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Medicine

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.

Sunday, 6 January, 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

Study draws link between statins and survival rates in cancer fight

A controversial new study reported that the use of statins increased the survival rate of cancer patients. Photo: May Tse

Does taking cholesterol-lowering medication help fight cancer? A controversial new study has drawn such a tantalising link. The New England Journal of Medicine recently reported a large study of 295,925 patients showed that the use of statins increased the survival rate of cancer patients.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:01am

Occurrence of multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis grows

Tuberculosis is increasingly difficult to treat as the disease grows more resistant to drugs. Some 120,000 cases are diagnosed on the mainland each year. Photo: SCMP

Those fighting tuberculosis (TB) say it is better not to treat the disease than to treat it badly, because doing so just produces more powerful, drug-resistant bacteria, making the world's second-most fatal disease stronger by the day.

3 Dec 2012 - 5:57am 1 comment

China's formula for biotech innovation

China pledges to increase investment in its biotechnology industry. Photo: AP

China has sought to balance its economic development with the need to invest in the well-being of its people, taking major steps to reform health care systems and extend vital services to its citizens. And China has focused on creating an innovation economy, notably pledging to increase investment in its biotechnology industry by more than US$300 billion in the next five years.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

ADHD drugs 'may reduce criminality'

A large study suggests that people with serious attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are less likely to commit crimes when taking medication.

The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, examined records of 25,000 people in Sweden to see if those with ADHD had fewer criminal convictions when taking medication than when they were not.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Behind the mask

The Ritz-Carlton Spa by espa'ssignature facial incorporates jade stone rollers and radiance-boosting creams to refresh the skin.

Get ready to face winter with a luxurious and restorative facial, writes Marjorie Pearl.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm

Beautiful gestures

Cosmetics brands are showing through their actions that beauty is more than just skin deep. Photo: Thinkstock

Brands work hand in hand with charities to raise awareness and touch lives, writes Karen Fong.

21 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm

Gloria's so grateful for charity that saved her life

Gloria Cheng Pui- yan

Gloria Cheng Pui-yan considered herself blessed to become the first child in Hong Kong to have a bone marrow transplant. More than 20 years on, her battle with cancer is long past, but she is still thankful to those who helped her.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am

Superbug cases rise fourfold in Hong Kong

Inadequate bacteria-testing equipment in Hong Kong hospitals made it hard for the city to tackle new medical threats.

Cases of the deadly drug-resistant superbug NDM-1 quadrupled in Hong Kong this year, rising from three to 12.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Doctors declare war on a deadly chest disease too long ignored by its victims

Doctors declare war on a deadly chest disease too long ignored by its victims

Mainland doctors are urging people with persistent coughs, shortness of breath and other lung problems to seek medical attention soon in an effort to reduce the country's disproportionate number of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

World Diabetes Day a timely reminder of a global killer

Amid a national party congress that will install China's new leaders and the aftermath of a US presidential election, a day on the UN calendar that comes round every year seems unremarkable. World Diabetes Day is an exception.

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Medical journal slams Tamiflu maker

The journal claims there is no proof the drug works. Photo: AP

A leading British medical journal is asking drugmaker Roche to release all its data on Tamiflu, claiming there is no evidence the drug can actually stop the flu.

The drug has been stockpiled by dozens of governments worldwide, including Hong Kong, in case of a global flu outbreak and was widely used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Black tea may lower risk of diabetes

The fermentation process that turns green tea black produces a range of complex, health-inducing flavonoids. Photo: Shutterstock Images

A lot has been said about the health benefits of green tea, but a new study published in the online journal BMJ Open suggests that black is, well, the new black.

Researchers conducted a mathematical analysis of data from 50 countries across six continents and found that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is low in countries where consumption of black tea is high.

13 Nov 2012 - 8:53am