Health

Memo to boss: 11-hour days are bad for the heart

Ben Hirschler Reuters 12.05.2010
Memo to boss: 11-hour days are bad for the heart

People working 10 or 11 hours a day are more likely to suffer serious heart problems, including heart attacks, than those clocking off after seven hours, researchers said on Tuesday.

HIV epidemic may be imminent in the Philippines: report

Low condom use, needle sharing and a rise in casual sex and prostitution may unleash an HIV epidemic in the Philippines, according to a new study.


New HIV subtype found in Macao

Jiang Yuxia Xinhua 07.05.2010
New HIV subtype found in Macao

The Health Bureau of Macao announced on Thursday that it has found a CRF12_BF subtype of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) that is slightly different from the one found in other regions.

One baby with syphilis born every hour in China: study

One child was born with syphilis every hour in China in 2008, researchers said Thursday, as new money from the country's growing economy fuels the world's fastest-growing epidemic of the disease.


Depression treatable by electromagnetic therapy: study

Patients suffering from depression may find relief from treatments using electromagnetic stimulation, offering a possible alternative to mood-altering medications, a new study found.

World Cup fans warned over South Africa fever outbreak

Tourists in South Africa including soccer fans heading to the World Cup must guard against mosquito bites and avoid contact with raw meat due to an outbreak of Rift Valley fever, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.


Vaccine may trigger early start of infant epilepsy

Childhood vaccines may trigger early onset of a severe form of infant epilepsy, but researchers say the disorder is ultimately caused by defective genes and lifesaving vaccines should not be withheld from these children.

Fears grow as animal disease spreads in South Korea

South Korea stepped up major quarantine efforts Monday as a highly contagious animal disease threatened the centre of its livestock industry.


Researchers Observe Epidemic of Mesothelioma in Hong Kong

Researchers report an increasing incidence of mesothelioma from 1976 to 2000 in Hong Kong, particularly among older men and women ages 70 or older. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung or abdomen closely associated with asbestos expo...

Baby boy survives for nearly two days after abortion

Simon Caldwell Telegraph 29.04.2010
Baby boy survives for nearly two days after abortion

A baby boy abandoned by doctors to die after a botched abortion was found alive nearly a day later.


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Green tea, well-known for its potent inhibitor and disease-fighting properties, has been discovered to help protect against glaucoma and other eye problems.

People Still Wonder Why Jews Invented Psychology

eviathar H. Ben-Zedeff 24.03.2010
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Legislators have expressed reservations over a government programme that seeks to divert patients with chronic diseases to private doctors.

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The Health Secretary, York Chow, has pledged that companies taking part in the government's proposed voluntary medical insurance scheme won't be allowed to make excessive profits.


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The Government has no plan to sell the remaining doses of human swine flu vaccine or give them away, Secretary for Food & Health Dr York Chow says.

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An investigation by the Ombudsman has found that medical services are being stretched and hospital waiting times have increased because of 'bad practice' by the Hospital Authority.


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There has been no abnormal surge in intrauterine deaths and spontaneous abortion since the start of the human swine flu vaccination programme, Centre for Health Protection Controller Dr Thomas Tsang said today.

Poor vaccine uptake risks stockpile waste

Mary Ann Benitez The Standard 26.01.2010
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An "underwhelming" response to the swine flu vaccine might leave Hong Kong with plenty of unused doses, the controller of the Centre for Health Protection admits.


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The Financial Secretary, John Tsang, has returned to full-time work after undergoing emergency heart surgery last week.

Doctors in final bid to reclaim overtime

Adele Wong The Standard 30.09.2009
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Public doctors want time off for overtime dating from 1996, the Court of Final Appeal heard yesterday.



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