Hong Kong sees record rise in HIV infections in third quarter

World Aids Day was marked on Saturday. Photo: Xinhua

The city saw a record number of new HIV infections in the three months to the end of September.

Wednesday, 5 December, 2012, 10:27am

Inequalities erode foundations of Asia's growth

A worker walks with a spade as others lay iron bars for a bridge under construction in the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Photo: AP

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

Warning for doctor who removed salivary gland instead of tumour

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

Occurrence of multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis grows

Tuberculosis is increasingly difficult to treat as the disease grows more resistant to drugs. Some 120,000 cases are diagnosed on the mainland each year. Photo: SCMP

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

Pilot project on mainland helps identify more patients with TB

Pilot project on mainland helps identify more patients with TB

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

Shenzhen abortions hold high risks for Hong Kong women

The number of legal terminations recorded in Hong Kong has gone down from more than 20,000 in 2001, to around 11,000 in 2010.

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

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.

3 Dec 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

Added value

Added value

Rare substances can give skincare products the sparkle of exclusivity, writes Karen Fong.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm