• Dangerous dupes: The dark world of counterfeit medicine
    The Hong Kong Customs Department scored a major victory in the battle against counterfeit drugs in 2015 when it seized 400,000 counterfeit medicines in a raid in the Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok districts. The operation captured the largest seizure of suspected counterfeit medicines in a decade. However, the incident was considered as the tip of the iceberg of the fast-growing and underground network of counterfeit medicines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The struggle in combating cervical cancer in Hong Kong
    Cervical cancer is one of the first cancers to be able to be eradicated with a vaccine. However, in comparison to the 70% rates in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, Hong Kong only achieved a shockingly low 10% rate of the HPV vaccination.
  • The rise of non-communicable diseases in Hong Kong amid climate change
    WHO estimated climate change had resulted in a loss of 5.5 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) solely in year 2000. Apart from extreme weather conditions and natural disasters which directly claimed millions of lives over the years, non-communicable diseases also arose as a silent killer amid climate change.
  • Up to one in five of non-obese population have fatty livers
    While many might perceive non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is only associated with the obese population, studies conducted by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) revealed that the number of those having fatty livers and severity of the disease in non-obese population are greater than expected.

  • Insomnia associated with risk of cardio-cerebral vascular events
    While it is commonly known that insomnia is linked to poor health outcome, a study published last month by the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology further specified a significant association between insomnia symptoms, and the risk of heart disease or stroke.