January 12, 2004 |
China reported a new suspected case of SARS on Sunday, as health officials in southern China continued working to identify the source of a new outbreak of the respiratory disease that caused a worldwide health alert last year. The new suspected victim is a 35-year-old man, said Dr. Thomas Tsang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong Department of Health.
December 24, 2013 |
BEIJING - The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province. Another patient was a 14-year-old girl from Shanghai, the daughter of two nonsmokers with no family history of lung cancer. Back in the 1970s, when Bai Chunxue was in medical school, the textbook lung cancer patient was a chain-smoking male in his 60s. Nowadays, Bai, one of the physicians who treated the teen, sees so many who are still in their 20s that the cases blend together.
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February 20, 2014 |
Luis Rios, who lost his job at a filling station in December at the age of 56, is newly eligible for Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor. Following the advice of state-trained medical insurance enrollment workers, he filled out the paperwork required to get coverage - but has a nagging fear that he may have put his family's financial assets at risk. That's because, in certain cases, Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid, will be able to collect repayment for healthcare services from the estate after a recipient dies, including placing government liens on property.
February 5, 2014 |
Chinese health authorities have identified a brand-new type of bird flu that killed an elderly woman in November and infected at least one other person in January. That trend prompted the experts to call for stepped-up surveillance to track the new H10N8 influenza virus in poultry markets and in human patients. “The pandemic potential of this novel virus should not be underestimated,” the medical team wrote in a report published Wednesday by the journal Lancet. Genetic analysis of the H10N8 influenza virus revealed that it has two mutations that make flu viruses more virulent in mammals, according to the Lancet report.
November 2, 2004 |
China's Health Ministry has banned the cooking and selling of civet cat to prevent a return of severe acute respiratory syndrome, state media reported. Chinese health experts concluded last month that civet, considered a delicacy in the south of the country, was the primary source of last year's SARS epidemic, which killed about 300 people in China and 500 in other countries.
May 3, 1987
Chinese health authorities began implementing new regulations to test foreigners coming to live in China for the AIDS virus and other contagious diseases. Tourists visiting China on a short-term basis are not to be tested under the new regulations.