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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Get ready to face winter with a luxurious and restorative facial, writes Marjorie Pearl.21 Nov 2012 - 11:29pm
Brands work hand in hand with charities to raise awareness and touch lives, writes Karen Fong.21 Nov 2012 - 11:30pm
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
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
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
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
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
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