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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.