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Country Feature - CHINA

Each month we will provide you with information on a particular country or region. This month we focus on Thailand.

"China is a beautiful country with an intriguing history and expatriates who are relocating abroad in order to live and work there should be sure to take time to see and experience some of the cultural hotspots - like the Forbidden City and the Great Wall . . ."

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Expatriate Healthcare update the news everyday on their website. Here's a round up of the top stories from last month.


Monthly round-up:

Over June, there were a number of stories dealing with neurological problems. People were reminded to exercise in order to reduce their chance of developing dementia, age was found to influence a person's willingness to be tested for this condition and researchers found a lack of sleep can lead to stroke.

However, a potential new compound that could cut the brain damage caused by a stroke is being developed, while scientists made a breakthrough in the creation of kidneys in the laboratory and genomes were discovered that could eventually help healthcare professionals reduce the spread of malaria.

Genetic variations were also found in the potentially fatal Cryptosporidium parasite, while statisticians reported a fall in international childhood deaths and parents were advised to feed their children a wide range of foodstuffs to keep them healthy.

The crisis in the eurozone continued, with expatriates advised to wait for further drops in prices before buying property in the country and experts predicting the downward trend to continue.

Visa regulations in Australia were changed to encourage skilled people to immigrate to it, while another specialist said the nation is a great place to live.

Read on to catch up on other health news from around the world . . .


Pollution linked to risk of second heart attack

People who relocate abroad to polluted climes could have a greater risk of having to fund chronic heart disease treatments through their expatriate medical insurance policies, a new study has indicated. The research, from Tel Aviv University (TAU), found cardiac patients who lived in areas with the highest levels of pollution were significantly more likely to have a second heart attack when compared to those in the cleanest regions.

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'Become healthy' before trying to conceive

Couples trying to conceive might wish to try to improve their fitness and wellbeing before applying for reproductive help through international medical insurance policies. Founder of www.tamzinfreeman.co,uk Tamzin Freeman explained a woman is more likely to become pregnant if "both partners are in optimum health".

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Drop in child mortality rate found

Improvements in international healthcare have caused a massive decline in the number of mothers and children who die. According to the Countdown 2012 Report from the Countdown to 2015 initiative, the amount of maternal deaths has fallen by almost one-half since 1990, while the amount of deaths of children under age the of five dropped from 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010.

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High-fat diet 'speeds up pancreatic cancer development'

While many expatriates could avoid having a diet that is high in calories and fat in the face of extensive international healthcare research indicating that this poses health risks, a new study has shown it can also speed up the development of pancreatic cancer. Results were presented at the Pancreatic Cancer: Progress and Challenges conference of the American Association for Cancer Research, with investigations taking place at the University of California, Los Angeles' (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine.

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'Consider insurance and bank accounts' when relocating abroad

There are a number of things to consider when relocating abroad, a specialist has said. InternationalLiving.com executive editor Jennifer Stevens argued people ought to think about expat health insurance when moving to another country.

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Malaria genome analysis methods detailed

International health insurance policies could eventually be influenced by a new technique detailed in the journal Nature, which outlines the spread of malarial drug resistance and the evolution of organisms that carry the disease. Plasmodium falciparum is responsible for many of the most severe forms of the condition, with this parasite spread by mosquitoes.

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Running is 'a very useful exercise'

People could cut their likelihood of having to make a claim on an expatriate health insurance policy by staying fit, such as through running. Charlene Hutsebaut, exercise expert for The De-Stress Diet and founder of charlenehutsebaut.com, said this activity is "great for bone health".

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Vegetable consumption 'cuts acute pancreatitis risk'

Expatriates may be able to curtail their likelihood of suffering from acute pancreatitis - a serious illness often requiring treatment through international medical insurance and that is potentially life threatening - by consuming a diet that contains a large number of vegetables. This is according to a study published in the journal Gut that involved tracking 80,000 Swedish adults for 11 years.

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Cape Verde's Sal 'has top-quality developments'

Expatriates looking for a new country to live in might want to consider relocating abroad to the island of Sal in Cape Verde. Cape Verde Property managing director Adrian Lillywhite explained property prices in this area have fallen as a result of the global economic downturn.

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Insomnia linked to hypertension

Men and women who have difficulty dropping off at night could have an elevated risk of suffering from hypertension, a new study has shown. Previous research by international healthcare specialists has linked insomnia to a wide range of illnesses, including lung disease, heart failure, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, stroke and gastroesophageal reflux disease, which can all require treatment funded through expatriate medical insurance policies.

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