City Digest

City Digest

Pair face court over acid attack on rural leader

Tuesday, 14 August, 2012, 4:15am

Life in your gland

For more than a decade, Maria Santos suffered symptoms of a thyroid disorder that left her struggling at work and unable to enjoy life.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Salt cure for iodine deficiency may have gone too far

It is National Iodine Deficiency Prevention Day today, but ironically, mainlanders may now have too much iodine in their diet.

In 1993, Beijing launched a massive programme to combat widespread iodine deficiency diseases and one of the main measures was the compulsory use of iodised salt.

15 May 2011 - 12:00am


Ignore salt rumours, help the victims

Hongkongers have been very worried about fallout from Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. Small amounts of radioactive iodine were detected in some mainland provinces. Fortunately, levels have been too low to pose a health risk.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Salt panic showed HK's ugly side

Many Hongkongers bought salt in a panic because someone claimed eating it could protect us from radiation. What a ridiculous thing to happen in a developed city! It shows there are deep-rooted social problems the government needs to tackle.

24 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Iodine in salt to be cut amid health concerns

The Health Ministry plans to cut the amount of iodine in table salt, after concerns that iodised salt - introduced to address iodine deficiencies - may be linked to thyroid disease.

The ministry said it would announce details in the first half of next year, and even allow different cities to set their own levels of iodine in salt, the People's Daily reported yesterday.

14 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Radioactive packages go missing

Two lead containers holding 60 pellets of radioactive iodine-125, used to treat prostate cancer, went missing on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong on Tuesday, the Department of Health said. The packages, sent by Global Medical Solutions and destined for the Philippines, were found to be missing yesterday. Exposure to them was unlikely to be dangerous.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Department orders more recalls

The Department of Health yesterday instructed licensed drug wholesaler Luen Cheong Hong to recall Povidone-iodine Prep Pads because its registration had expired last year. It said there were no safety concerns with product. The department also instructed Hipharm, a licensed pharmaceutical wholesaler, to recall 46 products being sold in unapproved packages.

8 May 2009 - 12:00am

Too much roast seaweed a health risk for children

Children were warned yesterday against eating too much roasted seaweed.

Over-indulgence could cause a disease in the thyroid gland, the Consumer Council said.

The warning followed a test of 146 foods including meat, milk products, eggs and vegetables.

16 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Time to top up our iodine

A HONG Kong University study which shows that some people in the territory suffer from iodine deficiency - a condition which in severe cases can lead to goitre, miscarriage or lower a child's learning ability - has prompted calls for the Government to promote iodized salt.

27 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Survey reveals most salt deficient in iodine

THE low standard of salt available in China may go some way towards explaining why the country leads the world in diseases related to iodine deficiency.

A survey, conducted by the State Technology Supervision Bureau, discovered an alarming percentage of salt on the market did not contain the minimum amount of iodine required.

4 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Stain remover proves elusive

THERE can hardly be a single person in Hong Kong who has not yet been exposed to the TV adverts for that miraculous stain remover ''DiDi 7''.

Personally, I'm fascinated by the repeated assurances that it removes ''even iodine'' - not many of us come into contact with iodine in our daily lives - however, I digress, that's beside the point.

25 Apr 1994 - 12:00am