Issue: May 10, 2006   (Archive)
Wednesday, September 3, 2014   



Pola expedition
Japanese expatriates in Hong Kong now have another place to shop for premium cosmetics from home. Japan's top- selling cosmetics brand Pola has set up a new beauty counter at The One's Beauty Bazaar in Tsim Sha Tsui. This is Pola's second shop in Hong Kong.

Prenatal anti-depressants 'can affect baby'
Children born to women who took anti- depressants during pregnancy are statistically likelier to develop attention- deficit hyperactivity disorder, researchers say.

Nail the problem
The hot and humid weather is not just bothersome its also bad news for your nails. Hong Kongs humid summers provide the perfect environment for fungus to breed and grow. It is easy to fall victim to onychomycosis.

Going by gut feeling
Over 70 percent of your body's immune system is in your gut. Good digestive health relieves constipation or diarrhea and also helps fight bugs and allergies. The key is friendly bacteria - or probiotics - but stress, a poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, travel and age can deplete them.

Love thy neighbor
Ever felt like your neighbor's antics could drive you to an early grave? There may be reason for concern, said researchers, who reported a link between having good neighbors and a healthier heart.

Secrets of the geisha
If you've always wanted to know Japanese geishas' beauty secrets, look no further than Tatcha.

Gene hope for heart patients
A 37-year-old man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid the need for a heart transplant.

Hold the salt
People around the world eat twice as much salt as they should, and this behavior translates into 1.65 million heart-related deaths per year. Excess salt can cause high blood pressure - a leading factor in heart disease and stroke - according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Humidity's the pits
A survey of 300 Hongkongers aged 18 to 45 by Lightspeed Research reveals that excessive sweatiness and bad body odor can impact working and social lives.

Pressing the right buttons
People feeding dollars into vending machines in public parks in Chicago are buying granola bars and dried fruit instead of mini donuts and cheesy potato chips, according to a study by Northwestern University researchers.



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