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Smoking causes 10% of deaths worldwide; even more in China

A recent study published in The Lancet medical journal found that smoking causes one in ten deaths worldwide. The study also found that half of these smoking-related deaths occur in just four countries: China, India, Russia and the United States. Smoking:...
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Dental tourism in Thailand – “Searching for Adventure, and Dentistry”

In a series of New York Times articles published this week entitled “Searching for Adventure, and Dentistry” and “Being a Savvy Medical Tourist While Enjoying a Vacation,” one American journalist chronicled her family’s...
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Diabetes can shorten lifespan by nine years in Chinese patients

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), patients in China who were diagnosed with diabetes in middle age eventually lost an average nine years of life. Diabetes epidemic in China The rise...

China passes first law on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

On Christmas day 2016, China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed the country’s first law on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Traditional Chinese Medicine With a history spanning more than 2,000 years, TCM...
WebMD Enjoy Life

Sustained enjoyment of life found to correlate with mortality at older ages

According to a recently published study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), sustained enjoyment of life during middle-age may be quantitatively correlated with mortality risks at older ages. The study, entitled “Sustained enjoyment...
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WHO issues new guidance on HIV self-testing

In advance of World AIDS Day 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. According to a new WHO progress report lack of an HIV diagnosis is a major...
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5th China International Medical Tourism Fair held in Beijing

The 5th China International Medical Tourism Fair will be held at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing from November 18-20, 2016. The Fair will cover many aspects/areas of medical tourism, including: Medical Institutions and...
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China’s water contains dangerous amounts of a cancer-causing agent NDMA

A recent research study has indicated that China’s water contains dangerous amounts of the cancer-causing agent nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The World Health Organization (WHO) describes NDMA as clearly carcinogenic, due to its ability to...

Study finds ‘no proof’ fitness trackers improve weight loss

Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has called into question the efficacy of fitness trackers at promoting weight loss. Fitness trackers Fitness trackers, also called activity trackers, refer to wearable...

Brains in overweight people ’10 years older’ than in leaner people

Research published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging has indicated that being obese or overweight in middle age can make people’s brains “10 years older” than those in leaner people. White matter deterioration Researchers...