• Biosensors are next biggest thing in disease detection
    In the 20th century, coal miners kept canaries in cages with them when they worked in the mines. These canaries die if the amount of toxic gases such as methane exceeds the normal level, thereby serving as a warning signal to the coal miners so they have sufficient time to escape. The unfortunate canaries served as a primitive form of the biosensors nowadays. Thankfully, medical biosensors have come a long way since then.
  • Off-label use of quetiapine in elderly patient with dementia
    A doctor working in the government's outreach team has been accused of prescribing quetiapine for a 92-year-old dementia patient. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of United States, quetiapine is associated with an increased mortality in elderly patients with dementia.
  • 5 unusual genes that create real-life superheroes
    Geneticists believe we could be years from creating real heroes with real power as astonishing discoveries prove these are real resilient people whose only difference lies in their genes.
  • The role of migraines in anxiety disorders
    The relationship between common physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and psychological distress has been explored extensively. It has been shown that anxiety disorders are more common among adults with migraines.
  • Newly diagnosed epilepsy patients also face increased morbidity and mortality
    While it is commonly known that patients with epilepsy face increased mortality, a recent study published in Neurology.org indicates that patients who are newly diagnosed and treated also suffer from increased morbidity and mortality.
  • Best medical tourism spots around the world
    The cost of healthcare varies between countries and is particularly expensive in places such as the US or UK. Many people seek healthcare in other countries which offer the same quality of care, but at much lower prices. Here are some countries that many international patients seek care at.
  • Internet gaming disorder (IGD) – when there is no 'Game Over'
    The rapid development of internet gaming has come with a cost. In 2016, a study looking at more than 3,000 adults who engaged in internet gaming within the last six months discovered 14% of them were at risk of addiction.
  • Are family doctors being recognised in Hong Kong?
    Despite family medicine being a specialist programme, its role is underappreciated. Since family medicine does not seem to guarantee a lucrative practice, it is not a popular choice when doctors choose their specialties. In fact, according to the statistics from the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, family medicine is one of the least desired specialities among doctors.
  • Patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) have higher risks of coronary atherosclerosis
    A study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in January this year revealed the increase prevalence, burden and severity of coronary atherosclerosis in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA).
  • CUHK uncovers novel direction for cancer immunotherapy
    Researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has recently achieved a huge milestone in uncovering a new approach in inhibiting cancer progression. The study offers a ray of hope that one day cancer may be an easily treatable disease at an affordable cost.