Endocrine System

How much do man-made chemicals affect our health?

Laboratories have demonstrated endocrine disruption on human hormones. Photo: Felix Wong

An urgent hunt is under way across Scandinavia for the culprit causing testicular cancer rates 10 times the global mean. Scientists suspect a man-made substance or interaction between substances which disrupts hormones, possibly before birth.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 3:11am

HK to regulate labels on baby formula after iodine warning

An industry code regulating nutrition labelling on baby milk formula is expected to be launched at the end of the year, the health minister said.

Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man said the move would serve as a stopgap until legislation can be brought in.

13 Aug 2012 - 10:21am

Parents rush babies to clinics in milk alert

Worried parents rushed to government health clinics to register for free check-ups yesterday after the government announced that two Japanese infant formula brands did not meet international health standards for iodine content.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Doctors remove thyroid tumour in Michael Suen

Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung, who suffers from kidney failure, has undergone surgery to remove a tumour on his thyroid - the third time in a month he has been treated in hospital.

His wife, Rita, who visited Suen in Queen Mary Hospital yesterday, quoted doctors as saying the tumour was likely to be benign and that her husband was recovering quickly.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Paws for thought

Happy Friday, Pupketeers! I know a lot of you must be feeling stressed, what with both the A-levels and HKDSE starting. Exam time isn't fun for anyone, so you're not alone!

Stress is our body's way of reacting to a challenge - whether it's an exam, asking someone on a date, or confessing to your mum that you broke her favourite vase.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Racy police blogger hit 'send' too soon

Think before you blog.

If there is one clear message from the saga of the online posting of photographs of Hong Kong policewomen clowning around, that is it.

15 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Risk from heating plastic food wraps

Using plastic wraps to cover oily or hot food could transfer a toxic chemical to the food, a University of Hong Kong academic warns.

Plasticisers, the chemical additives that make plastics flexible, stick easily to fat especially at high temperatures, neurology Professor Ho Shu-leong said yesterday.

1 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Health must come first

Overworking is a new social problem. Most people think a white-collar job is the best, because it earns people a high salary. People also think these jobs don't require much effort, as you sit in an office all day.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Salt cure for iodine deficiency may have gone too far

It is National Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day today, but ironically, mainlanders may now have too much iodine in their diet.

In 1993, Beijing launched a massive programme to combat widespread iodine deficiency diseases and one of the main measures was the compulsory use of iodised salt.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Men more aware of andropause but knowledge lacking, study finds

Middle-aged Hong Kong men may experience andropause, but they do not know enough about it, a survey has found.

After the age of 40, a gradual decline in the male hormone testosterone in men may cause andropause. Other then having sexual, urinary, emotional and sleep problems, they may also face body fat gain and muscle, height and strength loss.

24 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Severe stress hits 1 in 15; turn new leaf, they're told

Under stress? Then drink green tea.

That is the advice of the Health Department for the more than 300,000 people said to be suffering from severe psychological stress.

A survey by the department found 6.7 per cent of the respondents suffered such distress, meaning they had temporary or long-term negative emotions.

23 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

How to make your cups runneth over

It used to be that young women would chant the mantra, 'I must, I must, I must increase my bust' while doing strengthening exercises. Now all you need do is take a pill - or so some say.

14 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Despite having been a vet for more than a decade, I freely admit to not being able to predict the outcomes of all cases that come through my clinic. It is hard, and in some cases impossible, to give a perfectly accurate prognosis for every situation.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am


Should the penalty for drink-driving be increased?

Many of your correspondents call for increased penalties for almost any offence or crime, from littering to dangerous driving and cruelty against animals.

It is an easy way for the government to be seen to be 'doing something' without really taking action.

13 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Medi watch

Leukaemia breakthrough

25 Aug 2008 - 12:00am