Antibiotics can cure chronic lower back pain, say Danish scientists

Studies show antibiotics can treat chronic lower back pain.

Up to 40 per cent of patients with chronic back pain could be cured with a course of antibiotics rather than surgery, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy of a Nobel prize.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:08am

Lab Report

Lab Report

What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger - that can certainly be said of bacteria.

29 Apr 2013 - 10:10am

From the Experts: collective action and individual choice

From the Experts: collective action and individual choice

The availability of cheap antibiotics has saved many lives, but it has also created a severe public health problem. 

18 Mar 2013 - 10:06am

Chicken scare takes bite out of KFC's reputation

A scare over levels of antibiotics and hormones in chicken products has hit sales at KFC's branches on the mainland. Photo: AP

Yum Brands, the parent company of US fast-food chain KFC, is facing its worst crisis in two decades on the mainland.

The company's vice-chairman apologised to Chinese consumers on Wednesday night after media reports that two of KFC's big suppliers fed chicken excessive amounts of antibiotics and hormones.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:02am

Superbug cases rise fourfold in Hong Kong

Inadequate bacteria-testing equipment in Hong Kong hospitals made it hard for the city to tackle new medical threats.

Cases of the deadly drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 quadrupled in Hong Kong this year, rising from three to 12.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

The New Delhi-Metallo-1 superbug. Photo: SMP

In August, Princess Margaret Hospital reported the second case of the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) Enterobacteriaceae, a lengthy name for a microbe that can simply be called a superbug.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:38am

China Digest, November 2, 2012


Fish die in the thousands

Tens of thousands of fish have died in the Qiupu River in Chizhou since last Friday, the Xinan Evening News reports. Fishermen said they pulled about 20,000kg of dead fish from the river. The local environmental bureau has collected water samples from the river for tests, but the results are still pending.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:48am

Trial at Hong Kong hospital reduces needless issue of strong antibiotics

Trial at Hong Kong hospital reduces needless issue of strong antibiotics

An award-winning pilot project at a public hospital has reduced the "unnecessary" use of powerful "big-gun" antibiotics, a measure that is seen as vital to containing the threat of drug-resistant superbugs.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:05am

Doctor denies drug error

A doctor denied inappropriately prescribing steroids and antibiotics with potentially serious side effects to an elderly flu patient when a Medical Council hearing into his conduct opened yesterday.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Strict stance on antibiotics

The Ministry of Health says it will enforce a strict regulation designed to curb the widespread overuse of antibiotics by doctors and hospitals this year amid concerns of an increase in drug-resistant diseases.

9 May 2012 - 12:00am


Antibiotics have saved countless lives since they were first introduced to the world in the late 1940s. But the overuse of these 'wonder drugs' has led to the increase of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which pose a serious global threat to the treatment of infectious diseases.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City gets tougher on overuse of antibiotics

Beijing's municipal health department will downgrade hospitals that overuse antibiotics, making the capital the first known city to get tough on the rampant abuse of such drugs.

Among the problems of antibiotics overuse are that it leads to the creation of drug-resistant bacteria - so-called superbugs. Overuse could prove globally disastrous for infectious disease control.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fever blamed on antibiotics abuse

The microbiologist whose crucial work helped Hong Kong deflect a series of infectious disease threats says the city's over-reliance on antibiotics is behind the deadly scarlet fever outbreak that has killed two children and made hundreds ill.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Negligent patients fuel the rise of the superbug

The number of patients ignoring instructions when they take antibiotics is causing major concern in Hong Kong as they risk making drug-resistant bugs even more dangerous, pharmacists have warned.

21 May 2011 - 12:00am

30pc given antibiotics in public hospitals

Thirty per cent of patients admitted to public hospitals are given antibiotics, a Hospital Authority audit shows.

A third of these are given two types of antibiotics. And 3 per cent of all patients suffer various kinds of infections after admission.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am