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  1. 'Human mice' point to new cure for flu

    Posted Jun 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered that a common drug for bone diseases could be a superior new cure for influenza. They did it by testing ... The advantage is that researchers can tell straight away if a treatment will be effective on a human. That shaves four to five years of additional testing from drug development and possibly eliminates ...

  2. Bone disease drug proves effective against flu viruses

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

    ... as a swine flu treatment,' he said, as more tests were needed. The drug was now being tested on animals, said Lau Yu-lung, chair professor and head of the department. ... phosphoantigen is not yet ready to be used against the swine flu pandemic. The drug treats osteoporosis, a disease causing bones to become porous, by inducing affected cells to kill themselves. ...

  3. HKU advance aids search for flu drugs

    Posted Apr 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang A new drug that inhibits the influenza virus, including the H5N1 bird flu strain, might be developed to replace the increasingly ineffective Tamiflu after a discovery ... Sciences Centre- could result in a new drug being ready for the market within eight years. The university has also applied for a patent for the software used to conduct the research, which did ...

  4. HKU, drug giant join hands against bird flu

    Posted Dec 29th 2007, 12:00am by May Chan

    ... May Chan Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is collaborating with one of the largest mainland drugs manufacturers in developing a possible cure for bird flu. The university ... at the university, said laboratory tests showed that the oil solubles extracted from the drink were effective in preventing influenza type A, type B, and bird flu. Dr Tsim said the tests the centre conducted ...

  5. Drug-resistant bugs 'widespread' in food animals

    Posted Oct 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... feeding drugs to the animals a few days before the test. Surveillance should start at local farms within the government's jurisdiction before the city can ask mainland farms to do the same, ... a body established by the United Nations and WHO, was currently drafting a set of guidelines to test the degree of drug resistance in food. The centre will consider adopting them or, ...

  6. Hepatitis B carriers offered false hope of beating health checks

    Posted Apr 06th 2007, 12:00am by Ng Tze Wei

    ... Ng Tze Wei Hepatitis B carriers are being targeted by an online scam offering a drug that its sellers claim can help them beat tests for detecting the virus. Mainland media reported that the drug, advertised as 'a hepatitis B health test-cheating drug', could be deadly. The reports said that, since January, a message had appeared in internet chatrooms offering to supply ...

  7. Mothers-to-be offered fast-tracked HIV tests

    Posted Aug 17th 2005, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The initiative is designed to combat maternal transmission of the virus In a bid to further reduce the risk of maternal transmission of HIV, quick tests will be offered ... the plan was being discussed so fast tests could be offered to pregnant women who were about to go into labour but had not tested their HIV status. 'If they arrive in Hong Kong and we do ...

  8. 'Wonder drug' offers hope after transplants

    Posted Mar 21st 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... into a wonder drug amid intense cost-cutting pressure in public hospitals. Lo Chung-mau, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, said his team was testing whether a new hepatitis B vaccine, ... to a state-of-the-art drug called HBIg prophylaxis, which has been widely adopted in the US since 1990 but costs $100,000 in the first month after transplant and $250,000 in the first year. HBIg prophylaxis can ...

  9. When the drugs don't work

    Posted Feb 13th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Drug resistance is rising as improper use of antibiotics means less effectiveness in killing bacteria. Ella Lee examines the issue in the first of a three-part series Nearly 80 per cent of doctors tested secretly in an investigation by the profession prescribed antibiotics to two healthy 'patients', according to findings that have never been published. The excessive ...

  10. HK flu story takes turn for the better

    Posted Jul 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... infection, compared with one out of 10 not given it. The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, was the first reported use of humanised mice to test drugs or vaccines, according to HKU associate professor Tu Wenwai, who developed the method. Even though the drug has been used for 20 years and could take less testing, it may still be two to six years before it is ready ...




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