Medical Technology

New self-monitoring devices are a boon to diabetics

One of the new generation of blood glucose monitors.

When Tsiang Chi-tsing was diagnosed as diabetic five years ago, he stuck to a self-testing regime of using a fingerstick to measure his blood glucose levels three times a week. But after six months, his self-discipline sagged due to overwhelming work and family duties.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 9:45am 1 comment

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.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:20am

3-D printing breakthrough with stem cells

A colony of human embryonic stem cells, which can now be printed.

Three-dimensional printing is all the rage: from crafting musical instruments and prosthetic limbs to constructing a manned base on the moon.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:14pm

Allergy sufferers to benefit from mobile phone testing device

The iTube detects allergens in food as accurately as if tested in a lab.

Finding out if the food you're eating contains anything you're allergic to could soon be as easy as turning on your mobile phone.

18 Dec 2012 - 8:48am

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

Microchip that mimics breathing offers new way to test cancer drugs

US researchers have begun testing drugs using a microchip lined with living cells that replicates many of the features of a human lung, a technology that may one day help improve drug testing and reduce researchers' dependence on animal studies.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Just what the doctor ordered

With nearly 170 exhibitors from around the world, the HKTDC Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair showcases the latest in state-of-the-art medical products and services for the consumer and professional markets.

7 May 2012 - 12:00am

Church v state on population policy

The Philippines is the most populous Catholic country in Asia. China is the most populous country in the world. It's interesting to observe their diametrically opposed government policies on birth control.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cradle to the grave

It's a familiar story told too many times, and it has a tragic end.

An unmarried girl secretly gives birth. She is alone; one helpless child burdened with another. In this tale, it is the innocent who perishes, at the hands of the ignorant - a teenage mother.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Break down barriers to contraception

Public health and development experts agree: contraception is one of the most effective investments a country can make to protect the health of mothers and babies and to enable women's full participation in economic development.

2 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

2pc of primary school pupils have had sex

Two per cent of primary school pupils polled in a survey said they had experienced sexual intercourse, with half reporting they were raped.

The End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation surveyed more than 4,500 children from Primary Five and Primary Six across 24 schools from March to May. The average age was just over 11 years. Forty-three per cent of the respondents were girls.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Condom incident highlights problem of high-rise litter

Property management companies in Shanghai are coming under increasing pressure to clamp down on high-rise litterbugs following an increasing number of complaints from their downstairs neighbours.

23 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Quality tests find fewer faulty condoms

Leaky condoms can still be found across the city but there are fewer of them than four years ago, according to the Consumer Council's latest findings.

15 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

A life in the laboratory

Requirements An interest in doing experiments is important since it is what the job is about. Medical technologists have a huge responsibility, since mistakes could result in deaths. Technologists have to be prepared to handle infectious substances like faeces, urine and saliva samples from patients.

18 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Condoms that look good enough to eat

Many people go in thinking it's a candy store. They are quickly disabused.

Condomania, the city's first from the worldwide chain, sells specially designed condoms as novelty items. The brightly coloured contraception packs do look like candies, so co-owner Dawson Ho and his partners only have themselves to blame.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am