Concern over birth defect rates in China

Every year about 800,000 to 1.2 million Chinese babies are born with defects, indicating that a baby with defects is born every 30 seconds in China. Only between 20 and 30 percent of these infants can live a relatively good life after early diagnosis and proper treatments, while 30 to 40 percent will die shortly after birth. In addition, around 40 percent will have to live with permanent disabilities. According to Jiang Fan, deputy director of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, the best way to reduce such birth defects would be to prevent their occurrence in the first place. In 2009 the Chinese Ministry of Health decided to launch a health program to provide free folic acid supplements for 12 million rural women of child-bearing age, to help prevent birth defects in their future babies. In April 2010 a pilot was initiated to provide rural couples with free pre-pregnancy health checks.
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Statistics from the Ministry of Health show that about 30 million families have children with some defects

Aaron Fotheringham masters double back flip

With the help of a 60-foot bungee cord Aaron Fotheringham managed to perform a double back flip in his wheelchair. The 18-year-old from Las Vegas, who goes by the nickname Wheelz, started out by going to a skate park with his older brother Brian who rides a BMX bike. After looking on for a while, he decided to join his brother in the fun. His initial goal was becoming the first person in a wheelchair to land a single back flip. After reaching his goal in 2006, he decided to aim a bit higher this year. He hooked up with Nitro Circus and started practising for their live tour. It took a lot of training until he was finally able to land a double back flip during an extreme sports camp. “I don’t think of myself as being in a wheelchair. I’m on a wheelchair. I ride it like it’s a bike,” Fotheringham told CNN. “Just go out there and live. Just have fun.”
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Aaron Fotheringham celebrates landing his first double back flip in a wheelchair

Inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to health

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has issued a call for tender to collect information on the extent to which vulnerable groups may suffer from inequalities and multiple discrimination in access to health in the EU. More specifically the project will explore access to health among vulnerable groups at the intersection of age, gender and ethnic origin. The research will also include access to health among persons with disabilities. Promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities is a major objective in the European Union, but also internationally. People with disabilities often face difficulties when they try to use health services. In recent years, the phenomenon of multiple discrimination has been increasingly acknowledged, but to date little is known on the groups more likely to face it and the sectors concerned. Closing date of the call for tender is September 27, 2010.
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In its Communication on "Solidarity in Health" the European Commission invited FRA to collect information on health inequalities in the EU

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