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  1. Lung disease patients 'leaving HK'

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Some Hong Kong lung disease patients have been forced to move overseas to escape the city's polluted air, according to doctors. Donald Li Kwok-tung, president of the College ... diseases had moved overseas for cleaner air. 'One of my patients, a man in his 60s, told me he could not bear this any more. Some other patients are tourists. They told me they would not visit ...

  2. Blood-disease boy inspires courage in face of despair

    Posted Aug 17th 2004, 12:00am by Dennis Ho

    ... who was nursing him through his fight with thalassaemia, a hereditary blood disease that affects nearly a million mainlanders. This one simple statement jolted her out of her depression ... the disease can kill victims by the age of 10, but Jiarui has been lucky and will turn 11 this Christmas. The burden of her son's disease once made Ms Li feel isolated and abandoned, but she ...

  3. Public urged to check for respiratory illness

    Posted Nov 17th 2008, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam Those with a persistent cough and elderly people should be checked for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as hospital admission rates always jump during periods of cold and wet weather, a doctor has warned. Respiratory medicine expert Roland Leung said many Hongkongers were still unaware of the disease, which the World Health Organisation expected to become ...

  4. letters

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

    ... School We need to find a balance with nature A(H1N1), or swine flu, is a new disease. It seems the virus is becoming resistant to treatments we usually use for the flu. The disease is spreading around the world rapidly and all of us run the risk of being infected. I think, in a way, we humans are responsible for the emergence of diseases that are resistant to our medicines. The more ...

  5. Unhealthy resistance to change

    Posted Mar 04th 2005, 12:00am by Bernard Chan

    ... transmissible between humans is impossible to measure. The virus is far more contagious than Sars, and the World Health Organisation has predicted 50 million deaths worldwide in the event ...

  6. $1b health bill to treat the victims of a choking killer

    Posted Oct 26th 2004, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Hong Kong is paying more than $1 billion a year to treat illnesses caused by air pollution, and the number of lung disease patients being attacked by the choking killer ... for hospital admissions, and visits to accident and emergency wards, general outpatients' clinics and private doctors for treatment of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. 'These ...

  7. Nuclear energy isn't worth the risk

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Americans die from air pollution-related causes. Chernobyl happened in 1986. Since then thousands of Hongkongers have died of air pollution-related diseases. Researchers at the University of Hong ...

  8. Every dollar donated to the UN has to count

    Posted Jan 21st 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to the communities that made them wealthy, but their help is also needed in alleviating global disease, poverty and disasters. One in six of the world's people do not have enough to eat, while half lack ... furthering disease and famine. With so many annual emergencies and much uncertainty ahead, a funding war chest makes good sense. But governments cannot be relied on. The world's politicians ...

  9. Dark future if officials stick to their head-in-the-sand air quality policies

    Posted Feb 20th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Imagine a city where fresh air is non-existent, and people must wear gas masks outside. Imagine a city without direct sunlight due to the constant cover of smog, and where plants struggle to grow. Imagine a city where lung diseases are rife and premature death is rampant. If the government continues to take an ostrich position on air pollution, this will be Hong Kong's future. ...

  10. All we want is to be able to breathe cleaner air

    Posted Jan 25th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... visibility, an additional 70 deaths occurred every year. For every 6.5km of visibility lost, natural deaths rose by 1.13 per cent a day and deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease rose ...




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