Autoimmune Diseases

Short Science, March 10, 2013

Canada exports the skin, teeth and paws of polar bears. Photo: AFP

Russian scientists believe they have found a new type of bacteria in the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May last year contained a bacteria, which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 2:53am

I've got you under my skin

Treating skin cancer and skin conditions could soon be as simple as slathering on moisturiser. In a ground-breaking study published online yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois show the use of commercial moisturisers to deliver gene regulation technology.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

The WOW factor

Catering to men's sensitive side

26 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Subsidies to slash massive drug bills

Three drugs that can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year will be given special listing, slashing their cost for thousands of patients.

The Hospital Authority said yesterday the money would come from the extra HK$230 million allocated for medicine subsidies in the 2012-2013 budget.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Winter's wrath

The chilly weather might be perfect for indulging in hotpots and hot toddies, but Hong Kong's cool, dry winter is no treat for your skin. Dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea can be aggravated by seasonal conditions. Here's a guide to the most common ailments - and how to give your skin care regimen the boost it needs.

Dry skin

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

They drink, they shoot, they score

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Baffling condition enough to make your toes curl

The Richardsons (whose real name has been withheld for patient confidentiality reasons) had been awaiting their beach holiday in Thailand for weeks. With powder-white beaches and azure seas, the family of three looked forward to a week of fun and relaxation with friends.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

'Hot spots' can lead to a host of summer skin problems for dogs

Chances are that if you wore a fur coat all summer in Hong Kong your skin would get hot, sweaty and itchy. For dogs that leave the confines of an air-conditioned apartment, summer can bring a host of skin problems.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Study contents to arrest rise in gluten sensitivity

Reading product labels while shopping is increasingly common as we become more aware of certain chemicals and preservatives in food that can cause allergies or other illnesses.

There are an increasing number of products on our supermarket shelves that read 'gluten free' and, according to medical studies in the United States, gluten sensitivity is on the rise.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

MS patients in wheelchairs for lack of drug

Multiple sclerosis patients are ending up in wheelchairs unnecessarily because they cannot afford a drug that could help them lead a normal life.

More than half of the 300 Hongkongers who have the rare disorder of the nervous system are unable to pay the HK$8,000 a month needed for treatment with interferon, a survey has found.

22 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Metal fatigue

The metal element is represented in a home by metallic objects and the colours white, gold and silver. Pure metals such as iron and copper will be more effective than alloys such as steel and brass.

8 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Cold cases

If humidity and exposure to the sun's rays bring one set of problems for your complexion, cold winds and drier air bring another.

15 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Dermatologist doubts safety of treatment

Although people give generally positive feedback about the procedure, skin experts are less convinced.

Sunday Young Post columnist and dermatologist Dr Leung Sze-kee accepts that the fish may help with diseases such as psoriasis, but says the relief is temporary.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Diet could be hard to stomach for some

If you're not suffering from coeliac disease but want to go gluten-free, it might be wise to consider the latest research on gluten-free diets.

A study by the Spanish National Research Council in Valencia found that a gluten-free diet can reduce the level of good bacteria in the gut, leading to a weakened immune function.

19 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Pig stem cells offer transplant hope

15 Jun 2009 - 12:00am