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  1. Patients with weak muscles to get new wheelchair-friendly car

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chloe Lai chloe.lai@scmp.com When Fok Tan Mei-ling's son was diagnosed a few months after birth with an acute neuromuscular disease, she learned that he would not survive and there were no other families to turn to for guidance. Two decades later, Fo ...

  2. Checkups should be a top priority

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... diseases and infections,' he says. 'Hong Kong couples need to test for such genetic illnesses as thalassemia and make sure that both parties are not carriers, as they can pass it down ...

  3. Putting nature on the sideline

    Posted Feb 18th 2008, 12:00am by Miranda Yeung

    ... hereditary diseases- those illnesses which are passed genetically from parent to child. However putting the sperm and egg together does not ensure the resulting baby will, in fact, be deaf. The only ... result. This is the latest debate surrounding the embryonic screening process, which by its nature allows parents to protect their children from a range of potentially lethal genetic diseases. ...

  4. Incurable but treatment available

    Posted Mar 20th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tuberous sclerosis is a rare, genetic disease that causes non-cancerous tumours to grow in the brain and other vital organs. There is no cure but medication and treatment can help to reduce the severity of symptoms. Common symptoms include seizures, behavioural problems, learning disabilities, kidney and skin problems. The disease occurs in one in every 6,000 births ...

  5. A food crop guilty by association

    Posted Mar 09th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and DDT, a pesticide that has been linked to cancer and that is now banned in many countries. The GM aubergine was seen as a test case because it was the first genetically modified food crop ...

  6. Give tsunami aid money to the smaller groups

    Posted Feb 17th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Gays: scientific evidence In the letter headlined 'Cite scientific sources' (February 13), Professor T. W. Wong asks for scientific evidence of the genetic determination of sexuality. A search of the internet produces plenty; here is a summary of the science from 55 references. Studies show between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of sexuality is genetic, thus mostly inherited. ...

  7. Letters

    Posted Aug 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for regulating them and the calculations of floor area in the secondary market? Jason Sylvester, Wan Chai No scientific proof of genetic origin In the letter ('Uphill fight against intolerance', August 21) Dr Anthony Chan said, 'It has been scientifically proven that homosexuality and bisexuality are the products of genetics.' I haven't seen such proof. Nor has ...

  8. A leap, but heart drug for blacks rekindles race row

    Posted Jun 12th 2005, 12:00am by Jacqui Goddard

    ... Jacqui Goddard in Miami Scientists have developed the world's first race-specific medicine, reawakening a controversy over race and genetic makeup. BiDil, a drug combination ... Administration for approval this week, BiDil is further proof that skin colour is a factor in human genetic makeup, NitroMed argues. 'There has been a lot of controversy, but we know we have to take ...

  9. Disorder in the house

    Posted Oct 25th 2003, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... like paradise and it's adolescence that's the problem. In the age of genetic engineering, I am all for a bit of gene-tinkering. What stressed-out parents really need is some sort ...

  10. When perfectionism can spell disaster

    Posted Feb 27th 2006, 12:00am by Suzanne Harrison

    ... that eating disorders can also have strong genetic influences. For example, women who have a mother or sister with a history of anorexia are at elevated risk of both anorexia and bulimia.- A study ...




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