• Overcrowding in 14 out of 15 Hong Kong's public hospitals: Can Rapid Assessment & Treatment (RAT) help?
    In response to the overcrowding in Hong Kong’s public hospitals, the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) at Queen Elizabeth Hospital initiated the Rapid Assessment & Treatment (RAT) exercise in late 2014 to provide consultation and treatment for urgent patients.
  • University of Hong Kong – Shenzhen Hospital (HKU-SZH) set to introduce organ transplant service by the end of 2017
    The University of Hong Kong - Shenzhen Hospital (HKU-SZH) has been striving to be the model for nation-wide hospital reform. It takes a further step in that direction by aiming to open its medical centre for renal and liver transplantation by the end of this year.
  • Are all natural foods safer? The myth of healthy natural foods
    According to the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the term “natural” applies broadly to foods that are minimally processed and free of synthetic preservatives and other artificial additives. As a result, many assume that they are safer and healthier compared to processed foods. However, the truth is much more complicated.
  • The mystery of soccer players' cancers: Do artificial turfs pose a cancer risk?
    In December 2016, the English Schools Foundation (ESF) temporarily closed down five of its sports pitches due to levels of lead found in the artificial turfs. The incident has sparked public concerns over the safety of continually using such recreational facilities.
  • Tai Po Hospital Chief of Psychiatry Dr Dicky Wai-Sau Chung on the frustrations and challenges of treating psychiatric drug abusers
    In this exclusive interview, Dr Dicky Wai-Sau Chung, who has more than 20 years of experience treating psychiatric patients in public hospitals, shared with MIMS some deeper insights into doctors’ frustrations and challenges in treating drug abusers with psychiatric symptoms, and provided his perspectives on what can be done to win this long-term battle.
  • The sorry state of HIV/AIDS in Hong Kong
    In one of their latest studies, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) has shown mechanistic interplay of two viruses, the human cytomegalovirus (CMV) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in co-infecting CD34+ stem cells to establish latent reservoirs. However, despite breakthroughs in treatment approaches of HIV/AIDS, the stigma attached to this disease has remained an obstacle in treating patients over the years.
  • Doctor's 'escape plan' with 64 mentally ill patients may imply psychiatrists shortage in China
    An amazing live replay of a scene from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (an Oscar-winning movie in 1975) took place dramatically in China's Guizhou on January 30th, when Head of Department of Psychiatry Yang Shaolei 'helped' 64 patients with mental illness 'escape' from the hospital.
  • Hong Kong to usher in more non-locally trained doctors, yay or nay?
    The Policy Address emphasised the need to recruit non-locally trained doctors on a “needs basis” under the condition of limited registration. To enhance the flexibility of non-locally trained doctors working in Hong Kong, it proposed extending the validity period for this from one year to three years.
  • Mental health in Hong Kong: failing system and its consequences
    The redevelopment of Prince of Wales Hospital is set to close down the Clara House hostel by March this year. With around 40,000 people having serious mental health problems such as schizophrenia in Hong Kong, it is hard not to relate the closure of this hostel to a lack of governmental support for the city’s mental health care system.
  • Calling for a superdrug: when superbugs fail all antibiotics in China
    China, one of the biggest users and producers of antibiotics globally, is fighting against what is deemed an ‘antibiotics apocalypse’. Latest research has revealed that microbes are becoming resistant to colistin, a known ‘last-line’ therapy for treating superbug infection.