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Gen­der Re­as­sign­ment Clinic Opens

A one-stop clinic for in­di­vid­u­als re­quir­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal and med­i­cal treat­ment for gen­der iden­tity-re­lated is­sues will open next month at Prince of Wales Hos­pi­tal. The clinic com­prises a team of 12 ex­perts in­clud­ing psy­chi­a­trists, en­docri­nol­o­gists, plas­tic sur­geons and speech ther­a­pists. Hong Kong cur­rently has around 160 pa­tients seek­ing treat­ment for gen­der iden­tity dis­or­der at pub­lic hos­pi­tals, and an­other 20 wait­ing for their first con­sul­ta­tions. The clinic is ex­pected to treat 250 in­di­vid­u­als in its first year, and per­form gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery on 15 to 20 pa­tients per year. Author­i­ties ex­pect the cen­tral­ized ser­vice to shorten the wait­ing time for an ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion for peo­ple with gen­der iden­tity dis­or­der from 70 weeks to within a year.

Our take: It’s about time.

Moon­cake Can­cer Scare!!!!

Ma­cau author­i­ties have or­dered a re­call of moon­cakes from Hong Kong-based Hang He­ung Bak­ery af­ter a sam­ple showed low lev­els of afla­toxin B1— a highly car­cino­genic

sub­stance as­so­ci­ated with liver can­cer. In Hong Kong the max­i­mum per­mit­ted con­cen­tra­tion of afla­toxin in foods other than peanut prod­ucts is 15 mi­cro­grams per kg, com­pared with 5mcg in Ma­cau. The con­cen­tra­tion found in the sam­ple was 7.48mcg. Hang He­ung said it wouldn’t be re­call­ing its moon­cakes or pulling them off shelves in Hong Kong for now. Mean­while, Sec­re­tary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man pointed out that there was no stan­dard­ized level for afla­tox­ins un­der UN reg­u­la­tions, and that it is up to gov­ern­ments to con­duct risk as­sess­ments and de­ter­mine ap­pro­pri­ate lev­els.

Our take: Meh—an­other month, an­other food scare.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Joyce Kwok

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