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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong must avoid the health threat of complacency

    Posted Feb 22nd 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... checked himself into hospital after realising he had caught the virulent disease. By then he had spread it to other hotel guests. Like him, many were to die. As a result, he was identified ... director general Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun, Hong Kong's health chief during Sars, to warn the public to expect an increasing trend of animal diseases jumping to humans, which was true ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1155727/hong-kong-must-avoid-health-threat-complacency
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Hong Kong should reconsider ban on live poultry stalls

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... It was not long ago that banning the sale of live poultry in our markets and moving to a system of central slaughtering was seen as necessary to protect us from deadly infectious diseases. The government finally decided that reduced risk made the idea politically expendable and shelved it. Then-health minister York Chow Yat-ngok said at the time that the decision was not necessarily ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1213938/hong-kong-should-reconsider-ban-live-poultry-stalls
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Lack of preparedness leaves us exposed to the risk of a nightmare like Sars

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... Now some are saying the new strain of bird flu is not that contagious and will not transmit from human to human. Yet people cannot help but worry that it may be linked to the fact that 16,000 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1207064/lack-preparedness-leaves-us-exposed-risk-nightmare-sars
  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Bird flu a reminder of things we dare not forget

    Posted Apr 03rd 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... of deadly disease. In the latest, the first reported cases of human infection by a lesser-known strain of bird flu, H7N9, have resulted in the deaths of two men in Shanghai, while five people ... SARS virus, health experts say the city is now well prepared for coping with highly infectious diseases but warn that constant vigilance is required. It took a month and three weeks before we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1205755/bird-flu-reminder-things-we-dare-not-forget
  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How small bites take a big chunk out of healthy economies and households

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 02:40am by POONAM SINGH, SHIN YOUNG-SOO, STEPHEN GROFF

    ... Poonam Singh, Shin Young-soo and Stephen Groff Poonam Singh, Shin Young-soo and Stephen Groff say a united front is vital to tackle disease threat Small bites can take a big chunk outof ... mites, sandflies and freshwater snails. These animals, called "vectors", help spread a range of parasitic, viral and bacterial diseases that affect people of all ages and across all ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1466366/how-small-bites-take-big-chunk-out-healthy-economies-and
  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    China needs more effective warning labels on cigarette packs

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 09:28pm by BERNHARD SCHWARTLANDER

    ... caused by smoking. Data from the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project shows that a majority of Chinese smokers do not know that smoking causes strokes and heart disease- two ... warnings include pictures of the harm caused by smoking, and specifying the diseases smoking causes (such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema). Effective warnings also occupy ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1482899/china-needs-more-effective-warning-labels-cigarette-packs
  7. Comment - Letters

    Sex education reform must be part of focus on 'real life' education

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 03:47am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Sex education reform must be part of focus on 'real life' education It is heartbreaking to hear of girls being diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases after ... in secondary schools. These classes are failing to deliver the message of preventing sexual diseases. Generally, sex education classes consist of lectures in the school hall, using slides with few ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1477052/sex-education-reform-must-be-part-focus-real-life-education
  8. News - Hong Kong

    City University researchers develop life-saving ‘smart’ shirt that can detect heart problems

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 07:03pm by Christy Choi

    ... disease is the second leading cause of death from disease in the city. In 2012, 34,533 in-patient discharges and deaths in the city were related to coronary heart disease, according to government statistics. Hong Kong has seen an increasing trend in deaths due to heart disease since 1993 when there were about 15,000 deaths. “It’s certainly a real development,” said Chris Wong Kwok-yiu ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1463212/city-university-researchers-develop-life-saving-smart-shirt-can
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Public ignorance, not trans-fats, the real problem with our daily diets

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 04:51pm by Paul Stapleton

    ... to heart disease. Because of this health concern, the question of whether they should be banned in Hong Kong has emerged as the US government considers the same issue. The big issue is the alarming ... and then spread this understanding to the general population, has lagged behind. Obesity and disease are the result. The well-publicised increase in diet and lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, high ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/article/1463129/public-ignorance-not-trans-fats-real-problem-our-daily-diets
  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How Hong Kong mainstream schools are failing children with autism

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:08am by TOBY MOUNTJOY

    ... Toby Mountjoy Toby Mountjoy says overburdened HK teachers lack time and resources Our mainstream schools are failing children with autism The most recent report from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention shows that one in 68 US children now has an autism spectrum disorder (one in every 42 boys; 1 in 189 girls). This alarming figure has made ASD the fastest growing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1462561/how-hong-kong-mainstream-schools-are-failing-children-autism

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