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Autism on the rise

AUTISM is on the rise all over the world. A growing number of children who appear to be normal in their first two years of their life start to regress thereafter, losing the speech and social skills they had acquired.


Self-defence against illness



Sarawak to hire water management expert

The Sarawak government concerned over the degradation of the Loagan Bunut Lake, will hire a foreign water resources management expert to help it manage and protect the state's vital water supply sources.


Safe and healthy workplace a priority

From S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS, President, Consumers Association of Penang.


U.S. officials call off controversial autism study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health officials have called off plans for a study examining a controversial type of treatment that some autism activists have touted as alternative medical therapy for children with the condition.


China calls for action to stop lead poisoning

DAZHAI, China (Reuters) - China's environmental protection minister has demanded urgent measures to tackle heavy metal poisoning, state media said on Thursday, as anger grows amongst parents with children poisoned by lead.


Over 100 China factory workers suffer mercury poisoning

HONG KONG (Reuters) - More than 100 workers at a Chinese lighting factory have suffered suspected mass mercury poisoning in a case highlighting the lack of safeguards for China's factory workers, state media reported on Thursday.


Lead poisoning hits 84 Chinese kids near smelters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Over 80 children in a poor corner of southwestern China have been poisoned by lead from illegal smelters, the latest in a string of heavy metal pollution cases that have made hundreds sick over the last year.


China metal pollution shuts off water for 50,000

BEIJING (Reuters) - A town of 50,000 people in China's export hub has warned residents not to drink tap water after finding manganese contamination, local media said, the latest in a string of mass heavy metal poisonings to hit industrial areas.


More than 200 Chinese children poisoned by lead

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 200 Chinese children have been poisoned by lead from battery plants located too close to houses in the east of the country, state media said on Thursday, the latest in a string of heavy metal pollution cases.