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India to get polio-free status amid rise in acute flaccid paralysis cases

14-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Livemint | 6:00 AM

India will on Monday be accorded “polio-free” status by the World Health Organization (WHO), with not a single case of the crippling disease being reported in the [...]
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Pakistan is new front line in war on polio

14-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Thenational | 6:00 AM

Madiha Shah and her cousin Fehmida, both UN-employed polio vaccination workers, were walking home when two men on a motorcycle sprayed them with bullets, killing both women. [...]
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China’s new policy on hospitals leave Taiwanese healthcare community cold

14-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Taipeitimes | 6:00 AM

China’s announcement on Friday that healthcare service providers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be able to operate fully owned hospitals in all of its 333 [...]
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Central HK Sees Near-Record Pollution Levels in 2013

Central HK Sees Near-Record Pollution Levels in 2013

14-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Roadside pollution worsened in Hong Kong’s Central district last year as vehicular emissions helped send nitrogen dioxide concentrations to near-record levels, an [...]
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Vaccines can change children’s future

14-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Thehindubusinessline | 6:00 AM

A single medical discovery has changed the future of children. Vaccination is a powerful and cost-effective weapon against disabling and life-threatening diseases. In India, [...]
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China reports one more H7N9 bird flu death

China reports one more H7N9 bird flu death

13-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

China reported one more death from the H7N9 strain of bird flu in eastern Fujian province, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday. A 38-year-old man from Quanzhou city died [...]
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China, world’s leading tobacco user, moves to ban indoor public smoking

11-Jan-2014 Intellasia | CNN | 6:00 AM

China, the world’s largest tobacco consumer, is aiming to ban indoor smoking in public areas by the end of the year. About one in three cigarettes smoked in the world [...]
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Taiwan issues travel alert for Beijing over H5N1 concerns

11-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Focustaiwan | 6:00 AM

Taipei, January 10 (CNA) Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) issued a “yellow” travel alert for Beijing on Thursday, a day after Canada announced that a [...]
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HK reports first H7N9 case of the year

HK reports first H7N9 case of the year

10-Jan-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Hong Kong health authorities on Wednesday confirmed the territory’s third human case of the deadly H7N9 bird flu, the city’s first of 2014. A 65-year-old man has [...]
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Canada reports first H5N1 bird flu death in North America

10-Jan-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Canada announced Wednesday the first H5N1 avian flu death in North America, of a patient who had just returned from China, and said it was urgently contacting airline [...]
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China aims to ban smoking in public places by end of the year

10-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

China aims to impose a nationwide ban on smoking in public places this year, as authorities move to stamp out a widespread practice that has taken a severe toll on [...]
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HK and Guangdong each confirm a new case of H7N9 bird flu

HK and Guangdong each confirm a new case of H7N9 bird flu

10-Jan-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

Guangdong and Hong Kong yesterday each confirmed a new case of H7N9 bird flu as Hong Kong government called for stricter testing of poultry imports from the mainland. Hong [...]
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China sets targets for curbing air pollution

China sets targets for curbing air pollution

09-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

China has set new targets for its provinces to reduce air pollution by 5 to 25 percent, state media said late on Tuesday, underscoring the government’s concern about a [...]
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More smokers worldwide than in 1980: study

More smokers worldwide than in 1980: study

09-Jan-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

More people smoke worldwide today than in 1980, as population growth surges and cigarettes gain popularity in countries such as China, India and Russia, researchers said [...]
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China’s ‘airpocalypse’ kills 350000 to 500000 each year

China’s ‘airpocalypse’ kills 350000 to 500000 each year

09-Jan-2014 Intellasia | Telegraph | 6:00 AM

Between 350,000 and 500,000 Chinese die prematurely each year because of the country’s disastrous air pollution, says China’s former health minister The [...]
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