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Five years ago, most Chinese citizens stayed in their own country for medical care or to give birth. The figure today has risen from 5,000 to nearly 60,000, as the lure of health rejuvenation therapies, high-end health screening, and childbirth opportunities draw them increasingly to foreign lands, according to Yan Jian, CEO of the Shanghai Medical Tourism Products and Promotion Platform as reported in China Daily on November 7.

HONG KONG, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong researchers generated animal product-free new human stem cells which can be derived into different human cell types and tissues, providing insights for clinical applications of stem cell therapy, according to the University of Hong Kong which made the results public on Thursday.

Beijing Investigates Transplants for Tourists - by: MARK McDONALD, The NewYork Times

It was investigating whether 17 Japanese tourists had received illegal kidney and liver transplants in China.

Injections of Hope - by: Brian Vastag,

Patients dart across the border to Mexico or jet to the Caribbean, India, China and elsewhere for injections of stem cells from embryos, fetuses, umbilical cords and the patients' own fat, blood and bone marrow.

TDC seeking cut of Asia medical tourism - by: Grace Tsoi ,

Hong Kong has a good chance of capturing a major share of Asia's medical tourism, which is expected to be worth HK$34 billion by 2012, the Trade Development Council said yesterday. "Hong Kong's medical services excel in Asia and I believe Hong Kong can provide high-quality medical services," said the council's assistant executive director, Raymond Yip Chak-yan.

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