Health

Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew released from hospital after heart problem

Lee Kuan Yew

Lee, 89, was sent to the Singapore General Hospital after the suspected transient ischemic attack, a condition with stroke-like symptoms that clear within a day, according to the Prime Minister's Office. "The doctors are following up with him to optimise his anti-coagulation therapy, in order to minimise the risk of further … attacks," the office said yesterday.

Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 4:21am

Wellbeing trumps decorum when inflight flatulence strikes, say experts

Medics tell flatulent fliers: don't hold it back. Photo: AP

The study concluded that anecdotal evidence that flying increases flatulence is not hot air, finding that changes in air pressure at altitude result in the gut producing more gas.

17 Feb 2013 - 3:28am

All too easy to damage vocal chords, speech therapist warns

Speech therapists' patients range from the obvious - those who talk for a living such as teachers and salespeople - to the unexpected: mothers who scold their children too much. Raymond Fong, a speech therapist at Queen Mary Hospital, has seen a widening range of patients recently as people become aware that treatments exist for common problems like a hoarse voice. 

15 Feb 2013 - 3:50am

Foster breastfeeding while promoting formula advertising code

WHO recommends breastfeeding exclusively until the age of six months. Photo: May Tse

New consumer protection rules for marketing and advertising tend to run the gauntlet of free-market principles. In the latest example major manufacturers of baby milk formula have cited economic freedom in their resistance to some aspects of a voluntary advertising code. These include prominent health warnings, such as the need to use very hot water to mix the formula, and the possibility of digestive upsets. Manufacturers are concerned about the effects of hot water on live organisms they claim are beneficial, and say the second warning doesn't apply to all formula milk.

12 Feb 2013 - 2:45am

Bird flu cases on mainland fail to deter Hong Kong demand for chicken

Chicken sells well over the Lunar New Year holidays, despite reported bird flu cases in the mainland. Photo: Felix Wong

The two people - a 21-year-old woman and 31-year-old man - tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus in Guiyang, Guizhou province, Xinhua said on Sunday. The woman developed symptoms on February 2 and the man the next day.

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

The greater the air pollution, the smaller the baby, study finds

The research was the most extensive of its kind on the link between air pollution and fetal development. Photo: AFP

Pregnant women increase the risk of having a low-birth-weight baby when they breathe in air pollution from vehicles, heating and coal power plants, an international study has concluded.

7 Feb 2013 - 4:17am

A measurement of success in helping the world's poor

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation contribute much to the United Nations Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Photo: EPA

The lives of the world's poorest people have improved more rapidly in the past 15 years than ever before, and I am optimistic that we will do even better in the next 15 years. After all, human knowledge is increasing. We can see this in the development and declining costs of new medicines like HIV drugs, and in the creation of new seeds that allow poor farmers to be more productive.

7 Feb 2013 - 2:41am

Carbon monoxide poisoning kills 10 in Beijing

A worker moves coal briquettes onto a pedicab at a coal distribution business in Huaibei, Anhui province on January 30, 2013. Photo: AFP

At least 10 people died in Beijing this week from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, state media reported on Wednesday.

7 Feb 2013 - 1:40am

No new cases of superbug VRE, says Caritas Medical Centre

Caritas Medical Centre

The Caritas Medical Centre had been battling to rid its wards of VRE, or vancomycin-resistant enterococci. It had found more than 100 carriers of the superbug.

4 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Blanket coverage for a lung-burning issue

Severe pollution clouds the Beijing skyline. Photo: AFP

China’s new rich are fond of saying “nothing is a problem if money can solve it”. But over the past week, nearly everyone in China realised there are things in the country that not even the rich can buy. Clean air was one of them. The recent air pollution reached such a horrifying level that brown clouds were actually observed over the country from space.

3 Feb 2013 - 6:41am

Mobile phone antennae removed from university over cancer risk fears

Workmen remove antennae from UST rooftops last week, after a controversy over the number of masts on the campus. Photo: Red Door News

A memo was sent out to all staff and students after the Sunday Morning Post reported last weekend that mobile phone companies had paid the university to erect an estimated 87 antennae on the rooftops of residential and student blocks.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Blood bank an unwitting victim of 3+3+4 education reform: Red Cross

Blood donors at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service headquarters in Jordan yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

The new 3+3+4 education system is taking a toll on an unlikely victim: the Red Cross says its blood bank is suffering from a drop in donations collected from secondary schools.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Beijing smog scarier than Sars, says medical expert

A large TV screen in Beijing's Tiananmen square shows a piece of blue sky against a smoggy backdrop on Friday. Photo: Simon Song

The severe atmospheric pollution that has engulfed Beijing for nearly three weeks is "much more frightening than the Sars virus”, a renowned respiratory disease expert said.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:27pm 4 comments

Hospital to help Fu Xuepeng, whose parents hand-pump air into his lungs

Fu Xuepeng lies in bed as his father pumps air. Photo: SCMP

A local hospital has agreed to help a family who won overwhelming national sympathy when it was reported that the two parents had kept their paralysed son alive for seven years by taking turns to pump air into his lungs by hand.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Let private insurers help ease health burden

Hong Kong is a rapidly ageing city. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

With much debate lately about relative income levels and quality of life in Hong Kong, the issue of health care for an ageing population is going to remain a priority for the public and policymakers alike.

30 Jan 2013 - 2:13am 1 comment