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  1. News - World

    Overweight children ‘to be new norm in Europe’

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 06:14pm

    ... of 11-year-olds across Europe are too heavy, says the UN agency that focuses on international public health. Greece has Europe's highest proportion of overweight 11-year-olds, at 33 per cent, ... and some Scandinavian countries, the figures appeared to show a plateau effect. The WHO said these particular countries had implemented policies that the UN agency advises, including promoting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1434807/overweight-children-be-new-norm-europe
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Asbestos inspection sparks health concerns among building residents

    Posted Sep 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Christy Choi

    ... said no other government residences contained asbestos and that asbestos at the Mount Butler property was "sealed/encased in concealed locations which are normally out of reach ... if a building contained asbestos. "It's important information to convey. We usually disclose it, if we know about it," said Chris Liem, owner of property firm Engel and Volkers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1027890/asbestos-inspection-sparks-health-concerns-among-building-residents
  3. Lifestyle - Health

    On the hunt for herbal remedies

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanette Wang

    ... relationship with the village chief helped his work in exploring the benefits of kava, a plant with stress-relieving properties. Pacific island cultures have consumed a beverage made from pounded kava ... rose root or golden root), schizandra (also known as wu wei zi ) and goji or wolfberry - plants that have been known for their medicinal properties in this part of the world for centuries, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1324445/hunt-herbal-remedies
  4. Lifestyle - Technology - HEALTH

    Wellbeing trumps decorum when inflight flatulence strikes, say experts

    Posted Feb 17th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Wellington, New Zealand Medics tell flatulent fliers: don't hold it back A group of medical specialists has provided an answer to a dilemma that has faced ... they are gas permeable, unlike the leather seats in first class. They suggested airlines could improve the odour-eating properties of seats and issue special blankets and trousers to passengers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/technology/article/1151870/wellbeing-trumps-decorum-when-inflight-flatulence-strikes-say
  5. Accreditation agency puts hospitals under close scrutiny

    Posted Dec 28th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... of 12 from the Australian Council on Health Care Standards, an international hospital accreditation agency, visited Hong Kong for two weeks to see whether improvements were needed before ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/702236/accreditation-agency-puts-hospitals-under-close-scrutiny
  6. US food safety agency recalls popular chicken health tonic

    Posted Mar 15th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in Hong Kong revealed that those sold here were produced on the mainland. The US agency deemed that the chicken drinks were ineligible for import and ordered a recall of about 1.29 tonnes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/673353/us-food-safety-agency-recalls-popular-chicken-health-tonic
  7. News - World - DRUGS

    Israel breeds medicinal cannabis without the buzz

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Agence France-Presse in Kfar Birya, Israel

    ... Agence France-Presse in Kfar Birya, Israel Growers can tailor plants to relieve symptoms of different illnesses without psychotropic effects Israel breeds medicinal cannabis minus the buzz ... drug removes a psychological barrier for those who could benefit from its properties but are loath to use standard marijuana, even with the blessing of the Israeli Health Ministry. "We ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1074745/israel-breeds-medicinal-cannabis-without-buzz
  8. Agency admits weak infrastructure for food and drug safety

    Posted Jul 11th 2007, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... measures to ensure safety. Ms Yan said the food and drug agency would soon announce measures to increase the transparency of drug approval procedures, to stamp out licensing corruption. She said the agency's website would post the names of officials who approved drugs, and key officials would have to change jobs regularly. Ms Yan was confident the new measures would root out corruption ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/600111/agency-admits-weak-infrastructure-food-and-drug-safety
  9. Health agency to take the lead in battle against Sars

    Posted Dec 19th 2003, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy The long-awaited Centre for Health Protection will open in the middle of next year to cope with a possible return of Sars and with other deadly diseases, Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong announced yesterday. The centre, which will be an agency within the Department of Health, will be headed by a chief health protection controller who will report ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/438697/health-agency-take-lead-battle-against-sars
  10. Agency still seeking link in five cases of pneumonia

    Posted Jan 04th 2007, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The Centre for Health Protection said last night it was still seeking a common link between five cases of pneumonia, two of which have proved fatal. Two pig farmers have died and three Sheung Shui abattoir workers have been taken ill. Cen ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/577375/agency-still-seeking-link-five-cases-pneumonia

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