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
What doesn't kill you only makes you stronger - that can certainly be said of bacteria.29 Apr 2013 - 10:10am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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