Medicine

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.

Sunday, 9 December, 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

The rise of robotic surgery

Asia's first robotic interactive orthopaedic system. Photos: Nora Tam, AFP

In September 2001, a 68-year-old woman checked into Strasbourg Civil Hospital in France for a cholecystectomy, a routine removal of the gall bladder. Her surgeon, Jacques Marescaux, was one of the best.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:21am

Women get feet reshaped to fit high heels

Photo: Corbis

With celebrities these days tottering around in seven-inch Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo "limo heels", lesser mortals are trying to follow suit at the cost of their sole well-being. Cramming your tootsies into vertiginous death traps is not a good idea. The feet are especially delicate, with 26 major bones, 30 joints and a complex web of nerves and tendons.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:18am

The parasite strikes back

Sweet wormwood is processed to form part of a combination therapy to treat malaria. Unfortunately, resistance to the treatment is increasing in Asia. Photo: AFP

There were about 216 million cases of malaria last year and an estimated 655,000 deaths in 2010 according to the World Malaria Report 2011. Most deaths occur among children in Africa where a child dies every minute from malaria. Resistance to treatment adds to these statistics.

6 Nov 2012 - 11:21am