Common Cold

How I became a brew believer

It started like one of his many colds. DS (short for darling son), my almost-four-year-old boy, had a stuffy nose that also leaked like a broken tap.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2011, 12:00am

Good health easy to maintain nowadays

There is a huge variety of diseases in the world. People will suffer if they are not treated. Luckily we have advanced technology and medicine. In the past, patients didn't have access to things that we now take for granted, so many of them died due to insufficient treatment. Modern technology avoids many tragedies.

18 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Recovering from colds and flu

General practitioner Margaret Cheng on how to recover quickly:

1 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Vox Pop

Most people spend at least eight hours a day at work. Naturally, the work environment counts as an important part of the life of the working class. Some people may be happy with conditions, while some may wish for improvements. Classified Post hears the views of people from different sectors of the working world on the issue of the work environment.

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Chilly weather puts 356 elderly people in hospital

The cold snap that began at the weekend has landed 356 elderly people in hospital with ailments brought on or exacerbated by the chill. At least one, a 78-year-old who lived alone, has died.

10 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Staying cool has its own health risks, doctors warn

Cooler rooms come with a higher health risk, doctors say. Conditioners raise germ levels and subject the body to unnatural drops in temperature, which suppress the immune system.

16 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Steam effort: how to fight a cold

If your illness is 'below the neck', get plenty of rest, say general practitioner Sarah Borwein and naturopath Des Gurung. They also suggest:

- Drink plenty of fluids to help reduce fever and loosen secretions (at least eight glasses a day of water or juice; more if suffering a fever). Warm fluids to ease sore throat.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

talk back

Q What can be done to reduce the improper use of antibiotics?

I lived in Hong Kong in the early 1990s for two years.

Whenever I sneezed or coughed, people around me would assume I was getting sick and would tell me to go to a doctor for medicine.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Cold weather stories may be more than just hot air

'Three elderly freeze to death', the Chinese headline screams. 'Two more die from the cold', another reads the next day.

How do newspapers know for sure if anyone dies from the cold when police never confirm a cause of death without a postmortem examination, which is rarely performed if the death is not suspicious?

1 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Know your viruses

Influenza B

Features: More stable than Influenza A because it doesn't change often, so tends not to cause epidemics. Currently, numbers are slowly rising.

Symptoms: Chills, fever, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, throat cough, runny/stuffy nose. Can sometimes cause stomach pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea. Complications can be pneumonia and dehydration.

9 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Foggy rules on medical treatment at shelters

The home affairs chief yesterday defended the management of cold weather shelters following the deaths of two men at a shelter last month. But he gave no concrete assurances that people who fell ill would be given appropriate medical care.

12 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Beating the cold

PEOPLE ARE VERY sensitive to others sneezing or coughing in public places nowadays. But the fact is that every year, from October to May, many of us suffer from colds and flu. Why does the virus keep coming back year after year? Tonight's Body Invader tells us the truth about colds and influenza.

Body Invader - Cold And Flu, TVB Pearl, 9.30 p.m.

9 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


Doctor Margaret Cheng is on hand to answer your queries on the atypical pneumonia outbreak. If you have any questions for her, please e-mail them to More questions will be answered in tomorrow's City section.

Q Can face masks made of gauze be reused after washing?

4 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be epxlained

What is the meaning of the suffix '-stan' found at the end of the names of so many countries? The names of seven countries, all of them Asian, have either the '-stan' or '-istan' suffix. They are: Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

18 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Why do fish that live in the Antarctic Ocean not freeze to death? Since fish are cold-blooded, their bodies are the same temperature as their surroundings. Fish that live in very cold seas, such as the Antarctic Ocean, have adapted to their hostile environment by manufacturing their own anti-freeze.

19 May 1999 - 12:00am