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- Women Suicides Reflect Drudgery of Rural
- By Antoaneta Bezlova, IPS, 21 September 1998. The suicide
rate in China is up to three times that of many western
industrialised countries. Suicides in China have shattered
some social theories applicable to Western countries.
Female rural conditions rather than male urban alienation.
Women in the countryside bear the brunt of the economic
liberalization. Traditional rural culture and income
- Smoking ‘May Kill a Third of Chinese
- IPS, 19 November 1998. The largest ever investigation on
the hazards of tobacco, involving 1.25 million people.
12 percent of all adult male deaths and three percent of
all adult female deaths in China are now caused by
smoking. Smoking in China is on the increase and there
has been a sharp rise in cigarette sales in the last 30
years. The number of Chinese women who smoke is fairly
small and is falling. Tobacco kills half of all
- Health System Ill Due to Market
- By Antoaneta Bezlova, IPS, 18 August 2000. Public concern
about a deepening crisis in China's health system and
the increasingly frequent occurrence of such deplorable
incidents as rejection of patients by hospitals. As
China dismantles its socialist welfare system and makes
people pay for everything, the least successful and most
criticised of market reforms launched in the 1980s have
been those of its health system.
- Miners trapped in China blast
- BBC News Online, 6 November 2000. Most mines have poor
communication and safety equipment. Some reports say an
average of 10,000 miners are killed in accidents every
year. Thousands more are maimed or die from lung
- Diabetes Likely Double as More People Become
- China News Digest, 3 June 2001. A study about
disease risk linked to fatness among Chinese people suggests
China faces an emerging epidemic of obesity. Five per cent
of Chinese people are overweight while it is 10 to 20 per
cent in Europe and 30 per cent in the United
States. However, in some parts of the country, the figure is
up to 30 per cent.
- China Reports New HIV/AIDS
- Xinhua, 23 August 2001. Accumulated number of confirmed
HIV/AIDS cases is 26,058. Statistics indicated that
intravenous drug use is the leading cause of HIV/ AIDS,
followed by sexual contact and the mother-infant
- Chinese Farmers Not Well-Informed about
- Alliance for Human Research Protection, 18 February
2002. A January 2002 report in China Daily raises troubling
ethical concerns about U.S. government sponsored genetic
research in rural China. The research involved thousands of
peasants in one of China's poorest rural provinces. It
was sponsored jointly by the National Institutes of Health
and Harvard University. Nine genetic screening projects
sought genetic links to diseases.