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  1. Officer's death ruled misadventure

    Posted Nov 13th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A coroner determined that the death of an immigration officer who experienced pain and rectal discharge and vomited weeks after a haemorrhoid procedure at St Teresa's Hospital was caused by misadventure. Kwok Chan-fan, 36, died on March 19 last year after he underwent a procedure called rubber-band ligation in a bid to heal his haemmorhoids, which had led ...

  2. Man took ketamine from friend at court

    Posted Jun 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A man who took a packet of ketamine from a friend inside a court building where the friend was to appear on drug charges was convicted yesterday. Kwok Hoi-fung, 24, pleaded guilty in Sha Tin Court to one count of possessing the drug and another of possessing other people's identity cards. Magistrate Eda Loh Lai-kuen adjourned the case to June 17 for sentencing. ...

  3. Teacher's feelings made girl's mother suspicious

    Posted May 12th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The mother of a girl with whom a primary school teacher is accused of having sex said she grew suspicious after the teacher called her saying he and her daughter had developed ... X to continue, the mother said: 'That's why, in this thing, I also feel very personally responsible.' The woman was testifying at the High Court before Madam Justice Maggie Poon Man ...

  4. Microbiologist backs pathologists over children's deaths

    Posted Jan 14th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man A microbiologist has agreed with pathologists at an inquest into the deaths of three children who died with flu-like symptoms, including one expert who said the flu indirectly killed a child. The deaths of Or Ho-yeung, two, Ho Po-yi, three, and Law Ho-ming, seven, within weeks of each other, led schools citywide to shut in March last year. University of Hong Kong ...

  5. Double bout of flu killed boy, 7, inquest told

    Posted Jan 13th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man The immune system of a boy who died in March could have been weakened by flu, making him more susceptible when he contracted a second strain a week later, an inquest heard yesterday. Law Ho-ming died age seven on March 11 of an acute brain inflammation, weeks after the death of two other children, aged two and three, who also experienced flu-like symptoms. ...

  6. Open verdict over HKU student's death

    Posted Dec 18th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man An inquest jury ruled yesterday that a university student found unconscious in a shower had died of a lack of oxygen to the brain, but it could not determine how that happened. The jury found 18-year-old University of Hong Kong student Zhang Jingwen died of cerebral hypoxia. But it delivered an open verdict with the jury split 3-2. They said the reason was unknown ...

  7. Gluten linked to many allergies, study shows

    Posted Aug 13th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Gluten has become one of the main food ingredients causing allergic reactions in Hongkongers, a study has found. Gluten, a protein commonly found in bread and cereal, ranked fifth among foods causing allergic reactions in 2006, but moved up to third this year, a survey by diagnostic test company HK Bio Tek found. Nineteen per cent of respondents reported having ...

  8. Banks for umbilical cord blood see deposits grow

    Posted Jul 29th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Despite debate over whether umbilical cord stem cells can be used to treat diseases, Hong Kong's three storage banks are reporting high growth rates as parents opt for insurance on future cures. CordLife's clientele doubled, and Cryolife and HealthBaby Biotech saw 50 per cent year-on-year growth as of the end of last month, taking the total number of people ...

  9. Social misunderstanding adds to sufferers' plight

    Posted Jul 18th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man When she was 17, Fanny Chung's hands started to shake uncontrollably, but her doctor told her it could not be Parkinson's disease. 'You're so young,' she recalled him saying. It was not until she was 28 that she was diagnosed with the genetic form of the disease - when it was discovered in her sister, who was then 39. Now 49 and 60, they have lived ...

  10. Exercise, but only in moderation, cuts risk of death from flu

    Posted May 10th 2008, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... Joyce Man Exercise - but not too much of it - can reduce the risk of dying from flu- related causes, researchers say. A University of Hong Kong study found that people who exercise up to three times a week are less likely to die from the illness. But those who exercise more often than that have almost the same risk as those who do not exercise at all. Those who exercise between ...




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