How years of neglect take their toll

Patrick Hung, 68, has suffered type-2 diabetes for about 20 years. Despite knowing the health risks that diabetes presents, Hung stubbornly refused to change his diet and lifestyle.

Tuesday, 27 March, 2012, 12:00am

Virus linked to high blood pressure

A team of Chinese doctors has, in a world first, found that high blood pressure may be caused by a common virus.

According to research published last month in the top-tier medical journal Circulation, doctors from Beijing Chaoyang Hospital's Cardiology Centre found a link between human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections and hypertension.

15 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Negligence denied in surgery on 77-year-old

Doctors at a private hospital denied any negligence in surgery on a kidney patient who died six days later.

Suspecting an error had been made, the family of the 77-year-old woman, surnamed Cheung, had complained to the hospital that nurses did not call for doctors promptly during the critical period.

1 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Suen denies kidney failure hurts his work

Education Secretary Michael Suen Ming-yeung yesterday revealed a health problem, adding to what lawmakers and academics called a pattern of government evasiveness about senior ministers' health.

28 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Coupons given out for medical tests

The Hong Kong Medical Association is offering free laboratory tests to screen patients for such chronic diseases as hypertension, diabetes and chronic kidney disease at an early stage. Dr Ho Chung-ping, convenor of the coupon campaign, said there were effective treatments for those diseases, which may have no obvious symptoms in their early stages.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Kidney patients' relatives at risk, study shows

6 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

Throughout human history there has existed the myth of the ultimate panacea, a 'cure-all' medicine, sometimes called the elixir of life. The word 'panacea' is derived from the name of the Greek goddess of healing, Panakeia. In ancient Greek, pan means 'all' and akeia means 'remedy'.

18 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Plea for more home kidney dialysis

Doctors have called for the expansion of home dialysis services to kidney failure patients, saying it is more affordable and effective. At the Congress of the International Society for Haemodialysis held in Hong Kong over the weekend, doctors agreed that home dialysis can relieve the burden of being treated at hospitals and could cut health care costs.

31 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

'It's so much cheaper than the hospital. If I want to live I have to come here'

Li Lidan barely looked at the plastic tube connecting her arm to a second-hand dialysis machine, which was sending cleansed blood back into her body. Another patient sat by her side, eyes on the tube, adjusting a dial from time to time.

6 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Dialysis fluid recalled over contamination fear

Two batches of solutions used in dialysis distributed to public hospitals and patients with kidney failure have been recalled due to suspected contamination in the latest drug scare.

3 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

7,000 being treated for kidney failure

The chairman of the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, Lui Sing-leung, said 1,024 people had needed to start receiving treatment for kidney failure in the past year. Dr Lui was speaking at an event to mark World Kidney Day yesterday. There were about 7,000 patients being treated for kidney failure in the city, he said.

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

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Reading Comprehension

Answer the following questions

1. What is the ultimate goal of China's 'Healthy China by 2020' reform plan?

a. to cut smoking

b. to provide universal health insurance

c. to reduce health care costs

d. to provide universal health care services

17 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

HK kidney patients 'must look to mainland' for transplants

A leading surgeon says Hong Kong has failed to meet the demand for kidney donors, leaving patients in need with no option but to seek a transplant on the mainland, where organs might have been harvested from executed prisoners without their consent.

7 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Elective surgery put off to ensure blood supply

Some patients in Beijing and other Olympic host cities will be forced to reschedule their elective operations as authorities seek to guarantee blood supplies for the Games.

The Ministry of Health issued an urgent notice on Wednesday ordering medical authorities to boost blood stocks and ensure that host cities are fully prepared for any emergency 'during the Olympic season'.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Starfruit in Shenzhen 'not life-threatening'

Shenzhen health authorities yesterday rejected a Malaysian report that consumption of the city's supplies of starfruit was 'life-threatening'.

Malaysian media reported yesterday that a 66-year-old Malaysian, Tang Gon Seang, was among more than a dozen people in comas after eating starfruit in Shenzhen.

22 Apr 2008 - 12:00am