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Drug-resistant MRSA: Hong Kong scientists develop antibiotic that offers hope in the war against superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA are a major threat to global health, with conventional treatments failing to work. Experts from two Hong Kong universities have created a new drug that halts bacteria’s spread.

6 Nov 2019 - 9:12PM

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA are a major threat to global health, with conventional treatments failing to work. Experts from two Hong Kong universities have created a new drug that halts bacteria’s spread.

Drug-resistant MRSA: Hong Kong scientists develop  antibiotic that offers hope in the war against superbugs
Cancer research on Chinese space station could lead to new therapies to fight disease, by studying effects of gravity on tumours

Researchers theorise that tumours stop growing in zero gravity, and study aboard Chinese space station will help isolate effects of weightlessness; the research could help lead to new treatments for the disease.

20 Oct 2019 - 6:57PM

Researchers theorise that tumours stop growing in zero gravity, and study aboard Chinese space station will help isolate effects of weightlessness; the research could help lead to new treatments for the disease.

Cancer research on Chinese space station could lead to new therapies to fight disease, by studying effects of gravity on tumours
Oversupply of breast milk? Five uses for it, from a milk bath to feeding plants to making jewellery

Successful breastfeeding can lead to an abundance of milk. You could sell it to body builders, or freeze it – but for a year at most. Hong Kong mothers have some tips on alternative uses for breast milk.

4 Oct 2019 - 10:48PM

Successful breastfeeding can lead to an abundance of milk. You could sell it to body builders, or freeze it – but for a year at most. Hong Kong mothers have some tips on alternative uses for breast milk.

Oversupply of breast milk? Five uses for it, from a milk bath to feeding plants to making jewellery
How air pollution makes people unhappy and irrational, and why in China it is likely to keep getting worse

We know air pollution is damaging to health, cognitive performance, labour productivity, and educational outcomes. It also makes people more likely to engage in impulsive behaviour they may regret later, research from MIT shows.

23 Sep 2019 - 1:17PM

We know air pollution is damaging to health, cognitive performance, labour productivity, and educational outcomes. It also makes people more likely to engage in impulsive behaviour they may regret later, research from MIT shows.

How air pollution makes people unhappy and irrational, and why in China it is likely to keep getting worse
Should women text while breastfeeding? Why not, say Hong Kong mothers angered by doctor’s put-down

Australian doctor Harry Nespolon caused outrage when he said texting while breastfeeding risked damaging the mother/baby bond. Hong Kong mothers say staying connected is important and he is being judgmental.

5 Aug 2019 - 7:46PM

Australian doctor Harry Nespolon caused outrage when he said texting while breastfeeding risked damaging the mother/baby bond. Hong Kong mothers say staying connected is important and he is being judgmental.

Should women text while breastfeeding? Why not, say Hong Kong mothers angered by doctor’s put-down
Superbug ‘epidemic’ in Vietnam hospitals a ‘wake up call’ to world, warns Swedish researcher

Resistant to multiple forms of antibiotic, CRE infects 87 per cent of patients who spend two weeks in hospital, a study shows. Urgent steps are needed to stop it spreading, the research report says.

11 Jul 2019 - 7:45PM

Resistant to multiple forms of antibiotic, CRE infects 87 per cent of patients who spend two weeks in hospital, a study shows. Urgent steps are needed to stop it spreading, the research report says.

Superbug ‘epidemic’ in Vietnam hospitals a ‘wake up call’ to world, warns Swedish researcher
Glaucoma screening in China would be cost-effective and improve lives of millions: report

Initiative would be cost-effective at just US$3.2 per person and improve the lives of millions of people in China, where few are diagnosed and treated in time, according to a new report.

7 Jul 2019 - 5:34PM

Initiative would be cost-effective at just US$3.2 per person and improve the lives of millions of people in China, where few are diagnosed and treated in time, according to a new report.

Glaucoma screening in China would be cost-effective and improve lives of millions: report
Should kids play in dirt and puddles? Gut health improves, research suggests, but allergy link not clear

Many parents – especially in Hong Kong – fear their children will become ill if they get wet or dirty. But advocates of “messy play” say beneficial exposure to microbes develops gut health and can even boost creativity and reduce stress.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:46PM

Many parents – especially in Hong Kong – fear their children will become ill if they get wet or dirty. But advocates of “messy play” say beneficial exposure to microbes develops gut health and can even boost creativity and reduce stress.

Should kids play in dirt and puddles? Gut health improves, research suggests, but allergy link not clear
Being close to the sea makes you healthier, Hong Kong study of ‘blue spaces’ finds

Research in Hong Kong shows a view over water has health benefits, and regular visits to ‘blue spaces’ – harbours, beaches, and shorelines – improve well-being and lower the risk of depression.

1 Jul 2019 - 6:43PM

Research in Hong Kong shows a view over water has health benefits, and regular visits to ‘blue spaces’ – harbours, beaches, and shorelines – improve well-being and lower the risk of depression.

Being close to the sea makes you healthier, Hong Kong study of ‘blue spaces’ finds
How social media can breed envy in countries with high inequality – lessons from Indonesia detailed in study

Posts that emphasise the wealth gap between friends in developing countries that are highly unequal, such as Indonesia, have been shown to cause envy, bitterness and depression, research shows.

22 Jun 2019 - 8:50AM

Posts that emphasise the wealth gap between friends in developing countries that are highly unequal, such as Indonesia, have been shown to cause envy, bitterness and depression, research shows.

How social media can breed envy in countries with high inequality – lessons from Indonesia detailed in study
A cancer cure in breast milk? Trial drug kills tumour cells without apparent harm to healthy ones, researcher says

A potential cancer cure which uses a replica of a protein found in human breast milk is showing promise after the launch of clinical trials. The experimental drug appears not to damage healthy cells, meaning there are no side effects for patients.

24 Jun 2019 - 11:46PM

A potential cancer cure which uses a replica of a protein found in human breast milk is showing promise after the launch of clinical trials. The experimental drug appears not to damage healthy cells, meaning there are no side effects for patients.

A cancer cure in breast milk? Trial drug kills tumour cells without apparent harm to healthy ones, researcher says
Asthma in babies: risk higher if fathers smoke during mother’s pregnancy, study shows

A Taiwanese study looked at paternal smoking during pregnancy and its effects on immune system genes. More than 1,600 babies were involved in the study, and 756 of those were followed for six years.

1 Jun 2019 - 2:32AM

A Taiwanese study looked at paternal smoking during pregnancy and its effects on immune system genes. More than 1,600 babies were involved in the study, and 756 of those were followed for six years.

Asthma in babies: risk higher if fathers smoke during mother’s pregnancy, study shows
Keeping sport in the family: how active mums empower strong daughters

Meet the mothers and daughters taking part in Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong events that encourage female participation in team activities and turn mums into role models for mental and physical strength.

17 May 2019 - 3:04PM

Meet the mothers and daughters taking part in Women in Sports Empowered Hong Kong events that encourage female participation in team activities and turn mums into role models for mental and physical strength.

Keeping sport in the family: how active mums empower strong daughters
Breastfeeding benefit: breast milk enables newborns to develop a healthy gut, study finds

Research shows a transfer of quality microbes from mother to baby via breast milk enables a newborn to develop – or colonise – a healthy gut, playing an important role in how a baby’s immune system develops.

7 May 2019 - 7:18PM

Research shows a transfer of quality microbes from mother to baby via breast milk enables a newborn to develop – or colonise – a healthy gut, playing an important role in how a baby’s immune system develops.

Breastfeeding benefit: breast milk enables newborns to develop a healthy gut, study finds