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  • Virulent bird flu strain threatens to spill out of China

    CHINA, 2017/04/30 A new strain of avian influenza that has high pathogenicity in poultry, and which can be deadly for humans, has resurfaced in China with pandemic potential -- prompting calls for a quick and thorough response to halt its advance and contain the changing H7N9 virus. Until recently, H7N9 has shown low pathogenicity, meaning that it may cause mild or no illness in poultry. Evidence from China’s Guangdong province suggests that the new strain has shifted to high pathogenicity in poultry while retaining its capacity to cause severe problems in humans. This is said to be a genetic change that could lead to high mortality for birds within 48 hours of infection and cause high economic losses for those engaged in poultry production and sales.
  • Pioneering Japanese technology New applications developed for ostrich antibody technology

    JAPAN, 2017/04/19 With less than 7 years of history, Zeal Cosmetics has developed not just a good range of skin care products using the revolutionary ostrich antibody technology, but as well applied the benefits of it to an air-linen spray and a dietary supplement for people with diabetes. In partnership with renowned research institutions and professionals, Zeal President and CEO Osamu Maeda is committed to keep providing innovative products that can improve people’s lives. What’s incomparable about Ostrich antibodies and Zeal’s technology?
  • Chinese first lady attends anti-AIDS activity in South Africa

    CHINA, 2015/12/08 Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, attended an anti-AIDS advocacy activity here on Saturday, pledging to support Africa's medical and health programs. Peng was here accompanying President Xi for the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. China will consistently support the African nations in fighting AIDS, support the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) on AIDS prevention and control in Africa, and support Africa's programs on medical infrastructure inclunding women's and children's healthcare, said Peng.
  • China to help Ebola-hit Guinea hone health care capacity

    CHINA, 2015/12/08 Chinese President Xi Jinping met here Thursday with Guinean President Alpha Conde and pledged to help the West African country once beset with an Ebola outbreak strengthen public health systems. Beijing is pleased to see that Guinea has beaten the Ebola virus, Xi said, recalling that at the same time as the crisis broke out last year, his country, out of its brotherly bond with Guinea, took the lead in providing assistance. China, he added, will continue to send medical teams to Guinea and support Conakry developing public health and epidemic prevention networks and promoting its capacity-building in this vital public-welfare area.
  • Development of Chinese Anti-Malaria Medicine Beneficial to Developing Countries

    CHINA, 2015/10/09 Guinea's Deputy Coordinator for the National Anti-Malaria Program Dr. Timothee Guilavogui on Monday expressed confidence that "the development of traditional Chinese medicine will contribute to helping developing nations to resolve their public health problems."I Interview in Conakry, Guilavogui hailed Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou for her research that led to the discovery of Artemisinin, a drug that has significantly reduced the mortality rates for patients suffering from malaria. On Monday, Madam Tu, alongside Irish-born William Campbell and Japan's Satoshi Omura were jointly awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for discoveries that helped doctors fight malaria and infections caused by roundworm parasites. According to the Nobel Assembly at Sweden's Karolinska Institute, Tu won half of the prize while Campbell and Omura were jointly awarded the other half of the prize. She is the initial Chinese women national to win a Nobel Prize.
  • China is drawing up a plan to help Sierra Leone

    CHINA, 2015/09/29 China is drawing up a plan to help Sierra Leone and two other Ebola-inflicted African nations with economic and social reconstruction and mutually beneficial cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Sunday. During his conference with Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma in New York, Xi said relations between their two nations are a real testimony to the phrase "a friend in need is a friend indeed." Next the Ebola epidemic broke out in Sierra Leone last year, China instantly responded to President Koroma's call, sending emergency medical support and playing a leading and exemplary role for the international community, the president recalled.
  • Betting On China For New Drug Development

    CHINA, 2015/04/30 Healthcare investment firm OrbiMed manages over $14 billion in public and private equity, nearly $1.4 billion of which is focused on Asia. With 23 private equity investments in Asia, OrbiMed is spreading its interests across the healthcare spectrum, inclunding drugs, medical devices, services and enabling technology. Jonathan Wang, senior managing director at OrbiMed, joined the firm in 2007 to build its Asia business from scratch. The firm presently manages two Asia private equity funds that combine for additional than $500 million. Wang is a prominent figure in China’s healthcare and life sciences space, and he is cofounder and former chairman of BayHelix, a business organization for China healthcare and life sciences leaders.
  • Nigeria Gets N267 Million Grant From China Over Ebola

    CHINA, 2014/10/01 NIGERIA got a further boost in its efforts against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as the Chinese Government commended it for fighting the scourge to a stand still and as well made a grant of N267 million to assist in filling identified gaps. Minister of National Planning, Abubakar Suleiman, at the grant signing and exchange of notes yesterday in Abuja, said "the grant assistance of 10 million Yuan (about N267 million) worth of medical protection and treatment" is significant, as the loopholes are critical to the fight against the plague.
  • China will donate medical materials to support Sierra Leone in the prevention of Ebola disease

    CHINA, 2014/05/05 Mr. Xu Zhou, spokesman of the Chinese Embassy announced in Freetown on Wednesday, 23rd April that China will donate medical materials to support Sierra Leone in the prevention of Ebola disease. He said that an agreement on China's support to Sierra Leone was signed by Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Mr. Zhao Yanbo and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone H.E. Dr. Samura Kamara. He further indicated that, according to the agreement, the Chinese Government will donate a batch of medical materials valued at RMB 1,000,000 Yuan (about 162,600 USD) to support the Government of Sierra Leone in the prevention of Ebola disease.
  • Foreigners came to South Korea in 2012 on medical tours

    SOUTH KOREA, 2014/02/17 Nearly 160,000 foreigners came to South Korea in 2012 on medical tours and spent 267.3 billion won ($252.17 million), with visitors from China outnumbering those from the United States for the initial time, health industry records showed Sunday. According to the Korea Health Industry Development Institute, 159,464 foreign patients from 188 nations came to South Korea in 2012, marking a 30.4 % increase from the previous year. Their total medical-related spending increased 47.9 %. The number of Chinese medical visitors showed a marked increase from 4,724 in 2009 to 32,503, nearly a seven-fold increase over the three-year period. Seven out of 10 were young women, most of them in their 20s and 30s, and about half of them came for plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures. Chinese visitors spent an average 1.69 million won per person.