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Medical Science, Far East


Two more people have died from a new strain of avian influenza, bringing to 20 the number of deaths from the H7N9 virus, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday, Reuters reported.

Chinese authorities have notified the WHO of six new cases, bringing the total to 102. Of those, 70 are still in hospital and 12 have been discharged. Five of the new cases were in Zhejiang province and one was in Shanghai.

"Until the source of infection has been identified, it is expected that there will be further cases of human infection with the virus in China," the WHO said In a statement.


At least 5 people in Iran have died after being treated with Chinese penicillin, head of Iranian Society of experts on internal diseases, doctor Iraj Khosravinia said, Young Journalists' club website reported.

"A 40 year old man with a throat disease was injected with Penicillin, after prescription from his physician," Khosravinia said.

"After the injection, he started having chills, fever, his blood pressure level dropped, and he died in 15 minutes."


Iranian hospitals experience great shortage of quality anaesthetics, the Board Chairman of Iran's Anesthesiology Society, Mohammad Mehdi Qiyamet said, Deutche Welle reported.

"These three anaesthetics are rare here in Iran. In one of hospitals, two days without these drugs caused big problems for the patients," Qiyamet noted.

ULTIVA (remifentanil HCl), Cisatracurium besilate, and Sevoflurane are the drugs, that Iran is facing shortages with, according to Qiyamet.


Iran and China will be closely cooperating in joint medicine production, IRIB News reported.

Iran's healthcare minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi is in China, holding talks with Deputy Head of China's Food and Medicine Administration Organization Wu Chen. Dastjerdi has been in China since Sunday, upon the invitation from Chinese authorities.

According to Dastjedi, Islamic Republic of Iran currently produces 96 percent of all its medicine domestically, including biological medicaments and herbaceous drugs.


Japanese Emperor Akihito was moved out of the intensive care unit to his private ward in the University of Tokyo Hospital after his heart bypass surgery, said the Imperial Household Agency.

The coronary-artery bypass surgery was aimed to improve the life quality for the 78-year-old emperor, according to his doctors. Emperor Akihito had a light meal and started reading, Xinhua reported.

The emperor in a wheelchair left the intensive care unit and met his wife Empress Michiko in front of the private room, according to the local media.


On Monday, a Japanese medical delegation will arrive in Georgia. It includes Director of the Medical Division Ojo Ujimoto, his deputy Ia Miai, Medical Excellence JAPAN President Kasumasa Yoshida, Director Eria Kitano, world-renowned Professor Hironiko Chudzhi, Professor Koichi Tanaka and others.

During the visit, a conference will be held, which will be attended by Georgian First Lady Sandra Roelofs.

The Georgian Center for Treatment Abroad and Chemotherapy Clinic and the Japanese side will sign a memorandum of cooperation.


Radioactive substances that leaked into the sea from a damaged Japanese nuclear power plant totalled an estimated 5,000 terabecquerels, 20,000 times more than the annual limit allowed for the plant, its operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), said Thursday.

TEPCO said the radioactive substances were in an estimated 520 tons of high-level radioactive water that leaked into the sea from reactor number 2 of the six-reactor Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was damaged by a magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, DPA reported.