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Discrimination still plagues leprosy victims in mainland China

Many leprosy cases are found in Yunnan province. Photo: Steve Cray

Today is World Leprosy Day, which was established in the 1950s to highlight the plight of millions of people affected by a devastating and disfiguring illness. 

Sunday, 27 January, 2013, 5:33am

Occurrence of multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis grows

Tuberculosis is increasingly difficult to treat as the disease grows more resistant to drugs. Some 120,000 cases are diagnosed on the mainland each year. Photo: SCMP

Those fighting tuberculosis (TB) say it is better not to treat the disease than to treat it badly, because doing so just produces more powerful, drug-resistant bacteria, making the world's second-most fatal disease stronger by the day.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am 1 comment

Pilot project on mainland helps identify more patients with TB

Pilot project on mainland helps identify more patients with TB

The World Health Organisation recommends that diabetes patients be screened for TB - because diabetes triples the risk of developing TB - and that TB patients also be screened for diabetes.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am

Superbug cases rise fourfold in Hong Kong

Inadequate bacteria-testing equipment in Hong Kong hospitals made it hard for the city to tackle new medical threats.

Cases of the deadly drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 quadrupled in Hong Kong this year, rising from three to 12.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Briefs, September 26, 2012

Abu Hamza al-Masri addresses a rally in London. Photo: Reuters

Patient with Sars-like illness remains critical

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

How stress can inflame many diseases

Cortisol, or the 'stress hormone', is produced naturally by the body to assist in various processes, including regulating blood pressure and cardiovascular functions, and boosting metabolism. The steroid hormone, which is produced by the adrenal glands, also enhances the integrity of blood vessels and reduces allergic and inflammatory responses.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nature takes its courses

As our biological clock counts down, it's difficult for even the most fearless junk food eater to ignore how his or her body reacts with time. The process of ageing can demand more than just changing your wardrobe and investing in expensive creams to hide inevitable wrinkles. What you put in your mouth can effect your health.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Question of the week: Do you support stem cell research?

Taral Gurung, 15, YMCA of HK Christian College

A stem cell is a cell whose main function is to repair lost or damaged cells in all parts of the body.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Football fiasco

In two recent football matches, the average number of people watching was less than 600, even though one of the matches featured South China, a very popular team.

At overseas matches, the crowds are always much bigger.

Why is there such a difference? I think it is because of a difference in culture. Hongkongers are always busy.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

The health of nations

Climate change is much-touted as the world's biggest potential threat. However, governments should pay as much attention to what is happening at ground level as in the sky above if they want their nations to be around in a century; unhealthy living is more likely to quickly bust budgets and kill off populations.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Climate action

The government has been urged to reactivate a panel on climate change after a study warned the city would face a higher risk from diseases because of global warming. What do you think? Write to us.

17 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

talks to prevent spread of diseases across border

10 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

A life that starts today

Perhaps I was born in a hi-tech hospital in the United States, the richest and most powerful country the world has seen, my mother wired to computers, my heartbeat recorded on digital tape and played on a giant computer screen for surgeons and nurses to scrutinise.

1 Jan 2000 - 12:00am