Doctors urge regulation of laser skin treatment at beauty parlours

Connie Lau Yin-hing. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Beauty parlours that offer laser skin treatment will continue to pose a danger until they are forced to use only licensed medical professionals to operate equipment, a panel of doctors told a forum yesterday.

Monday, 3 December, 2012, 5:43am

Li Keqiang wants tax breaks for NGOs specialising in Aids/HIV work

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang. Photo: Xinhua

Premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang has asked the Ministry of Finance to arrange a pilot programme that would give tax breaks to NGOs specialising in HIV/Aids prevention, as part of the government's attempt to reach out to grass-roots groups to help fight the disease.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:41am

Premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang meets Aids activists

Li Keqiang

Premier-in-waiting Li Keqiang held an unusual meeting with Aids activists from across the nation, the latest indication that the new leadership aims to project a more proactive and inclusive image.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:45pm

Consumption of soft drinks linked to prostate cancer

Photo: Bloomberg

Men who drink one normal-sized soft drink per day are at greater risk of getting more aggressive forms of prostate cancer, according to a Swedish study.

"Among the men who drank a lot of soft drinks or other drinks with added sugar, we saw an increased risk of prostate cancer of around 40 per cent," said Isabel Drake, a PhD student at Lund University, Sweden.

28 Nov 2012 - 6:20am

'Dough-Stick Brother' bemused by fame

Li Gang fries dough sticks in Chengdu, after improving their recipe. Photo: Chengdu Business Daily

Three years ago, a Sichuan peasant named Li Gang set up an iron skillet and a few tables at an old residential block in Chengdu and started cooking deep-fried dough sticks - one of the most common breakfast foods for Chinese.

25 Nov 2012 - 3:58am

Paraquat not needed in Hong Kong

I refer to the report ("Deaths of dogs may see ban on paraquat", November 18). I completely support the ban of this dangerous herbicide Gramoxone.

25 Nov 2012 - 2:06am

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Vice-Premier weighs in on HIV patients hospital rejection

Tianjin's Health Bureau says a hospital that rejected a lung cancer patient after finding out he was infected with HIV will face serious punishment.

23 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Wenzhou villagers riot over substation they fear is health threat

Police prepare to disperse protestors. Photo: SCMP

More than 1,000 villagers have clashed with police in Wenzhou over the construction of an electrical substation, despite recent central government promises for changes to reduce "not in my backyard" movements.

22 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Older bus drivers need tougher fitness tests

It's time the government and bus companies reviewed the health-check system.

Hong Kong has once again been shocked by a fatal accident involving a driver who collapsed behind the wheel of his vehicle. In what could be a sequence from a disaster movie, his double decker bus carrying dozens of passengers lost control and rushed down a notoriously steep road in Chai Wan, after its 57-year-old driver suddenly passed out. Sadly, this was not fiction.

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Court awards damages against top doctor

Alvin Chan Yee-shing in 2003. Photo: Dickson Lee

A prominent paediatrician must pay HK$314,608 in compensation for treatment that resulted in the amputation of a baby’s fingertip, the High Court ruled on Tuesday morning.

20 Nov 2012 - 5:32pm

Study finds people in tropics die younger

People living in tropical areas are likely to die more than seven years younger than those in other regions, the first findings of a global research project show.

The State of the Tropics study, run by 13 institutions across 12 countries, reported that people living in the world's tropical zones in 2010 had an average life expectancy of 64.4 years.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Milk-formula makers oppose plan to make Hong Kong regulatory code voluntary

Six makers of top formula-milk brands, including Mead Johnson Nutrition and Wyeth, have slammed as "ineffective" the government's proposal to create guidelines that call for only voluntary compliance from companies.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:25am

Limits urged on baby formula adverts

Excessive advertising of infant milk formulas could be curbed if breastfeeding associations can persuade the government to legislate an advertising code.

Parents and breastfeeding advocates are upset by what they see as brainwashing over the benefits of formula.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Superbug cases rise fourfold in Hong Kong

Inadequate bacteria-testing equipment in Hong Kong hospitals made it hard for the city to tackle new medical threats.

Cases of the deadly drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 quadrupled in Hong Kong this year, rising from three to 12.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

China Digest, November 17, 2012

The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau aims to survey 130,000 residents over the age of 45 by March to determine their risk of having a stroke, the capital's third leading cause of death, the Beijing Daily reports.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:00am