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One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

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07-Apr-16 Nearly one in three adult diabetes sufferers is in China, where there has been an explosion in the numbers affected in the past quarter-century, a new WHO report shows. While China accounts for 19% of the world’s population, it had more than 30% of adult diabetes cases in 2014, or 129.3 mn. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Harnessing tech to transform diabetes care in Singapore

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07-Apr-16 In Singapore, the number of people with diabetes is predicted to reach 695,000 cases by 2030. Practitioners of mobile health have consistently considered diabetes to offer the strongest market potential for the technology. Singapore General Hospital has developed an app to help diabetes patients who are new to insulin therapy. The app enables hospital staff to monitor the patient’s progress remotely. [image: Medical Design Technology]

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China to further deepen reform of healthcare system

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06-Apr-16 China will further deepen reform in healthcare this year. Plans discussed include expanding the number of cities piloting urban public hospital reform from 100 to 200, and implementing a tiered medical care pilot project in 70% of the country's prefectural-level areas. [image: China Daily]

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Google unveils India 'health cards' as it eyes vast market

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06-Apr-16 Google is offering doctor-vetted health information on search pages in India. The "health cards" cover more than 400 conditions and give information such as typical symptoms, prevalence and illustrations, in Google's smartphone app. After the US and Brazil, India is the third country to get the health cards. Approximately 5% of Google searches are for health-related information. Even medical professionals rely on Google, with 45% of hospital doctors in India using it 2-3 times a month, according to a Global Growth Markets survey. [image: AFP]

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Korea, Mexico to boost exchange, cooperation in medicine industry

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05-Apr-16 Korean companies exporting medicine and medical supplies to Mexico will not have to undergo on-site inspections by the Mexican health authorities, following an agreement between the two nations, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said. The agreement is expected to increase exports of medical products and medicines by USD8 mn annually, it said. [image: GOB]

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