• Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons award recipient Dr Emily Hung on the ups and downs of a journey from medical student to successful Medical Director
    In 2009, Dr Emily Chi-Wan Hung and her team published the world’s first report on a previously unknown facet of marrow-derived stem cell plasticity in human, earning her the Young Investigator Award at the 6th International Conference on Circulating Nucleic Acids in Plasma and Serum. More recently in 2015, she was elected as one of the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons. In this exclusive interview with MIMS, Hung generously shared her secret to success.
  • Sexual assault? Or a necessary medical examination procedure?
    A middle-aged medical doctor practicing in the emergency room of Tseung Kwan O Hospital Hong Kong has been accused of sexual assault disguised as a medical examination procedure. The complainant stated that the alleged victims were female patients below the age of 30.
  • Working with machines – How robotic arms have helped doctors achieve better patient outcomes in heart surgeries
    In 2014, Hong Kong’s Queen Mary Hospital introduced the robotic arm technology to gradually replace traditional open-heart surgeries. The robotic technology is also available in several other public hospitals, but Queen Mary was the first and only hospital applying the technology to heart surgeries.
  • A closer look at special features found in the design of Chinese University of Hong Kong Medical Centre
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Medical Centre held a groundbreaking ceremony in December 2016. It is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2020, and come into service the following quarter. Apart from being the city’s first not-for-profit and self-financed teaching hospital, let’s take a look at several things which make this hospital stand out.
  • Hong Kong's pursuit of happiness
    In 2015, Hong Kong sank from 64th to 72nd place in the World Happiness Report published by the United Nations (UN). It took a further plunge to 75th place among 157 countries the next year, hitting the lowest ranking since the survey debuted in 2012. Despite being one of the wealthiest nations in the Asian region (with a GDP per capita of US$56,719), Hong Kong does not enjoy greater happiness than some countries which have lower GDP per capita.
  • Cigarette packaging reform: pursuing a package that kills the glamour of the product
    Data from the Department of Health and the Census and Statistics Department shows that the prevalence of daily cigarette smokers in Hong Kong has decreased steadily from 23.3% in 1982 to 10.5% in 2015. Despite the continuous downward trend, the Hong Kong government has insisted a cigarette packaging reform is vital to discourage smoking.
  • When the final journey begins: of challenges
    The 2015 Quality of Death Index reflects that Hong Kong performs relatively poorly in palliative care, ranking 22nd worldwide. With approximately 45,000 deaths per year, there are only about 450 beds reserved for palliative care with an estimation of 300 beds being provided by public hospitals.
  • The Force is with us: What Carrie Fisher has taught us about mental health
    “Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It’s a challenge but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life,” said Carrie Fisher. The Hollywood actress played the role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, and in real life, she was no less a hero, standing up against mental health stigma.
  • Woo Kwok Hing's election manifesto 2017: Health care policies and the people
    The 2017 Hong Kong Chief Executive Election has been scheduled for 26th March this year. Woo Kwok-Hing, a former vice-president of the Court of Appeals, has recently rolled out his election manifesto on reforming Hong Kong healthcare policies.
  • Female physicians achieve better patient outcomes
    There is a long-standing stereotype in Chinese society that males should occupy roles of authority, plus they are often perceived as delivering better treatment than female. However, the truth of this may actually not be so clear-cut.