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  1. Germ warfare

    Posted Oct 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Shin Young-soo The outbreak of scarlet fever in Hong Kong earlier this year caught the attention of specialists at the World Health Organisation. We think of scarlet fever in developed societies as a disease that was pretty well vanquished decades ago. So ...

  2. Germ warfare

    Posted Oct 07th 2005, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Reporters Paggie Leung and Helen Wu tested some of Hong Kong's busiest areas for bacteria to see if post-Sars hygiene levels are being maintained. Apart from some hot spots, the results of their investigation are encouraging It's been two years ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How much do man-made chemicals affect our health?

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 12:00am by David Fullbrook

    ... David Fullbrook David Fullbrook says calls are growing to study and regulate substances that disrupt hormones How much do man-made chemicals affect our health? An urgent hunt is under way ... interacting with other substances in the environment and body. Three, only 800 out of 143,000, and rising, industrial chemicals have been assessed for endocrine disruptor potential. Problems ...

  4. Magazines - Faces - MEN’S SKINCARE

    Chemical reactions

    Posted Mar 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... whose newly launched Joyce Grooming boasts a range of natural skincare brands including Kyoku for Men and Milk & Co. It is a myth that governments prohibit dangerous chemicals in personal ... has been entirely chemically synthesised. 'This means that a product can have derivatives from a plant or marine source, however would not be necessarily particularly pure,' she ...

  5. Toxic chemical in baby bottles escapes ban

    Posted Jan 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com The government yesterday called on plastics makers to find alternatives to the controversial chemical BPA, but stopped short of joining the list of places, ... at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation, which said it would be premature to assess health risks on humans from the chemical based on the animal tests. ...

  6. Lifestyle - Health - INSECT-BORNE DISEASES

    Going fragrance-free protects from mosquito bites

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by DR FRANCIS POWERS

    ... Dr Francis Powers healthpost@scmp.com No scents and dark clotheskeep bloodsuckers at bay Hong Kong has repeatedly failed to address public health issues, even where simple, proven and cost-effective methods are available. Take the topic of scents. Seeming ...

  7. Milk cartons are recalled in scare over chemicals

    Posted Dec 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... of chemical contamination. The Centre for Food Safety warned the public not to consume three products, a 236ml hi-calcium, low fat milk with an expiry date of December 4 and 236ml and 946ml fresh milk ... complaints from the public. Samples of the milk products concerned were collected for testing and laboratory results showed that five contained toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes, chemicals which ...

  8. How toxic are the chemicals we use?

    Posted Nov 06th 2011, 12:00am

    ... genitals? Welcome to the disquieting world of endocrine disrupters, chemicals that mess with the normal functioning of your hormone system. They can be found in flame retardants, cosmetics, ... of chemicals used in daily products may harm our health and alter the genetic destiny of future generations. 'What hormones do, particularly as the fetus is developing, is they turn genes ...

  9. Antibiotic is recalled over chemical find

    Posted Jun 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The Health Department has ordered that an antibiotic commonly used to fight infections in children be recalled because it was found to contain a toxic chemical two times above the European ... of chemicals known as plasticisers commonly used to make hard substances more malleable. There is no agreed safety level for DIDP in pharmaceutical products, but the European Union limit for food ...

  10. Toxic chemical crosses strait

    Posted Jun 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... produced by four mainland companies, the mainland food watchdog said at the weekend. The State Food and Drug Administration said the chemical DEHP, which is an industrial plasticiser used to make food appear more appetising, was found in three food factories in Guangzhou and one in Zhejiang. It marks the first time the toxic chemical that has rocked the food industry had been found ...




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