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JEANETTE WANG

Are your kids picky about their food? Researchers at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill say genes play a key role in food neophobia, or the aversion to trying new foods.

Raw organic beetroot is slow dried at 38 degrees Celsius to preserve its enzymes and vitamins. It takes 445 grams of fresh beetroot to produce one 215-calorie pack. It's said to help control obesity and cure colds.

Answering text messages behind the wheel is as dangerous as being twice over the legal alcohol limit, according to a study from various Australian universities and the University of Barcelona in Spain. 

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A new study published in the journal Nature is the first to show that a diet high in salt could be driving the increased incidence of autoimmune diseases worldwide.

Propionibacterium acnes thrive in the oily depths of skin pores, but scientists have found one strain of the bacteria that could actually prevent, rather than cause, pimples.

In a city where food can be found in nearly every street and at every corner, it's obvious that many Hongkongers live to eat. Dr Joel Fuhrman wants you to do the opposite: eat to live.

This organic, caffeine-free herb infusion combines natural licorice root with a blend of traditional spices: fennel, anise, peppermint, ginger, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.

For decades, we've been told by dietitians, doctors and public health authorities to avoid saturated fats such as butter or lard in favour of unsaturated vegetable oils like safflower and soya bean.

About five years ago, the percentage of Hong Kong adults who were overweight/obese stood at about 39 per cent, according to the Centre for Health Protection.

A more intense form of acupuncture has been found to help patients with Bell palsy, a condition whereby the face gets temporarily paralysed for weeks or months.

Graeme Collins, 63, a retired ballet dancer who now teaches, knew he was in dire straits when he first felt his ankle joint getting stiff about 14 years ago.

MELT is short for myofascial energetic length technique, a self-care treatment system that Hitzmann developed based on more than 20 years of experience in the fitness and health industry.

Kalamata olives, named after the Greek city where they are grown, are given a Moroccan touch with the addition of cumin, coriander and cardamom.

Last year, Gregoire Courtine and his research team made paralysed lab rats with severe spinal cord injury walk - and run - again.

This year's edition of annual charity run Beat the Banana! on March 17 will be a real family affair.

Three-dimensional printing is all the rage: from crafting musical instruments and prosthetic limbs to constructing a manned base on the moon.

How many calories does a Portobello vegan tempeh burger with mayo and pesto sauce, and a side of kale salad dressed in peanut sauce, have?

Work out now and continue to reap the benefits later. A new study in the United States has found that having a higher fitness level in midlife appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in later years. 

This Japanese product is made with wheat flour, barley, millet, black sesame, adzuki bean, soy bean, black rice and foxtail millet - which trump white refined flour for nutrition.

Capitalising on the trend, Armani/Aqua, the chic restaurant in Chater House where "couture meets cuisine", has launched a five-course detox tasting menu that claims to cleanse the body without compromising on taste.

This all-natural, salt-cured ham is aged for 17 months in the traditional method by the community of Trevelez in southern Spain.

Researchers are a step closer to developing therapies for the deadly condition, known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C).

People are living longer and fewer are dying from infectious disease, but this progress in health is no guarantee of living happily and healthily. 

Tall and thin may be desirable for a supermodel, but a new study shows that women with this type of physique are more likely to be infected by a type of bacteria that can cause fatal lung infections. 

If your excuse for inactivity is "I don't have the time to work out", Carolyn Barnes empathises.

The ease of access to online medical information has had a positive overall impact on the relationship between patients and doctors in Hong Kong, finds a survey of more than 100 physicians in the city.

There are more chronic myelogenous leukaemia (CML) sufferers in Hong Kong than ever. But that's a good thing because it means patients are living longer, according to experts.

A recent report on preservatives in hotpot meals may have you thinking twice about eating the traditional winter warmer this season, but how worried should you be?

A new study suggests that most infants who wake up crying in the middle of the night are best left to self-soothe and fall back to sleep on their own. 

 Wood-roasted with mixed peppers and spices, this Marlborough salmon hails from the "pure crystal clear waters" of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds and is said to be one of the world's finest. It contains no artificial flavours or additives.

Originating in the northern Italian city of Genoa, pesto got its name from pestâ, the Genoese word for "to pound" or "to crush" - which is traditionally how this sauce is made. This organic version from Italy contains 45 per cent basil and 44 per cent extra virgin olive oil.

Even if family history puts you at a high risk of cancer, research shows a healthy lifestyle could help. A new study has found that loading up on snack foods may increase cancer risk in individuals with Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition that increases one's risk of developing colorectal, endometrial and other cancers at an early age. 

For more than two decades, the term "chemo brain" has been used to describe the mental fog experienced by patients on chemotherapy. The cause had been unclear, but a new study shows that chemo brain is more than just a feeling - it's a change in brain function. 

As with most things, moderation is key when it comes to physical activity. There's an optimal amount that's good for your knees, but both too much and too little exercise can accelerate the degeneration of knee cartilage in middle-aged adults, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

At first glance, these may look like dog treats, but they're macaroons, made with maple syrup, shredded coconut, dark cocoa, extra virgin coconut oil, pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla and sea salt. 

If your child's academic results are giving you a headache, it could be because he or she has one. Children with migraine are 30 per cent more likely to have below average school performance than those with no headaches, according to research published today in Neurology.

I tend to find most hot chocolate too sweet. So this sugar-free drink is great, as I can tailor its sweetness to my preference. I felt it didn't need any sugar at all. Made with water, that's just 57 calories and 1.4 grams of fat per serving.

When Mark Wright calls himself an impulsive character he's not joking. Impulsiveness to many of us may mean that regrettable shopping purchase. For Wright, a 27-year-old Englishman, it meant deciding in a day earlier this year to do a self-supported solo bike ride from his London home to Hong Kong to raise funds for breast cancer patients.

Cancer treatments are associated more often with diminishing beauty than its enhancement. Hair loss and raw, peeling skin immediately spring to mind as common side effects of radio- and chemotherapy. But lately, another regimen has come under the spotlight - DC-CIK injections - being used to achieve more youthful looks. 

Here's a good reason to have an extra squirt of ketchup on that hot dog: eating tomatoes and tomato-based foods is linked with a lower risk of stroke, according to a study published today in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

This year marks the Hong Kong Cancer Fund's (HKCF) 11th Pink Revolution, a month-long campaign in October to increase awareness of breast cancer. Singer and actress Coco Lee is this year's Pink Ambassador. 

Scientists at Cardiff University in Wales are a step closer to treating male infertility with their latest discovery: adding a missing protein to infertile sperm can "kick-start" its ability to fertilise an egg and significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. 

Could it be magic? Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using levitation to improve the drug development process.

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