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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. Lifestyle - Technology - MEDICINE

    Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... These profiles can tell doctors which drugs will work, and which are likely to cause horrible side-effects. To this end, the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has begun sequencing the genetic ... be targeting with drugs," says Ultan McDermott at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge. ...

  3. No time to waste against superbugs

    Posted Jun 07th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The admission by top University of Hong Kong microbiologist Ho Pak-leung that outbreaks of a drug-resistant superbug in hospitals and the community are 'slightly out of control' is worrying. Resistance to the most powerful available drugs in a growing number of cases means that it will be difficult to bring them under control. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ...

  4. Lifestyle - Health - CASE HISTORY

    Case History: Rise of the superbugs

    Posted Oct 09th 2012, 12:00am by Eileen Aung-Thwin

    ... was called in to help manage her treatment. He needed to know more about the mechanism by which the pathogens were able to resist the drug, so further tests and gene sequencing of the pathogens were ...

  5. Safe-sex message needs reinforcing

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and diagnosis has emerged as the next best thing. Apart from the importance of early diagnosis and anti-retroviral drug therapy in halting the development of Aids and related life-threatening illnesses, ... of billions of dollars in increased funding needed to expand access to drugs and for education to combat social factors that inhibit delivery of treatment. If Hong Kong is to stay beneath the world ...

  6. Hospital superbug spreading faster

    Posted Jun 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com A deadly superbug usually associated with hospitals is spreading fast in the community and becoming more resistant to drugs, health chiefs say. The number ... antibiotics. The resistance rate had been increasing by about 1 per cent per year and by last year 43 per cent of cases could not be treated with drugs. 'No matter whether it is in the community ...

  7. '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 ...

  8. Germ warfare

    Posted Oct 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... problem of drug resistance is definitely not. The discovery early last century of penicillin and antimicrobial drugs changed the course of history. Science began to gain the upper hand in the war on disease, and, at last, scourges such as leprosy, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, syphilis and many more could be mastered. But now many of those miracle drugs and the generations of others that followed ...

  9. Quiz

    Posted Mar 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in children but not adults. Most TB patients can be cured with drug treatment, provided by the Health Department free of charge. The usual course of treatment, introduced in 1979, lasts six months and involves four drugs. To mark World TB Day this Saturday, test your knowledge of the disease. 1. By what name was TB known in earlier times? a. Plague b. Consumption c. Polio 2. In which country ...

  10. Prising open the grip of prejudice

    Posted May 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and drugs, from melamine-contaminated milk formula to a vaccine scandal in Shanxi that killed several children. Why did you start the NGO? I started my work after I joined a forum devoted ... and drugs. ...




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