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Pharmacists warn against trusting hangover cure drugs

Some people might also be allergic to the substances in the “remedies”, says a warning from two pharmacy groups. Photo: Felix Wong

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Stigma of epilepsy makes sufferers hide condition

Former Scottish rugby international Tom Smith (in orange) speaks openly about his epilepsy. Photo: AFP

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

Too many women are still dying in childbirth

Every Mother Counts founder, Christy Turlington Burns (far right), visits village women in Bangladesh. Photo: CARE

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 more likely to die young, study says

Elvis Presley. Photo: AP

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

Shanghai researchers identify bacteria linked to obesity

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 still a problem in Hong Kong

The percentage of students deemed overweight has continued to drop but the rate is still significantly higher than 16.4 per cent 15 years ago. Photo: Reuters

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

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health?

Are we ready for longer lives … and more years of bad health? Photo: Nora Tam

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. This was the result of the efforts of 500 authors from 50 countries, and I am pleased to have been part of it.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:41am

Health bites

Patients who had higher consumption of snack foods - such as fast food snacks, chips, or fried snacks - were twice as likely to develop colorectal polyps (precancerous lesions) as patients with lower intakes of snack foods.

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

Obesity may not be bad for your health, says expert

Dr Lucy Aphramor, HAES UK. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Demand still great 20 years after Hong Kong's first heart transplant operation

Hong Kong's first heart transplant recipient, Chiu Wan-hoi (centre), at the Academy of Medicine in Aberdeen. Photo: Jonathan Wong

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

MRSA cases at public hospitals level off; further reduction difficult

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

China Digest, December 13, 2012

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

1 in 5 primary school children in the city overweight

The obesity rate among primary pupils was 20.9 per cent this year; that's more than 60,000 children of some 300,000 children. Photo: David Wong

One in five children in the city are obese - despite a slight drop in the percentage compared to last year - the Health Department said yesterday

13 Dec 2012 - 2:18pm

WHO demands urgent smoking controls to curb number of deaths

Smoking kills an estimated 1.2 million mainlanders each year. Photo: Reuters

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

Don't blame the sick

Don't blame the sick. Photo: Nora Tam

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