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    Putian hospital surgeon spills the beans on dodgy practices

    by MICHAEL WOODHEAD Dr Qiu Jianqin is a plastic surgeon turned cosmetic surgeon from Fujian province who has a few unkind things to say about Putian hospitals. In an ‘exposure’ aired in the Chinese media this week, Dr Qiu talks of his four years working in a Xiamen hospital run by the Putian network – […] More

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    The Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week

    Each week we uncover the most interesting and informative articles from around the world, here are 10 of the coolest stories in science this week. Out of Place This diagram shows the Georgetown terrane, in green, joining Australia around 1.6 billion years ago during the formation of the supercontinent Nuna. Credit: Geology, https://doi.org/10.1130/G39980.1 […] More

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    After the vaccine scandal, now a cancer treatment scandal

    Wei Zexi’s parents by MICHAEL WOODHEAD For someone ostensibly responsible for healthcare, China’s health minister Li Bin is keeping a very low profile throughout a string of healthcare scandals. She was invisible during the recent scandal over 2 million doses of out-of-date vaccines that were widely distributed by dodgy wholesalers. Now she is also missing […] More

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    A tale of medical murder and extortion

    by MICHAEL WOODHEADIt sounds like the plot of a TV detective thriller but this is real life. A 41–year old man is brought by a friend into a Chengdu hospital suffering from diarrhoea. They both appear to be respectable middle class citizens. The illness is not serious, and the man is treated in the usual […] More

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    Should You Capitalize the ‘Universe’?

    Should you capitalize the Universe? Depends which one you’re talking about. Credit: James West Like God, the Universe arrives in our language — at least according to some physicists, metaphysicians, and comic book authors — as part of a set that bears its same name. God is a god, but Zeus is also a […] More

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    “Three Lows and One Missing”

    by MICHAEL WOODHEAD Being a medical journalist in Australia, I’ve come across a few academics and leaders of medical groups who have marvelled at China’s stated aim to deploy an additional half a million general practitioners by 2020. In a country where there are 25,000 general practitioners, the numbers are mind boggling and the ambitious […] More

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    China adopts the US model

    by MICHAEL WOODHEAD Prepare for the Mayo Clinic with Chinese Characteristics. This year China is taking the first steps towards creating the equivalent of US group medical practices such as Permanente and the Cleveland Clinic. The so-called “Doctor Groups” (Yisheng Jituan, 医生集团) are springing up around the country –  mostly in major cities of the […] More

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    American Cats Are Too Fat — But This Diet Can Help

    Fat cats may make the internet a merrier place, but it comes at the expense of their own health. Nearly 60 percent of American cats may be overweight or obese, according to a 2016 survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and this excess weight can lead to a number of health […] More

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    Health ministry gets serious about promoting TCM

    by MICHAEL WOODHEAD If you have depression take a herbal infusion of daylily. If you have avian flu, use a few capsules of anti-cold Chinese herbs. These are just as effective and much cheaper than using western pharmaceuticals. That’s the official advice from the National Health and Family Planning Commission this week. At a press […] More

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    Why a Pot ‘Breathalyzer’ Won’t Work

    It’s really tricky to measure how much marijuana a person has used on a given day — and how impaired their driving may be as the result of that use — a new opinion piece says. Amid the more widespread legalization of marijuana, there are calls for a roadside test — similar to […] More

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    Three vastly different articles on medical disputes

    by MICHAEL WOODHEAD Violent and disruptive medical disputes have become so common in China that they barely rate a mention in the media any more. There has to be something quite different about an attack on doctors for it to make the headlines these days. The recent incident in which a mob of disgruntled relatives […] More

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