Health

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.

Sunday, 17 March, 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

Fit and Fab: the making of an ironman

Olaf Kasten says the greatest achievements come only with difficulty. Photo: Warton Li

He lost his job. He dehydrated himself to the point of needing hospital treatment, and his delirious state caused him to cut the course short, which got him disqualified from a triathlon in Taiwan in the summer of 2011. Yet, Olaf Kasten didn't give up the sport. Instead, the combination of those episodes actually motivated him to become a world-class triathlete.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:22pm

China must declare war on tobacco

Smoking kills an estimated 1.2 million mainlanders each year. Photo: Reuters

Christopher Columbus would have never imagined that, shortly after he introduced tobacco into Europe, it would become one of the main threats to health in several Latin American and Asian countries, as opium did in the 19th century, particularly in China.

26 Feb 2013 - 3:19am

Putin signs law banning smoking in public places

Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June. Photo: AFP

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government’s bid to improve public health in the nicotine-addicted country, the Kremlin said on Monday.

The law makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places and will take effect in two stages.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:17pm

China reports second fatal case of bird flu this year, in Guizhou

China is considered one of the nations most at risk from bird flu epidemics because it has the world's biggest poultry population. Photo: Reuters

The 31-year-old died in hospital in the city of Guiyang on Friday, the Guizhou province health department statement said, adding that no other human cases of bird flu had been reported in the province. Another city resident, a 21-year-old woman, died from the virus earlier this month.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:21am

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africa

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africia. Photo: Reuters

An intensive campaign to combat HIV/Aids with costly antiretroviral drugs in rural South Africa has increased life expectancy by more than 11 years and significantly reduced the risk of infection for healthy individuals, according to new research.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:54am

Research paper finds obesity myths are still accepted at face value

Sorting obesity myths from fact. Photo: Reuters

In a study titled "Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity" published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors scoured popular media and scientific literature for obesity-related myths and presumptions and weighed them against scientifically proven facts.

24 Feb 2013 - 6:31am