Health

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.

Tuesday, 29 January, 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

Hong Kong's major formula milk brands fail to meet packaging proposals

Milk formula in a Wan Chai pharmacy. Photo: David Wong

Not one of the major infant milk formulas on sale in Hong Kong would pass a proposed new packaging guideline if it was introduced tomorrow.

Should the manufacturers remain in the Hong Kong market after the changes, their packages should incorporate at least two important warnings in specific sizes alerting parents to the risk of using their products.

17 Jan 2013 - 7:15am 1 comment

More mainland girls smoke than officials claim, says researcher

The number of mainland girls who smoke may be higher than the authorities recognise. Photo: AFP

The number of mainland girls who smoke may be higher than the authorities recognise, a Shanghai-based health research team has found.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:39am

Cancer increasing on the mainland

Cancer increasing on the mainland. Photo: Reuters

The number of middle-aged mainlanders developing cancerous tumours doubled over the two decades to 2009, a new national report says.

At the same time, the overall frequency and mortality of cancers have both risen, a development mainly ascribed to the ageing population.

13 Jan 2013 - 4:55am 1 comment

Drug breakthrough may cut dangers of a stroke

Drug breakthrough may cut dangers of a stroke

A readily available chemical could reduce the risk of cerebral haemorrhage in stroke patients treated with a life-saving drug that breaks down blood clots, a team of Shanghai scientists has discovered.

12 Jan 2013 - 4:29am

Doctor's mistake led to abortion

A private hospital doctor has been disciplined for wrongly telling a woman she was not pregnant - leading her to have an abortion after undergoing X-rays and taking medication.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:12am

Better policy needed to treat mentally ill, top psychiatrist says

Two violent attacks this week involving psychiatric patients show the need for a more comprehensive policy for treating the mentally ill, a top psychiatrist says.

Compounding the problem was the city's lack of doctors qualified to treat people who are mentally unstable, according to Dr Lee Wing-king, a member of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists' council.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:12am