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Unhealthy habits take fatal toll
MORE than half of Hongkongers die from an unhealthy lifestyle and poor eating habits, Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin...
2018.05.21
Over-exercising can hurt
AN increasing number of Hong Kong people, are taking to marathons and other mass endurance events. And it is hurting the...
2018.05.15
Warning: plastic in wild mullet
ABOUT 60 percent of wild mullet caught in Hong Kong contain microplastics, according to university research.Greenpeace (...
2018.05.02
AI to aid colon exams
A NEWLY developed real-time artificial intelligence (AI) system will help doctors pick up colorectal polyps missed by hu...
2018.04.18
Study: poor areas have poor air
A HONG Kong University-Cambridge research team found that air pollution is worse in poor districts.Their Clean Energy an...
2018.02.05
Kids warned on spinal problems
AN astonishing 68 percent of Hong Kong children, preschool to primary school level, suffer from spinal problems.This fin...
2017.12.05
Study: popular dishes too salty
MINCED pork patty with salted egg (鹹蛋蒸肉餅) is the saltiest dish in Chinese restaurants, a collaborative study by the...
2017.11.23
Stroke alert for teen tech users
YOUNG people are facing a greater risk of stroke than their parents’ generation as they exercise less, eat an unhealthy...
2017.11.03
Fruit juices raise health worries
TWO apple juice drinks from Australia (澳洲) were pulled off the shelves after being found to contain excessive levels o...
2017.10.23
Pollution haze chokes SAR
HONG Kong was shrouded in bad air when the pollution reached‘very high’and‘serious’health-risk levels, the Environme...
2017.09.22
Bodybuilders warned on drug use
HONG Kong’s bodybuilders were warned against using drugs to help them buff up as it could trigger organ failure and dea...
2017.05.22
Phones a pain in the neck
MORE young people are suffering from neck pains due to the frequent use of mobile phones, according to the Hospital Auth...
2017.04.21
‘Meal on one plate’ too salty
IF you have a craving for ‘meal on one plate’ dishes (碟頭飯), you might be better off picking braised tofu sheets wit...
2017.03.22
No local tax on sugar drinks yet
BRITAIN will levy a new sugar tax to fight obesity but Hong Kong has no immediate plans to follow suit. Details of the t...
2017.03.15
Healthy weight good for kidneys
HONGKONGERS are urged to maintain a healthy body weight to keep kidney problems away. Those who are obese are 83 percent...
2017.03.09
Walking for organ donations
SOME 300 people have signed up for an Organ Donation Promotion Walk (器官捐贈推廣步行) that aims to encourage families t...
2017.03.08
Lucky trees pose health hazard
MINIATURE tangerine trees for celebrating Lunar New Year could be hazardous to health, with pesticide residues that coul...
2017.02.09
Long hours ‘endanger health’
NEARLY half of veteran transport employees are said to work more than 68 hours a week, damaging their health and trigger...
2017.02.08
The smart way to avoid pain
UNIVERSITY of Hong Kong (香港大學) medical students are spreading awareness that four simple exercises can help people p...
2017.02.06
Exercise call as ‘blue index’ rises
PEOPLE who often feel blue should do more aerobic exercises to stay positive, mental health experts advise. The call com...
2017.01.26
Call for electric bus switch
HONG Kong needs 100 electric buses and 100 electric minibuses to help cut current air pollution levels with the vehicles...
2017.01.26
Too much sitting bad for health
HONG Kong people, including students, sit too much, and this is detrimental to health, according to a study. The Univers...
2017.01.12
Greens seek paper-towel cut
MORE effort is needed to reduce wastage of paper towels in shopping mall toilets, says the environmental group World Gre...
2016.12.09
Hairy crabs spark poison alert
FOOD authorities have found excessive dioxin in hairy crab samples and suspended their import from two Jiangsu Province ...
2016.11.04
Asbestos found in 21 estates
TWENTY-ONE public housing estates have materials containing banned asbestos – 32 years after the government stopped usi...
