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  1. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by ERNIE YAP

    ... Ernie Yap New Delhi strain found at Princess Margaret Hospital in August so far defies treatment by most effective drugs available to medicine Antibiotic-resistant NDM-1 bacteria poses ... and doctors have since been placed on alert and drug research switched into high gear to make preparations should an outbreak occur. On a micro level, the gene for NDM-1 is found on the DNA strands ...

  2. Hospitals to get rules for drug-resistant germs

    Posted Aug 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Public hospitals across the city are adopting for the first time a unified set of guidelines on treating drug- resistant superbugs, as a top doctor warned that some bacteria ... undergoing a final review and could come into force in one or two weeks. The guidelines list the seven types of drug-resistant bacteria most common in a hospital setting. Tsang said some bacteria ...

  3. HKU finds new drug and route to fight flu

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee University of Hong Kong researchers have discovered a drug that targets a potential vulnerability in the make-up of the ever changing influenza virus in an advance that offers hope of a new defence against pandemics. The research findings, published in the international science journal Nature Biotechnology today, identifies a 'novel drug target' for killing ...

  4. Stock up on intravenous trial drugs, say doctors

    Posted Dec 30th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Larger quantities of two experimental intravenous antiviral drugs should be stocked for patients with severe swine flu who do not respond to Tamiflu, a leading medical team says. Doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital's infectious diseases block say the two drugs- Peramivir and Zanamivir- offer hope to severely ill patients who are unable take medication orally while ...

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

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

    ... and cows. A study of 110 human faecal and urinary samples showed the same level of resistance in 94.5 per cent of cases. The spread of drug-resistant genes in E coli bacteria has become more rapid in recent years, scientists say, because the bacteria have developed 'handbags' called integrons that make it easier to pick up and carry the genes. Since all drug-resistant genes ...

  6. Bone disease drug proves effective against flu viruses

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

    ... 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. ... 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. ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Man with drug-resistant bug dies

    Posted Jan 07th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip The Centre for Health Protection is investigating the death of a man who had been infected with a drug-resistant strain of the bug commonly known as golden staph. The man, 50, was infected with community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a form of the bacterium caught outside hospital settings. He was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital ...

  9. Pharmacies that fuel a drug trade

    Posted Feb 14th 2006, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... in Hong Kong pharmacies without doctors' prescriptions, despite repeated warnings by medical experts that this illegal practice will contribute to the problem of drug resistance. A Post ... drug and did not label it, while another sold a physician's sample, a free gift given by pharmaceutical companies to doctors. At a pharmacy in Prince Edward, a shopkeeper sold 50 capsules ...

  10. '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 drug on 'humanised mice'- rodents with human immune systems- in one of the first experiments of its kind in the world. Pamidronate, a prescription drug used for decades to treat ...




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