Public Health

China's heavy metal and chemical pollution worsening

China's heavy metal and chemical pollution worsening

A senior environmental policy official has warned the mainland faces an "extremely grave" environmental crisis that will only worsen as pollution increases and the health problems its causes come to light.

Sunday, 6 January, 2013, 9:29am 4 comments

Health of poor an urgent case as Leung prepares policy address

An old woman collects cardboard for cash in Causeway Bay. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Pressure is mounting on the chief executive to make poverty alleviation a focus of his maiden policy address this month, with new research setting out in stark detail how being poor affects health and family life.

6 Jan 2013 - 1:53pm

Veterinary surgeon shortage 'poses threat to public health'

Dr Jane Gray, chief veterinary surgeon for the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Photo: David Wong

A "shameful" shortage of care experts on farms due to Hong Kong's lack of training schools may lead to a rise in animal-related diseases, experts say.

27 Dec 2012 - 7:07am 3 comments

Mainland outlines plans to cut smoking, without graphic labels

Mainland authorities have published a plan to reduce the world's largest population of smokers as part of a 2005 treaty, but without implementing recommendations such as warning labels that include photos of rotten teeth and diseased lungs.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:26am

Positive attitude on ageing is key to public health

Staff of DR Beauty meet the media in a press conference. Photo: Dickson Lee

After the DR beauty treatment incident, the government established a steering committee to review the regulatory regime for private health care facilities.

22 Dec 2012 - 2:31am

Gutter oil find shows it's no time for complacency

Gutter oil find shows it's no time for complacency. Photo: AP

When the mainland media showed disgusting images of how cooking oil is processed and stored in some areas a few months ago, the Hong Kong public watched with a mixed sense of shock and relief. While it is astonishing to see kitchen waste dredged from restaurant drains and reprocessed for cooking, we are also grateful for our more stringent safety rules and surveillance here.

22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am 1 comment

PM2.5 air pollutants causing more deaths than estimated, study says

Beijing resident Tan Liang takes readings of microscopic air pollutants on a PM2.5 detector outside his residential compound in the capital. PM2.5 is causing thousands of deaths on the mainland. Photo: AP

The health risks of microscopic air pollutants have been grossly underestimated on the mainland, with nearly 8,600 premature deaths expected this year in four major cities, a study has revealed.

And premature deaths are "just a tiny fraction" of the adverse health impacts of tiny airborne particles, less than 2.5 microns in diameter, known as fine particle matter 2.5 (PM2.5).

19 Dec 2012 - 3:18am 2 comments

Return to academia a break from politics for HKU's Gabriel Leung

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Leaping from academia to the government four years ago, Professor Gabriel Leung quickly found himself learning political survival skills as he faced tough job assignments and a series of scandals.

10 Dec 2012 - 4:59am

What the local media says

Sunday, Ming Pao Daily

CityU plan to switch courses to online forum is criticised

10 Nov 2012 - 2:25am

Los Angeles porn makers vow to fight new condom law

Porn film producers have vowed to challenge a new law requiring actors in adult movies to wear condoms while performing on set in Los Angeles County.

The Free Speech Coalition, the trade group that represents the adult film industry, said mandatory condoms would render porn filmmaking "untenable".

9 Nov 2012 - 3:41am

Hong Kong has right conditions for outbreaks of drug-resistant superbugs

The New Delhi-Metallo-1 superbug. Photo: SMP

In August, Princess Margaret Hospital reported the second case of the New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM-1) Enterobacteriaceae, a lengthy name for a microbe that can simply be called a superbug.

4 Nov 2012 - 1:38am

Last Hong Kong official who knew his job quits

Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai knew what he was doing.

When Steve Jobs kicked the bucket, the satirical Onion news website ran this now-legendary headline: Last American Who Knew What The F*** He Was Doing Dies.

I felt something similar yesterday when the government announced that Dr Thomas Tsang Ho-fai, controller of the Centre for Health Protection, would quit by the end of the year.

29 Oct 2012 - 7:38am

Saudi boy in Hong Kong has flu, not Sars-like virus

A Saudi boy in a Hong Kong hospital has the flu, not the deadly Sars-like virus that emerged in the Middle East last month, the Centre for Health Protection confirmed on Monday, when the four-year-old tested negative for novel coronavirus.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Campaigners against Tai Po man-made beach reveal E coli danger

An artist's impression of the 200 metre long, 75 metre wide beach planned for Tolo Harbour. Building is due to begin next month.

Campaigners against government plans to build a beach at Tolo Harbour have revealed that the area is apparently not fit for swimmers.

Tests carried out at Lung Mei, Tai Po, by green groups opposed to the artificial beach showed high levels of E coli, the bacteria associated with sewage and food poisoning.

6 Oct 2012 - 3:11am

Clearer air at the end of the tunnel at last

Regina Ip

For someone who has been bellyaching about Hong Kong's air quality for the past 18 months, and for the NGOs that have been at it for much longer, it was music to the ears to hear the environment secretary say air quality - roadside pollution, in particular - was to be a priority for his department.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:01pm