Healthcare and Life Sciences Talking Points 05-02-2016

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2016 health industry summit

The 2016 Health Industry Summit to be held in Shanghai on 17-20 April is expected receive almost double the attendance of last year’s inaugural summit. Estimated to host 300,000 visiting & exhibiting professionals, investors and conference delegates from 150 countries, investors will be eyeing the summit as an opportunity to capitalise on the China health focus of the 13th five year plan. Click here for link.

Chocolate cravings good for baby

Recent research has indicated that daily chocolate consumption could have a positive effect on placenta and foetal growth and development by improving blood flow. Over a twelve week period, pregnant women who ate 30g of chocolate a day showed a greater than expected improvement in blood flow. However, without a control group involved, further research is required. Click here for link.

China unable to curb tobacco use

Beijing based NGO Think Tank Research Centre for Health Development have released a report saying China’s attempts at reducing cigarette use have had little effect. Despite legislation and public education, smoking rates in China have remained steady over the last 5 years, with 28% of adults smoking last year. The report recommends following the lead of Australia and 84 other countries who display graphic images warning of the harmful effects of smoking. Click here for link.

Buddhism driving cornea donations

With a worldwide shortage in cornea donations, one country is leading in satisfying the demand. Sri Lanka has become a major exporter of corneas following a campaign from Buddhist leaders to encourage organ donations. Buddhists believe that good deeds will lead to a better life when reincarnated. Sri Lanka exported over 2,500 corneas with China the biggest receiver. Click here for link.


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