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Developmental Biology

Hong Kong doctors hope stem cell treatment will ease boy's pain

A three-year-old boy abandoned by his mainland parents after being born with an agonising and deadly skin disease is set to undergo a pioneering stem-cell treatment at the Hong Kong hospital where he has lived since birth, the South China Morning Post has learned.

Monday, 13 August, 2012, 7:42am

That's a sheep shot

During the 1980s and '90s, it was all the rage for some Hong Kong celebrities and tai-tais to disappear from public view and re-emerge a few weeks later looking much younger.

And the key to this magical makeover? Sheep - or more precisely lambs residing in the Swiss Alps.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Halt to rogue stem-cell therapy

The health ministry has halted registration of all new stem-cell projects for six months amid a year-long crackdown on hospitals cashing in on unproven stem-cell therapies.

It also said yesterday that all clinical trials of stem-cell therapies should be free.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Shedding light on the shape of life

Hong Kong scientists have helped to shed light on why and how living things grow to look a certain way - why humans have five fingers on each hand, or why horses have one hoof on each leg.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Aborted fetuses the likely source of stem cells

Research projects using embryonic and fetal stem cells are ethically controversial in the West and have generated plenty of public debate, but in China there is little discussion and public opinion seems to be largely positive.

17 May 2011 - 12:00am

In Brief

Fetus woman arrested

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Storage of cord blood is winning over converts

Whether those with strong views on public health care like the idea or not, the harvesting of umbilical-cord stem cells as private 'biological insurance' seems here to stay.

The three private storage banks in Hong Kong recently reported high growth rates, with more parents seeking to store cord blood in order to have serious illnesses treated later in life.

29 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Failure to find matching donor puts experimental surgery in picture

The search continues for a compatible bone marrow donor for Sheela Gurung. The 31-year-old former Igor's Group employee has a rare form of leukaemia and despite an intensive search, no match has yet been found. The most likely match will be someone from the Nepali community.

15 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Singaporean company sets up HK's first cord blood bank

19 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

A cute angle

It is a universal phenomenon that sex sells. But, in Japan, even sex has to take a back seat when it comes to advertising in commercial media and popular culture in general. Few actresses and models appeal unless they are cute.

7 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Birth defects caused by environmental pollution

First large-scale study exposes poisoning risks

One-tenth of all birth defects in Jiangsu, one of the mainland's richest provinces, are caused by environmental pollution, and half of the remaining cases are at least partly related to the environment, according to a five-year medical study in 13 cities.

9 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Newborn girl found dead in Sai Kung

Villagers found a dead newborn dumped in Sai Kung yesterday.

The girl's body was in a plastic bucket that was normally used to store charcoal.

An 18-year-old woman was being held by police last night for questioning after investigations into the gruesome find. It is not known what her relationship to the baby is.

7 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Girls reaching puberty before the age of 10

Earlier maturity linked to rise in living standards

Hong Kong children are maturing physically at a younger age than ever, doctors say.

The global decline in the age at which children of both sexes begin puberty is manifesting itself, with the average age of onset now 10 for girls and 11 for boys.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

HK$10m donation for stem-cell research

A HK$10 million donation to the University of Hong Kong's medical faculty will help set up the city's first research programme on human stem-cell and regenerative medicine. Professor Tse Hung-fat, a pioneer of stem-cell treatment for patients with severe heart diseases, will lead the research team after Richard Wong, executive director of the Thing On Group, made the donation.

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

Rosemary cuts the cord of financial dependence

Model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is indeed her own independent woman now. In addition to recently signing with a talent agency, in effect dumping mother Julie, who had managed Vandenbroucke (below) since the age of 14, the 25-year-old model/musician has now also severed her financial umbilical cord from mum.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

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