Headaches: It doesn't hurt to know

Take painkillers, but if warning signs occur, seek medical attention as soon as possible, says Dr N.V. Ramani

A headache is a fairly common ailment, but when does it warrant more serious medical attention than a painkiller?

Tuesday, 8 January, 2013, 2:51pm

Nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini dies aged 103

Levi-Montalcini's work helped study of cancer. Photo: AFP

Nobel medicine laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, a neurologist and developmental biologist, died yesterday at her home in Rome aged 103.

Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells" was the oldest living Nobel laureate at the time of her death.

Levi-Montalcini shared the prize with colleague Stanley Cohen in 1986 for their ground-breaking discovery of growth factors.

31 Dec 2012 - 6:31am

YouTube shows the way to beat and treat vertigo

Beyond airing videos of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and others that numb the mind, YouTube has the potential to spread useful and critical health information that is often ignored.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Until Further Notice, I Am Alive

Until Further Notice, I Am Alive by Tom Lubbock Granta

Tom Lubbock is dead and this is the book he wrote as he was dying.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Train the brain

Cognitive training, including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills, are known to reduce the risk and help slow down the progress of dementia among the elderly.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am


Invisible hand holds less water

In the 1970s, free market advocate Milton Friedman referred to Hong Kong as the best example of a laissez-faire economy.

Then in 2006, he voiced disappointment over Hong Kong's decision to give up the 'positive non-interventionism' approach.

But, can a free market solve our social problems?

23 Apr 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

Let's paint the town purple for epilepsy

Let's paint the town purple - that will be the colour of everything if epilepsy awareness advocates have their way this month.

People can expect to see fruit, vegetables, T-shirts and money in this colour, which is an extension of the global Purple Day push on March 26.

12 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

Dementia sufferers must not be left behind

China's advances in public health have resulted in a significant increase in life expectancy, which has gone from under 60 years in the 1950s to 73 today. However, this improvement has also resulted in increasing numbers of senior citizens - and a corresponding rise in some of the diseases prevalent in that age group, such as different kinds of dementia, notably Alzheimer's.

5 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

Beadman forced to miss the HK Derby

Darren Beadman has been forced into an unaccustomed spectator role for the Derby season after being told he will not be able to ride again until mid-April at the earliest.

Beadman, 46, suffered a broken right cheekbone and head trauma in a fall in a February 17 barrier trial and cannot ride again 'until a minimum six to eight weeks after the injury'.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How to take off from HK with your pet aboard

Travelling overseas from Hong Kong with a dog is relatively easy as the city has been rabies-free for about 25 years.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HK scientist to lead research on brains

A Hong Kong scientist has won a HK$47 million grant from Beijing and was appointed to lead a five-year study of the brain functions of thousands of mainlanders and Hongkongers.

Professor Tan Li-hai, from the University of Hong Kong, is the first Hongkonger to be appointed principle researcher of a major project under the National Basic Research Foundation.

13 Jan 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