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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Hong Kong sees first case of H9N2 avian flu in four years

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 07:26pm by Lo Wei and Ernest Kao

    ... The rate fell below 1 per cent after the ban. Leung urged the public to avoid contact with live poultry and to practise good personal hygiene. He expects more cases of avian influenza ...

  2. Lifestyle - Health - LAB REPORT

    Lab Report

    Posted Dec 30th 2013, 09:55am by Jeanette Wang

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com High testosterone can mean weakened immune response The very hormone that makes men "macho" has been linked with a poor immune response to an influenza vaccine. Stanford University School of Medicine scientists analysed samples from 53 women and 34 men. They found that the average antibody response to the vaccine mounted by men ...

  3. Lifestyle - Technology - SCIENCE FOCUS

    Learned science journals take an off-beat approach at Christmas

    Posted Dec 22nd 2013, 03:44am by Martin Williams

    ... at regular times of year, and you'll find sober topics like influenza A, stress and cancer and treatment of smokers. But the Christmas edition features "non-traditional" research. Last ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Public hospitals struggling to cope with rush triggered by winter's chill

    Posted Dec 21st 2013, 05:04am by Emily Tsang

    ... Lee Koon-hung said. "The situation is expected to get worse as the peak season of influenza usually falls in the winter between January and March, during which people face an increased ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - BIRD FLU

    H7N9 bird flu has 'unusual' ability to resist antiviral drug Tamiflu: study

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 05:54am by Emily Tsang, Reuters

    ... and becoming resistant to such drugs, the study found the H7N9 strain to be unusual. "When seasonal influenza viruses gain resistance to drugs, it usually happens at a cost to the virus- the cost ... "Usually what we see with influenza, is that resistance … also confers a fitness disadvantage on the virus." Researchers said doctors should be prudent in their use of antiviral medicines ...

  6. Lifestyle - Health - LAB REPORT

    Lab Report

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 10:06am by Jeanette Wang

    ... Jeanette Wang jeanette.wang@scmp.com Bird flu poorly adapted for infecting humans Avian influenza virus H7N9 has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, says a study published last week in the journal Science. The virus has killed 45 people on the mainland since April, the World Health Organisation says. Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    19 isolated after contact with man in Hong Kong's second bird flu case

    Posted Dec 08th 2013, 06:26am by Ada Lee, He Huifeng, Emily Tsang

    ... with the H7N9 virus under treatment; red, those infected with H7N9 who have died; yellow, those who have fully recovered; and pink, those infected other types of the Influenza A virus, including H1N1. ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Deadly bug that killed two children also killed two adults last year: report

    Posted Dec 06th 2013, 04:28am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Dead pair had rare combination of bacteria that killed two children last month and influenza B Fatal bug killed two adults last year: new report A deadly ... reported. The three patients had been afflicted by a rare bacterial combination- Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 3 coupled with influenza B- resulting in their severe conditions, doctors from ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    17 people in isolation amid scare over Hong Kong's first H7N9 bird flu case

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 12:28pm by Emily Tsang, Lo Wei and He Huifeng

    ... of virology, Professor Malik Peiris, said the virus might not be detectable when the strength was low. "The avian influenza virus is found deep in the lungs. The patient's first two samples ...

  10. News - Hong Kong

    Hong Kong reports 1st case of H7N9 bird flu

    Posted Dec 03rd 2013, 11:14am by AP

    ... influenza is most active. Ko said the semiautonomous Chinese city's government would step up its flu pandemic preparedness plan. Infectious diseases are a particular concern in Hong Kong, where ...




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