September 29, 2010   Leave a comment

100 Year Celebration of Founding of Huaxi Medical Campus

University Seal

Lecturing In Chengdu

100 year celebration 'variety show'


Public Health: In my last indoor air class we discussed the health effects associated with radon.  At the end of the first class of the semester, I had asked students to talk a minute and answer two questions about the lecture.  What was the most important ideal they got from the lecture and what was the most important question they had about the lecture.  I had mentioned radon in the first lecture and one of the student questions was what is radon and is it a risk in China.  In the following week I was able to go to the literature and found a paper titled:  Radon Levels in China 中国氡气水平   from the Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, Vol. 39(6):695-699, 2002.  It reported on a survey of homes across china including Sichuan Provence. The range in Sichuan was <LLD-374 Bq/m3  with a mean of 20.8 Bq/m3 for over 2600 homes surveyed.   To compare that to the U.S recommended guideline of 4 pCi/l  we can convert Bqs to PCi with 4 pCi/l  = 148 Bq/m3 .  So the bottom line is that for all houses in Sichuan the mean is far below the recommended levels in the U.S., but there are houses in the Province that do have levels in excess of the recommendation.   The levels of radon for other areas surveyed in China are in the same range as those for Sichuan.

China Daily:  A a recent report from China’s Shandong Province reported that tthirteen people had died after contracting infections from tick bites.  The 13 people were among 182 reported cases of human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) since the provincial Center for Disease Control (CDC) started monitoring in 2008.  The paper reported the patients were bitten by hard ticks.  Hard ticks are of the family Ixodidae and are characterized with up to 6 life stages.  They include the common dog tick.  Soft ticks are of the family Argasidae.  The Province health officials are educating the public about the disease and training doctors for the disease’s treatment.  This report came after several deaths from tick bites were reported in China’s Henan Province. .

Henan’s CDC said Wednesday 18 people in the province had  died of the disease. The victims were among 557 reported cases of suspected HGA since May 2007. HGA reduces white blood cell and platelet counts in the blood, leading to organ failure and death.

My week: This has been a very interesting week for two big reasons.  First it is the beginning of the Fall holidays with National Day.  This year National Day (October 1st ) is the celebration of the 61st anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China (in 1949).  October first kicks off a week long holiday for the Nation.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to the National Day Reception organized by the Sichuan Provincial People’s Government on Sept 29th, at Jin Jiang Hall.  Dress was “Lounge Suit or National Dress”.   After some confusion about the location, and a very hasty taxi ride, I made it just as the speeches started.  There were three speeches given by different leaders of the provincial government.  The speeches were simultaneously translated in English and focused predominantly on the economic progress being made in the Province.  One of the speeches did focus on the recovery  after the major earthquake that occurred in 2008.  Sichuan Province was at the epicenter of the earthquake which was located to the west of Chengdu in a mountainous area.  The earthquake remains a major focus of the recovery for the area, but apparently they have met their reconstruction goals early (according to the speech).  Based on reports I have see from people who have traveled to the area, they have made much progress, but there can be delays to the area due to construction.  Also at the reception was one of the current Fulbright students.  She recently graduated from Brown University and is working at another University in Chengdu called Southwest Jiaotong University.  She is focusing her research on transportation issues. By January, 2011 there will be three other student Fulbright students doing research in the area.   Also occurring this week was the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Medical School , but more on that in the next blog.


Posted October 2, 2010 by uolrrj in Uncategorized

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