• Approval of two medications for metastatic colorectal cancer comes month after government introduces streamlined mechanism to assent to new drugs
  • Move hailed as ‘important milestone for Hong Kong in the progressive development into an internationally recognised regulatory authority for drugs and medical devices’

The use of marijuana is heavily stigmatised in Japan, but the landmark bill is a win for patient groups that have campaigned for access to these medicines.


Advanced cancer treatments, world-leading iPS cell therapy and a weak yen could all help Japan’s second city Osaka in its bid to become the next big Asian medical tourism destination.


The nationwide settlement with Purdue Pharma would shield members of the Sackler family, who own the company, from civil lawsuits over the toll of opioids.

Hong Kong’s Yuen Kwok-yung and fellow scientists launch Pandemic Research Alliance for joint research on novel viruses and to help prepare for next pandemic.

A Thai Buddhist, Siriluck has fought cancer for 16 years, and says a good attitude and a belief in the healing power of your body are important, but so too are conventional cancer treatments.

The vagus nerve is a complex system that regulates vital bodily functions. Electrical stimulation of the nerve can treat conditions from depression to epilepsy and migraines.

Following the approval of Toripalimab by the Food and Drug Administration, two more Chinese-made cancer drugs have received approval for distribution in the US.


HutchMed is poised to market its self-developed cancer drug ‘fruquintinib’ in Japan and Europe, after partner Takeda receives approval to market the drug in the US to treat metastatic colorectal cancer.


A gene mutation present in 1 in 25 people has been found to help regulate appetite. Researchers studying its effect on mice say understanding how it works could help people lose weight.

Having lost her son to addiction, Cammie Wolf Rice speaks out about the risks of opioids. She’s helped place specialists in hospitals and raises awareness of the dangers of extended use of the pills.

Full of nutrients and phytochemicals that help prevent and even reverse cancer and other chronic diseases, plant-based foods are medicine. We look at their diverse health benefits with help from experts.

HIV is not a death sentence, and medicine stops transmission, but the stigma remains. An exhibition that includes four Aids quilts is highlighting Hong Kong’s 40-year fight against HIV/Aids.

Arsenic, a toxic heavy metal, can cause skin irritations, contact dermatitis with symptoms such as skin rashes and blisters, or rashes resulting in skin peeling.


When she fractured her tailbone in a work accident, Sujal Mahbubani was given painkillers and physiotherapy, but didn’t find real relief until she started Pilates, yoga and energy healing techniques.

Penang is intensifying efforts to attract Chinese medical tourists, aiming to increase revenue by offering diverse medical services and capitalising on its growing holiday destination reputation.

Australian endometriosis sufferer Kellie Johnson describes how she gave birth against the odds, and how she created a special heating pack to deliver pain relief that’s in demand globally.