Jeanette Wang

SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."
Jeanette Wang
SCMP health editor Jeanette Wang discovered the joy of trail running in 2011, when she moved from ultra-urbanised Singapore to the country park haven of Hong Kong. She's since neglected road running and triathlons in favour of the trails, and participates regularly in local races. Why? Because, as, John Muir said: “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity..."

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From Pyongyang to Antarctica: how marathon-running holidays have taken off

Growing numbers of runners are organising their holidays to include a race, and the list of exotic destinations grows ever longer – a sign of the changing status of running, as it becomes more of a lifestyle than simply a sport

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
From Pyongyang to Antarctica: how marathon-running holidays have taken off

Growing numbers of runners are organising their holidays to include a race, and the list of exotic destinations grows ever longer – a sign of the changing status of running, as it becomes more of a lifestyle than simply a sport

How yoga changed a Hong Kong woman’s life and how she gives thanks by running free outdoor yoga classes

Facing a life of limited mobility and the prospect of a knee replacement after breaking her leg, Janae Hagan took up yoga; now the 28-year-old American runs free vinyasa-style classes in Admiralty

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How yoga changed a Hong Kong woman’s life and how she gives thanks by running free outdoor yoga classes

Facing a life of limited mobility and the prospect of a knee replacement after breaking her leg, Janae Hagan took up yoga; now the 28-year-old American runs free vinyasa-style classes in Admiralty

How Hong Kong runner gets inspired by the great outdoors

Visual artist Elsa Jean de Dieu runs Hong Kong’s trails for enjoyment and to free her mind in order to let her creative juices flow

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How Hong Kong runner gets inspired by the great outdoors

Visual artist Elsa Jean de Dieu runs Hong Kong’s trails for enjoyment and to free her mind in order to let her creative juices flow

How Hong Kong runner John Ellis balances trailblazing with a desk job

The Hong Kong running legend tells how he juggles a desk job, a retail business, fatherhood and staying at the top of his game

27 Feb 2017 - 5:55PM
How Hong Kong runner John Ellis balances trailblazing with a desk job

The Hong Kong running legend tells how he juggles a desk job, a retail business, fatherhood and staying at the top of his game

How to make the switch from road running to Hong Kong’s challenging trails

Experienced trail runners offer advice on the best ways to train and compete for off-road events, emphasising it’s better to focus on climbing and descending hills, rather than putting in the hard yards on the flat

8 Aug 2017 - 2:42PM
How to make the switch from road running to Hong Kong’s challenging trails

Experienced trail runners offer advice on the best ways to train and compete for off-road events, emphasising it’s better to focus on climbing and descending hills, rather than putting in the hard yards on the flat

Five things to know about IVG – a new way to have babies by turning any cell in our bodies into sperm or egg cells

Already trialled in mice, IVG or in vitro gametogenesis is the next frontier in reproductive medicine, allowing infertile people, same-sex couples, groups of more than two, or individuals, to become parents

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Five things to know about IVG – a new way to have babies by turning any cell in our bodies into sperm or egg cells

Already trialled in mice, IVG or in vitro gametogenesis is the next frontier in reproductive medicine, allowing infertile people, same-sex couples, groups of more than two, or individuals, to become parents

The weather’s to blame for your aches and pains – or is it?

How an app is helping new research aimed at confirming or dispelling the age-old belief that back discomfort and osteoarthritis are linked to inclement weather

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
The weather’s to blame for your aches and pains – or is it?

How an app is helping new research aimed at confirming or dispelling the age-old belief that back discomfort and osteoarthritis are linked to inclement weather

Chinese adults diagnosed with diabetes live nine years less on average

Study of 513,00 adults from across China ran from 2004 to 2014 and found significantly increased probability of dying in those with diabetes. In other health news: acupuncture might help colicky babies stop crying

20 Jan 2017 - 11:32AM
Chinese adults diagnosed with diabetes live nine years less on average

Study of 513,00 adults from across China ran from 2004 to 2014 and found significantly increased probability of dying in those with diabetes. In other health news: acupuncture might help colicky babies stop crying

How a doctor’s second opinion is just a click away for Hongkongers - and whether that’s a good thing

Online services offering access to medical experts in Europe and the US can prevent unnecessary surgery and provide alternative treatments, their founders say, as telemedicine gains traction

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
How a doctor’s second opinion is just a click away for Hongkongers - and whether that’s a good thing

Online services offering access to medical experts in Europe and the US can prevent unnecessary surgery and provide alternative treatments, their founders say, as telemedicine gains traction

