Neurological Disorders

Make it a smooth trip down memory lane

The gradual decline of memory is part of the ageing process - it tends to peak in one's 20s, then levels off, declining steeply in one's 80s.

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

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

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

Study could shed light on causes of epilepsy

Lack of a particular protein in early brain development might be the root of certain types of epilepsy.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Speaking out on epileptic seizures

When Ada Wong felt dizzy and fell to the ground, her friends thought she was fooling around. She, too, thought it was nothing serious. But when it happened again a few days later, she consulted a doctor. She was diagnosed with epilepsy, a neurological condition that causes recurrent seizures with uncontrolled body movement and dizziness.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Few diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in city

Early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease allows patients to spend more time at home before going into a care home and, in wealthy countries, saves around US$10,000 per patient, according to an international report.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Giving power to parents of disabled children

Feng Xin, 40, is the executive director of the Guangzhou YangAi Special Children Parents' Club, one of the few non-governmental organisations on the mainland that helps the parents of children with disorders such as Down's syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy.

31 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

20 spinal patients to join HK study

Twenty people crippled by spinal injuries will take part in the second phase of a Hong Kong study using cord blood cells in which one patient has already recovered feeling in a paralysed limb.

Researchers are still recruiting participants, but seven patients who have already undergone surgery are progressing well with no side effects.

21 Apr 2011 - 12:00am