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  • Sep 21, 2014
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Health

Antibiotics can cure chronic lower back pain, say Danish scientists

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.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:08am

Blood donors told they have rare bug

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

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

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

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

Japan drug maker Takeda loses US lawsuit

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.

28 Apr 2013 - 6:36am

Wild fungus dish left hikers near death

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 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

23 Apr 2013 - 10:49am