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.
Medical entrepreneurship poses new problems for the profession, which dislikes regulation, and for the government, which likes to focus regulation on the public hospital environment and otherwise keep the doctor-patient relationship at arms length, under professional self-regulation. As a result, according to one member of a Food and Health Bureau working group panel set up to investigate medical regulation, there is nothing to define what procedures a doctor can perform outside a hospital.Friday, 8 May, 2015, 10:02am
Doctors are to be banned from carrying out high-risk medical procedures in beauty salons or other private premises without Department of Health approval, the Post has learned.
The changes come after one woman died and three others suffered serious injuries following blood-transfusion therapy at a beauty clinic in 2012.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
While beauty centres have seen clients stay away in droves since the death of a patient in October, thousands of Hong Kong women still pay for beauty treatments - despite the risks.
One woman who agreed to share her experience said she would continue to use beauty centres.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
Generations of women have tried to defy the ageing process.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
Manslaughter part of probe into beauty case8 May 2015 - 10:02am
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Mr Yeung, whose wife Chan Yuen-lam died after undergoing a high-risk beauty treatment
8 May 2015 - 10:02am
A man whose wife died after undergoing a high-risk beauty procedure said he had no idea she had received the treatment and accused the salon operator of treating her like a guinea pig.
He wanted to know how she had been persuaded to pay for such treatment, which went against her usual nature.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
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Having been heavily criticised for dragging its feet, the government has finally launched a review of the need to regulate high-risk medical procedures performed by beauty parlours. This came after "therapeutic treatment" killed a woman and made three others ill. This is not the first time legislation has been called for.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
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Briefing on high-risk medical procedures8 May 2015 - 10:02am
Guidelines for the beauty industry to be drawn up by a government committee after four women fell dangerously ill following blood transfusions would have "certain functions in law enforcement" even though they were not legally binding, the health minister said yesterday.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
The boss of a chain of beauty clinics was questioned by detectives yesterday after high-risk blood transfusions left one woman dead and three in hospital.
Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, head of DR Beauty, was seen entering police headquarters in Admiralty early yesterday accompanied by two men.
He left the headquarters in a seven-seater vehicle more than an hour later.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
A relative of one of the women who fell seriously ill last week after a “beauty therapy” accused the DR centre of being irresponsible and making no effort to contact the victims.
A man, who would only give his name as Mr Leung, said he was related to the woman who was in a serious condition at Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
Beauty salons will draft guidelines to regain the trust of consumers after "high-risk" treatments that left one woman dead and three ill in hospital.8 May 2015 - 10:02am
Poets and philosophers have long pondered the nature of beauty. Now medical politicians aspire to enter the discussion with a proposal to explore more regulation of the "beauty" industry. The problem is that there is no clear understanding of what does and what does not constitute a "beauty" treatment.8 May 2015 - 10:02am