2016.10.26
App adds a spring in your step
A NEW mobile app that makes walking more fun can be adopted in Hong Kong, according to its designer. New York environmen...
2016.10.11
Silver tower to clean grey air
A DUTCH artist has found an artistic and novel way to combat smog in Beijing. He has built a seven-metre metal structure...
2016.10.04
Dirty air hits hazardous levels
HONG Kong was hit by a particularly bad case of air pollution last week. Smog blanketed the territory for days and the a...
2016.10.03
It’s all right to fidget after all
PARENTS often tell their children to ‘sit still’ – or ‘not to fidget.’ Fidgeting – making small movements, especia...
2016.09.30
All-out war on mosquitoes
MOSQUITO control efforts will become rigorous, especially around Central (中環) after a third case of dengue fever spawn...
2016.09.13
Mental health alert over ice
ONE in every four psychiatric patients admitted to hospital has a record of drug abuse, according to psychiatrists. Tai ...
2016.09.01
HK confirms first Zika case
A 38-year-old expatriate woman from Tseung Kwan O (將軍澳) who went to a Caribbean (加勒比) island has been confirmed to...
2016.08.31
Soy sauce cancer warning
ELEVEN soy sauces and seasonings sold in Hong Kong contain a cancer-causing chemical, the Consumer Council (消費者委員會...
2016.08.19
New bite in anti-pest war
AN anti-mosquito campaign will be ramped up as Hong Kong faces the risk of an outbreak of mosquito-borne diseases as hol...
2016.08.17
Fresh-looking beef tainted
A SAMPLE of fresh beef has been found to contain a banned chemical used as a preservative to make meat look fresher. The...
2016.08.16
Council warns on check-ups
HEALTH check-up packages offered by various organisations may not be effective in detecting “hidden diseases” or may p...
2016.07.20
Major threat to marine life
THERE are fears about the health of more than 170 types of fish and marine creatures which have ingested miniplastic sph...
2016.07.11
Helping hand from robots
FRENCH-MADE humanoid robots have helped 28 students with autism boost their communication skills through gestures, Chine...
2016.07.04
Cleaners pose health threat
USING household cleaning products can double the risk of childhood rhinitis, a local study has found. Rhinitis is the ir...
2016.06.15
Virus stops live chicken sales
Hong Kong suspended the sale of live poultry after a sample of chicken droppings from a Tuen Mun (屯門) market tested po...
2016.06.09
Breakfast cereal cancer scare
A SUPERMARKET chain in Hong Kong has pulled two brands of oatmeal off its shelves after the authorities in Taiwan (台灣)...
2016.05.30
3D printing gets to heart of matter
DOCTORS in Hong Kong are using 3D printers to help with heart surgery. They make realistic heart models with the technol...
2016.05.30
Menacing midges feel at home
MIDGES with bites that can cause various levels of discomfort in people appear right at home in Tung Chung (東涌 ) and T...
2016.05.27
Keep an eye out for squints
POOR performance in sports has beenblamed on poor body coordination. But aneye expert has pointed out that it may havemo...
2016.05.18
HK people believe they have poor health
HONG Kong people think they have the poorest health in the region, according to a survey. It found that Hongkongers are ...
2016.05.13
Unhealthy spot for Hong Kong
PEOPLE in Hong Kong are the least satisfied in the Asia-Pacific (亞太地區) region with their health and have one of the ...
2016.05.11
Dementia crisis on the horizon
HONG Kong is completely unprepared for a dementia crisis that is expected to come with an ageing population, a former go...
2016.05.10
Row over jab blunder delay
THE Department of Health (衞生署) has come under fire for its delayed announcement of an incident in which a doctor gave...
2016.05.04
Obesity explosion hits mainland kids
RESEARCHERS have raised the alarm about an obesity explosion among children in rural China. This is believed to be cause...
2016.05.03
Row over jab blunder delay
THE Department of Health (衞生署) has come under fire for its delayed announcement of an incident in which a doctor gave...
