Blood donors told they have rare bug

Regular donor Mr Chiu (left) was 'very shocked' when Red Cross doctor Lee Cheuk-kwong gave him the news. Photo: Felix Wong

Nine blood donors have received unwelcome news after giving blood to the Red Cross: they carry a rare bug that puts them at risk of colorectal cancer.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am 2 comments

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

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.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

A naked woman's body was found yesterday beneath a Cotai Water Jet ferry just off West Kowloon. A staff member on the catamaran called police at about 8am telling them a human leg was being sucked into the vessel's engine. 

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

The Chinese milk scandal: Why did some children die and some live?

A toddler in drinks a milk drink on a Beijing street, January 13, 2009, just months after a tainted milk scandal rocked the country. Photo: EPA

Scientists have found a bacteria living in the gut that makes melamine more toxic – a finding that could explain why some children in China died and others lived after drinking milk tainted with the chemical in 2008.

15 Feb 2013 - 12:37am

No new cases of superbug VRE, says Caritas Medical Centre

Caritas Medical Centre

The Caritas Medical Centre had been battling to rid its wards of VRE, or vancomycin-resistant enterococci. It had found more than 100 carriers of the superbug.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Shanghai researchers discover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance

Shanghai researchers discover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance

The over-prescription of antibiotics is widely blamed for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria worldwide, and the mainland is one of the worst offenders - per capita consumption of the drugs was 138 grams a year in 2011, a survey by Peking University found. That's 10 times the global average, Xinhua reported in December, citing the State Food and Drug Administration.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

Graphic: SMP

More than once last year, researchers described leaps in medical science that were so breathtaking, and held so much potential for patients, that they immediately joined the list of fields to watch in the year ahead. In most cases, the work was, and is, at an early stage and its success far from certain. But some may go down in history for transforming how medicine is done.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

New fish bacteria named after Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned another accolade, with a new bacteria named after the city.

Streptococcus hongkongensis was discovered when a worker at one of the city's fish stalls cut his thumb on a fish fin.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Shanghai researchers identify bacteria linked to obesity

Mainland researchers have identified a bacteria which may cause obesity.

A new paper suggests diets that alter the presence of microbes in humans could combat the condition.

Researchers in Shanghai found that mice bred to be resistant to obesity even when fed high-fat foods became excessively overweight when injected with a kind of human bacteria and subjected to a rich diet.

20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am

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

Case History: Rise of the superbugs

Illustration: Angela Ho

Madam Thila's health worsened dramatically after a fall at home. It left Thila (whose name has been changed for patient confidentiality reasons) with acute subdural haematoma, or bleeding in the brain, a potentially fatal condition where blood fills the skull cavity, pressing on the brain.

9 Oct 2012 - 9:44am

Nutrition: coconut oil could combat tooth decay

With chemical additives in personal care products causing increasing concern, new research unveiling a natural antibiotic for oral health couldn't have come at a better time. Digested coconut oil is able to attack bacteria that cause tooth decay, a team from the Athlone Institute of Technology has found.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Haste 'didn't cause bug' at government HQ

Hong Kong's health chief has dismissed suggestions that the rush to finish building the government headquarters in Admiralty last year could have played a part in the recent bacterial contamination there.

5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am



About 4 billion years ago, the first life to appear on Earth was very simple. The first living things on our planet were tiny, single-celled organisms. Scientists have a special word for this kind of life: prokaryotes (pro-KAR-ee-yo-tees). Many of these are bacteria.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am