Quiz: Hoffa's Syndrome

Rafael Nadal suffers from Hoffa's syndrome.Photo: Corbis

With Rafael Nadal pulling out of the US Open and the ATP tour indefinitely, the burning question - probably second to "When will he return?" - is: what exactly is Hoffa's syndrome?

Tuesday, 28 August, 2012, 6:11pm

Foot health - from bunions to corns to ankle injury

Foot health - from bunions to corns to ankle injury

Summer may be the season for flip-flops but not for Allison Ho who, like many other women in Hong Kong, suffers from foot disorders. Ho (not her real name) wears wide-boxed flat shoes all year round to conceal bunions, a condition that affects about 37 per cent of Chinese women in Hong Kong, according to research published in theFoot and Ankle Online Journal in 2010.

28 Aug 2012 - 6:11pm

Medecins sans Frontieres seeks China's help on Africa malaria cure

MSF's Dr Unni Karunakara.

One of the world's leading medical NGOs is in talks with Chinese scientists and researchers to develop a malaria treatment suitable for Africa, as well as other places.

26 Aug 2012 - 4:59am

Waistline warning we need to take seriously

When it comes to waistlines, it seems we can win the battle of the bulge, but not necessarily the war. Take the advice of health officials to keep midriffs within 36 inches (91cm) for men and 32 inches (81cm) for women to ward off obesity-related illnesses.

26 Aug 2012 - 1:34am

Beijing taxi passenger stabbed by HIV-infected needle left in cab

A Beijing taxi passenger must wait an agonising three months to find out whether he has HIV after being accidently stabbed by a hypodermic needle that later tested positive for the virus.

25 Aug 2012 - 3:01am

HK should subsidise flu vaccinations otherwise scheme is not effective

In a television interview on August 5, Secretary for Food and Health Dr Ko Wing-man made no mention of strategies in preventive medicine.

Influenza resulted in almost 400 intensive care unit (ICU) admissions and 227 deaths in Hong Kong from January to June. SAR citizens are not adequately protected from influenza.

24 Aug 2012 - 2:16am

New virus strain linked to increase in gastroenteritis cases in Hong Kong

A virus strain new to Hong Kong may be the reason for an abnormal surge of gastroenteritis cases this month.

Outbreaks in places such as homes for the elderly are five times last year's monthly number, while private doctors and public hospitals have seen a three-fold increase.

24 Aug 2012 - 3:02am

App of the week

App of the week

Joy Bauer Food Cures


Rating 6/10

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Case history

Illustration: Angela Ho

As a truck driver who drove eight hours a day transporting goods between Hong Kong and the mainland, Larry Ho, 46, was used to long hours on the road.

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Gauze left in four patients, hospital says

The Prince of Wales Hospital yesterday announced four incidents in the past two months in which doctors - in three cases, the same intern - failed to remove pieces of gauze after stitching new mothers' wounds from giving birth.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:10pm

Young given chance to care for elderly

A major operator of homes for the elderly is wooing secondary-school leavers who fail to gain entry to higher study with free courses and HK$8,000 a month to join its staff.

The move by the Haven of Hope Christian Service is a part of a larger attempt to reform the aged-care industry and ease a worsening manpower shortage.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm


Lower birth rate will be good for HK

I refer to the report ('Birth ban will leave HK with fewer workers', August 1).

People seem to be obsessed with numbers, be it in Hong Kong or the mainland. We no longer live in an industrial society.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Competition over, the monkey business starts

The Oh-oh-oh-Ohhhlympics is in full swing in the Athletes' Village if you are to believe the tabloids. With the first week of action over, which means blue-riband sport swimming is out of the way, those competitors who have finished performing can now afford to let their hair down, among other things.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Just add water

Musician Emily Li Kit-yiu was struck with diarrhoea, chronic bronchitis and colds so often that she became exhausted with repeated visits to the doctor. She also suffered from chronic shoulder pain, fatigue and insomnia.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Carriers of deadly virus fail to seek treatment

In startling findings revealed recently, more than half of 413 hepatitis B carriers identified through free tests in Hong Kong last year revealed that they knew of their status from previous blood donation drives or medical check-ups, but had not had any medical follow-ups.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:05pm