2016.05.03
Quick action cuts stroke risk
PEOPLE who suffer from a minor stroke can significantly reduce their chances of getting a full stroke by seeking treatme...
2016.04.25
Stress test over smartphones
LOCALS have grown so attached to their smartphones that the possibility of them being broken is more stressful than publ...
2016.04.21
HK puts dengue jabs on hold
HEALTH authorities say they will concentrate on mosquito control while rejecting the use of the world’s first dengue va...
2016.04.20
Diabetes surge sparks fears
ABOUT 131 million people are living with diabetes in the Western Pacific region (西太平洋地區), which includes Hong Kong...
2016.04.11
Residents among the world’s top walkers
HONG Kong residents rank among the world’s top walkers in an international study that shows people who live in activity...
2016.04.07
E-cig ban fear sparks plea
ELECTRONIC cigarettes should be regulated and not banned despite the claimed potential risk to public health, an e-cigar...
2016.04.05
Jab curbs for non-local children
HONG Kong has for the first time limited the number of non-local children eligible for inoculations as mainland parents ...
2016.04.04
Organic food not pesticide-free
IF you think eating organic food is safe and good for your health, think again. The Consumer Council warned that about a...
2016.03.21
Health alert on organic greens
IF you think eating organic food is safe and good for your health, think again. The Consumer Council (消費者委員會) has ...
2016.03.17
New flu test saves time, money
HONG Kong Polytechnic University (香港理工大學 ) researchers have developed a faster and cheaper test for flu, which the...
2016.03.16
Three-day wait for bed in ward
PEOPLE in emergency situations needing to be admitted to public hospitals face long waits before going into a ward, even...
2016.03.10
Pairing scheme for transplants
THE Hospital Authority (醫院管理局 ) is considering a pairing scheme among those in need of kidneys to boost the chances...
2016.03.01
Alarm bells over baby powder
THE government says it is concerned about the health alarm over the use of talcum powder, but stressed that more studies...
2016.02.29
Fears over trampoline injuries
AT least 16 people, including a six-year-old boy, have been seriously injured after playing in an indoor trampoline park...
2016.02.23
WHO urged to launch reforms
THE World Health Organisation (世界衛生組織) needs urgent reform to boost its ability to respond to crises, and failure ...
2016.02.17
Zika outbreak a rapid global concern
Hong Kong has declared Zika (寨卡) virus infections a notifiable disease meaning doctors are required to report cases, b...
2016.02.11
Smoke-free zones boost health
MORE than 60 percent of school-age children could avoid chest infections if there are more no-smoking areas in Hong Kong...
2016.01.29
Tuen Mun worst for surgery
TUEN Mun Hospital (屯門醫院) performed the worst for prebooked surgeries among all public hospitals, and Princess Margar...
2016.01.26
Early action can stop diabetes
NEW research has found that the risk of diabetes associated with obesity can be reversed if obese young people make effo...
2016.01.12
Bird found with killer H5N6 virus
ADEAD great egret found in Wong Tai Sin (黃大仙) has been confirmed with bird flu H5N6, the same strain that claimed the...
2016.01.11
Breakthrough in SARS research
THE SARS coronavirus hides in immune cells in the upper respiratory tract that are meant to defend the body, then comes ...
2016.01.04
Booze warning labels urged
THE Hong Kong Medical Association (香港醫學會) has called for warning labels on alcoholic drinks to lower deaths from al...
2015.12.29
Ghrelin related to weight gain
An American study reports that the quantity of food we eat depends on the action of the hormone called ghrelin. This dis...
2015.12.23
Hospital fees rise under review
PUBLIC hospital fees and charges may be raised for the first time in 10 years after the Hospital Authority (HA, 醫院管理...
2015.12.15
Tainted drinking water warning
A man-made chemical used in clothing and that may cause cancer has been found in Hong Kong’s threereservoirs storing wa...
