On 8 June, 2018, the INTERACT3 (INTEnsive care bundle with blood pressure reduction in Acute Cerebral hemorrhage Trial) study’s first investigator meeting was held successfully in Chengdu. Participants included principal investigators from Australia and China, and more than 160 doctors from 85 participating hospital sites in China.
Taxes on soft drinks, alcohol and tobacco are a powerful response to rising rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date of evidence on expenditure, behaviour and socio-economic status, published today in The Lancet.
The 1000 days from pregnancy to the baby's second birthday, is known as the Golden 1000 Days, which is key to shaping baby’s health and success in the future. However, the busy activities of antenatal examinations, vaccination, and breastfeeding, can be very challenging for young mothers. To help them cope better and assist in achieving better health and growth in babies, The George Institute China (GI China), China Children and Teenager’s Fund (CCTF) and Qualcomm Wireless Reach, have cooperated to develop a 1000 DAYS App with a view to making this more widely available for the public.
At the end of January, INTERACT3 was successfully activated across 25 hospitals in China, and 80 patients from 198 screened patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) have been recruited from 16 hospitals since launch of the project in late 2017.
Researchers at The George Institute, Oxford, drew on data from the UK Biobank, a large, population-based study of more than half a million men and women. They found that women who had started their periods before the age of 12 had a 10% greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those who had been 13 or older, while those who went through the menopause before the age of 47 had a 33% higher risk of developing heart disease and 42% greater risk of stroke.
As a kick start to the new calendar year, The George Institute, China held a ‘big data analysis in healthcare workshop’ on 2 January 2018. The aim was to facilitate new ideas and modes of cooperation and development in healthcare arena through open dialogue and sharing of experiences in the application of the new analytics of big data in various fields. By integrating new and existing data resources, we hope to create opportunities for research to improve the quality and outcomes of healthcare services in China and other countries. Experts and scholars from a wide range of disciplines covering public health, epidemiology, biomedical engineering and clinical medicine, participated in the workshop.
NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research, The Honourable Brad Hazzard MP, visited The George Institute, China on 7 December with a health and medical delegation led by the Minister in China as part of the NSW-Guangdong Joint Economic Meeting (JEM) on 5 December. The Secretary of NSW Health, Elizabeth Koff, and Special Envoy to China, Dr Jim Harrowell AM also attended.