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Health bites

Marijuana hits below the belt A new study published in

Tuesday, 11 September, 2012, 9:32am

Genetic switches likely to help fight disease

Genetic switches likely to help fight disease

One of the biggest scientific research projects in recent years has just unveiled its results. The Encode consortium, consisting of 442 researchers working in 32 institutes around the world, has spent the last five years studying a representative 1 per cent of our genome.

9 Sep 2012 - 2:34am

Hong Kong parents seek answers after newborn baby suffers skull fracture

The parents of a baby, suspected to have suffered a skull fracture at birth, will meet Union Hospital chiefs today. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Grieving parents are demanding answers as their newborn baby lies on life support from a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage, suspected to have been suffered during birth but not discovered for a week.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

Screening elderly for irregular heartbeat urged

New European medical guidelines recommend that all elderly patients should be screened for irregular heartbeat, as recent evidence has shown that it is a common disorder and a big cause of strokes.

6 Sep 2012 - 3:40am

Allergies need to become a medical discipline in Hong Kong

Allergies need to become a medical discipline in Hong Kong

Allergy incidence in Hong Kong is somewhere in the middle of the international league table. But unlike most established urban centres, in Hong Kong it appears to be rising - something the city's medical services might increasingly struggle to cope with, given that there's no formal medical training for allergy specialists here.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:34am

Ask the doctors

Ask the doctors

Q: My nephew has cystic fibrosis. Is it safe for him to participate in sports?

A: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common genetic disease in North America but has the lowest incidence among Asians.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Health bites

Health bites

It all comes out in the wash

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Case history

Case history

Tam Mei-lan, 86, was out of breath and out of options when she consulted Dr Elaine Chau, a cardiologist at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital.

The health crisis began when sudden chest pain and severe breathlessness landed Tam (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy) in hospital. She had suffered a heart attack because not enough blood was reaching her heart.

4 Sep 2012 - 11:28am

Asbestos inspection sparks health concerns among building residents

The building at 111 Mount Butler Road is being inspected for asbestos. Photo: Edmond So

Residents of a government-owned block of flats are concerned for their health after a building contractor handed out flyers saying it was inspecting it for asbestos, a cancer-causing substance.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:04am

So near, yet so feared: the magic touch

Happy feet:a foot massage is a great cure for a hangover.

2 Sep 2012 - 1:31pm

Hong Kong contractor charged over illegal asbestos removal work

Seven summonses have been issued to contractor Hung Key Cheong Yip, accusing it of demolishing buildings without taking proper precautions to stop cancer-causing asbestos being released into the air.

1 Sep 2012 - 3:57am

Death at HK's Queen Mary Hospital 'caused by disconnected oxygen tube'

A patient with severe heart problems died in Queen Mary Hospital after a tube delivering oxygen to his blood became detached, it was revealed yesterday.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:19am

Super-strength drug-resistant TB spreading across globe

Researchers have sounded the alarm over drug-resistant tuberculosis, calling it a curse that is rapidly becoming more difficult and costly to treat.

In a study of eight countries, scientists found nearly half (43.7 per cent) of TB patients did not respond to at least one second-line TB drug, a strategy used when the most powerful first-line drugs have already failed.

31 Aug 2012 - 4:11am

Hong Kong lagging region on breastfeeding statistics

The Hong Kong Committee for Unicef applauds and commends the efforts made by Lisa Milliner as described in her letter ("Hospital out of touch on breastfeeding", August 24).

30 Aug 2012 - 2:40am

US doctors say circumcision is safe and helpful, but others disagree

The American Academy of Paediatrics has issued new guidelines saying the health benefits of infant circumcision outweigh the risks of the surgery, but the influential physician's group has fallen short of a universal recommendation of the procedure for all infants, saying that parents should make the final call.

28 Aug 2012 - 4:53am