Two Shanghai hospitals are trying a new diagnostic test for
respiratory diseases that can detect the cause within four hours
rather than the current three or four days, a medical conference
was told at the weekend.
Over 1,350 experts from home and abroad took part in the
five-day International Symposium on Respiratory Diseases.
"The effects (of the technology) have been confirmed in the US
and Europe. The city's science and technology committee has
required Zhongshan Hospital and Huashan Hospital to launch local
tests," said Dr Bai Chunxue, vice director of Chinese Medical
Association's respiratory disease branch and director of Zhongshan
Hospital's pulmonary disease department.
"We will start research later this month and the results will be
known in one year. If the effects are confirmed, the tests will be
promoted among more hospitals in the city."
Respitory syndrmes affect some 70 million people in China.
(Shanghai Daily November 5, 2007)