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Genetic Disorders

Prolific Danish sperm donor passes genetic disorder to 5 children

A prolific Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to at least five of his 43 children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said.

Wednesday, 26 September, 2012, 4:10am

Patients with weak muscles to get new wheelchair-friendly car

When Fok Tan Mei-ling's son was diagnosed a few months after birth with an acute neuromuscular disease, she learned that he would not survive and there were no other families to turn to for guidance.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HK$10m funding urged

The Hospital Authority is being urged to allocate HK$10 million to increase specialist staff to treat adult patients with the blood disease thalassaemia and the blood-clotting ailment haemophilia at more flexible hours.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Spinal muscular atrophy patients to benefit through vehicle donation

Families involved with the SMA Charitable Trust will receive funding from Operation Santa Claus (OSC) to buy a car that can transport wheelchair-bound spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) patients.

The trust is a charity that serves SMA patients who require intensive care due to their poor physical condition.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Pregnant with life-saving ideas

Professor Rossa Chiu, of the department of chemical pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has recently received two prestigious international research awards in recognition of her development of a non-invasive prenatal diagnosis for Down's syndrome.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Checkups should be a top priority

When that long-awaited wedding proposal finally comes and you are both blissfully happy, your mind is usually filled with the all-consuming task of planning the wedding and health checkups are often not a top priority.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Look who pitched in to do their festive bit

The efforts of a colourful cast of characters helped to make this year's Operation Santa Claus such a success.

31 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Patients rally for home help

It is tradition for Chinese families to stay at home and have a meal together to mark the winter solstice, which fell last night.

23 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Crusaders score a special victory

Peter 'Rooney' Lam pumped his fists in the air after scoring the winning goal for the Hong Kong Football Club Crusaders in their opening game against the visiting Fulham Badgers.

But there were no losers yesterday in an eye-opening first special needs tournament for those with Down's syndrome at Sports Road.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

All for a worthy cause

The ethics of corporate social responsibility have become an inherent part of business. It's important to be seen to 'give a little back' and upmarket watch brands would have plenty of worthy causes knocking on their doors. The challenge for most brands is finding a charity or cause that matches its ethos and designing a product unusual enough to generate funds for its chosen charity.

13 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Students overcome severe disabilities to achieve academic success

Lau Hiu-fung, a student who can barely move his limbs and who typed a 70-page thesis by using a chopstick to tap the keys on a computer keyboard, graduated with first-class honours yesterday.

4 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Master motivator drums up inspiration

The children at Yew Chung International School remember Nick Vujicic not just for his inspirational message but also for his 'chicken drumstick'.

That is the name he gives his tiny foot with two toes that is his only functional limb and with which he has learned, among other things, to type more than 40 words a minute and play a drum machine.

31 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Budding author needs your help

The children's charity Smile Foundation has helped a teenage novelist from Malaysia to set up the Alicia Medical Fund to raise money urgently needed for surgery to treat her life-threatening condition.

Twelve-year-old Alicia Loh suffers from a motor neuron disease.

15 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Rare disorder that poisons the body

Tim Chan Tin-sung, who is in urgent need of a liver transplant, is one of only two patients in Hong Kong affected by the rare disorder named erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP).

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Down's syndrome test hailed

A non-invasive prenatal test for Down's syndrome developed by a Chinese University team has been listed as one of the top 10 medical stories or breakthroughs of last year by three international news organisations - Time magazine's website, ABC News.com, and Foxnews.com. The university said it showed biotechnologies developed in Hong Kong could make a global impact.

2 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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