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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Food allergies take high toll on Hong Kong children

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Study finds 15pc of allergic children have severe reactions – compared with a global average of 10pc – prompting calls for more awareness Food allergies take high toll in HK More Hong Kong children suffer from severe allergic reactions than the international average, the first large-scale study on food allergies shows. The findings have prompted calls ...

  2. News - World

    Overweight children ‘to be new norm in Europe’

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 06:14pm

    ... A lack of exercise and unhealthy diets high in fat and sugar are making it common for children and adults in Europe to be overweight, the World Health Organisation has warned. Up to one third ... followed by Portugal (32 per cent), and the Republic of Ireland and Spain (both 30 per cent), the WHO’s European Union data shows. The figures for children are alarming, says Zsuzsanna Jakab, ...

  3. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    One million Pakistani children miss out on polio vaccination

    Posted Oct 19th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Concerns raised after problems over access and conspiracy theories mar nationwide drive One million children skip polio vaccine Almost one million Pakistani children were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended this week, officials said, as unrest and flooding limited access and some parents viewed the campaign as a Western ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Childhood obesity still a problem in Hong Kong

    Posted Dec 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... few pounds at a younger age does no harm. Some parents even find chubby children more adorable and are quite happy to see their waistlines grow more than they should. But the worrying truth ... the rate is still significantly higher than 16.4 per cent 15 years ago. Some 60,000 of 300,000 primary school children are still considered obese. That one in five of our youngsters is obese ...

  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Are mainstream schools doing enough for special needs children?

    Posted Mar 15th 2013, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau elaine.yau@scmp.com Attending mainstream schools proves to be a double-edged sword for most special needs children because they don't get enoughhelp in class, writes Elaine ... The idea is to place children with learning disabilities in conventional classrooms, where they can develop alongside other youngsters. But academics and social workers working with such students ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Transplant lets kidney patient follow his dream of marriage and children

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... teacher's life revolved around daily 11-hour dialysis sessions at home. The thought of a honeymoon or having children were just dreams. Then a matching kidney became available. "The transplant gave me hope. There were many things which I hadn't thought I could do after getting married, such as having children. Now this is one of the things I plan to do," said Mui who got ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    1 in 5 primary school children in the city overweight

    Posted Dec 13th 2012, 12:00am by Emily Tsang

    ... children overweight One in five children in the city are obese- despite a slight drop in the percentage compared to last year- the Health Department said yesterday The latest government study showed a small reduction in the number of obese children for the second year in a row. The department said this confirmed that a slow declining trend was under way, but that more should be done ...

  8. Lifestyle - Health

    Golden time for special needs children

    Posted Oct 16th 2012, 12:00am by Elaine Yau

    ... Elaine Yau elaine.yau@scmp.com It's tough for parents of children with special needs to find the right support before kindergarten, writes Elaine Yau Golden time As Justin Huen ... for a place at the government-run early education training centre for special needs children is like the interminable wait for a public housing flat. "In most cases, children get a place when ...

  9. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    Hong Kong flu shot subsidy increased for children, free at some clinics

    Posted Sep 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jolie Ho jolie.ho@scmp.com Flu shot subsidy increased for children under six Elderly people and young children can receive a subsidy of HK$130 for flu shots from now until the end of the year. The sum is the same as last year for the elderly but is up for children from HK$80. Centre for Health Protection controller Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai (pictured) said people aged above 65 ...

  10. News - World - DENMARK

    Prolific Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to 5 children

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Copenhagen Sperm donor gives disease to 5 children A prolific Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to at least five of his 43 children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said. The donor transmitted the tumour-producing nerve disorder neurofibromatosis type I, sometimes known ...




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