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  1. Ugly side of 'beauty package' tourism

    Posted Jan 09th 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng, Lilian Goh

    ... for cosmetic surgery and engaged a former Miss Hong Kong as its ambassador. Other operators are offering increasingly popular tours to areas such as Thailand for low-cost cosmetic surgery of all types. ... Edmund Chan Cho-kwan, said Hong Kong people's acceptance of cosmetic surgery had increased in recent years. But he urged people not to pursue the trend blindly. 'People do not know much ...

  2. Hit middlemen in birth trade hard

    Posted Feb 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a month into the auspicious year of the dragon, maternity services at our private hospitals are booked to October and beyond, as are public hospital quotas for non-local mothers. As a result, ... birth. All along, however, the authorities have had the administrative powers to crack down on a potentially dangerous situation and meet public concerns. The villains of this situation ...

  3. Deliver us from greed when giving birth

    Posted Dec 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... care packages. This stemmed from a council finding that the costs of such packages have jumped by almost 50 per cent in the past 18 months. The council has received 26 complaints this year over ... if you stay in a single room instead of the general ward, though he performs the same service. HK$40,000 seems to be the going rate for a client in a single room, assuming the natural birth goes ...

  4. Union Hospital puts curbs on mainlanders giving birth

    Posted May 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that others can follow. From next year, the Union Hospital will ban what it terms high-risk births- including multiple births- while cutting its overall quota for mainland women by 10 per cent. ... 20 per cent of all privatehospital births in Hong Kong. Last year, about 7,600 babies were born in the hospital, 4,000 to mainland mothers. The hospital will maintain the total number ...

  5. Premature birth rate hits 10pc on mainland

    Posted Apr 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... and some are suffering from stress.' Today as many as two million of the mainland's 20 million births every year are estimated to be premature, according to Dr Chen Chao, director ... Alice Yan Probably 10 per cent of all births on the mainland today are premature, and one of the nation's top paediatricians blames 'social progress' for the rise ...

  6. New safety code for private births

    Posted Sep 18th 2008, 12:00am by Ella Lee

    ... this month to Hong Kong's 12 private hospitals for consultation- come after two maternal deaths at the facilities this year. 'Hong Kong's maternal mortality is always one of the lowest in the world, even one case a year is too many,' Dr Tam said. Under the code, private hospitals would have to make a doctor- either a general practitioner or a specialist- available to attend ...

  7. Parents rush births for school deadlines

    Posted Sep 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Since the introduction of the one-child policy more than 20 years ago, mainland parents have been exerting pressure on their children to perform well academically. Now, some are going to the extraordinary length of hurrying up their child's birth to ensure they can attend school sooner. Mainland hospitals have reported a surge in the number of Caesarean births over the past few weeks. ...

  8. Surgeons see rush for 12-12-12 babies

    Posted Mar 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Private doctors expect to be fully booked for Caesarean sections on December 12 this year- or 12/12/12, the last triple such date of the century and a day some couples consider lucky or auspicious. But doctors advise against opting for a Caesarean section over a natural birth just for the sake of choosing the baby's birthday. They say there is still ...

  9. Stand by me

    Posted Mar 27th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and because more women give birth in hospital than at home- continuous support during labour has become the exception rather than routine. Experts say this may contribute to the dehumanisation of women's birth experiences. In a systematic review published in the Cochrane Library last year, a research team from the University of Toronto's faculty of nursing analysed data from 21 trials ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - MEDICINE

    The fight to diagnose mitochondrial disease in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 18th 2013, 12:00am by LO WEI

    ... living in darkness The disease that left Cheng Kwan-yee paralysed since birth was finally identified when she was 17. Due to her illness, the teenager, now 18 years old, has never talked, walked, fed herself or performed the most routine of daily activities on her own. Her family had waited three years for a diagnosis. During that time, doctors sent her tissue samples overseas- ...




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