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File photo: A 3D-printed tantalum joint. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

>3D-printed tantalum implant

China has performed clinical trials on its homegrown 3D-printed porous tantalum implants, taking a leading position globally in this technology.

The research project into customized 3D-printed porous tantalum implants began in 2016.

The research team, led by the First Hospital Affiliated to Army Medical University (AMU), completed the world's first knee-revision surgery using a customized 3D-printed porous tantalum implant in 2017 and has so far conducted 27 clinical trials on tantalum implants.

The incidence of osteoarthritis among Chinese is about 2.2-3.5%, and the rate has increased to 27% and 62% among people aged 40-49 and 50-59, respectively, according to Yang Liu, head of the department of joint surgery at the First Hospital Affiliated to AMU.

Customized 3D-printed implants can fill and reconstruct bone defects, better helping patients to recover and reducing side effects.


A Chinese traveler dives into the sea of Palau. [Photo provided to China Daily]

>'Reef-toxic' sunscreen ban

Palau has become the first country in the world to ban sun cream which damages coral reefs and other sea life.

The Pacific island country, which is in the Western Pacific ocean near the Philippines, is one of the most popular diving destinations in the world.

It has banned sun cream which contains common components such as oxybenzone from being either applied or sold in shops.

Tourists will have the forbidden suncream seized when entering Palau and shops which sell it could be hit with fines of up to $1,000.

The new measures, which are an element of Palau's new Responsible Tourism Education Act, came into force on Wednesday.

They form just one part of a broader government goal to safeguard the island nation's environment from tourists.


A postal worker packs mail at the township branch of China Post in Chunhua township of Hunchun city, Northeast China's Jilin province, Feb 19, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Delivery to surge in 2020

China's courier industry is expected to handle 74 billion parcels this year, according to the country's postal service regulator, an average of 52 deliveries per person.

The figure will represent an 18% year-on-year increase by the end of this year, Ma Junsheng, head of the State Post Bureau, said on Monday, adding that revenues in the sector will reach about 866 billion yuan.

According to the bureau, over 63 billion parcels were delivered through express delivery last year, up 24% year-on-year. The sector raked in 745 billion yuan in revenues, surging 23%.

Ma also called for the expansion of delivery services to rural areas to boost the sales of agriculture products and promote poverty alleviation.

Ma also stressed that the country will step up efforts in strengthening the interconnection of the global postal network and promoting the development of international postal services this year with the focus on Southeast Asia.



>Pneumonia cases could rise

The number of cases of unknown viral pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei province, is expected to continue rising as expanded efforts are made to identify suspected victims, local authorities said on Monday, adding disease prevention and control measures will be improved with more knowledge of the virus.

On Sunday, the Wuhan Health Commission said in a statement that the pneumonia was not Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or bird flu, and they were still working to identify the source and cause of the outbreak. There is no evidence that the disease could be transmitted among humans, it said.

The commission said 59 cases had been reported as of Sunday, and seven victims are in critical condition. All the patients are under quarantine and receiving treatment in medical institutions in the city.


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