In the age of selfies, there’s more to happy snaps than narcissism, study shows

Are you a communicating selfie taker, an autobiographer or just a self-publicist? US research identifies three categories of selfie takers and finds ego is not our only motivation

16 Jan 2017 - 5:30PM
In the age of selfies, there’s more to happy snaps than narcissism, study shows

Are you a communicating selfie taker, an autobiographer or just a self-publicist? US research identifies three categories of selfie takers and finds ego is not our only motivation

As Hong Kong chokes in pollution, runners of 100km trail race try to focus on positives
Musicians have quicker reactions than non-players, says study

Also, get off the couch to help keep dementia at bay, and mother’s blood pressure before pregnancy could indicate whether she has a boy or girl

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Musicians have quicker reactions than non-players, says study

Also, get off the couch to help keep dementia at bay, and mother’s blood pressure before pregnancy could indicate whether she has a boy or girl

Pioneering treatment uses stem cells from placenta on preterm babies’ lungs

The placenta is a miracle of nature, providing a fetus with oxygen, nutrients, hormones and water, while filtering out pathogens. Now its stem cells are being used to repair damaged lungs in premature babies

10 Jan 2017 - 10:05AM
Pioneering treatment uses stem cells from placenta on preterm babies’ lungs

The placenta is a miracle of nature, providing a fetus with oxygen, nutrients, hormones and water, while filtering out pathogens. Now its stem cells are being used to repair damaged lungs in premature babies

Rate of caesarean births in China on par with rate in US, and lower than previously reported, new study shows
How ‘kangaroo care’ can benefit premature babies, with discernible results even 20 years later

A new study claims that kangaroo care – also known as skin-to-skin care – can bring immediate and longer-term benefits to babies compared to those who received traditional incubator care alone

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
How ‘kangaroo care’  can benefit premature babies, with discernible results even 20 years later

A new study claims that kangaroo care – also known as skin-to-skin care – can bring immediate and longer-term benefits to babies compared to those who received traditional incubator care alone

Children of obese parents more likely to be clumsy, not good with people and have trouble solving problems in early life, study finds

Fine motor skills and social competence compromised in children of obese parents, and doctors don’t know why. Also in health news: artists’ brush strokes may be window to degenerative brain disorders

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Children of obese parents more likely to be clumsy, not good with people and have trouble solving problems in early life, study finds

Fine motor skills and social competence compromised in children of obese parents, and doctors don’t know why. Also in health news: artists’ brush strokes may be window to degenerative brain disorders

Will a sauna cure your hangover? No, it could make you really ill – what you need is rest and hydration

Sweating it out in the sauna is positively dangerous after a big night out, but a regular steam bath while sober could head off heart problems and reduce the risk of dementia

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Will a sauna cure your hangover? No, it could make you really ill – what you need is rest and hydration

Sweating it out in the sauna is positively dangerous after a big night out, but a regular steam bath while sober could head off heart problems and reduce the risk of dementia

The eight hottest health foods trends for 2017, from seaweed pasta and purple carrots to soup cleanses and superfood smoothies

Kale has gone stale, coconuts will make a comeback, and we’ll be swapping happy hours and hangovers for group training and mindful interaction, the experts say

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
The eight hottest health foods trends for 2017, from seaweed pasta and purple carrots to soup cleanses and superfood smoothies

Kale has gone stale, coconuts will make a comeback, and we’ll be swapping happy hours and hangovers for group training and mindful interaction, the experts say

Hong Kong banker Michel Lowy on the comeback trail after cheating death in storm-lashed Lantau peaks race a year ago

Belgian co-founder and CEO of boutique investment bank was left fearing he’d be paralysed - if he survived at all - following horror slip. He talks about his return to racing and his changed perspective

20 Dec 2016 - 5:30AM
Hong Kong banker Michel Lowy on the comeback trail after cheating death in storm-lashed Lantau peaks race a year ago

Belgian co-founder and CEO of boutique investment bank was left fearing he’d be paralysed - if he survived at all - following horror slip. He talks about his return to racing and his changed perspective

Why are heart attacks more common during Christmas and New Year? And how can you ward them off?

Studies show that our chances of getting a heart attack increase by 5 per cent during the holidays, and it’s not just because we overindulge during holiday meals

19 Dec 2016 - 5:21PM
Why are heart attacks more common during Christmas and New Year? And how can you ward them off?

Studies show that our chances of getting a heart attack increase by 5 per cent during the holidays, and it’s not just because we overindulge during holiday meals

One in eight commercial airline pilots may be clinically depressed, global survey finds

Hundreds of pilots may suffer from depression, Harvard study reveals, and many may not be seeking treatment for fear of impact on their careers, researcher says. Plus: can playing Pokemon Go help you lose weight?

