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.

New rules will help keep beauty treatments safe

Doctors are to be banned from carrying out high-risk medical procedures in beauty salons or other private premises without the approval of the Department of Health.

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.

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Ban on risky surgery at beauty salons after death of therapy patient

The panel is one of four set up under a steering committee led by health minister Dr Ko Wing-man to look into private health care since the death of Chan Yuen-lam after treatment at a DR beauty centre in Causeway Bay. Photo: Edward Wong

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.

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Beauty centre customers carry on despite risks

Posters of beauty centres in Hong Kong. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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.

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Beauty industry in crisis in Hong Kong

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Generations of women have tried to defy the ageing process.

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Briefs, October 28, 2012

Manslaughter part of probe into beauty case

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Who said it?

U.S. President Barack Obama.

We also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military's changed

U.S. President Barack Obama responds to Mitt Romney's claim that the U.S. Navy is smaller than it was in 1917


Our family feels torn apart

Mr Yeung, whose wife Chan Yuen-lam died after undergoing a high-risk beauty treatment


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Dead women's husband accuses beauty chain of treating her badly

Ms Yeung, daughter of Chan Yuen-lam, who died after she got a beauty treatment, discusses her mother's death. Photo: Sam Tsang

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.

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Leasing nightmare on Causeway Bay street

Business continues at DR Beauty's outlet in Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay but other tenants might be wary of renting the premises when the lease expires. Photo: May Tse

What do you think really scares property buyers and tenants most? If you think it's sky-high asking prices or exorbitant rents you'd be wrong.

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Beauty industry can't self-regulate; new laws needed

A staff at DR Esthetic Center Ltd beauty centre in Causeway Bay grabs their client as media surrounded the centre. Beauty treatment blunders at the beauty clinic have left three women in critical condition in hospital.

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.

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Talking points

James Bond memorabilia exhibition opens at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay.

Exhibition marks 50 years of Bond movies

An exhibition of more than 100 items of James Bond memorabilia opens at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of the first film based on Ian Fleming's spy novels, Dr. No.


Briefing on high-risk medical procedures

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Beauty clinic guidelines will have some legal force, minister says

Dr Ko Wing-man, Secretary for Food and Health

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.

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Head of DR Beauty chain questioned by police after transfusion death

Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing was questioned by detectives.

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.

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Victim's relative accuses DR beauty chain of being 'irresponsible'

The DR centre has been accused of being irresponsible and making no effort to contact the victims. Photo: May Tse

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.

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Beauty industry to draft guidelines on best practice

The DR Esthetic Centre in Yee Wo Street, Causeway Bay, open as usual yesterday. Photo: Nora Tam

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.

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Better standards needed for Hong Kong beauty and cosmetic industries

Better standards needed for Hong Kong beauty and cosmetic industries

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.

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