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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.

Thursday, 17 January, 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

‘Digital health’ movement in focus at tech show

The Consumer Electronics Show has traditionally been the preserve of computers and high-tech television, but specialised health gadgets and applications are making inroads on the world’s biggest technology show. Photo: AFP

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.

The Consumer Electronics Show is filled with new gadgets to monitor fitness, detect problems and find solutions to health issues ranging from obesity to diabetes to rare medical conditions.

11 Jan 2013 - 12:41pm

Insulin breakthrough may end daily jabs for diabetics

Lead researcher and Associate Professor Mike Lawrence examining modes for docking insulin into a three-dimensional structure of the human insulin receptor ectodomain in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

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

CCTV report claims that sharks are in restaurant kitchens, not in the soup

CCTV reveals restaurants using fake shark fins that may be toxic.

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

Healthy Gourmet: Running lean on greens and beans

Andrea Oschetti has resolved to return to the shape he was in for the 2009 New York City Marathon.

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

Fat people have lower death risk, study shows

Study finds that being slightly overweight, and even mildly obese, can increase life expectancy.

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

Shenzhen hotpot found with high levels of preservatives

Survey finds Shenzhen hotpot laced with preservatives

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

Doctor suspended for 8 months over misleading beauty centre adverts

Doctor suspended for 8 months over misleading beauty centre adverts

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

Short Science, December 30, 2012

A study found that two cups of milk a day was the right balance to maintain sufficient vitamin D without affecting iron levels.

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

Studly links breathing disorders to insomnia

Breathing factor forces rethink on treating insomnia.

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