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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Teaching pupils about benefits of rest has no effect on their sleeping habits: study

    Posted Mar 14th 2014, 06:15pm by JENNFER NGO

    ... questions about their attention levels and psychological functioning. Only one secondary school out of the 14 schools was willing to participate in the second part of the research – delaying ...

  2. FYI: The idea of waking up from a coma and speaking with a foreign accent sounds like something from a science-fiction film. What causes this problem?

    Posted Jul 23rd 2006, 12:00am by Judy Ngao

    ... of the brain, where language processing occurs. Scientists at Britain's Oxford University confirmed last year that patients could develop a 'foreign accent' without ever having been ... Judy Ngao FYI: The idea of waking up from a coma and speaking with a foreign accent sounds like something from a science-fiction film. What causes this problem? Foreign accent syndrome ...

  3. How language shapes the mind

    Posted Jun 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the research pace. One study found that speakers of the Russian language were able to judge the difference between shades of blue more quickly than English speakers because Russian has different words- ... that showed Chinese and English speakers use different parts of the brain to do arithmetic. Researchers at Dalian University of Technology found that English speakers activated the language part ...

  4. Language sets the tone for brain's circuitry

    Posted Oct 09th 2011, 12:00am

    ... language comes later than the general ability for language. Initially the infant must come prepared to learn any language- Cantonese if born in Hong Kong, and English if born in London. ... William Wang A team of scientists from Milan and Leipzig succeeded in imaging the brains of two-day-old infants. They report that although the brain structures for language are already ...

  5. Time to talk the talk with the language doctor

    Posted Dec 18th 2003, 12:00am by Tinnie Chow

    ... with Tinnie Chow Improving your English is now as simple as going for a checkup. That's according to Gillian Bickley, who will be seeing patients today in 15-minute blocks, during ... on what I think they should do to fix the problem,' she says. The consultation costs just $95. Dr Bickley has been teaching English in Hong Kong since 1970 and is an assistant professor ...

  6. Foreigners step in to ease hospital strain

    Posted Jan 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Christy Choi christy.choi@scmp.com Despite concerns about language barriers, foreign radiographers are settling in at hospitals in remote city areas, helping to ease the pain of an overburdened public health service. 'We're happy to have them fill the gaps,' said Derek Kwan, senior radiographer at Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, one of the areas hardest hit ...

  7. Bilingualism helps boost brain power and hearing

    Posted May 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Nei ho, bonjour, konnichiwa, shalom, annyong, hello. Speaking more than one language not only breaks down communication barriers, but a new study has ... in Northwestern's School of Communication. 'But the advantages we've discovered in dual language speakers come automatically simply from knowing and using two languages. It seems that the benefits ...

  8. Foreign doctors' test 'too tough'

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ella Lee ella.lee@scmp.com Fewer than 10 per cent of foreign doctors who sit the Hong Kong Medical Council examination go on to get a licence, raising concerns that the local medical ... he says is 'too difficult'. But the city's medical association rejected claims the test was a barrier to foreign doctors, saying Hong Kong has a very free market. Cheung said ...

  9. Lifestyle - Health

    On the hunt for herbal remedies

    Posted Oct 07th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanette Wang

    ... but are relatively unknown in the West. Kilham says Erigeron breviscapus , a herb native to the southwestern province of Yunnan and known as duan ting fei peng in Chinese and Lifeflower in English, is one ...

  10. Hire foreign nurses, and teach them Cantonese

    Posted Apr 20th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The Hospital Authority, confronted by this newspaper with the anomaly, responded unconvincingly. Language was a stumbling block, it said; most patients were Cantonese speakers, so knowledge ... beyond nursing skills is language- and that can be taught. Nationality and ethnicity should be irrelevant as long as they can do the job. ...




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