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[Ask Dr Chiu] Should I be scared of COVID-19 mutation?

Recently in the United Kingdom then in South Africa, a mutation of the COVID-19 virus was found which was significantly more contagious than other strains. Elsewhere in the world strong measures were implemented to prevent a crisis, for example, in Hong Kong, inbound flights from those countries were banned outright. What exactly is virus mutation? How frightened should we be?

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Cytokine storm: the lethal tempest within a young COVID-19 patient

With the development of the new COVID-19 vaccine, governments all over the world are starting to develop immunisation program. With this comes a new problem: For those who were not selected to be the first for vaccination, they questioned the priority; for those that were selected to be the first to receive the vaccine, they wonder if they were being used as lab rat.

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Always having cold hands and feet? Find out which of the four types of person are you?

Having cold limbs during cold spells is natural. This is because to keep your body warm, your blood will circulate less to your fingertips and toes. Normally, this will improve after you put on more clothes. But if your hands and feet still feel cold, that might have something to do with the type of person you are. Have a look below and see which of the four types you are.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Who is the lab rat for the new COVID-19 vaccine?

With the development of the new COVID-19 vaccine, governments all over the world are starting to develop immunisation program. With this comes a new problem: For those who were not selected to be the first for vaccination, they questioned the priority; for those that were selected to be the first to receive the vaccine, they wonder if they were being used as lab rat.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Should I be scared of COVID-19 mutation?

Recently in the United Kingdom then in South Africa, a mutation of the COVID-19 virus was found which was significantly more contagious than other strains. Elsewhere in the world strong measures were implemented to prevent a crisis, for example, in Hong Kong, inbound flights from those countries were banned outright. What exactly is virus mutation? How frightened should we be?

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Cytokine storm: the lethal tempest within a young COVID-19 patient

With the development of the new COVID-19 vaccine, governments all over the world are starting to develop immunisation program. With this comes a new problem: For those who were not selected to be the first for vaccination, they questioned the priority; for those that were selected to be the first to receive the vaccine, they wonder if they were being used as lab rat.

health
[Ask Dr Chiu] Who is the lab rat for the new COVID-19 vaccine?

With the development of the new COVID-19 vaccine, governments all over the world are starting to develop immunisation program. With this comes a new problem: For those who were not selected to be the first for vaccination, they questioned the priority; for those that were selected to be the first to receive the vaccine, they wonder if they were being used as lab rat.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Understanding COVID-19 Vaccine: Is facial palsy a scary side effect?

The long waited COVID-19 vaccine will finally be available in Hong Kong coming January. This supposed to be something we all hoped for, but unfortunately, there are now reports that the vaccine could have led to facial palsy. This immediately makes people skeptical and wonder if this could happen to themselves if they take the vaccine.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Combating COVID-19 with exercises? Three things parents can do for their children

In the face of the fierce onslaught of fourth wave of COVID-19, Hong Kongers are back in alert mode, especially for those who have young children. The current wave sees some patients deteriorate quickly, and being young is not exempted from severe conditions anymore. To combat the pandemic, what elsemore can we do for our children? Is exercising effective for the purpose? Indeed, it is important to promote physical and mental health of children as we brace for the fourth wave. Here are three ways to achieve this.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] The double impact of influenza and COVID-19

As the temperature drops, it is common that some people develop conditions such as runny nose and a couple of coughs. We would pay little attention to them if there were not the fourth outbreak of COVID-19; but now, even mild flu symptoms can already make people panic whether they had actually contracted the COVID-19.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Risky dose? Let’s learn about vaccine allergy

On occasion, controversy arises around the skepticism about vaccination, especially among some parents. The commonest reason against jabs is the allergic effects they could trigger. Indeed, frightening cases of serious allergies go to the news once in a while. But first, what really is vaccine allergy? How severe and how frequent it can become?

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Worried about the side effects of flu shots? Think thrice about these risks

In South Korea, a number of people presented serious reactions after receiving influenza vaccination, while dozens of them died. The jabs linked to some of the fatalities were produced by renowned pharmaceutical firms. This has created much concern for many of the Hongkongers who plan to get a shot as we brace ourselves for the winter flu surge: is the vaccination risks acceptable?

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Why should you care about your blood pressure?

From a health perspective, blood pressure is the most important set of numbers to your body. This is because high blood pressure (hypertension) can trigger numerous deadly diseases including stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

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How working parents can avoid stressing out?

Watching children grow is the source of happiness for many parents, but parenting can also be stressful. This is especially an issue in Hong Kong where schools are competitive. Some mothers believe that they are obliged to perfect their children’s homework; if she is a working mother, the double-responsibilities of work and the family can be overwhelming.

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Procrastination: how to not rush deadlines

For many, the office is where much of the stress comes from. When work is overwhelming, some people would bite the bullet to finish it by stretching themselves and extending their work hours. Others, on the contrary, would try to evade stress and keep a blind eye to their responsibilities until the very last moment when no more delay is possible. This is known as “procrastination.”

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[Ask Dr Chiu] What do you need to know about the mass voluntary COVID-19 testing from a medical perspective

The recent Government announcement to provide free COVID-19 testing for Hong Kong people from September in a new laboratory in Sheung Wan has triggered a lot of discussions in the community. According to official information, the initiative is on a voluntary basis rather than compulsory.

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[AXA Signature Network Series] New-generation targeted therapy helps patients live with lung cancer

Lung cancer has the highest mortality rate and is the 2nd most common cancer in Hong Kong. There are nearly 5,000 new cases every year with over 3,000 deaths.

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Mind Charger: An Interview with Margaret Chung

Yoga teacher, mother, wife, and philanthropist… Margaret Chung has many different roles to play. Despite having too much work and too little time, Margaret always looks well-rested, with a smile on her face and an irresistible passion to match. What are her health and beauty secrets?

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[Ask Dr Chiu] The secret of walking

Many people say, “more walking every day helps us stay healthy.” So what are the health benefits walking can bring? Walking itself is a good exercise if we do it for a certain length of time, for example, a regular brisk walking session of 15 to 20 minutes has been proved for its long-term benefits.

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[Ask Dr Chiu] Does my insurance policy cover pre admission COVID-19 tests?

Hong Kong has unfortunately been hit by the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic with a daily surge of over 100 cases. The uncertainty of whether one has got infected without knowing it has left many people jittery. The fear is highlighted with a number of reported asymptomatic infections, which urged private hospitals to take an even more cautious approach to avoid developing outbreaks within their premises.

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3 benefits to enhance your cardiopulmonary function through walking football to deal with epidemic

As Hong Kong experienced the second wave of outbreak of COVID-19. There is  increasing chance that we will live close to infected…

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[Ask Dr Chiu] What should we do if we live close to COVID-19 infected patients?

As Hong Kong experienced the second wave of outbreak of COVID-19. There is  increasing chance that we will live close to infected…

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[Ask Dr Chiu] 8 ways to stay away from the virus when you return to office

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves into a global pandemic, Hongkongers are not without worry if we need to return to office. What are the…

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4 Stress-busting diet changes you can implement right away

With the stress of daily life, some of us may reach for comfort foods that are often less healthy.With the stress of daily life, some of us may reach for comfort foods that are often less healthy. Yes, these comfort foods may offer…