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Tracking the public health effects of the Rio Olympics

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11-Aug-16 Visitors to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil are most at risk from waterborne pathogens and mosquito-borne infections. So far in 2016 we have seen 165,000 cases of Zika, 1.3 mn cases of dengue, 137,808 cases of chikungunya and over 6,500 cases of H1N1 influenza, in Brazil alone. To track outbreaks that may result from the Olympics, HealthMap has created a surveillance map. [image: Vector]

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Funding The GCC’s Healthcare Boom

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14-Aug-16 As the economic boom in Gulf countries has deflated in tandem with hydrocarbon prices, the region has been saddled with another boom, struggling under a massive social burden of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular ailments. The GCC region is now expected to see the healthcare industry flourish as it works to keep the populace healthy. [image: Dallah Healthcare]

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Looming crises threatening to take down China’s healthcare system

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14-Aug-16 China has the highest number of diabetics in the world - 109 mn in 2015 or 11% of the population, a third of the world’s diabetic population. 13% of medical expenditure is directly caused by diabetes. "If we don’t act now," says Bernhard Schwartländer, a WHO representative in China, "diabetes will overwhelm the health system." [image: Reuters / Kim Kyung-Hoon]

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Smartphones causing ‘visual health crisis’ in China

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22-Jul-16 In 2012, around 500 mn people in China had an uncorrected visual defect. 450 mn of those had myopia. That’s about a third of the population. And, barring policy interventions, around 700 mn people will have myopia by 2020 - half the population. Global Growth Markets estimates about 2.4 mn people had vision correction surgery in China in 2015, mainly LASIK. [image: Reuters / Damir Sagolj]

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Sports Med thrives in India

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10-Aug-16 The trend of sports other than cricket becoming more demanding is giving rise to a new breed of medical specialists in India: sports medicine. Hospitals are seeing a spike in sports-related injuries. Dr Raghu Nagaraj from Hosmat Hospital said, "A couple of years ago we used to see only 15 to 18 surgeries a month, but these days we perform close to 45." [image: Bangalore Mirror]

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