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
One in eight commercial airline pilots may be clinically depressed, global survey finds

Hundreds of pilots may suffer from depression, Harvard study reveals, and many may not be seeking treatment for fear of impact on their careers, researcher says. Plus: can playing Pokemon Go help you lose weight?

Wearable tech tops global fitness trend poll for second year running

American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey of health and fitness professionals worldwide names wearable tech as top trend for 2017, with bodyweight training in second place

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Wearable tech tops global fitness trend poll for second year running

American College of Sports Medicine’s annual survey of health and fitness professionals worldwide names wearable tech as top trend for 2017, with bodyweight training in second place

Domestic helpers clean up Hong Kong’s countryside on their days off, one trail at a time

Sacrificing Sunday, their only weekly day off, for the good of Hong Kong, helpers - joined by some residents - walk the city’s trails, picking up litter as they go

12 Dec 2016 - 5:50PM
Domestic helpers clean up Hong Kong’s countryside on their days off, one trail at a time

Sacrificing Sunday, their only weekly day off, for the good of Hong Kong, helpers - joined by some residents - walk the city’s trails, picking up litter as they go

How more magnesium in your diet can help ward off heart disease, stroke and diabetes

Legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and whole grains may reduce risk of debilitating disease, says new Chinese study. Also, highly optimistic women may live longer, and sweet potato is the latest weapon against obesity

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
How more magnesium in your diet can help ward off heart disease, stroke and diabetes

Legumes, nuts, seeds, fish and whole grains may reduce risk of debilitating disease, says new Chinese study. Also, highly optimistic women may live longer, and sweet potato is the latest weapon against obesity

The made-for-Asia itch-relieving cream that’s spreading around world, and the Singapore doctor behind it

Seeing ‘a clear unmet need’ in his patients, dermatologist set about developing a fast-acting cream that soothes the nerves behind an itch. Developed for hot, humid Asia, it’s found a following in West

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
The made-for-Asia itch-relieving cream that’s spreading around world, and the Singapore doctor behind it

Seeing ‘a clear unmet need’ in his patients, dermatologist set about developing a fast-acting cream that soothes the nerves behind an itch. Developed for hot, humid Asia, it’s found a following in West

World trail running champion Caroline Chaverot, in Hong Kong for first time, talks about what drives her

Mother of three who took up trail racing just four years ago, and who heads an elite field in Sunday’s MSIG Lantau 50, says she’s not the fastest runner but has ‘a very strong will and never gives up

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
World trail running champion Caroline Chaverot, in Hong Kong for first time, talks about what drives her

Mother of three who took up trail racing just four years ago, and who heads an elite field in Sunday’s MSIG Lantau 50, says she’s not the fastest runner but has ‘a very strong will and never gives up

Mother-of-three Caroline Chaverot favourite to win gruelling MSIG Lantau 50
Lack of sleep can turn you into a slacker and shorten your life

Sleeping under six hours a night will affect your work and make you 13 per cent likelier to die prematurely, a study shows. Also in health news: links between alcohol and heart disease, and between mental health and youth ailments

2 Dec 2016 - 5:15PM
Lack of sleep can turn you into a slacker and shorten your life

Sleeping under six hours a night will affect your work and make you 13 per cent likelier to die prematurely, a study shows. Also in health news: links between alcohol and heart disease, and between mental health and youth ailments

Hongkongers could benefit from new air pollution mask that’s six times more effective than rivals

After months of development, a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and many pre-orders, a Swedish start-up has launched the Airinum Urban Breathing Mask to meet growing global demand

12 Jan 2018 - 2:59PM
Hongkongers could benefit from new air pollution mask that’s six times more effective than rivals

After months of development, a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and many pre-orders, a Swedish start-up has launched the Airinum Urban Breathing Mask to meet growing global demand

Four types of exercise that help you live longer, according to science, and why running and soccer aren’t among them

People who swim, ride a bicycle, do aerobics or, above all, play racquet sports are at significantly lower risk of dying compared to those who don’t, nine-year study of 80,000 adults shows

30 Nov 2016 - 6:29PM
Four types of exercise that help you live longer, according to science, and why running and soccer aren’t among them

People who swim, ride a bicycle, do aerobics or, above all, play racquet sports are at significantly lower risk of dying compared to those who don’t, nine-year study of 80,000 adults shows

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