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Acid in Traditional Chinese Medicine May Cause Liver Cancers, Study Finds

A compound present in some herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine is linked to liver cancers, a new study revealed.

Scientists in Singapore and Taiwan sequenced the DNA of 98 liver cancers before running a mutational signature analysis. They found that more than three-quarters of the cancers — which all came from Taiwan — had high levels of mutations related to aristolochic acid (AA), a natural compound used in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Chinese Actress Dies From Cancer After Choosing Traditional Chinese Medicine Over Chemoptherapy

After battling cancer, Chinese actress Xu Ting died on September 7 after choosing traditional Chinese medicine over chemotherapy. The 26-year-old announced in July that she was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer affecting the immune system.

The unfortunate event has led some to question the extent that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) had on Xu, Shanghaiist reported. She chose not to undergo chemotherapy, convinced that the procedure would be too painful and can even kill her faster.

Chinese influencers now required to prove qualifications to talk about topics like finance, medicine

  • China’s influencers will now be required to prove they are qualified when giving medicinal, financial or legal advice on their social media.
  • On Tuesday, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a joint statement outlining a new “code of conduct.”
  • The new mandate requires any influencer livestreaming content that calls for a “higher professional level,” to be qualified in the area.
  • Failure to abide by the code could lead to becoming permanently banned from livestreaming as well as being featured on Beijing’s public shame list of violators.
  • The news comes amid China’s recent efforts to tighten regulations on online content, including a ban on children under 16 years old from watching livestreams after 10 p.m.

China’s influencers will now be required to prove they are qualified when giving medicinal, financial or legal advice on their social media. 

On Tuesday, China’s State Administration of Radio and Television and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism released a joint statement outlining a new “code of conduct.” 

Chinese man bitten by venomous snake he thought was dead inside a wine bottle he bought for his son

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  • A Chinese father from Heilongjiang Province, China, was reportedly rushed to the hospital after a venomous snake, which he thought to be dead inside a jar of snake wine, bit him.
  • The father claimed to have bought three jars of snake wine a year ago to cure his son, who has been suffering from a chronic illness.
  • He purportedly let the snakes marinate for a year before deciding to administer the traditional Chinese medicine to his son.
  • All of the snakes were reportedly still alive, and after one of them attacked him, he was treated immediately and managed to survive the incident.

A Chinese father had the shock of his life when a supposedly dead snake inside a jar of snake wine he bought a year ago suddenly bit him. 

The man from Heilongjiang Province, China, reportedly bought three jars of snake wine, believing that the drink could help cure his son, who has been suffering from a chronic illness. Instead of opening the jars, the father purportedly left them untouched for a year so that they could have “enough medicinal properties.”

Single Chinese Nurse Asks Government to Give Her a Boyfriend For Fighting Coronavirus

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A Chinese nurse has gone viral on social media after she posted a photo with a sign asking the Chinese government to set her up with a boyfriend after the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is over.

Tian Fangfang, who is one of the many medical workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak, posted a picture wearing her hazmat suit on Chinese social media, holding a sign that reads: “the country can assign me a boyfriend when the epidemic is over,” according to Unilad.

Chinese American Businesses Suffer in NYC Because of Coronavirus, But the City Has 0 Cases

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Business owners in Manhattan and Queens in New York are reporting a significant drop in customers over fears of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV or COVID-19) even though there are no confirmed cases in the state.

In a press conference on Wednesday, executive director of the Chinatown Partnership, Wellington Chen, noted there were a lot of cancellations and low foot traffic at many businesses in Chinatowns across the city, according to the Gothamist.