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  1. Mandatory options for health funding put aside

    Posted Jan 18th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The government yesterday abandoned its quest to introduce any time soon a 'personal health care reserve' scheme requiring employee contributions, saying ... reserve they could tap after retirement, has until now been the government's preferred solution. Any reforms would, for now, involve voluntary payments, Secretary for Food and Health York ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/667420/mandatory-options-health-funding-put-aside
  2. Too early to switch to mainland bird flu vaccine, says health chief

    Posted Dec 11th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez The health chief says it is too early to decide whether Hong Kong should switch from using a Dutch-made bird flu vaccine to one from the mainland. Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said University of Hong Kong test results on the efficacy of the Dutch vaccine on virus samples taken at four wet markets in June were 'not conclusive'. Hong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/663372/too-early-switch-mainland-bird-flu-vaccine-says-health-chief
  3. Firm develops new mask to guard against disease

    Posted Mar 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... to be effective in hospital settings,' he said. The N95 is the mask recommended for infection prevention by the World Health Organisation and the US Centres for Disease Control. 'There is a need ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671802/firm-develops-new-mask-guard-against-disease
  4. Health risks are small even if melamine has entered food chain, says safety chief

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Ng Kang-chung and Mary Ann Benitez Centre for Food Safety controller Constance Chan Hon-yee yesterday dismissed fears of serious health hazards despite the discovery of melamine in eggs, as the centre prepared to check if other major food products were contaminated. 'At present, there is no research on melamine in eggs. But there are some overseas studies showing that the health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/658027/health-risks-are-small-even-if-melamine-has-entered-food-chain-says-safety-chief
  5. Donor recovering from infection after cross-family liver transplant

    Posted Jan 24th 2009, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... that the woman would need a liver transplant, adding that the infection was 'a normal complication'. Henry Chan Lik-yuen, director of Chinese University's Centre for Liver Health, said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/668037/donor-recovering-infection-after-cross-family-liver-transplant
  6. EV71 infections may surge from October, health centre warns

    Posted Aug 28th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... and mouth incidence peaked from May to July, the Centre for Health Protection said. But surveillance also showed that enteroviruses might be active again from October to December. 'We therefore ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/650600/ev71-infections-may-surge-october-health-centre-warns
  7. Sichuan health care system 'needs 5 years'

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Sichuan might need up to five years to rebuild its health care system after last month's earthquake, a team of experts from the World Health Organisation says. The WHO also urged the mainland to ensure that its hospitals could withstand disasters. The extent of the damage to the province's health care system was still being assessed. Team leader ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642550/sichuan-health-care-system-needs-5-years
  8. Hot weather health alerts stepped up

    Posted Jun 22nd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... hourly public alerts when they reach extreme levels. Health experts warn prolonged exposure to such high levels of UV rays from the Sun can cause severe eye damage. Excessive exposure to sunlight is to blame for 80 per cent of skin cancer cases around the world, the World Health Organisation also says. Hong Kong is the first place in the world at its latitude- 22 15 North- to issue ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/642557/hot-weather-health-alerts-stepped
  9. Infection expert takes private post

    Posted Jun 27th 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez in Macau A top official at the Centre for Health Protection will become the city's first full-time infection control consultant working in the private sector after ... new,' he said. His said his new post would be 'more challenging' because he would be on his own, building a new team. Dr Yung contrasted that with the Hospital Authority and Health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643082/infection-expert-takes-private-post
  10. Travellers 'not at risk' from new TB case

    Posted Jul 03rd 2008, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A migrant with a suspected drug- resistant form of tuberculosis did not pose a risk to fellow passengers who travelled with him last week, the top disease authority said yesterday. The controller of the Centre for Health Protection, Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, also said effective disease surveillance was the most important defence in TB control, amid a second tuberculosis ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/643804/travellers-not-risk-new-tb-case

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