Pfizer trial shows experimental drug doubles time until breast cancer tumours grow worse

Pfizer is still discussing a regulatory pathway for palbociclib, which is being tested on breast cancer patients and is seen as one of its most important experimental drugs.

A clinical trial of an experimental Pfizer breast cancer drug nearly doubled the amount of time patients lived without their disease getting worse.

However, overall survival has not yet been shown to be statistically significant, researchers said.

Monday, 7 April, 2014, 4:52pm

Doctors attacked by knife-wielding patient in Shanghai, latest in series of assaults on medics

Li Bin, minister in charge of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said she was concerned by the increasing number of attacks on medical staff by patients and relatives. Photo: Xinhua

Three doctors in Shanghai have been attacked by a patient with a knife, the latest in a wave of assaults against medical staff on the mainland. The attack came as police in a city in Hubei carried out a drill to practice how to deal with large groups of angry patient’s relatives attacking a hospital.

21 Mar 2014 - 6:40pm

Teaching pupils about benefits of rest has no effect on their sleeping habits: study

4,456 students participated in the study. Photo: David Wong

Results of Chinese University research are nothing to lose sleep over.

14 Mar 2014 - 6:17pm 2 comments

Weeping doctor paraded around hospital by angry mob after patient dies

Screen grab of a video of the confrontation outside the hospital in Chaozhou. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A doctor in Guangdong province has been confronted by an angry mob and paraded around a hospital after a man he treated had died the previous night, a mainland newspaper reported.

7 Mar 2014 - 9:48am 1 comment

Organ donor saves two lives as doctors perform ground-breaking operation

At least eight patients benefited from the dead man's decision to register as an organ donor. Photo: AP

Organ donations from a brain haemorrhage victim have enabled doctors to save two lives, one of them in a ground-breaking operation.  

An operation involving a double lung transplant and heart repair surgery, carried out in Hong Kong for the first time, was one of two life-saving procedures made possible by the organ donations of a man who died on Tuesday night. 

27 Feb 2014 - 3:27pm 2 comments

Overweight children ‘to be new norm in Europe’

In 23 out of 36 European countries, more than 30 per cent of boys and girls aged 15 or over do not do enough exercise, and eat the wrong sorts of foods, the World Health Organisation says. Photo: AFP

A lack of exercise and unhealthy diets high in fat and sugar are making it common for children and adults in Europe to be overweight, the World Health Organisation has warned.

Up to one third of 11-year-olds across Europe are too heavy, says the UN agency that focuses on international public health.

25 Feb 2014 - 6:14pm

Elderly man latest to die in Hong Kong after contracting H7N9 bird flu

The case came shortly after Hong Kong culled live chickens and suspended sales of live poultry in wet markets.

Hong Kong's death toll from the H7N9 strain of bird flu rose to three yesterday when the virus claimed the life a 75-year-old man who recently spent a week living near a poultry market in Shenzhen.

30 Jan 2014 - 1:03pm

Resistance to malaria drugs spreading in Southeast Asia

Mosquitoes are spreading strains of malaria resistant to artemisinin drugs on Thailand’s borders with Myanmar and Cambodia, experts say. Photo: AP

International experts raised the alarm on Tuesday over the spread of drug-resistant malaria in several Southeast Asian countries, saying it endangers major global gains in fighting the mosquito-borne disease that kills more than 600,000 people each year.

13 Nov 2013 - 3:20pm

On the hunt for herbal remedies

Kilham with three chiefs from Pentecost Island in Vanuatu. Photo: Chris Kilham

Several times a year, Chris Kilham ventures into the Amazonian jungles where he gets together with shamans for a few drinks. These are occasions that make a big Friday night in Lan Kwai Fong seem like a stroll through Victoria Park.

8 Oct 2013 - 9:59am

Lab report

Only about 30 per cent of embryos selected for transfer actually implant.

A British woman’s newborn last month became the first baby to be born after being screened using a new genome-mapping technique known as “next-generation sequencing”

8 Jul 2013 - 10:04am

Hong Kong runner Andre Blumberg's Grand Slam quest

Blumberg in good form Just after the Robinson Flat aid station, or 30-mile mark. Photo: Michael Lebowitz

While Djokovic and co. fight it out at Wimbledon, there’s another Grand Slam taking place in the US that’s attracting a small but growing crowd – including the attention of Hongkongers.

4 Jul 2013 - 12:47pm 2 comments

Ultra crazy: The North Face 100, Hong Kong's latest 100km race

The eight peaks on Pat Sin Leng tops off a challenging course for the inaugural The North Face 100 Hong Kong trail race. Photo: Jeanette Wang

1 Jul 2013 - 9:50am 2 comments

A case for good weather warnings

Sunset on Mount Butler this evening. Photo: Jeanette Wang

The Hong Kong Observatory sure has a lot of weather warnings: for typhoons, rainstorms, thunderstorms, flooding, landslips, monsoons, frost, fire, cold weather, very hot weather, what have you.

18 Jun 2013 - 11:06pm

China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

A woman eats at a fast food restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.

17 Jun 2013 - 1:00pm 2 comments

Hits and myths: juice detox

Fruit juices help detoxify the body from the inside.

Fans of juice fasting claim that drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices for three days is the trick to giving the body a good spring clean.

17 Jun 2013 - 10:13am