The ultimate test of mettle

Triathlete Martin Lieberz has stamina in sport and business. Photo: David Wong

Growing up in a small village in Cologne, Germany, Martin Lieberz fell in love with sport at an early age.

Tuesday, 9 April, 2013, 9:35am

Scientists harness inbuilt power to fight the flu

Flu patients may be able to fight the virus on their own, with a little help from an immunity booster that scientists around the world are researching. It's a promising trend in infectious disease control - medication that helps the immune system fight viruses, instead of traditional drugs that kill viruses directly.

5 Apr 2013 - 3:57am

Beijing will not 'exclude possibility' of H7N9 infections

Technicians carry out a test for the H7N9 bird flu virus using test reagents at the Beijing Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). Photo: Reuters

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said although recent cases of human bird flu infection have been concentrated in eastern China, the city of Beijing was not “absolutely safe” from the virus.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:53pm 2 comments

Jobs that can ruin your health

Jobs that can ruin your health

Work is not something we associate with ill health. Physical and mechanical hazards aside, we would not immediately link our working environment with problems like diabetes, cancer, or cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am

Stress hurts women far worse

Daniel Freeman. Photo: Nora Tam

It's been 20 years since the release of John Gray's hugely popular book Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, a work which fired public debate about gender differences. That discussion shows no signs of slowing down.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:37am 1 comment

New coronavirus appears deadlier than Sars, says HKU

An electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and Sars. Photo: AP

The mysterious new coronavirus that emerged in the Middle East and has killed 11 people is potentially more deadly than Sars and also more "promiscuous" - able to infect many different species - University of Hong Kong research has found.

28 Mar 2013 - 5:58am 1 comment

Health bites

Would you like some food with that salt?

Having strong bones in old age is child's play

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Healthy gourmet

Healthy gourmet

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is said to have first suggested the healing power of food, when in 431BC he said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." In the past decade, many studies have shown a relationship between what we eat and brain function.

26 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Parents play important role in kids' fitness

Parents play important role in kids' fitness

When Sarah Shrimplin injured herself training for a marathon and couldn't join her son in the Beat the Banana! Charity Run on March 17, she immediately looked for a replacement, as she knew how much the race meant to six-year-old Tavez.

17 Apr 2013 - 10:23am 1 comment

Lab Report: Is fussy eating genetic?

Lab Report: Is fussy eating genetic?

Are your kids picky about their food? Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill say genes play a key role in food neophobia, or the aversion to trying new foods.

25 Mar 2013 - 11:35am

Health reasons to keep off the artificial grass, experts say

Health reasons to keep off the artificial grass, experts say

Replacing natural grass pitches with artificial turf may reduce maintenance costs but it comes with a cost to public health, environment experts warn. Heavy metals such as lead and zinc are often found in the rubber layer of the turf and its use can drive up temperatures in already steamy urban hot spots, they say.

21 Mar 2013 - 7:56am 1 comment

Resetting the body clock can affect health

Light pollution can affect brain function and disrupt the body clock, causing ill health. Nocturnal lighting in a built environment was "clearly regarded" as a public health issue by overseas environmental and medical authorities, said a group of academics in a paper on the adverse health effects of the Hong Kong environment.

20 Mar 2013 - 4:51am

How much do man-made chemicals affect our health?

Laboratories have demonstrated endocrine disruption on human hormones. Photo: Felix Wong

An urgent hunt is under way across Scandinavia for the culprit causing testicular cancer rates 10 times the global mean. Scientists suspect a man-made substance or interaction between substances which disrupts hormones, possibly before birth.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Pig toll from Shanghai, Jiaxing rivers climbs above 12,000

Workers row a boat while looking for dead pigs in a river. Photo: AP

Workers had pulled nearly 9,000 dead hogs out of the river in Shanghai and 3,600 in Jiaxing, the source of the carcasses, the two cities' governments said.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

Alzheimer's-detecting technology Neurotrack takes SXSW prize

The disease causes the brainto degenerate. Photo: AP

Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 per cent success rate, clinched the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the festival's interactive segment drew to a close.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:20am