Hutchison to develop herbal drug with Nestle

Chi-Med chief executive Christian Hogg

Hutchison Whampoa's pharmaceutical unit has joined forces with Swiss food giant Nestle to develop a new drug, which they said had the potential to be the first Chinese herbal-ingredient-based drug candidate to conduct a large-scale clinical trial for registration in a maj

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 4:17am

Doctor charged for not checking on patient after surgery

A private surgeon charged with professional misconduct believed there was no need to examine his patient before discharging him despite his complaints of pain after surgery.

"I was under the impression he was in fairly good condition," Dr Chan Po-sum told the Medical Council in a hearing yesterday.

15 Apr 2013 - 2:53am

Concern over retirement of Hong Kong sex-change surgeon

Dr Albert Yuen

The only doctor who can carry out sex-change operations in Hong Kong public hospitals is due to retire in two years, triggering concern that patients who want life-altering surgery may be left in limbo.

14 Apr 2013 - 6:02am 1 comment

Improved odds for liver surgery

Mr Lei (centre) was saved by the new protocol. Photo: David Wong

A medical team at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam has transplanted livers from two donors to recipients of different blood types for the first time in the city, thanks to a new protocol.

25 Mar 2013 - 5:30am

How much do man-made chemicals affect our health?

Laboratories have demonstrated endocrine disruption on human hormones. Photo: Felix Wong

An urgent hunt is under way across Scandinavia for the culprit causing testicular cancer rates 10 times the global mean. Scientists suspect a man-made substance or interaction between substances which disrupts hormones, possibly before birth.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Deadly Sars-like virus takes toll on British family

The widow of the first person to die of a new Sars-like virus in Britain has told of the tragic circumstances of his death. Azima Hussain, 33, giving her first interview, spoke of the devastation inflicted on her family by the coronavirus that killed her husband, Khalid, last month.

17 Mar 2013 - 7:26am

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africa

Anti-HIV drug effort boosts life expectancy in South Africia. Photo: Reuters

An intensive campaign to combat HIV/Aids with costly antiretroviral drugs in rural South Africa has increased life expectancy by more than 11 years and significantly reduced the risk of infection for healthy individuals, according to new research.

24 Feb 2013 - 1:54am

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

Bird flu kills Guiyang woman in first fatal case in a year

Dr Ho Pak-leung. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

One of two patients confirmed to have contracted the H5N1 bird flu virus died yesterday in a hospital in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province. Guizhou authorities said Shuai Pengyue, a 21-year-old woman from Guiyang, died of multiple organ failure.

14 Feb 2013 - 5:37am

Research to resume on deadly artificial strain of H5N1 virus

The research was postponed over biosecurity fears

Experiments with a deadly, artificially mutated version of the bird flu virus are set to resume in a few weeks, ending a year-long suspension in research prompted by a global outcry over the risks.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am 2 comments

Insulin breakthrough may end daily jabs for diabetics

Lead researcher and Associate Professor Mike Lawrence examining modes for docking insulin into a three-dimensional structure of the human insulin receptor ectodomain in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

Research mapping how insulin works at a molecular level could open the door to novel new diabetes treatments, ending daily needle jabs for millions, scientists said yesterday.

A team in Melbourne, Australia has been able to lay out for the first time how the insulin hormone binds to the surface of cells, triggering the passage of glucose from the bloodstream to be stored as energy.

11 Jan 2013 - 4:33am

Sex change patients getting younger, and are more likely to be women

Dr Albert Yuen of Ruttonjee Hospital is the only sex reassignment surgeon for Hong Kong's public hospitals. Photo: Dale de la Rey

Transsexuals in Hong Kong are now seeking gender-changing surgery at a much earlier age than two decades ago, and those coming forward are more likely to be women seeking to become men.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:06am 1 comment

Three medical leaps that could transform disease treatments

Graphic: SMP

More than once last year, researchers described leaps in medical science that were so breathtaking, and held so much potential for patients, that they immediately joined the list of fields to watch in the year ahead. In most cases, the work was, and is, at an early stage and its success far from certain. But some may go down in history for transforming how medicine is done.

6 Jan 2013 - 2:48am

Is a 'cure' for ageing the ultimate medical breakthrough?

Aubrey de Grey has set up Sens Foundation to promote research into anti-ageing. Photo: Dickson Lee

On which problems should we focus research in medicine and the biological sciences? There is a strong argument for tackling the diseases that kill the most people - diseases like malaria and measles, which kill millions in developing countries. Developed countries, however, devote most of their research funds to the diseases from which their citizens suffer.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:38am 1 comment