Stories about Health from November, 2007
China: Relation Between Doctor and Patient
Zengying points out (zh) that the relation between Medical practitioner and patient is very tense in China. A major reason is the marketization of medical care, which turns the relation into purely “buying” and “selling” of service. And there isn't any mechanism to solve the conflict between the hospital and...
China: Visiting AIDS’ Village
Today (Nov 30), the Premier of the State Council Wen Jia-bao visits the AIDS village in Hunan, his last visit was three years ago. AIDS activist Hu Jia pointed out that this years, villagers were more anxious than excited when compared with last time. Nothing substantial has changed and this...
Czech Republic: Discussion of Actress’ Son's Death Banned
When a Czech actress’ infant son died, a number of Czech newspapers closed down discussions of this story on their sites, a step the Czech Daily Word disapproves of: “Being offensive is not illegal.”
Cuba: Human Development Index
Child of the Revolution blogs about Cuba's ranking on the United Nations’ 2007-2008 Human Development Index.
Haiti: Going Solar?
Denise Green writes in to Haiti Innovation wondering “if the government ever thinks about solar thermal technology as an alternative to electrical power? We should exploit the one resource that we always have plenty of – the Sun!”
Bahamas: Paradise Lost?
Craig Butler at Bahama Pundit likens the current state of the island to John Milton's Paradise Lost.
Iran:2nd Weblog Competition on Aids
Zendegimosbat[Fa] (means positive life),an organization that fights against Aids in Iran, has invited bloggers to write about Aids.This Thursday, the best ones get an award.
Haiti: Progress against HIV
As World AIDS Day approaches, Haiti Innovation assesses Haiti's progress in the fight against the disease: “I hope that by this time next year, I can write that we've all become leaders in prevention.”
Bahrain: Sad News
Bahraini blogger Qassem Abdulrasool mourns the death of a friend in this post.
China: Signature for Operation
A pregnant woman was sent to the Beijing hospital. Even though she didn't have any money, the hospital was willing to give a free operation as she and her unborn baby were in a critical condition. However, her husband refused to sign the operation paper, eventually the woman and the...
Palestine: Patient's Plight
Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah posts a video highlighting the plight of Palestinian patients, who cannot seek treatment abroad because of the closure of borders. Medicine supplies are also running out.
Japan: Joi Ito on the Tokyo Metro
Joi Ito ponders about “train accident” suicides in Japan in a post entitled Life and death on the Tokyo metro.
Macau: Back to the middle age when it comes to AIDS
Leocardo [pt] is disgusted at decision by a Portuguese court to back a hotel chain that sacked a HIV-infected cook. “We are back to the middle age when it comes to AIDS. We are back to the times when we thought that AIDS was transmitted by shaking hands or mosquitoes...
Russia: “Health Care”
La Russophobe re-posts a TOL story on Russia's prescription medicine and “the nightmarish ordeal of millions of cancer, diabetes, and heart patients.”
Kuwait: Afghani Hashish Oil on Sale
Kuwaiti blogger bo9agr discovered a strange find at the local supermarket – where Afghani Hashish oil is on sale.
Haiti: Picture Show
Alice Smeets posts a selection of her “12 best Haiti pictures”.
Brunei: Putting on Weight
The Old Man is concerned that Bruneins are putting on excess weight.
Russia: Alcohol Consumption
According to Window on Eurasia, Russians drink three times what the World Health Organization says is dangerous and […] eight times the amount Americans drink.
Bahamas: Future Shock?
Bahama Pundit‘s Larry Smith refers to the work of Alvin Toffler and Dr. James Canton to underscore the importance of the Bahamas being prepared for the inevitable challenges of the future.
Libya: No Sick Days for Mothers
Mothers are not allowed to be sick, writes Khadeja Teri from Libya. Find out why in this post.
Russia: Bloggers Expose a Pharmaceutical Scam
Thousands of Russian bloggers have united to combat a pharmaceutical scam that tried to persuade Russian pensioners to spend around half of their annual pension on a course of 'anti-arthritis' drugs that were actually little more than vitamin pills. In the course of their campaign, bloggers have not only publicised the scam nationwide, they've forced the notoriously unresponsive Russian government to act.