One woman died and three were critically ill after paying HK$50,000 in October 2012 for "anti-cancer" blood transfusion therapy at a beauty centre. In the procedure, blood is drawn from the patient, then processed to harvest the "cytokine-induced killer cells", or CIK, found in the white blood cells. The CIK cells are multiplied in a culture solution and injected into the patient along with their own blood after two weeks. The founder of the DR beauty company that carried out the treatment, Dr Stephen Chow Heung-wing, has admitted there was no evidence the treatment worked.
Medical entrepreneurship poses new problems for the profession, which dislikes regulation, and for the government, which likes to focus regulation on the public hospital environment and otherwise keep the doctor-patient relationship at arms length, under professional self-regulation. As a result, according to one member of a Food and Health Bureau working group panel set up to investigate medical regulation, there is nothing to define what procedures a doctor can perform outside a hospital.Sunday, 6 April, 2014, 3:55am
Doctors are to be banned from carrying out high-risk medical procedures in beauty salons or other private premises without Department of Health approval, the Post has learned.
The changes come after one woman died and three others suffered serious injuries following blood-transfusion therapy at a beauty clinic in 2012.22 Mar 2014 - 8:34am
While beauty centres have seen clients stay away in droves since the death of a patient in October, thousands of Hong Kong women still pay for beauty treatments - despite the risks.
One woman who agreed to share her experience said she would continue to use beauty centres.5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am
Generations of women have tried to defy the ageing process.5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am
Manslaughter part of probe into beauty case28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am
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Our family feels torn apart
Mr Yeung, whose wife Chan Yuen-lam died after undergoing a high-risk beauty treatment
24 Oct 2012 - 2:21am
A man whose wife died after undergoing a high-risk beauty procedure said he had no idea she had received the treatment and accused the salon operator of treating her like a guinea pig.
He wanted to know how she had been persuaded to pay for such treatment, which went against her usual nature.24 Oct 2012 - 4:41am
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Having been heavily criticised for dragging its feet, the government has finally launched a review of the need to regulate high-risk medical procedures performed by beauty parlours. This came after "therapeutic treatment" killed a woman and made three others ill. This is not the first time legislation has been called for.21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am
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An exhibition of more than 100 items of James Bond memorabilia opens at the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of the first film based on Ian Fleming's spy novels, Dr. No.
Briefing on high-risk medical procedures15 Oct 2012 - 1:53am