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  1. News - Hong Kong - NARCOTICS

    Hidden drug use puts tests on agenda

    Posted Mar 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... With abusers staying under radar for longer, it's time to look at 'mandatory' testing, says drugs tsar who plans to put issue to the public The number of years drug abusers ... testing". The average amount of time a person had been using drugs before coming to the attention of the authorities was four years last year - compared with just 1.9 years in 2008. The figures from ...

  2. News - World - MEDICINE

    Roche call for US approval for DNA cervical cancer test opposed

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 10:01pm by AP

    ... Associated Press in Washington US reluctance on DNA test for cervical cancer A hi-tech screening tool for cervical cancer is facing resistance from more than a dozen US patient groups, who warn that the genetic test could displace a simpler, cheaper and more established mainstay of women's health: the Pap smear. The new test from Swiss drug maker Roche uses DNA to detect ...

  3. Sport - Racing

    Schutz to face inquiry into a positive test

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 09:53pm by ANDREW HAWKINS

    ... horses returned a positive drug test last month. Schutz's Eagle Spirit, which was entered for a Class Four 2,000m race on March 30, was withdrawn after a prerace urine sample showed traces of the prohibited substance phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory drug. Post-race urine and blood samples were taken, and both confirmed the presence of the substance, but independent testing of the unused ...

  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Drug giant Novartis replaces Japanese trio over side-effects cover-up claim

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 11:00pm by AFP

    ... that staff had removed evidence from the Novartis office of their links to the research, which pointed to at least two cases of severe reactions in patients undergoing leukaemia drugs testing ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Drug trio quit in side-effects scandal Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said yesterday it was replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over ...

  5. News - World - DEATH PENALTY

    Texas to execute serial killer Tommy Sells despite doubts over source of drugs used

    Posted Apr 03rd 2014, 09:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Killer to die despite drug questions A serial killer was set to die by lethal injection in the US state of Texas yesterday after a federal appeal court overturned a lower court's postponement of the execution, in the latest legal battle over the drugs used to carry out death sentences. Lawyers for Tommy Sells, who was convicted of murdering ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Parents reject on-the-spot drug tests, survey says

    Posted Jan 13th 2014, 04:59am by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan samuel.chan@scmp.com Parents reject on-the-spot drug tests, survey says Parents have expressed concerns over a government proposal to allow police to conduct on-the-spot drug ... of the public to submit to a drug test based on "reasonable suspicion" related to their behaviour or the presence of drugs nearby would invite abuse of authority and possible infringement ...

  7. News - World - HEALTH

    Pfizer trial shows experimental drug doubles time until breast cancer tumours grow worse

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:52pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters US Food and Drug Administration grants “breakthrough” status for the drug, palbociclib, but overall survival still not statistically significant, say researchers A clinical trial of an experimental Pfizer breast cancer drug nearly doubled the amount of time patients lived without their disease getting worse. However, overall survival has not yet been shown to be statistically ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong Bar Association opposes planned drug testing scheme

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 04:40pm by SAMUEL CHAN

    ... Samuel Chan Government has failed to justify that the scheme is necessary, says legal group The Hong Kong Bar Association voiced its opposition to the planned drug testing scheme, saying ... giving police the power to request a mandatory drug test if they detect the presence of drugs or if a person shows signs of being under the influence of narcotics. A four-month consultation ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Drug test scheme may lower use but will isolate addicts, says survey

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 04:57am by Phila Siu. Ng Kang-chung

    ... Phila Siu and Ng Kang-chung Drug users say planned new powers would be a deterrent, but may drive problem underground Test scheme will cut use but isolate addicts: survey A controversial proposal that would boost police powers to test people for illegal drug use will reduce drug-taking, as users will fear getting caught. But addicts who want to use dangerous substances ...

  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Hong Kong girls using wider variety of drugs than boys as addicts get younger

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:17am by Bernice Chan

    ... and ketamine a large number of cases may never show up in the records." Hotlines and other public services are available for users who want help. "But the real test is staying away from drugs ... Bernice Chan bernice.chan@scmp.com Charities warn that drug users are getting younger and girls are using a wider variety of substances than boys. But official figures only tell part ...




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