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Antibiotics can cure chronic lower back pain, say Danish scientists

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

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

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

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

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

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

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