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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

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?

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

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 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

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

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 2 comments

Are mainstream schools doing enough for special needs children?

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