Respiratory Diseases

Briefs, March 3, 2013

A 74-year-old man in an infirmary ward in Pok Oi Hospital in Yuen Long, where some patients are infected with human metapneumovirus, has a fever and respiratory problems.

Sunday, 3 March, 2013, 5:14am

Doctors confident Hong Kong is prepared if Sars strikes again

Hong Kong is prepared to responded to any future Sars outbreak, medical experts say. Photo: Felix Wong

Medical experts pointed to the greater number of respiratory specialists and isolation wards, and the better understanding of how the disease spreads and thrives.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am

The lessons of Sars, 10 years on

The lessons of Sars, 10 years on

Ten years ago, on March 12, I sent an urgent e-mail to the World Health Organisation. I was in charge of Hong Kong's Department of Health at that time. We were screening more than 50 hospital staff for symptoms in a mysterious outbreak of flu-like illness.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am 4 comments

'Beijing cough' an insult to capital, says doctor

Severe air pollution has blanketed Beijing and large swathes of China in recent weeks. Photo: AFP

A top doctor has claimed that naming a chronic respiratory problem "Beijing cough" is an insult to the capital.

22 Jan 2013 - 8:52pm 12 comments

Doctors declare war on a deadly chest disease too long ignored by its victims

Doctors declare war on a deadly chest disease too long ignored by its victims

Mainland doctors are urging people with persistent coughs, shortness of breath and other lung problems to seek medical attention soon in an effort to reduce the country's disproportionate number of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Passive smoking children face long-term health problems

Parents, think twice before lighting up in front of your children: you could be setting them up for long-term respiratory illness, according to a study presented last Sunday at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Francisco.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ill smokers suffer in winter smog

Yet another study has confirmed that air pollution is taking its toll on people's health - this time on patients with a smoking history.

7 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

1.6m died of respiratory disease last year: expert

The mainland had 39 million asthma patients last year, while 32.8 million people suffered from life-threatening chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which also affects the lungs, according to a top health expert.

29 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Pollution link to surge in breathing problems

Experts call for total smoking ban and action on emissions after six-fold rise in elderly with respiratory complaints

The number of elderly people complaining of respiratory problems has risen six-fold in 12 years, a survey has found, with experts saying pollution is a significant factor contributing to the rise.

20 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Bronchitis findings

A survey by the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation of 120 chronic bronchitis and emphysema patients found that 80 per cent of the group had been smoking for more than 30 years and smoked at least one packet of cigarettes per day. Over half of them have to visit hospital for treatment. The society urged patients to do more exercise.

20 May 2002 - 12:00am

Other factors have impact on local rates of cancer

We refer to the story on a Friends of the Earth report (South China Morning Post, November 11), which claims that pollution in the Pearl River Delta has been responsible for sending 'Hong Kong's rates of cancer and respiratory illnesses soaring'. This is very misleading.

18 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Ex-school cleaner in $1m quest for respiratory disease payout

A former school cleaner launched a $1 million District Court lawsuit seeking compensation for a respiratory disease he claimed he contracted from inhaling toxic gas at work.

12 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Doctors too easily duped

I refer to 'Healthy reporter given two sick notes' (South China Morning Post, June 3) concerning the ease with which certificates can be obtained.

12 Jun 1999 - 12:00am