has repeatedly promised to cut down...

Electromagnetism Fears Spark Protests

China has seen numerous protests triggered by fears of chemical pollution. Two incidents in the past month have revolved instead around concerns over health threats from electromagnetic radiation, despite the lack of evidence...

Seeing China’s Pollution From Space

The tweeting @BeijingAir pollution monitor atop the US Embassy in Beijing has long been a thorn in the government’s side, its PM2.5 measurements causing first “confusion” and “undesirable social...

China’s Mothers Rethink Anti-Radiation Clothing

At Bloomberg, Adam Minter describes the improbable scientific claims made both for and against clothing designed to protect pregnant women from electromagnetic radiation. A recent CCTV report claimed that the clothing could...

Pakistan Polio Spreading To China

Ten children in Xinjiang have been infected with polio and their viral strains are believed to have come from Pakistan.  These are the first confirmed cases of polio in China since 1999. From NPR: There’s word from the...

China Smoking Ban May Have Little Effect

China’s ban on smoking in public places will take effect this Sunday,  May 1st. Expectations should not be set too high, though. Enforcement and compliance  with the new law is predicted to be weak. From the Los Angeles...

Phelim Kine: China’s Public Health Whitewash

In the Guardian, Human Rights Watch researcher Phelim Kine critiques a new book by the Chinese government, the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee for whitewashing the censorship of reports about...

Half of China’s Moms-To-Be Have C-Sections

The Associated Press reports on a WHO survey that states half of Chinese pregnancies are delivered during C-sections: Rates of C-sections have reached “epidemic proportions” in many countries worldwide, the WHO said...

A Robust Response

From the Beijing Review, via alibaba.com: With new A/H1N1 flu cases spreading around the world every day, criticism over China’s alleged overreaction to this new virus may finally be dying out. But leaders acknowledged the...

China Braces for H1N1 Pandemic Fallout

The World Health Organization has categorized the H1N1 flu outbreak as a pandemic. Amidst the health concerns and quarantine problems is another alert — the economy. Tourism, retail, entertainment, and trade are expected...

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