Last week, The Lancet medical journal published a series on the global burden of disease. One paper was an analysis of global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010.Wednesday, 19 December, 2012, 2:41am
Even if family history puts you at a high risk of cancer, research shows a healthy lifestyle could help. A new study has found that loading up on snack foods may increase cancer risk in individuals with Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that increases one's risk of developing colorectal, endometrial and other cancers at an early age.31 Dec 2012 - 5:17pm
Health officials, educators and governments the world over are up in arms over what they see as an obesity epidemic. Changing diets, a growing dependence on processed foods, and modern conveniences have done away with the necessity for much physical exertion.18 Dec 2012 - 9:28am 3 comments
Hong Kong's first heart transplant recipient marked the 20th anniversary of his operation with an appeal for more people to register as organ donors.
Chiu Wan-hoi, 68, talked about his experience at an event hosted by the Hospital Authority yesterday, saying he was thankful to be given 20 more years - and counting - to enjoy life.17 Dec 2012 - 4:15am
The number of cases of the drug-resistant superbug MRSA remains steady at public hospitals, but may be reaching a point where further reduction is difficult, the Hospital Authority warns.15 Dec 2012 - 3:14am
Following the incident last week in which a man run over by a truck died in an ambulance that became stuck in traffic, the Beijing Emergency Medical Centre said it would work more closely with the city's traffic authorities to avoid similar problems, Beijing Daily reports.13 Dec 2012 - 4:28am
One in five children in the city are obese - despite a slight drop in the percentage compared to last year - the Health Department said yesterday13 Dec 2012 - 2:18pm
The World Health Organisation has called for the urgent introduction of tobacco controls on the mainland to curb non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the biggest cause of deaths in China.
NCDs - chronic problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and lung disease - account for 83 per cent of deaths on the mainland and smoking is a major risk factor.8 Dec 2012 - 4:41am
If people can make themselves healthy, should we blame them for getting sick? That is the question raised not only by broadening acceptance of the idea that people should assume some responsibility for their health, but also by the exciting new trend towards patient empowerment.7 Dec 2012 - 4:20am
The city saw a record number of new HIV infections in the three months to the end of September.5 Dec 2012 - 10:27am
Developing Asia's impressive growth continues, but faces a new challenge - rising inequality. Over the past few decades, the region has lifted people out of poverty at an unprecedented rate. But more recent experience contrasts with the "growth with equity" story that characterised the transformation of the newly industrialised economies in the 1960s and 1970s.5 Dec 2012 - 2:15am
A surgeon with 33 years of clinical experience who mistakenly removed a patient's salivary gland instead of a tumour escaped with a reprimand yesterday.
The patient - who now has problems producing saliva and was severely distressed after the blunder more than four years ago - was not happy with the Medical Council's decision.3 Dec 2012 - 6:24am 1 comment
Those fighting tuberculosis (TB) say it is better not to treat the disease than to treat it badly, because doing so just produces more powerful, drug-resistant bacteria, making the world's second-most fatal disease stronger by the day.3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am 1 comment
The World Health Organisation recommends that diabetes patients be screened for TB - because diabetes triples the risk of developing TB - and that TB patients also be screened for diabetes.3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am
While pregnant women from the mainland have flocked to Hong Kong to give birth at the city's top-notch hospitals, thousands of pregnant Hongkongers are making the reverse journey - for a rather different reason.3 Dec 2012 - 10:29am