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Posted by Eric Mu on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 1:15 PM
The use of shock therapy to treat cases of Internet addiction has been suspended by the Minstry of Health, The Beijing News reports.
In May, the Linyi Fourth People's Hospital's came under fire after an article published in the China Youth Daily revealed that the hospital had been using electric shock therapy to treat Internet addiction. Yesterday, the Ministry of Health ordered a stop to the practice, stating that the treatment's safety has not been proven.
Yang Shuyun, a hospital official, replied that the hospital had already stopped using the treatment in response to intense media pressure.
Out in Urumqi, police "resolutely stopped a violent incident around a hospital by the Jiefang South Road. Two suspects were shot dead, while a third was injured." The Beijing News:
The top headline reports that Beijing is considering to raise its winter heating standard from 16 to 18 degrees.
The big photo on the front page features a struggling cyclist who fell over on a flooded roadway. According to Beijing's Meteorology Center, the downpour from 14:00 to 18:00 was the biggest rainfall in Beijing this year.
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