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Chinese students hooked up to IVs

Drips relax and energize students ahead of exams: school

Photo from 163.com

An official in China has confirmed that a controversial photo of high school students hooked up to intravenous drips is real, reports China Daily.

The photo, taken at a school in Xiaogang City, Hubei during a late-night study session, was posted by a microblogger this week and quickly spread across the country. Students are currently preparing for June’s competitive National College Entrance Exam, also known as the Gaokao.

A spokesman for the school said that the drips contain amino acids to help students relax and stay energized. Experts warn that the practice has no proven benefit and comes with a small risk of infection.

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