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Dr. Karen Chan - World Breastfeeding Week 2020

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Breast milk builds your baby’s immune system by providing natural antibodies, antimicrobial properties, and protective enzymes [1]. It also
provides the right amount of fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats needed for your baby’s healthy development [7].

Infants who are breastfed revealed fewer and shorter infections [1], show different growth patterns [1], have different gut microflora [2], experience better cognitive development [3] and even face differences in the risk of chronic diseases, such as obesity [4], Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes [5] and cardiovascular disease [6].

The World Health Organization recommends children to be breastfed in the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life [8].

Supporting breastfeeding mothers in Hong Kong during this period: https://www.babyfriendly.org.hk/en/breastfeeding-hotline-and-support-groups/

« World Health Organization » 2020 - World Breast Feeding Week Message: https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/31-07-2020-world-breastfeeding-week-2020-message

References:

1.Lönnerdal, B., et al. (2017). Longitudinal evolution of true protein, amino acids and bioactive proteins in breast milk: a developmental perspective. J Nutr Biochem. 41:1-11.
2.Isolauri, E. (2012).
Development of healthy gut microbiota early in life.
J Paediatr Child Health, 48 (Suppl. 3), pp. 1-6.
3.Anderson,J.W., Johnstone, B.M., &Remley, D.T.(1999).
Breast-feeding and cognitive development: a meta-analysis.
Am J Clin Nutr, 70 (4), pp. 525-535
4.Owen, C.G., Martin, R.M., Whincup, P.H., Smith, G.D., Cook, D.G. (2005). Effect of infant feeding on the risk of obesity across the life course: a quantitative review of published evidence. Pediatrics, 115, pp. 1367-1377.
5.Knip, M., Virtanen, S.M., & Åkerblom, H.K. (2010). Infant feeding and the risk of type 1 diabetes. Am J Clin Nutr, 91, pp. 1506S-1513S.
6.Owen, C.G., Whincup, P.H., & Cook, D.G. Breast-feeding and cardiovascular risk factors and outcomes in later life: evidence from epidemiological studies. Proc Nutr Soc, 70 (2011), pp. 478-484.
7.Barham-Floreani, J. (2009). Welladjusted Babies. McPherson’s Printing Group.
8. WHO | Exclusive breastfeeding for six months best for babies everywhere: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2011/breastfeeding_20110115/en/

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【Dr. Karen Chan - Home Ergonomics - Correct and Incorrect Postures at Home】

Friday, May 01, 2020

As we are spending more time at home, a correct posture and good home ergonomics is of utmost importance to maintain a healthy spine and nervous system. A poor posture can put undue stress on our bodies causing neck pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, headache and back pain. Here is some advice on Correct and Incorrect Postures at Home. Let us maintain a Healthy Body! More

Dr Claudia Ng, BSc, DC - Beat the Virus, Not the Bone!

Friday, April 03, 2020

With the recent resurgence in COVID-19 cases, you may find yourself working from home again. Besides the feeling of stiff muscles and joints from this extended period of confinement, do you know that a lack of exercise may also speed up the loss of muscle mass and increases the risk of osteoporosis? More

Dr Claudia Ng - How to Stay active and fit during the epidemic Part 2 - Cardiovascular and Strengthening Exercises

Monday, February 17, 2020

Many people think that it is necessary to go to the gym or outdoors for cardiovascular and strengthening exercises, but the fact is that many of these exercises can be done at home, and no equipment is necessary.  To keep active and to boost our immunity, we must continue to do exercises routinely.   Dr. Claudia Ng and our exercise therapist, Dark Yuen, will demonstrate some simple exercises suitable for the whole family to stay healthy and fit during this epidemic. More

Dr Claudia Ng - How to Stay active and fit during the epidemic Part 1 - Stretching Exercises

Friday, February 14, 2020

During the Coronavirus outbreak, most people are spending more time indoors.  To keep active and to boost our immunity, we can do some exercises at home.  Dr. Claudia Ng and our exercise therapist, Dark Yuen, will demonstrate some simple exercises suitable for the whole family to stay healthy and fit during this epidemic, beginning with some stretching exercises. More

[SCMP Interview] Migraines: what causes them, who gets them and how to treat them – medication or meditation

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Simon Cowell, Elle Macpherson, Ben Affleck and Janet Jackson are just four celebrities that suffer from one of the world’s most common diseases: migraine. We look at this debilitating condition and its causes and treatments More

We can help with your exercise goals

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Coming up - our new Exercise section!  With over 40 exercises clearly illustrated with photos and easy-to-follow instructions, you'll surely find your workout a breeze!  Stay tuned! More

How to Prevent Back Pain from Back Packs of School Children

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Back packs may seem harmless and even appear beneficial to school children. In many ways, these are actually very useful and convenient for young kids going to school who need to carry their books and other school materials on a daily basis. However, many parents are not aware of the potential problems that can develop if they do not practice safety measures. Back pain and other conditions can ensue. Here are some ways on how to keep children's backs strong and straight.  More

Four ways on how to Straighten up when you are Pregnant

Monday, May 26, 2014

Pregnancy is often associated with spine and pelvis discomfort with postural changes.  Yet keeping your spine up straight is the more important in this period!  In this presentation, you'll learn four useful exercises plus other tips on how to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy, all from the most current literature. More

Common Pain Series: 1. Headache

Monday, March 31, 2014

Headache is a very common condition in modern lifestyle.  According to statistics from the World Health Organization, 47% of the general population has suffered from headache at least once in the past year. The International Headache Society lists over a hundred categories of all headache diagnoses. More