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Neurological Disorders

Make it a smooth trip down memory lane

When US scientists introduced stem cells to the damaged brains of live mice, they were surprised by the results: the treated mice scored significantly better on learning and memory tests than their untreated peers.

Monday, 29 April, 2013, 9:49am

Taste of beer triggers reward chemical in the brain, study says

The taste of beer, even without any effect from alcohol, triggers a key reward chemical in the brain, says a study on how people become hooked on booze. Neurologists at the University of Indiana asked 49 men to drink either their favourite beer or Gatorade, the non-alcoholic sports drink, while their brains were scanned by positron emission tomography (PET). The goal was to look at dopamine, a chemical in a part of the brain called the ventral striatum that gives the sensation of reward.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:31am

App of the week

Joy Bauer Food Cures


Rating 6/10

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Woman with Japanese encephalitis improves

The condition of a 20-year-old Tin Shui Wai woman with Japanese encephalitis improved from serious to stable yesterday, but her neighbours called for the hygiene department to step up mosquito controls.

A large-scale anti-mosquito-spraying operation was carried out in the Yuen Long district yesterday, while 21 residents were given blood tests at a health department station.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Teen's cerebral palsy no barrier to an active life

When Letty Lam Foon-yee gave birth to a daughter 17 years ago, she wasn't sure the child would survive. Rainbow Tang Wai-hung weighed just 900 grams and developed cerebral palsy, which affects movement control. Now a Form Five student studying at a mainstream school, Rainbow is a top student, a swimmer and plays the piano.

'Everyday is a bonus to me,' Lam said.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors failing to identify Parkinson's properly

The majority of neurologists on the mainland can't distinguish Parkinson's disease from Parkinson-plus syndromes, according to experts who used yesterday's World PD Day to raise awareness of the illnesses among medical staff and the public.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Autism linked to maternal obesity, diabetes

Young women, here's a compelling reason to lead a healthy lifestyle: do it for your future children's sake. Diabetic or obese mothers are more likely to have a child with autism or other neurodevelopmental disability, according to a major study published yesterday in the journal Pediatrics.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


Great spot for world-class water sports

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Paint the town purple - that's what one Hong Kong charity hopes the community will do to help raise awareness of epilepsy this month.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

It's scary but not crazy

Alexander Mortensen remembers his first seizure vividly. Not only the before and after - he remembers the whole episode, including the attack. That's because he was conscious the entire time.

'I was sitting down watching TV, and suddenly I went stiff, rigid, and started shaking uncontrollably,' the

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am