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”

Monday, 8 July, 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

Lab report

Lab report

A 20-minute session of Hatha yoga improves certain brain functions compared to walking or jogging.

11 Jun 2013 - 10:16am

Lab report

Lab report

A new study suggests that US businesses pay almost US$6,000 a year more on an employee who smokes compared to one who has never lighted up.

4 Jun 2013 - 10:35am

Mysteries of myopia may soon become clear

A study aims to find genes that make us short-sighted and may reveal why so many people of Asian descent are affected. Photo: Dickson Lee

Two professors are hoping to discover why Asians are nearly three times more likely to be short-sighted than Westerners. They are taking part in a global study which has revealed that both groups share similar myopic-related genes. And they say the data will lead towards the development of genetic tests for short-sightedness, clinically known as myopia.

3 Jun 2013 - 6:22am

Underdiagnosis of hypertension reveals bigger health system gap in China, experts say

Many older people on mainland suffer from hypertension without realising it

Xiao Mingying, 64, a retired worker in Shanghai, is among the 100 million old people on the mainland who have high blood pressure.

2 Jun 2013 - 1:25pm 1 comment

My awakening after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37

Close up of pink badge on woman chest to support breast cancer cause. Photo: Shutterstock

Not me. This must be some mistake or a poorly executed joke, I thought. I am a healthy, athletic woman in my 30s. I have no medical history. I have never taken a sick day, so the news to come was especially hard to swallow.

23 May 2013 - 1:34pm 4 comments

Cancer expert urges caution on preventative mastectomies

Dr Ava Kwong says it is imperative that people seeking the genetic test for breast cancer have proper counselling. Photo: Nora Tam

Preventative mastectomies are not encouraged unless the high-risk individuals are overwhelmed by fears of developing breast cancer, according to a breast cancer expert.

20 May 2013 - 10:56am 1 comment

Hospital Authority faces increasing demands on its services

Hospital Authority faces increasing demands on its services

Over the past 22 years, the Hospital Authority has grown and developed to become a leading public health care system providing comprehensive medical services.

16 May 2013 - 2:47am 1 comment

Priced out of life: the patients who chose to die

Raymond Lau Wai-ming. Photo: Nora Tam

At least five patients who needed breathing equipment at home to keep them alive have opted to die in the past year to spare their families the financial burden of renting or buying the apparatus, says a group that campaigns for the rights of the disabled.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am

Patient counts the cost of just staying alive

Samuel Lo and his family's domestic helper Nanik. Photo: May Tse

Samuel Lo Siu-fung, who has a muscle-degenerative disease, is already using a machine to help him breathe, and tries not to think about what might happen were his condition to worsen.

13 May 2013 - 8:42am