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  1. Health bites

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the healthful antioxidant substances called polyphenols than fruits and vegetables. Speaking at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in California, lead researcher Joe Vinson said: 'Popcorn ... for people living alone than for those in a family or any other social group, new research in the journal BMC Public Health shows. The study tracked 3,500 men and women of working age in Finland ...

  2. Chicken flock given clean bill of health after flu tests

    Posted Dec 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... to be free of deadly virus. Food and Health Secretary Dr York Chow Yat-ngok, however, urged Hongkongers not to lower their guard even as another wild bird tested positive for the disease. The city ... They collected 180 samples from live chickens at the market and 900 more at local farms, Chow said. 'All the samples tested negative,' Chow said, and mainland health officials had also reported ...

  3. Health staff need shots to avoid them spreading flu

    Posted Oct 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hazel Parry Health care workers should be targeted more thoroughly in Hong Kong's vaccination programmes because of their low vaccination rate in previous years, Dr Alvin Chan Yee-shing says. Department of Health figures show the uptake of the vaccine among public sector health care workers dropped from 44,000 in 2009-10 to 24,000 in 2010-11, even though they were ...

  4. Margaret Chan- Director-general, World Health Organisation

    Posted Oct 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Nora Tong Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun is all too aware that the world can't be changed overnight. 'Working in public health means constantly working for co-ordination and collaboration across all sectors of society with a broad range of stakeholders,' says Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the first Chinese to run a United Nations ...

  5. Health Bites

    Posted Aug 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Don't drink the water Researchers in Spain have found potentially harmful haloacetic acids (HAAs) in the urine of swimmers within 30 minutes after exposure to chlorinated water, where the acids form as a byproduct ...

  6. Health Bites

    Posted Jul 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... fitness and long-term health. So, walk down the hall and speak to a colleague instead of sending an e-mail or chatting online. Jab for junior Babies born to mothers who get flu shots while ...

  7. Health authorities deny covering up tick disease deaths

    Posted Sep 11th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Zhuang Pinghui Mainland health authorities have shrugged off media accusations that a cover-up of a mysterious tick-borne disease has led to deaths and panic in Henan, saying they have ... and allowed the disease to spread. Only after recent media reports did Henan's health department admit that 18 people have died out of 557 reported cases of suspected human granulocytic ...

  8. Health chiefs on alert for new superbugs

    Posted Aug 20th 2010, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Health authorities are on full alert for new strains of drug-resistant superbugs in expectation of more cases in the city. The Centre for Health Protection will remind all public ... to hospital in India. Tsang said India, Pakistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Australia had all reported cases. The World Health Organisation was trying to determine if there had ...

  9. Health official's reply does little to allay fears of flu preparedness

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... I am disappointed by the letter from Thomas Chung of the Department of Health ('City prepared for any swine flu pandemic', December 9) responding to my letter ('Hong Kong is ill-prepared for new form of swine flu virus', December 4). He failed to address the salient points I raised. Dr Chung said Hong Kong has all along responded to pandemics proactively, and yet he ...

  10. Ministry of Health keeps two-pronged strategy on virus

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... Ella Lee Containment and mitigation measures will remain the foundation of the mainland's fight against swine flu because there is a limited supply of the vaccine, the health minister says. Chen Zhu, who was in Hong Kong this week at the World Health Organisation Western Pacific regional conference, said in an interview that more than 100,000 people on the mainland had ...




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