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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.

Monday, 25 March, 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

That makes two of us: How bioengineers are using 3D printing to create body parts

Lawrence Bonassar of Cornell University shows the ear made by a 3-D printer. Photo: AFP

It was used to create haute couture dresses at January's Paris Fashion week, Valentine's Day chocolates in the shape of a person's face in Japan and, possibly soon - the European Space Agency is toying with this idea - a lunar base on the moon.

18 Mar 2013 - 10:46am

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

Youngster becomes autism educator after overcoming the condition

16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin. Photo: Felix Wong

A confident and gregarious youth, 16-year-old Nicholas Liu Jichin had an audience of several hundred people at Chinese University enthralled last November. His 30-minute talk at an autism conference turned into a two-hour session, as parents plied him with questions about his experience.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am 1 comment

Are mainstream schools doing enough for special needs children?

ADHT sufferer Willie Lam was ignored at school. Photo: Paul Leung

The numbers threaten to overwhelm. About 28,000 special needs students now attend mainstream schools, the result of an inclusive education policy introduced in 1997. The idea is to place children with learning disabilities in conventional classrooms, where they can develop alongside other youngsters.

15 Mar 2013 - 10:05am

Shenzhen hospital's buying of vital devices held up by red tape

A complaint from the head of The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital that it had to battle red tape for about 18 months before it was allowed to buy vital medical equipment has highlighted one of the problems plaguing the mainland's health system.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:49am

Healthy vending machines

Adam So with one of his machines in Quarry Bay. Photo: Dickson Lee

V ending machines are enormously popular in Asia. Japan leads the pack with about one machine per 25 people. Hong Kong, often mentioned as another bastion of the vending machine, lags well behind Japan, with one machine per about 700 people.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:16pm

From the experts: is your doctor healthy enough?

From the experts: is your doctor healthy enough?

A patient who is about to be wheeled into the operating theatre looks up at the doctor and says: "Hi, Doc, as per National Accreditation Directives and the Joint Commission International, may I review your current medical records?

11 Mar 2013 - 10:38am

Muddled thinking is fuelling obesity epidemic

Cutting down on what you eat is a far more effective way to lose weight than burning calories with exercise

People's beliefs about the causes of obesity can affect their own weight, my research has shown. If you think lack of exercise is the primary cause of obesity, you are more likely to be overweight than someone who implicates poor diet.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

HIV at 30-year high with more gay men infected

HIV at 30-year high with more gay men infected

HIV infection is on the rise in Hong Kong, with a 30-year high of 513 new cases recorded last year, health authorities say. The cases marked a 17 per cent rise from 2011, Dr Wong Ka-hing, consultant to the Department of Health's special preventive programme, said yesterday.

7 Mar 2013 - 4:36am

Hot pursuits: Hong Kong's country parks are the place to be

Ultra-runners Claire Price (red shirt) and Kami Semick pound the Wilson Trail in Tai Tam. Photo: May Tse

A foodies haven, a finance hub, a party town - Hong Kong is all of these things. And the time is ripe to add "a hiker's heaven" to the list, with record numbers of runners and hikers flocking to the city's extensive network of nature trails.

15 May 2013 - 10:14am