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2015 Archives

International News from Stanford University - 2015

News Item Building the case for a national hepatitis B treatment program in China

An estimated 100 million people in China are living with chronic hepatitis B infection, making it the most prevalent life threatening disease in the country. If left untreated, hepatitis B can lead to serious liver damage and is the leading cause of liver-related cancer and deaths in China. Despite the availability of effective therapies, there is no national policy in place to cover hepatitis B treatment and many patients, particularly those with rural health plans, can’t afford it.

News Item A look at “India’s medical miracle,” the largest ambulance service in the world

A patient in shock arrives via ambulance at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, India with a gaping wound in his right hand, blood spattered on his blue jeans and T-shirt. Emergency medical technicians wheel him into a dark room in the government-run hospital, where clinicians move quickly to irrigate the wound and pump fluids into the man, who appears to be in his 20s.

News Item How Toilets Affect Child Health

Roughly one out of four people worldwide has no access to a toilet. A program underway in 50 countries could provide a solution, by motivating communities to build latrines and stop open defecation. The approach increases access to – and use of – sanitation facilities, according to a study co-authored by a Stanford researcher.

Among the promising results of the effort, the researchers found that the practices improved child growth in the communities.