With an app, a game or a gadget, technology startups and major companies across all sectors are trying to tackle some of the thorniest problems in health and medicine.Friday, 11 January, 2013, 12:41pm
Research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists said yesterday.
A team in Melbourne, Australia has been able to lay out for the first time how the insulin hormone binds to the surface of cells, triggering the passage of glucose from the bloodstream to be stored as energy.11 Jan 2013 - 4:33am
There's something fishy about the shark-fin soup found at various restaurants in Beijing, Zhengzhou and Nanjing, and not in a good way. It might not actually contain shark and could be toxic, according to an exposé by a state broadcaster yesterday.9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am
A sustainable weight loss can come only from a metabolic change. How to induce this change is difficult to know, not only because the science is still in its infancy, but because we are each unique and respond differently to food.8 Jan 2013 - 2:58pm
It's a common medical refrain: carrying extra kilos raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of premature death. But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight?4 Jan 2013 - 9:24am
Unacceptable levels were found in samples from hotpot restaurants across the city, a popular dining destination for Hongkongers. A possible carcinogen banned in food production was also found in samples.3 Jan 2013 - 10:57am 3 comments
A doctor who founded two beauty treatment centres had his licence removed for eight months, the heaviest penalty in recent years, for unauthorised advertisements by doctors.3 Jan 2013 - 4:30am 1 comment
One of the key compounds in green tea is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a potent antioxidant, which supporters say reduces fat gain and enhances fat-burning.30 Dec 2012 - 7:12am
Insomnia is a disorder in which the sufferer is unable to fall asleep, or stay asleep, as long as desired. Sometimes insomnia is a transient condition due to emotional stress, anxiety or a response to certain medications or medical conditions.
Insomnia without any known cause is termed as primary insomnia. Chronic insomnia is diagnosed if the condition lasts for longer than a month.30 Dec 2012 - 3:54am
With the party season in full stride, revellers should be careful not to misuse drugs that are said to ease hangovers and prevent pregnancy, pharmacists warned on Thursday.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
I have taught several students who were epileptic. Interestingly, no parent has notified me about how they would like their child to be cared for should they have a seizure in class.23 Dec 2012 - 11:50am
After a harrowing 36 hours delivering her daughter, Michelle Thompson faced yet another complication. Her cervix tightened so much that she suffered a retained placenta. It was a potentially life-threatening development as the tissue, if left untreated, could have become infected and led to haemorrhage.23 Dec 2012 - 12:25pm
Solo rock stars are twice as likely to die prematurely as those who perform in groups. British researchers examined the fate of 1,489 rock and pop stars who rose to fame in a period spanning half a century, from Elvis Presley in 1956 to the Arctic Monkeys in 2006.21 Dec 2012 - 3:53am
Mainland researchers have identified a bacteria which may cause obesity.
A new paper suggests diets that alter the presence of microbes in humans could combat the condition.
Researchers in Shanghai found that mice bred to be resistant to obesity even when fed high-fat foods became excessively overweight when injected with a kind of human bacteria and subjected to a rich diet.20 Dec 2012 - 4:12am
Childhood obesity is a problem that has not received the attention it deserves. There is a common but dangerous misperception that an extra few pounds at a younger age does no harm. Some parents even find chubby children more adorable and are quite happy to see their waistlines grow more than they should.20 Dec 2012 - 3:03am