Heart Disease

China health under pressure from rapid change in diets

A woman eats at a fast food restaurant in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

It’s a timely coincidence. Diet is the leading risk factor for premature death on the mainland, accounting for one in three deaths in 2010, according to the study published in The Lancet.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 1:00pm 2 comments

Lab Report

Oxford scientists have custom-built a 3-D printer that can create a new type of material with the properties of living tissues

Oxford University scientists have custom-built a 3-D printer that can create a new type of material with the properties of living tissues.

8 Apr 2013 - 10:27am

High blood pressure: a hidden problem

The focus of this Sunday's World Health Day is the global problem of high blood pressure.

Is your blood pressure normal? There's a one-in-six chance that you have hypertension (high blood pressure), and you don't know it.

1 Apr 2013 - 9:57am 1 comment

Heart disease patients at greater risk of bowel cancer, say experts

Heart disease patients should get tested for bowel cancer as they have a higher risk of contracting the disease, said medical researchers on Thursday. Among those who have coronary heart disease or are at risk of having coronary heart disease, 40 per cent have pre-cancerous bowel tumours, a study by the Chinese University found.

21 Feb 2013 - 10:16pm

Vegetarians a third less likely to suffer heart disease, UK study shows

Vegetarians are a third less likely to develop cardiovascular disease than those who eat meat and fish. Photo: May Tse

Vegetarians were 32 per cent less likely to be admitted to hospital or die from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish, scientists at Oxford University reported.

1 Feb 2013 - 3:57am

A potential cure on a plate

Patients' skin cells were used to create the "disease in a dish" model.

Researchers are a step closer to developing therapies for the deadly condition, known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C).

29 Jan 2013 - 11:35am

Overlooked 'ugly' cholesterol a big killer

Lower your blood cholesterol level by eating a low-fat diet and keeping your weight in the healthy range.

We know that high cholesterol is life threatening, but do you know which type is the most frequent killer?

22 Jan 2013 - 9:00am

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

We're living longer, but getting more sick, study finds

We're living longer, but getting more sick, study finds

People live more than a decade longer on average than they did in 1970, but spend many of these years battling diseases such as cancer, according to a global health review.

15 Dec 2012 - 4:51am

The deadly truth about red meat

Illustration: Wai-yee Man

It's said that one man's meat is another's poison, but these days it seems increasingly that meat is every man's poison. Stacks of research studies suggest eating red - especially processed - meat increases one's risk of dying from heart disease or cancer. But is it as bad as it's made out to be?

20 Nov 2012 - 4:00pm

GM tomatoes could unclog arteries and prevent heart attacks

Tomatoes genetically engineered to unclog arteries and a strain of a bacteria in yogurt designed to lower cholesterol are among a new wave of alternative remedies showing promise in the fight against heart disease.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Donor stem cells as safe as patient's own for heart repair

Stem cells from the marrow of healthy donors was found to help repair recipient's damaged heart tissue.

Researchers are reporting that stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue, a key advance in repairing hearts damaged by heart attacks.

7 Nov 2012 - 4:10am

Study finds no heart benefits to fish oil supplements

Is there something fishy going on with omega-3 fatty acids?

For years, major health and medical organisations have recommended fish oil supplements rich in omega-3s to reduce the threat of heart disease. In Europe, where support is particularly enthusiastic, a doctor's failure to recommend the supplements is viewed by some as bordering on malpractice.

13 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Fatty foods can boost our health

Debby asks: Are all fats bad for you?

Wynnie says: Fat plays an important part in your diet - and health - as a source of fuel. It provides essential fatty acids the body can not make itself, and helps to carry fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, K and E) into the bloodstream. It is also needed for nerve transmission and maintaining the integrity of cell membranes.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Designer's heart goes out to the many women in his life

Designer Alan Chan Yau-kin (below) sold his heart to a woman for HK$12,000. It was an acrylic heart-shaped butterfly he made for Replay's charity auction party for the Children's Heart Foundation on Thursday at the Wan Chai restaurant The Pawn.

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am