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China on supplies of medical equipment and masks


(7 Apr 2020) China’s foreign ministry on Tuesday defended its practices surrounding donations and sales of masks and other medical supplies to Europe, saying it was doing its “best to provide assistance.”
Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, pushed back against a report published in The Spectator, a British current affairs magazine, which claimed that Italy was being forced to buy back medical supplies that it had previously donated for free to China.
Zhao called the claims “inhumane and immoral,” adding that “we sincerely hope that Italy will bring the epidemic under control as soon as possible, and the health of the Italian people will be guaranteed.”
As the fight against the new coronavirus shifts to Europe and beyond, China is supplying millions of masks and other desperately needed items to struggling governments, hoping to build political ties and defuse criticism that it allowed the disease to spread early on.
It’s part of an effort by the Communist Party to reshape the narrative, from one of early missteps to a nation that acted decisively to bring the outbreak under control.
China is touting its deliveries of ventilators and masks overseas, and dispatching medical experts to share the lessons of its success.
Also Tuesday, Zhao attacked comments by U.S. Congressman Mark Green, who said China told France it would provide face masks on the condition that France allow Shenzhen-based telecommunications giant Huawei to help build its 5G network.
“Individual American politicians spare no effort to fabricate lies and spread false news in order to undermine international cooperation in fighting the epidemic,” Zhao said.
He added that China “never set any conditions” for its assistance to France.
China and the U.S. are locked in a growing competition over trade and technology, and in the past few years Washington has put pressure on its allies to block Huawei from their telecommunications networks.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.
But for others, especially older adults and people with health problems, it can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia and lead to death.

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Vitamins And Supplements Can’t Replace A Balanced Diet, Study Says | TIME


A new research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that vitamins and supplements may not be enough to keep you healthy.
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The Ultimate List of What We Can 3D Print in Healthcare – The Medical Futurist


There are almost no limits to 3D printing. From Christmas decoration to entire houses, the range of what it can create even in medicine and healthcare is huge. Here are the best examples.

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Do Supplemental Vitamins Actually Work?


A vitamin a day keeps you healthy to play. Or does it?
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Robots Deliver Lifesaving Medical Supplies | Cedars-Sinai


This is a robot. It works at Cedars-Sinai along with 27 other robots. Each robot weighs about 1,000 lbs and can carry up to 600 lbs. These robots are smart. They use laser guided navigation to deliver critical supplies to specific areas of the hospital. Pretty cool. huh? The robots move through secret hallways between the floors to safely navigate through Cedars-Sinai. There’s an “Emergency Stop” button, flashing alarm, turn signals, and front and rear motion sensors. They even talk! This is the robots’ good friend, Robert. He helps the robots daily. The robots work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but Robert gets to go home. The robots transfer medical waste, hospital linens, medical supplies, and take out trash. They have their own elevators. You’ll never see them, but these robots do their part to care for you.

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Health Care Equipment and Medical Supplies Tracking


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Aromatherapy shown to reduce stress and anxiety, possibly in new study.

The researchers found that participants felt significantly less stressed, anxious, fatigued and overwhelmed after wearing the aromatherapy patches. The levels of anxiety and fatigue they reported fell by 40 percent, and their stress levels and feelings of being overwhelmed decreased by half.

***The patches were infused with a citrusy blend of essential oils: lemon, orange, mandarin, pink grapefruit, lemongrass, lime and peppermint.

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Reven, Marian & Humphrey-Rowan, Janelle & Moore, Nina. (2020). West Virginia University Oncology Nurses Don Aromatherapy Patches: A Pilot Feasibility Study/ “The International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy” (IJPHA) Volume 8, Issue 4, Spring 2020.

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