Blood therapy

One woman died and three were critically ill after paying HK$50,000 in October 2012 for "anti-cancer" blood transfusion therapy at a beauty centre. In the procedure, blood is drawn from the patient, then processed to harvest the "cytokine-induced killer cells", or CIK, found in the white blood cells. The CIK cells are multiplied in a culture solution and injected into the patient along with their own blood after two weeks. The founder of the DR beauty company that carried out the treatment, Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, has admitted there was no evidence the treatment worked.

Women walk past an advertisement of beauty centre on the street in Causeway Bay. Consumer Council has urged the government to regulate beauty treatment requiring medical procedures. Photo: Paul Yeung

Legco needs to act on the beauty industry

Yet another serious medical incident has occurred in a beauty parlour, while Hong Kong follows the manslaughter trial of two doctors and a technician over the

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