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  1. News - Hong Kong - DRUGS

    Hong Kong anti-drugs body pushes drug testing, despite opposition

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 03:26am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Anti-drugs body pushes testing despite opposition A government plan to give police wider powers to test people suspected to be using drugs faced "strong ... the Action Committee Against Narcotics, would allow police to force people to undergo tests if there was "reasonable suspicion" that they had taken drugs. Those who failed could be referred ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1545183/hong-kong-anti-drugs-body-pushes-drug-testing-despite-opposition
  2. News - Asia - INDONESIA

    Indonesia sentences Frenchman to 15 years in prison for Bali drugs smuggling

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:27pm

    ... in January at Bali airport with more than 3kg of the drug, also known as Ice, hidden in two plastic bags in his suitcase lining, prosecutors said. Customs officials said at the time of his arrest that the drugs had a street value of about US$500,000. A court in the Balinese capital Denpasar yesterday sentenced him to 15 years in jail, lighter than the 17-year term demanded by prosecutors. His ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1557489/indonesia-hands-frenchman-15-years-prison-bali-drugs-smuggling
  3. News - Hong Kong - COURTS

    Drug suspect accused with possession of Ice jumps HK$500 bail

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 03:59am by JULIE CHU

    ... Julie Chu julie.chu@scmp.com Ice suspect leaves court cold with bail jump A drug suspect jumped bail set at HK$500 after a High Court judge last week overrode a magistrate's decision to keep him in detention and released him pending trial, a court has heard. The suspect, Leung Ka-kit, 34, failed to appear in Eastern Court yesterday to answer two charges related to the drug ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557313/drug-suspect-accused-possession-ice-jumps-hk500-bail
  4. News - World - BRITAIN

    'Fake Sheikh' suspended after singer Tulisa Contostavlos drug trial collapses

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 01:09am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in London 'Fake Sheikh' suspended after drug trial collapses Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun suspended an investigative reporter nicknamed the "Fake Sheikh" yesterday after a pop star's drugs trial collapsed amid claims that the journalist lied in court. The trial of singer Tulisa Contostavlos, who was accused of offering ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557136/fake-sheikh-suspended-after-singer-tulisa-contostavlos-drug-trial
  5. News - World - MEDICINE

    Monkey HIV drug-resistant within days, dampening hopes for Aids cure

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 09:26pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse Monkey research dampens hopes for Aids cure The monkey version of HIV can take refuge from anti-Aids drugs within days of entering the body, a study said, dampening ... birth and continued for 18 months, tested positive for the virus after two drug-free years. "The unfortunate clinical findings of viral rebound in the Mississippi baby appear ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557018/monkey-hiv-drug-resistant-within-days-dampening-hopes-aids-cure
  6. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Ex-drug users shun hepatitis treatment

    Posted Jul 18th 2014, 05:16am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Chinese University study finds that 80 per cent of those diagnosed with disease opt against medication that cuts risk of cirrhosis, cancer Ex-drug users shun hepatitis treatment The vast majority of former drug users found to have hepatitis C in a screening programme did not take up an offer of treatment- with many apparently unwilling to take time off ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555653/ex-drug-users-shun-hepatitis-treatment
  7. News - Asia - THAILAND

    In trouble again: former Nepalese crown prince held on drug charges in Bangkok

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 10:54pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Bangkok Nepalese ex-crown prince in trouble again Former Nepalese crown prince Paras Shah has been arrested on drugs charges in Thailand for a second time and could ... said Shah, who is visiting Thailand on a tourist visa, had admitted illegal drug possession and was remanded in custody. It is not the first time the former royal has been in trouble ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1555422/trouble-again-former-nepalese-crown-prince-held-drug-charges-bangkok
  8. News - World - MEDICINE

    Aids 2014 conference unveils breakthrough in Aids-TB treatment

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 09:59pm by GDN

    ... for the two conditions unable to be given together because of side effects. But a drug combination unveiled at the Aids 2014 symposium in Melbourne on Monday allows tuberculosis (TB) to be treated in patients while taking their HIV drugs, offering the potential to save millions of lives. Researchers, from the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development say the drug combination, known as PaMZ, can ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557273/aids-2014-conference-unveils-breakthrough-aids-tb-treatment
  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    New drug law needs to respect rights

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Heed rights in new drug law Any law that detects drug users and steers them into counselling without fear of prosecution has to be welcomed. Early identification to enhance the effectiveness of treatment is a worthy objective. Unfortunately it is not that simple, as a government advisory body has found. Since drug abuse on its own is self-harm, it is not to be compared ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1549928/new-drug-law-needs-respect-rights
  10. Astellas gives patients hope with drug discoveries

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 05:07pm by Reports by Stacey Johnson, Christina Liedke and Jessica Ryan

    ... and CEO of Astellas. "By predicting future environmental changes and using our high R&D competencies, we have dedicated our efforts to innovative high value-added drug discovery. ... operations Astellas commits itself to proprietary ethical pharmaceutical business. In particular, the company focuses on innovative drug discovery in areas where unmet medical needs exist and where ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1549659/astellas-gives-patients-hope-drug-discoveries

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