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  1. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Study planned to clear up uncertainties about use of e-cigarettes

    Posted Oct 23rd 2014, 04:48am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... complaints about e-cigarettes, with one resulting in a conviction for the illegal sale of products containing nicotine. The possession or sale of unregistered e-cigarettes containing nicotine can result in a HK$100,000 fine and two years' imprisonment. Health services legislator Joseph Lee Kok-long called for a check by the government to examine the content and safety of e-cigarettes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1622336/study-planned-clear-uncertainties-about-use-e-cigarettes
  2. News - World - HEALTH

    Exposure to traffic pollution during pregnancy weakens unborn babies' lungs

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:19am by AFP

    ... social class. But levels of exposure to traffic pollution in the first year of life made no difference to lung strength, the inquiry found. The results "suggest that exposure ... Even so, "the findings should be taken very seriously by policymakers", Shaheen said. "The results suggest more needs to be done to reduce air pollution to improve public health, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1621398/exposure-traffic-pollution-during-pregnancy-weakens-unborn-babies-lungs
  3. News - World - HEALTH

    Jet lag can make you fat, thanks to bacteria disturbed by travel

    Posted Oct 19th 2014, 06:39am by WASHPOST

    ... living organisms, including bacteria in the body, have biological clocks that can get thrown out of sync by international travel. In humans, the result is jet lag. But at the microbial level, the result could be a gut full of the wrong kinds of bacteria- including species that promote obesity. Researchers looked at the microbiome, or bacterial populations, in rodent and human subjects. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1619503/jet-lag-can-make-you-fat-thanks-bacteria-disturbed-travel
  4. News - World - HEALTH

    Binge drinking a factor in shock 40pc rise in liver disease deaths in England

    Posted Oct 22nd 2014, 05:19am by AFP

    ... disease are rising, as drinking has gone down in other parts of Europe. "These results were far more shocking than I imagine," said Julia Verne, who is head of liver disease at Public ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1621397/binge-drinking-factor-shock-40pc-rise-liver-disease-deaths-england
  5. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    Air pollution slows growth of children's lungs, says UK study

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 05:31am by ELIZABETH CHEUNG

    ... of a smaller lung was lifelong and could "contribute to the development of chronic lung diseases such as asthma". Studies in Hong Kong have found similar results. Dr Alfred Tam Yat-cheung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1610186/air-pollution-slows-growth-childrens-lungs-says-uk-study
  6. News - World - HEALTH

    Big US soft-drink firms pledge to cut calorie count and container sizes over the next decade

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 11:16pm by WASHINGTON POST

    ... a soft-drinks tax that ultimately failed. And in San Francisco, a tax on sugary drinks will be voted on in November. A national tax, however unlikely, was proposed last month by Democratic Congresswoman ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1599824/big-us-soft-drink-firms-pledge-cut-calorie-count-and-container-sizes-over
  7. News - World - HEALTH

    US study shows how pregnancy can increase risk of flu complications

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:08pm by MCT

    ... in pregnant flu patients, and this is what makes the women ill. The results, published online on Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to new ways to combat ... and principal investigator. "The only person on the research team who was not surprised by this result is our obstetrician, who takes care of all these flu patients." Researchers looked at two ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598911/us-study-shows-how-pregnancy-can-increase-risk-flu-complications
  8. News - World - HEALTH

    Dry roasting to blame for peanut allergies, research suggests

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 09:42pm by MCT

    ... further work has been carried out to confirm this result". He said that the researchers were looking for ways to eliminate the chemical changes that seemed to make dry-roasted peanuts more ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1598908/dry-roasting-blame-peanut-allergies-research-suggests
  9. News - China - HEALTH

    'You can even tailor your baby's sex': Inside an illicit Beijing surrogacy firm

    Posted Sep 23rd 2014, 07:11pm by Nectar Gan

    ... – worth 1.4 million yuan – which promises parents they will have a baby no matter how many procedures fail. The agreement also says that if the surrogate mothers become infertile as a result ... the mainland’s biggest search engine, generates about two million results, including companies located in second- and third- tier cities, both coastal and inland. ”Surrogacy is the same as doing ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1598817/you-can-even-tailor-your-babys-sex-inside-illegal-beijing-surrogacy-firm
  10. News - Hong Kong - HEALTH

    New treatment gives liver patients hope

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 04:00am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... options to treat liver cancer because both ethanol and lipiodol are easily available substances, Yu said. The procedure was performed on 48 patients from 2007 to 2012, and its results were ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1598985/new-treatment-gives-liver-patients-hope

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