Hong Kong's pets spread diseases

Picture of Hong Kong Pet Show 2012 at Wan Chai. Photo: Sam Tsang

Pet lovers in Hong Kong are a vocal lot. It is becoming difficult to find a decent walk on Hong Kong Island without encountering furry pets.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 4:45am 5 comments

Chronic diseases: Asia's emerging health threat

Peter Piot says improved standards of living in Asia are creating new health problems through changing lifestyles. Photo: Tom Whipps

People are living longer and fewer are dying from infectious disease, but this progress in health is no guarantee of living happily and healthily. 

29 Jan 2013 - 11:04am 1 comment

Cancer reflects the processes of the evolution of life

A prostate cancer cell. Photo: Science Photo Library

In the frantic search for an elusive "cure", few researchers stand back and ask a very basic question: why does cancer exist? What is its place in the grand story of life? Astonishingly, in spite of decades of research, there is no agreed theory of cancer, no explanation for why, inside almost all healthy cells, there lurks a highly efficient cancer subroutine that can be activated by a variety of agents - radiation, chemicals, inflammation and infection.

27 Jan 2013 - 7:25am

50 infected in Cuban cholera outbreak

People wash their hands using disinfectant as a precaution against cholera at the entrance of a bus station in Havana, Cuba. Photo: AP

Cuba's second cholera outbreak in four months - after 130 years without the disease - has infected more than 50 people and killed one in Havana.

The latest outbreak was from the same cholera strain found to have been introduced in Haiti by Nepalese UN peacekeepers, unleashing an epidemic in 2010 that has killed some 7,900 people.

17 Jan 2013 - 4:11am

World Diabetes Day a timely reminder of a global killer

Amid a national party congress that will install China's new leaders and the aftermath of a US presidential election, a day on the UN calendar that comes round every year seems unremarkable. World Diabetes Day is an exception.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Experts warn of drug-resistant malaria threat

A Thai health official takes a blood sample from a child's finger for a malaria test at a malaria clinic in Bong Ti Lang village, near the Thai-Myanmar border. Photo: EPA

Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in Asia, experts warned, as a high-level conference opened yesterday with the aim of hammering out an action plan to strengthen the region's response.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:04am

UK scientists develop cheap test-tube technique to spot disease

Scientists in Britain say they have developed a super-sensitive test using nanoparticles to spot markers for cancer or the virus that can lead to Aids in blood serum that can be verified using the naked eye.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Shaw Prize laureates set great store by curiosity

Professors Franz-Ulrich Hartl (left) and Arthur Horwich, in Hong Kong to receive The Shaw Prize for their work on "protein folding". Photo: Nora Tam

For 20 years, professors Franz-Ulrich Hartl and Arthur Horwich loved to tinker with the functioning of protein in body cells.

Eventually, that curiosity-driven journeying led the pair - Shaw laureates in life science and medicine respectively - to major breakthroughs that are tipped to advance the search for cures for Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's and Parkinson's diseases.

20 Sep 2012 - 4:25am

Yosemite phones flooded by global callers asking about hantavirus

A rainbow forms at Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite national park, where tent cabins have been blamed in an outbreak of the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus disease. Photo: Reuters

The calls from concerned tourists have been coming in from as far away as China. Ever since an emergency line was set up on Tuesday at the Yosemite National Park after a recent outbreak of hantavirus, thousands of people around the world have contacted the Californian park.

3 Sep 2012 - 5:16am

US faces mosquito-borne West Nile virus outbreak, as cases climb 60pc

The number of West Nile virus infections in the United States has jumped more than 60 per cent in the past week in what officials say is one of the country's biggest-ever outbreaks of the disease.

24 Aug 2012 - 4:04am

Shutting schools conquered swine flu

More than half of the victims of a swine flu pandemic three years ago were school children and school closures proved to be a practical way to slow the spread of the disease, a study has found.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Disease victims in cry for help

Shanghai resident Wu Jun has not set foot outside his home for more than 18 months.

Wu has ALS, a rare disease of the brain and spinal cord nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

DNA knowledge of limited use

Does knowing your genetic make-up increase your chances of avoiding disease?

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hand, foot and mouth disease on the rise

The Department of Health has recorded the second-highest number of hand, foot and mouth disease outbreaks in the past five years as Hong Kong enters the usual peak time for the disease in summer.

By the end of last month, 357 people had been infected in 67 outbreaks, exceeded only in the same period of 2010, which saw a particularly large epidemic.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Breathe easy - chances are you'll never catch it

Education secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung was among 17 reported cases of legionnaires' disease last year, the seventh straight year in which case figures have hit double digits.

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am