Case history: peanut aspiration

Illustration: Angela Ho

Little Danny Lai was having a rough two weeks. The 23-month-old toddler had diarrhoea, low-grade fever and a persistent cough that would not go away.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 12:18pm

TB checks for all new students included in draft amendment to health regulation

All newly enrolled students and people working in the food, drugs and cosmetics industries should be screened for tuberculosis to prevent the spread of the highly contagious disease, according to a draft amendment to a health rule.

The amendment to the TB Prevention and Control Regulation was put up for a month's public consultation on Wednesday.

17 Aug 2012 - 4:17am

Patient gets her second wind

Elaine Wong, 50, is no stranger to challenges. She was born with a congenital bone condition called osteogenesis imperfecta that made her bones fragile and twisted her spine. But thanks to a loving and supportive family and her strong character, Wong did not let the disease get in the way of her life. She completed school and went on to pursue a career.

31 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Joint effort boosts global battle against TB

A recent breakthrough in the global war against tuberculosis has not only raised hopes for the millions of people living with the disease, it has also highlighted what can be achieved through joint international medical research.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A lucky old puffer

Every day for the past five decades, Jerry Wang, 71, would smoke 21/2 packs of cigarettes. Predictably, he racked up a host of health problems along the way: high blood pressure, gout, gastric reflux issues and other ailments.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors join forces to cut soaring lung cancer toll

Doctors dealing with lung cancer on the mainland, the world's largest consumer and producer of tobacco, have set up the first association focused on battling the disease and its causes.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Grieving family accuses hospital

Relatives of a previously healthy elderly man who died two days after being treated in a Kowloon hospital say he was discharged too soon and misdiagnosed.

Punnamali Swamy, 76, had injured his spine in a fall in his bathroom. He was treated in Queen Elizabeth Hospital for five days and discharged on March 23.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing faces funding crisis for TB treatment

With a global health fund withdrawing, the mainland is scrambling to find the means to support its fight against tuberculosis, which the WHO estimates infects 1.3 million mainlanders every year.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Drug cocktail raises hope for sufferers

In an ambitious effort to stem the deadly tide of TB and deadly multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) around the world, international non-profit organisation TB Alliance yesterday launched a clinical trial to test a novel drug combination in both patients with TB and MDR-TB.

The announcement comes ahead of World TB Day on Saturday.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Doctors removed his lung, but cancer was in his blood

When Rocky Perez went into the operating theatre to have his left lung and the tumour it contained removed in June last year, he was hoping to walk out healthy.

Instead, after two weeks in intensive care, he discovered he had not needed such drastic surgery, as the cancer was not in his lung but in his blood.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Probe as scarlet fever kills girl

The Department of Health has launched an investigation after the death of a 14-year-old girl from scarlet fever yesterday. This follows a 10-fold increase last year in the number of children struck down by the potentially fatal bacteria.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


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27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Asthma's choke hold

First, the good news: Hong Kong's air pollution is not causing the city's asthma levels to rise. The bad news: it is certainly making life worse for sufferers here. Indoor living conditions are not helping, either, making the fight against Hong Kong's most common childhood disease - one responsible for 15 per cent of hospital admissions among children - a tough one.

14 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

The dog days of summer

As you revel in the heat of a Hong Kong summer, it pays to remember that the hotter weather and higher humidity can give rise to a host of seasonal health issues. So, maximise your fun and stay healthy with this guide to avoiding the season's most common health problems.


31 May 2011 - 12:00am


Buying an apartment for her might be a bit too much for a Mother's Day gift. I think my mum's nasal allergy was caused by her helping me to build my studio. So this year I bought her some honey. It's very good for nasal allergies and digestion.

Canto-pop singer Hins Cheung King-hin on his practical gift for his mother.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am