Health

Japan drug maker Takeda loses US lawsuit

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company

Takeda Pharmaceutical of Japan must pay US$6.5 million in damages to a California man who said Asia's largest drug-maker failed to warn consumers that its Actos diabetes drug could cause cancer, a jury ruled in the first of more than 3,000 lawsuits over the medication to go to trial.

Sunday, 28 April, 2013, 6:36am

Wild fungus dish left hikers near death

Tony Wu and his wife wound up in hospital after the meal. She had a liver transplant, while he recovered without surgery. Photo: David Wong

Tony Wu Tung-ping and wife Wong Ngan-lin were a fit and healthy couple. He could finish a marathon in less than four hours and she enjoyed hiking with him every weekend.

27 Apr 2013 - 4:21am

For some, running 100 miles around Mt Fuji is pure joy

The glorious Mt Fuji is the heart of this weekend's Ultra Trail Mount Fuji race. Photo: Jeanette Wang

The late Czech long-distance running great Emil Zatopek once said: "If you want to win something, run 100 metres, if you want to experience something run a marathon." I wonder what he would say about running four straight marathons (that's 42.195km each) in a row.

26 Apr 2013 - 9:43am

Health bites

Caffeine, the flavour enhancer

Caffeine, the flavour enhancer

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am

Great E-scapes

Great E-scapes

Hunched over, a young Fruit Ninja fan squirms on his MTR seat, slicing bananas as if his life depends on it. Next to him two women share earphones, while a sharp-suited, but slouching businessman opposite frantically scrolls through his BlackBerry.

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am

Hitting the high road in HIV fight with Aids Walk 2013

Society for Aids Care chief executive Alice Chan (second from left) with other participants in Aids Walk 2013. Photo: Edward Wong

Patients and volunteers braved the wind and drizzle to take part in a charity walk on The Peak yesterday to raise funds for HIV and Aids sufferers.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am

Devi Shetty's Narayana Hrudayalaya can perform heart surgery for US$800

A staff member at Narayana Hrudayalaya clinic attends to an infant while founder and surgeon Devi Shetty explains a point. Photos: AFP

What if hospitals were run like a mix of Walmart and a low-cost airline? The result might be something like the chain of "no-frills" Narayana Hrudayalaya clinics in southern India.

Using prefabricated buildings, stripping out air-conditioning and training visitors to help with post-operative care, the group believes it can cut the cost of heart surgery to US$800.

22 Apr 2013 - 5:17am

Nanomedicine could outdo surgery

The nanoparticle is made by linking amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

In 1959, the Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman predicted that we would one day be able to "swallow the doctor" to heal ailments from inside our bodies.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:36am

Lab report

Lab report

A study published last week has found that drinking just 15 millilitres of beer can trigger the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter linked with alcohol and other drugs of abuse.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:45am

Drug reaction may have killed patient

A panel has been set up to look into the death of an 84-year-old patient at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, after he was prescribed an antibiotic to which he had an adverse reaction.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:07am

Learning to run - at age 40-plus

Illustration: Sarene Chan

16 Apr 2013 - 11:50am 1 comment

Rising costs in Hong Kong plunge 1 in 5 poor into despair

The biggest worry for low-income people with anxiety is the rising cost of food. Photo: May Tse

One in five people on low incomes in Hong Kong suffer from excessive anxiety because of inflation, and it's likely to get worse as prices climb. The rate is three times that of those on high incomes, according to a study of 5,000 people by the Mood Disorders Centre of Chinese University. A telephone poll was conducted in the last quarter of 2011 but held for a year to monitor inflation trends. It found a close link between inflation and mental health.

15 Apr 2013 - 7:17am 4 comments

Clinic makes a point of hiring top acupuncturists

Clinic makes a point of hiring top acupuncturists

An acupuncture centre in Causeway Bay, jointly run by a Beijing health group, plans to hire three practitioners with internationally recognised qualifications.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer

Targeted therapies for colorectal cancer

With new cases of colorectal cancer more than doubling over the past decade, oncologists warn that it will soon become the top cancer killer in Hong Kong.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:23am 1 comment

The latest trends in running shoes

Triathlon coach Bevan Colless says that runners want flexible shoes. Photo: Nora Tam

People are taking to running in record numbers, so it's no surprise that selling running shoes - the only essential gear you need for the sport - has become a lucrative business.

9 Apr 2013 - 9:31am 2 comments