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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Slimming pills from internet may harm mental health: poisons centre

    Posted Jan 02nd 2014, 02:58am by Emily Tsang

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Poisons centre warns women that buying drugs on the internet could be dangerous Slimming pills harm mental health Women who set out to shed a few kilos ... and banned chemicals that could cause hallucinations or palpitations, the Poison Information Centre warned. At least 58 women were treated for psychiatric or heart problems after taking slimming ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1395194/slimming-pills-internet-may-harm-mental-health-poisons-centre
  2. Lifestyle - Health

    Anti-anxiety apps offer a cure for depression, but do they work?

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 09:21am by David Wilson

    ... and evidence is strong that video games, and almost everything else we do rewires our brains," he says. Ofer Leidner, the co-founder of Happify and a technology-trained economist, began exploring ...

    http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1554086/anti-anxiety-apps-offer-cure-depression-do-they-work
  3. News - Asia - VIETNAM

    ‘It’s sweeter and tenderer than dog meat’: Vietnam’s taste for cat leaves pets in peril

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 11:50am

    ... unlike dog meat which is eaten at the end. On a busy day, the restaurant can serve around 100 clients. “I know in the United States and Britain they don’t eat cat. But here we do,” Nguyen Dinh ... everything we could to stay alive,” he said. “Insects, dogs, cats, even rats... It became a habit.” Bau, 63, decided to become a vet after his pet dog saved him from a poisonous snake when he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1561037/its-sweeter-and-tenderer-dog-meat-vietnams-taste-cat-leaves-pets-peril
  4. News - Asia - DEFENCE

    Japan's military shift is 'what an ally should naturally do', defence minister says

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by AFP, KYODO

    ... military shift 'what ally should do' Japan's new policy on military action would allow its forces to come to the aid of a US naval ship under attack, Tokyo's defence minister ... an ally should naturally do", he said through an interpreter. "That's how this change in policy should be understood." Onodera said the change approved by Prime Minister Shinzo ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552940/japans-military-shift-what-ally-should-naturally-do-defence-minister-says
  5. News - China - HEALTH

    Paint factory in Hunan town closed after state media reports 300 children suffer lead poisoning

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:02am by STEPHEN CHEN

    ... lead poisoning claims A paint factory in Hunan province, which residents blame for lead poisoning in more than 300 children, has been shut following a state media report on Saturday, according ... … [they] put pencils in their mouth and bite, which can also lead to lead poisoning." Higher authorities summoned Su to an "emergency meeting" yesterday, and he was likely to face ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1533561/paint-factory-hunan-town-closed-after-state-media-reports-300-children
  6. News - China

    Party scolds official for blaming lead poisoning of 300 children on 'chewing pencils'

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:14pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing A Chinese government official was ridiculed by the Communist Party today after saying lead poisoning in more than 300 children could be due to them chewing ... people – including 53 children fell ill with lead poisoning. US battery maker Johnson Controls was in 2012 blamed for lead pollution in the commercial hub of Shanghai, after 49 children were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1534019/communist-party-scolds-official-blaming-300-childrens-lead-poisoning
  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Why do FedEx vans routinely park illegally in Tsim Sha Tsui?

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 01:28am by Howard Winn

    ... is ticketed. The van serves as a cheap mobile office. It's so much cheaper than renting a shop, as other couriers do. The only cost is the occasional ticket, which at HK$320 a pop is hardly going ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1551476/why-do-fedex-vans-routinely-park-illegally-tsim-sha-tsui
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - FOREIGN EXCHANGE

    How do rich Chinese elude foreign exchange laws to move their money abroad? Take your pick of ways

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 11:55pm by Keira Lu Huang

    ... account. However, these underground money changers usually only do business with people they know. Immigration agencies may help introduce them. Private banking Banks on the mainland help ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1551510/how-elude-chinese-foreign-exchange-laws-take-your-pick-ways
  9. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 10, 2014

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 04:51am by LETTERS

    ... guilty of attempting to poison dogs. I do not understand why people do this. After all, the dogs are well looked after by their owners and do not deserve this fate. Anyone with an ounce ... such as providing more housing. Suen Hoi-ken, Kowloon Tong   Courts must get tough with dog poisoners Poisoning of dogs is a common occurrence in Hong Kong. Over the last decade, many dogs have been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/letters/article/1528951/letters-editor-june-10-2014
  10. News - Hong Kong - FOOD SAFETY

    19 diners suffer ciguatera fish poisoning on Lamma Island

    Posted Jun 12th 2013, 11:24am by Ernest Kao

    ... Health authorities are launching an investigation into food poisoning case in which 19 people fell ill after eating coral reef fish at a Lamma Island eatery on Saturday. Fourteen men and five women, aged 23 to 71, had eaten fish at the seafood restaurant, and had fallen ill with symptoms of the potentially lethal ciguatera poisoning three to 19 hours later, the Centre ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1258995/diners-fall-ill-ciguatera-fish-poisoning-lamma-island

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