2015.12.04
New weapon in war on malaria
SCIENTISTS aiming to take the bite out of malaria have produced a strain of mosquitoes carrying genes that block its tra...
2015.12.01
Right servings in your hands
HOW much should you eat? According to a dietician, the answer lies in your hands. “Most people don’t know what an appr...
2015.11.26
Stroke alert for senior citizens
ONE in three elderly people suffers from severe small brain vessel disease that may lead to strokes, according to a scre...
2015.11.05
UN alert over processed meats
THE World Health Organisation (世界衛生組織) declared on Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach...
2015.10.29
Cash injection for HK doctors
THE Hospital Authority (醫院管理局) board has unanimously agreed on a 3 percent pay rise for senior public doctors in a ...
2015.10.27
Warning on raw pet food risks
FROZEN, raw or undercooked food may not only pose a potential health risk to pets but also to their owners, the Consumer...
2015.10.22
Fight against killer flu intensifies
A STEPPED-UP, HK$20m programme to vaccinate vulnerable people against flu begins on Thursday with the H3N2 strain that t...
2015.10.13
Eye woes for gadget generation
SPECIALISTS are warning of a surge in the number of children with serious myopia or short-sightedness over the next deca...
2015.10.06
Mers virus claims 3rd-gen victim
EXPERTS are worried by South Korea’s (南韓 ) first third-generation cases of Mers – people who caught the virus from s...
2015.06.05
WHO’s funding project approved
DELEGATES from 180 countries at the annual World Health Assembly (世界衛生大會 ), which ended on 26 May, approved plans ...
2015.06.01
WHO: rethink naming diseases
THE World Health Organization (WHO, 世界衛生組織) has called for a rethink on naming new human diseases, saying names li...
2015.05.18
Smoking helpline marks 10th anniversary
MANY girls seeking help to stop smoking from the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU, 香港大學) Youth Quitline (青少年戒煙熱...
2015.04.27
HK gets under 7 hours sleep
MOST Hong Kong people are in bed before 1am and awake by 8am. But many may not sleep for as long or as well as doctors r...
2015.04.24
HK ranked 17th for quality sleep
HONGKONGERS may not be sleeping long and well enough. Most are in bed before 1am and awake by 8am. But many may not slee...
2015.04.23
Berries tested for hep A
THE Centre for Food Safety (食物安全中心) began testing berries sold in Hong Kong for hepatitis A last Thursday, amid a ...
2015.04.22
WHO to tackle TB epidemic
WORLD Health Organization (WHO, 世界衛生組織) Director-General Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun (陳馮富珍) has called for glob...
2015.03.25
Scares in the supermarket
With much of Hong Kong’s food imported from the mainland, let us find out the cause of food safety scandals and what ca...
2015.03.24
Fat chance of healthy kids’ meals
FOOD and health experts have hit out at restaurants for serving fatty food to children following a survey. Children’s m...
2015.03.20
Flu risk study commissioned
ANOTHER consultation study is being commissioned into the supply of live poultry and the risk of the H7N9 bird flu in Ho...
2015.03.18
Clearer skies ahead for HK
HONG KONG’s air quality improved last year. In its latest preliminary comparison, the Environmental Protection Departme...
2015.03.02
Private docs to offer flu help
WITH public hospitals under severe pressure due to seasonal flu cases, the Hospital Authority (HA, 醫院管理局) is discus...
2015.02.12
12 die on worst day of flu season
TWELVE people died of seasonal flu last Wednesday, including a 60-year-old customs officer – the highest death toll in ...
2015.02.09
Health chief: get the flu jab
HONGKONGERS have been urged to get vaccinated against the flu, even though the vaccine is less effective against the H3N...
2015.01.26
Milk powder claims banned
NUTRITIONAL and health claims used to promote infant formula will be banned under proposals unveiled last week by the go...
2015.01.14
Call for plain ciggie packages
HONG KONG should follow Australia’s (澳洲) lead and force cigarette manufacturers to use plain packages to deter young ...
2015.01.08