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.

Sunday, 3 February, 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

Authorities warn parents of Kwun Tong doctor's expired vaccine

Dr Ko Wing-man. Photo: Sam Tsang

Health authorities have issued an alert to parents of children who received flu injections from a Kwun Tong private doctor after he was found to have administered expired vaccines.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:50am

Food allergies take high toll on Hong Kong children

Percentage of children under 15 years old with allergies

More Hong Kong children suffer from severe allergic reactions than the international average, the first large-scale study on food allergies shows.

The findings have prompted calls for more government support in schools and better community understanding for these children.

29 Jan 2013 - 8:58am

Silicosis suit could crush S.Africa’s gold mining sector

Thousands of ex-gold miners suffering from silicosis have launched a class action suit in South Africa, in what could prove the final nail in the coffin of the country’s battered but vital mining sector.

28 Jan 2013 - 1:44pm

Shanghai researchers discover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance

Shanghai researchers discover how bacteria develop antibiotic resistance

The over-prescription of antibiotics is widely blamed for the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria worldwide, and the mainland is one of the worst offenders - per capita consumption of the drugs was 138 grams a year in 2011, a survey by Peking University found. That's 10 times the global average, Xinhua reported in December, citing the State Food and Drug Administration.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

Concerns over long-term health effects of mobile phone antennae

There are radiation fears over mobile phones. Photo: Reuters

It is very much a modern-day phenomenon - the sprouting of mobile phone base stations or antennae in recent years has sparked a slew of concerns about their long-term health effects.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:00am 1 comment

Sitting for too long is the new smoking

Sitting for too long is the new smoking

Maybe it's the approaching middle age; my waistline has been expanding at an alarming rate. I used to blame myself. Now I have identified the real culprit: the chair in my office. Come to think of it, I am sitting in it now as I type these words. I am locked in its deadly embrace eight to nine hours a day. Maybe it's time to fight back and start typing standing up. NOW!

25 Jan 2013 - 2:47am 3 comments

Hong Kong's private health care puts US to shame

The quality services of Hong Kong's private hospital are well worth the cost, especially when compared to the US. Photo: Sam Tsang

I was recently blindsided by a health hurdle that sent me into a tailspin. My symptoms were sudden and mysterious, and there was the reality check: I have only minimal health insurance.

24 Jan 2013 - 5:28am 2 comments

Health ministry to expand insurance to include 20 serious illnesses

Health ministry to expand insurance to include 20 serious illnesses

The Ministry of Health has pledged to lower medical bills for rural patients suffering from any of 20 serious diseases and says they might pay as little as 10 per cent of the bill. But social insurance experts are sceptical about the sustainability of the scheme.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:04am

Transplant lets kidney patient follow his dream of marriage and children

Ray Mui and his wife Winnie are looking forward to leading a normal life, thanks to his kidney transplant last year. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

It was like getting a "big wedding gift" when engaged transplant patient Ray Mui received a new kidney - and a new lease of life - from a deceased donor.

The 40-year-old teacher's life revolved around daily 11-hour dialysis sessions at home. The thought of a honeymoon or having children were just dreams. Then a matching kidney became available.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am