• Does bad weather lead to bad mood?
    It is normal to expect downpours from May to August; especially in a tropical region like Hong Kong. Besides the floods and traffic congestion that lead to collective groans from the public—is there any substantial evidence that connects bad weather and bad mood?
  • 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.
  • Acupuncture can be used in the emergency department as an alternative to painkillers, Australian study suggests
    Acupuncture has its board of critics and advocates, each side adamant about their views. However, a new study has given acupuncture advocates an edge. The Australian study, the largest of its kind in the world, has proven that using acupuncture in the emergency department can relieve acute pain.
  • 3 new research findings on diabetes treatments
    A recent study shows that diabetes drugs are not only beneficial for the targeted disease, it can also lower the risk of heart failure and renal disease. Here are a few new research findings on diabetes research.
  • After a long wait of 282 days, 11-year-old boy finally receives a heart transplant
    The article details the story of an 11-year-old boy who successfully underwent a heart transplant surgery – granting him a new lease of life after having to rely on artificial life support for more than 40 weeks. His case is not the first with a three-year-old boy in the UK receiving similar treatment, having relied on a mechanised heart prior to this.
  • Aspirin increases probability of life-threatening bleeds in the geriatric population
    Aspirin has been shown to cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, especially for elderly patients, due to its anti-coagulative effects. Hence, health experts recommend simultaneous use of proton pump inhibitors along with the drug.
  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • Elastic girl with rare disease battles with a broken body
    Crushed with broken bones and fractured dreams, a young lady’s unusually flexible limbs – once the pride of her superhero stunts – start to disintegrate, possibly torn tendons that can never be made whole again.