Medical Diagnosis

Alzheimer's-detecting technology Neurotrack takes SXSW prize

The disease causes the brainto degenerate. Photo: AP

Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 per cent success rate, clinched the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the festival's interactive segment drew to a close.

Sunday, 17 March, 2013, 2:20am

Prioritising rare 'orphan diseases' of the medical world

Christina Hellmann. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mitochondrial disease is one of the orphan diseases - an ailment that has been ignored by the medical and pharmaceutical industries because of its rarity. There is no money to be made from finding a cure for it.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

The fight to diagnose mitochondrial disease in Hong Kong

Christina Hellmann of the Joshua Hellmann Foundation helping Cheng Kwan-yee and her mother Manda. Photo: Dickson Lee

After years of appeals for donations, equipment to diagnose mitochondrial disease was brought to Hong Kong a few months ago and will be operational at the Queen Mary Hospital next year, after a trial.

18 Feb 2013 - 4:34am

Wrong diagnosis in editorial's prescription for doctor shortage

Your editorial "Ease limit on overseas doctors (October 6)" is mostly typical of the health-care coverage of your newspaper: short, shallow and populist.

Health-care provision is complex, involving many compromises - most obviously between quality, quantity and cost - and is not generally cured with a single simple prescription such as in your editorial offers.

9 Oct 2012 - 4:53am

Visiting Dr Google can lead to a case of misdiagnosis

Using the internet to self-diagnose health problems may make people more prone to believing they are sicker than they really are, a local study has found.

Meanwhile, they are better at diagnosing others with the same symptoms, according to researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's marketing department.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Putting a finger on the pulse of Chinese medicine

Checking the rhythm of pulses and examining the colour of tongues were just a couple of the health techniques parents and children learned at a Chinese medicine playgroup this week.

A parent-child playgroup at Dr and Mrs Hung Hin Shiu Museum of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University was organised last weekend to increase awareness of Chinese medicine.

22 May 2009 - 12:00am

Innovative minds have room to invent and fulfil their dreams

Bold ideas turn biometric identification technologies into traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis equipment

Students and tutors often learn valuable lessons from each other, especially at a time when computing technology is taking giant strides forward.

This is the opinion of the head of Polytechnic University's department of computing, Keith Chan Chun-chung.

18 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

'Toxic' light sticks

The Consumer Council warns that fluorescent sticks, often used at concerts, parties and religious festivals, contain toxic substances that can be harmful.

Some sticks, if leaking or snapped open, can release chemicals that burn the skin and irritate the eyes, and cause coughing, vomiting and dizziness if inhaled.

16 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Chinese herb fears as three taken ill

Herbalists were last night urged to check a common headache treatment for contamination after three people who took it were sent to hospital. Two women and a man fell ill hours after taking the herb wai ling sin, which was contaminated with the toxic gwai kuo. They suffered vomiting, diarrhoea and numbness.

14 Mar 1996 - 12:00am

Giving birth by phone

ROUTINE pregnancy check-ups may soon be carried out from the comfort of the home by midwives using a portable medical and computer kit.

20 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Conclusion so obvious

DR Mike Rogers was reported recently as indicating that doctors will have affairs with patients, and 'why not', he implies.

19 Jul 1995 - 12:00am