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Fruit juice NOT recommended for children, particularly infants

According to a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet. Infant nutrition According to Melvin B. Heyman,...
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Vitamin B supplements could diminish toxic effects of air pollution

According to a recent American study published in the journal Scientific Reports, vitamin B supplements could significantly diminish the toxic effects of air pollution on the immune and cardiovascular systems. Vitamin B cocktails The study,...

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 Pregnancy

Study finds pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’

According to recent research published in the journal Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB), pregnancy multivitamins ‘are a waste of money’ because such supplements do not appear to boost the health of mothers and babies. Although...
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Experimental blood test could help treat depression

As reported in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, scientists in the United Kingdom have developed an experimental blood test that could help psychiatrists select more-effective drugs for patients suffering from depression. Effects...
Medical Tourism

More Americans and Chinese Traveling to India for Hepatitis C Treatment

As reported by CNN this week, increasing numbers of Americans are traveling halfway across the world to India to buy the revolutionary Hepatitis C medicine Sofosbuvir, as well as other prescription drugs. Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is an infectious...
China immunization

Vaccine safety scares frustrate China’s disease control efforts

Leading into this year’s World Immunization Week, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) has expressed concern that recent vaccine safety scares will offset its achievements in limiting infectious diseases...

New analysis questions the value of flu drug Tamiflu

A new analysis has reported that the popular flu drug Tamiflu did not prevent the spread of flu or reduce dangerous complications, and only slightly alleviated flu symptoms. The analysis, conducted by The Cochrane Collaboration, also claimed...

Deregistration of oral pharmaceuticals containing ketoconazole in Hong Kong

The Department of Health (DH) today (February 27) drew the public’s attention to the decision of the Pharmacy and Poisons (Registration of Pharmaceutical Products and Substances: Certification of Clinical Trial/Medicinal Test) Committee...

Avoid unregistered and improperly labelled proprietary Chinese medicines

The Department of Health (DH) today (February 26) urged members of the public to stop using two proprietary Chinese medicines (pCms), namely Japan The First Brand – Heart Tonic Pills and Feng Shou Brand – Shu Chin Chih Tung Kao (HKP-07811)...