Cancer victims get new drugs subsidies

About 1,000 cancer patients will get access to expensive new drugs they cannot now afford under a government subsidy scheme to be launched next month.

Thursday, 28 July, 2011, 12:00am


Look of the week

Hello petal!

Girl it up by wearing romantic floral prints in flowy materials. If girly isn't your thing, toughen up the look by adding black boots, Converse, a leather jacket, skinny jeans ... let your imagination go crazy.


13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Acidity may help us fight diseases

Local scientists have discovered a new reason why our bodily processes might malfunction, opening the door to a new way to tackle cancer and diseases of the immune system.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Coming to terms with the two big Cs - cancer and China

There is a scene in The Foremost Good Fortune, Susan Conley's memoir about China, cancer and bringing up children, that best summarises the book. Conley is recovering in a hospital in Beijing from lumpectomy surgery. She has just been diagnosed with breast cancer. Next door a small seven-year-old Chinese boy is screaming in his own private pain, surrounded by concerned family.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Health Bites

An apple a day keeps muscles OK

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

No plan to study 'cancer phones'

Neither the Food and Health Bureau nor the Health Department has looked into potential health risks from mobile phones, and they have no plans to do so, despite a new report that radio waves from the phones may cause brain cancer.

Telecoms watchdog Ofta also declined to launch any such research, saying it is the department's job.

4 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mobile users not alarmed by scare

Hongkongers say they cannot and will not stop using their mobile phones, despite a new World Health Organisation report linking the devices to cancer.

Recruitment manager Rico Lorenzana, 34, said it was near impossible for Hongkongers to stop or even reduce their dependency on mobile phones.

2 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cancer care assistant scheme is extended to two more hospitals

A pilot programme that gives cancer patients in public hospitals access to a personal assistant to assist them through the consultation process is being extended.

In the past, patients had to attend consultations in different departments and wait for weeks in between.

During this time, they would have no one to turn to for medical advice.

23 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Microwave technology tackles liver cancer

A new way to treat liver cancer - using microwaves to cook the affected cells - has been introduced at Queen Mary Hospital by Chinese University. It is the first time the US-developed technology has been used in Asia. It uses a probe to heat cell in the same way as a microwave oven cooks food.

31 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

It's this moment that counts

'Nothing is forever'. I read this phrase in a novel and I loved it. I had mixed feelings when I saw the phrase - it's complicated but it's so true.

1 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Breast cancer rates soaring in Shanghai

Shanghai may be the mainland's most dynamic and cosmopolitan city, but it also has the highest breast cancer rate. About 4,000 women a year in the city develop the disease.

10 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Ningxia records first mainland cases of drug-resistant superbug from India

Infections with a drug-resistant superbug from India have been found on the mainland for the first time.

Three people were found to be infected with a bacteria carrying the NDM-1 enzyme, which makes it resistant to nearly every antibiotic.

Two of of those infected, both babies, recovered, but the other died of lung cancer.

27 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

notes from the dorm

I had my 'O-Week' (freshman week) late last month and whoever said Canadians don't party hard obviously had not been to the University of Western Ontario.

5 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Let's hope African joy trumps commercialisation of soccer

The debate over how much local people and not just developers benefit from large events like the Beijing Olympics and the World Expo in Shanghai has now rolled on to the World Cup in South Africa.

29 May 2010 - 12:00am

If you've got the talent, they want to jam with you

She has already started about a dozen choir groups in town. Now Bethan Greaves (left) is working on music bands. The founder of the Kassia Women's Choir, Youth Choir, Men's Choir and the Soho Voices is encouraging folks with a rusty trombone or trumpet in their storage cabinets to polish off their brass and sound off once more.

8 Apr 2010 - 12:00am