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Lab report

Lab report

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

Tuesday, 11 June, 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

Antibiotics can cure chronic lower back pain, say Danish scientists

Studies show antibiotics can treat chronic lower back pain.

Up to 40 per cent of patients with chronic back pain could be cured with a course of antibiotics rather than surgery, in a medical breakthrough that one spinal surgeon says is worthy of a Nobel prize.

12 May 2013 - 2:08am

Blood donors told they have rare bug

Regular donor Mr Chiu (left) was 'very shocked' when Red Cross doctor Lee Cheuk-kwong gave him the news. Photo: Felix Wong

Nine blood donors have received unwelcome news after giving blood to the Red Cross: they carry a rare bug that puts them at risk of colorectal cancer.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am 2 comments

Doctor remembers a family's sacrifice in donating organs

Transplanted organs can lastup to 10 or 15 years if properly taken care of. Photo: Corbis

The night of December 22, 1995 is so long ago, but it stands out in my memory. I got a call from the ICU that a 30-year-old man, involved in an accident, was deeply comatose.

6 May 2013 - 10:50am

Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage

The government has been accused of squandering an opportunity to promote breastfeeding amid the furore over shortages of infant formula. Photo: May Tse

One breastfeeding advocacy group said a special hotline and other measures aimed at helping local mothers secure formula milk actually assisted manufacturers in promoting their products and gave them direct access to mothers.

5 May 2013 - 5:03am 2 comments

Benefits of vitamin D should be crystal clear

Children walk among hexagonal rocks in Sai Kung. Photo: May Tse

Hexagonal structures are not rare in nature. For instance, the crystals in our bones and teeth, the apatites, are hexagonal. These apatite crystals contain calcium. The main fraction of calcium of our body is located in bones. Calcium comes from our food, and for its optimal absorption from intestines we need vitamin D.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 1 comment

Forget brain food

Omega-3 fatty acids, gingko and vitamin B6 are touted as memory boosters, but a recent study suggests otherwise.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:57am