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$100m system to beat cancer with less harm in Singapore

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19-Aug-16 To treat cancers Singapore is investing close to SGD100 mn on a proton beam therapy system which causes much less damage to healthy tissue than current radiation therapy. With about three in five cancer patients requiring radiation, the National Cancer Centre Singapore has been studying the technology for a decade, but cost and size have been major inhibitors. [image: Tiffany Goh / The Straits Times]

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Why foreign nursing home operators struggle to make a profit in China

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19-Aug-16 China’s ageing population has attracted foreign elderly-care services providers but they are struggling to make profits despite the market offering the largest number of senior citizens in the world. Haitong Securities said in a research report that “surging demand and limited affordability” was the major problem facing China’s elderly-care industry today. [image: South China Morning Post]

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80 per cent of Indian doctors located in urban areas

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19-Aug-16 Nearly 75% of dispensaries, 60% of hospitals and 80% of doctors are located in urban areas in India, serving only 28% of the country, says a new report released by the Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India. The report pointed out that non-communicable diseases account for 60% of deaths, estimated to cost the country USD4.58 tn by 2030. [image: Shutterstock / Hindustan Times]

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Personal Health Record rolled out in Thailand

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18-Aug-16 Thailand's Software Industry Promotion Agency linked hands with the National Electronic & Computer Technology Centre three years ago to develop the Personal Health Record system. It is initially being used in support of government hospitals in five provinces around the country. Under the new system, doctors are able to access patient information from a data centre. [image: The Nation]

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