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Journalists in Beijing are tired and suffer from stomach aches

Xinhua:

Nearly 85 percent of reporters in Beijing feel tired, according to a survey quoted Monday in the Mirror. Out of the 1,182 reporters surveyed by the China Medical Doctor Association, only 28 were completely healthy, 2.37 percent of the total.

Among the various diseases of the surveyed reporters, gastric diseases have become their "occupational diseases," the paper said.

The article doesn't specify which "Mirror" is referred to. Nor does it explain why the reporters are tired, so we can assume it is because of their unceasing pursuit of truth and the next big story.

The article also quotes figures from the Shanghai Municipal Academy of Social Sciences in 2004 indicating "that the average life expectancy of intellectuals in Beijing dropped to about the age of 54 from 59 a decade ago. The average life span for Beijing residents is 76 years."

The moral of the story: stay away from those books kids.

The Xinhua story is here.

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