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5 Helpful Ways to Strengthen your Immune System

10 Feb 2020

As your body’s first line of defence, your immune system plays a crucial role in protecting your health by fighting against foreign viruses and bacteria. When attacked, your immune system triggers a response and releases antibodies to attach to foreign substances and remove them. 

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, Functional Medicine

The dilemma of predictions based upon data from early in epidemics

5 Feb 2020

When new diseases appear, the most serious cases and the majority of deaths tend to take place in hospital. Early data records the number of patients admitted, the treatments that they are given, those that have recovered and those that die. This gives a hospital case fatality rate (CFR). In a study published in the Lancet of the novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, in the first cohort in Wuhan the CFR was 11%1.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health

Communicating risk in an epidemic: a personal perspective

5 Feb 2020

Updated on March 18th 2020, written by Dr David Owens.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

COVID-19: why has WHO declared a global emergency now?

31 Jan 2020

All significant epidemics become politicized. The decision to declare an emergency can be divided into two factors.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

How a Virus Spreads: Droplet Infections

29 Jan 2020

Infections like Coronavirus are spread when an infected individual coughs an explosive aerosol which contains infected virus.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine

COVID-19: why do we close schools & how do public health controls work?

28 Jan 2020

It is important to appreciate that in epidemics we do not close schools specifically because we fear for the impact of the disease on our children. Fortunately, early data suggests that the complications of COVID-19 are not affecting children.  School closures work by reducing the spread of mild illness and other disease. This boosts the general immunity of the population and makes it less likely that any epidemic will grow.

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Topics: Hong Kong Health, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, COVID-19

What Happens in Labour: C-Section or Natural Birth?

23 Jan 2020

What happens during your labour will depend on your choice of delivery: cesarean section or vaginal delivery. During your antenatal visits, your doctor will go through your birth plan with you and your partner, as well as discussing events that can occur during the course of labour. 

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Topics: Annerley, Pregnancy

What Should a Full Body Check Cover?

20 Jan 2020

It’s a fact of life. Your body functions decline as you get older. And for each decade that passes, you’re more and more likely to develop some sort of health condition or disease.

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Topics: Body Check, Preventative Healthcare/Medicine

How to Protect Yourself From Runner’s Knee

16 Jan 2020

Does your knee hurt when you climb the stairs, run, or even with just walking? You could be suffering from runner's knee. As the name suggests, runner's knee refers to pain around the knee area and is commonly diagnosed among runners. However, they aren't the only ones that can suffer from it.

 

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Topics: Preventative Healthcare/Medicine, Sports Medicine