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.

Thursday, 18 April, 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

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.

9 Apr 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