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  1. 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
  2. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Drug trial hopes hit by tight regulations

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:21am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Researchers say licensing rules mean city is losing out to rivals like Taiwan and South Korea. They hope a change in the law will help Drug trial hopes hit by tight regulations A bureaucratic regulatory system is causing Hong Kong to fall behind regional rivals such as Taiwan and South Korea as a place to test the drugs of the future, a manager ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1528810/drug-trial-hopes-hit-tight-regulations
  3. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Cheap cream can boost flu jabs for elderly, HKU study shows

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by Emily Tsang

    ... significantly speeded, boosted, and prolonged the immunogenicity of flu vaccination- a strategy that should be pursued for older people. "The drug is widely available and is as cheap as HK$20 [for ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559398/cheap-cream-can-boost-flu-jabs-elderly-hku-study-shows
  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    HIV drugs help woman fulfil dream of becoming a mother

    Posted May 09th 2014, 03:36am by LO WEI

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Medication allows woman to fulfil her dream of becoming a mother after it clears the virus, which can lead to Aids, from her bloodstream H.I.V. drugs granted woman ... women with HIV the chance to have children. The condition almost cost Ling her life soon after the diagnosis, but she has taken the drugs diligently ever since. Video: What is HIV? Four years ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1507581/hiv-drugs-help-woman-fulfil-dream-becoming-mother
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Short film casts light on bipolar disorder

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 05:56am by PASTY MOY

    ... but may be linked to heredity, brain structure, abnormal secretions of brain neurotransmitters, or other factors such as stress, drug abuse or trauma. Medication and psychological therapy can help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1560647/short-film-casts-light-bipolar-disorder
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Immunity genes could hold clues to cause of schizophrenia, study says

    Posted Jul 23rd 2014, 10:57pm by NYT

    ... that the body's immune system can attack them. All of the anti-psychotic drugs used to treat symptoms of schizophrenia target that system. Other suspect areas of the genome include coding associated ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1557611/immunity-genes-could-hold-clues-cause-schizophrenia-study-says
  7. News - China - HEALTH

    Rise of drug-resistant superbugs a global emergency, says WHO

    Posted May 01st 2014, 04:32am by Jeanette Wang

    ... in as many as 70 per cent of patients, the 256-page report by the global health watchdog said. Already, methicillin, the drug used to combat Staphylococcus aureus – a common cause of skin infections, ... health burden of resistance to antibacterial drugs is not known, another WHO report released last December estimated that hospital-acquired infections with multiresistant  bacteria cause  about ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1501318/rise-drug-resistant-superbugs-global-emergency-says-who
  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong researchers may have found way to combat Alzheimer's disease

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 04:01pm by LO WEI

    ... The team has also identified a molecule in the Chinese medicinal herb gou teng (uncaria rhynchophylla) that inhibits the protein's activity. Developing a drug with the use of the molecule, ... While some drugs target Alzheimer's symptoms, there are none as yet that address its cause, which is not fully understood. The team has been studying the brain cell protein for more than 10 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548746/hong-kong-researchers-may-have-found-way-combat-alzheimers-disease
  9. News - World - HEALTH

    Growing middle class popping more pills, worrying antibiotic study shows

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 09:47pm by NYT

    ... McClatchy-Tribune Pill popping up more than a third in 10 years, mostly through overuse, raising fears of rising global vulnerability to drug-resistant bacteria Antibiotic use rising ... is leaving more of the world's population vulnerable to drug-resistant bacteria. The study, published online in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, provides the most comprehensive long-term ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1552271/growing-middle-class-popping-more-pills-worrying-antibiotic-study-shows
  10. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1467035/pfizer-trial-shows-experimental-drug-doubles-time-until-breast-cancer

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