• Sophia Siu-Chee Chan takes on the challenge as Hong Kong’s new Secretary for Food and Health
    On 21 June, Hong Kong’s new incoming leader, Carrie Lam, revealed her choice for the next Hong Kong cabinet. With a mix of new and old faces, Lam’s new cabinet of ministers is assuming office on 1 July. Of all the appointments made, Professor Sophia Siu-Chee Chan, incoming Secretary of Food and Health, will be the only woman to serve in the cabinet.
  • Living with rare diseases
    Though rare diseases only affect a small population, the ordeal is undeniably painful – and enormous progress in research should soon pave new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients and caregivers who struggle with untold agonies.
  • Dr Alzheimer: All but forgotten
    Alois Alzheimer made his mark in the field of neuropsychiatry by discovering the brain changes associated with a disease that was, subsequently, named after him. His perseverance and commendable work formed the basis of Alzheimer’s disease understanding.
  • Side effects caused by antibiotics often ignored by doctors, study shows
    Overprescribing antibiotics leads to unnecessary side effects in patients especially those who did not require antibiotics treatment in the first place, according to a study.
  • News Bites: Preeclampsia may be linked to babies' DNA, Vaccine can lower "bad" cholesterol and heart attacks
    This week, a DNA-based vaccine developed in caterpillar cells have been found to better protect against flu infection compared to conventional methods. A three-in-one blood test has also been developed, which may increase the survival rates for prostate cancer patients, and it has been found that statin use is linked to higher risks of developing Parkinson's disease.
  • High alert: Consumption of "smart drugs" amongst Singaporean students
    Singapore's undergraduates and secondary students are using "smart drugs" to enhance their cognitive abilities to help with last-minute cramming. Experts say that more students are misusing these "smart drugs" that may have side effects such as heart problems, severe rashes, headaches, irritability, difficulty in breathing and insomnia.
  • Watch out, sleep-deprived Hongkongers – your brain may be 'eating itself'
    An intriguing new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience this year revealed chronic sleep deprivation can make the brain ‘eat itself’.
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs’ next potential target: The sleepless?
    Scientists are now learning that there is a connection between inflammation and sleep. A connection that could pave the way for finding treatments for insomnia, depression and anxiety and inflammation-related diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and HIV/AIDS.
  • Behind the scenes of the first-ever micro movie on hospital pharmacists in Hong Kong
    The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Hong Kong (SHPHK) released a micro-movie featuring hospital pharmacists this March, receiving overwhelming responses within the healthcare community. In this exclusive interview, MIMS sits down with William Chun-Ming Chui, President of SHPHK, Cherrie Li, Resident Pharmacist and Ellen Lai, Clinical Pharmacist—as our guests share about the reason and driving factor behind the decision to produce the movie from the very start, and more behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and actions.
  • Pharmacist jailed for illegally selling stolen prescription drugs
    A pharmacist based in Essex, England was found guilty of stealing prescription drugs from pharmacies and selling them on the street. He was recently sentenced to a year in jail.
  • Will China overtake the US and dominate the biotech industry soon?
    Previously known for its cheap manufacturing costs, China has recently become a nascent biotech powerhouse due to its bountiful investments and relaxed regulations. Nonetheless, other barriers still remain. Will China overcome them to overtake the US as the reigning country in the biotech industry?
  • Science Bites: Cancer cells found to release protein to mask pain sensation, Improved leukaemia treatment being developed
    Today, researchers are frequently dissecting cancer-related cells to improve our understanding of this disease and create better forms of treatment for it.
  • A ray of hope for multiple sclerosis patients in Hong Kong to improve quality of life
    Currently, Hong Kong is estimated to have more than 500 patients living with multiple sclerosis. According to a survey carried out by the Hong Kong Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Neuromuscular Disease Association this year, nearly 30% of multiple sclerosis sufferers in the city have thought of committing suicide.