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Uptake of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in Hong Kong: Facilitators and barriers among adolescent girls and their parents

Leung Foundation to Professor Albert Lee and Professor Paul Chan from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to develop the study design, educational materials, survey instruments, staffing, data collection ... We would like to thank the teachers, parents and students who helped or participated in the program. Author Contributions Conceptualization: Winnie Wing Yan Yuen, Albert Lee, Paul K. S. Chan, Lynn

Phonological and phonetic properties of nasal substitution in Sasak and Javanese

Hong Kong, HK X close Jonathan Yip, University of Hong Kong, HK X close Lang Qin, University of Hong Kong, HK X close Albert Lee University of Hong Kong, HK X

Aire-deficient mice provide a model of corneal and lacrimal gland neuropathy in Sjögren's syndrome

: Feeling Y. Chen, Albert Lee, Sara Nathan. Formal analysis: Feeling Y. Chen, Albert Lee, Shaokui Ge, Nancy A. McNamara. Funding acquisition: Sarah M. Knox, Nancy A. McNamara. Investigation: Feeling Y ... . Chen, Sara Nathan, Sarah M. Knox, Nancy A. McNamara. Methodology: Feeling Y. Chen, Albert Lee, Shaokui Ge, Sarah M. Knox, Nancy A. McNamara. Project administration: Sarah M. Knox, Nancy A. McNamara

Plasma biomarker proteins for detection of human growth hormone administration in athletes

Human growth hormone (GH) is a naturally occurring hormone secreted by the pituitary gland with anabolic and growth-promoting activities. Since an increased availability of recombinant GH (rGH) for the treatment of GH-deficient patients, GH has been abused in sports and it is prohibited. “GH-isoform” and “biomarkers” tests are currently available for detection of GH abuse in...

A home-school-doctor model to break the barriers for uptake of human papillomavirus vaccine

Background A high coverage of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is required to achieve a clinically significant reduction in disease burden. Countries implementing free-of-charge national vaccination program for adolescent girls are still challenged by the sub-optimal uptake rate. Voluntary on-site school-based mass vaccination programs have demonstrated high coverage. Here...

Culture and gambling fallacies

Euro-Canadians and Chinese typically hold different theories about change; Euro-Canadians often engage in linear thinking whereas Chinese often engage in non-linear thinking. The present research investigated the effects of culture-specific theories of change in two related gambling fallacies: the gambler’s fallacy (GF; the belief that one is due for a win after a run of losses...

Erratum: Consumption of whole grains and cereal fiber and total and cause-specific mortality: prospective analysis of 367,442 individuals

follows: This study is funded by unrestricted research fund from NutraSource. Susan Cho is founder and owner of NutraSource and Albert Lee is an employee of NutraSource. The other authors declare that they

Consumption of whole grains and cereal fiber and total and cause-specific mortality: prospective analysis of 367,442 individuals

Background Intakes of whole grains and cereal fiber have been inversely associated with the risk of chronic diseases; however, their relation with total and disease-specific mortality remain unclear. We aimed to prospectively assess the association of whole grains and cereal fiber intake with all causes and cause-specific mortality. Methods The study included 367,442 participants...

Having a family doctor was associated with lower utilization of hospital-based health services

Background Primary care in the United States and most countries in Asia are provided by a variety of doctors. However, effectiveness of such diversified primary care in gate-keeping secondary medical services is unknown. This study aimed to evaluate health services utilization rates of hospital emergency and admission services among people who used different primary care doctors...

Associations between Parental Feeding Styles and Childhood Eating Habits: A Survey of Hong Kong Pre-School Children

Childhood obesity is a global public health issue, including in the Chinese setting, and its prevalence has increased dramatically throughout the last decade. Since the origins of childhood obesity may lie in the pre-school period, factors relating to very young children’s food consumption should be investigated. Parental influence, including feeding style, is the major...

Chinese translation and validation of a parental feeding style questionnaire for parents of Hong Kong preschoolers

Background Childhood obesity is a major public health issue in many countries, including China. The importance of parenting relative to the healthy development of children requires the development of instruments for assessing parental influence on child dietary pattern. This study aimed to confirm the internal reliability and validity of a self-report measure on parental feeding...

Childhood obesity management shifting from health care system to school system: intervention study of school-based weight management programme

Background Home and school environments conducive for unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are precursors of obesity. The aim of this study is evaluation of the effectiveness of a multi-component school-based weight management programme for overweight and obese primary school children via a home-school joint venture. Methods This study made use of variety of behavioural...

Factors influencing adolescent girls’ decision in initiation for human papillomavirus vaccination: a cross-sectional study in Hong Kong

Background Cervical cancer is one of the common cancers among women worldwide. Despite HPV vaccination being one of the effective preventive measures, it is not included in government vaccination programme in Hong Kong. This study aimed to assess the knowledge of and attitude towards cervical cancer prevention among Chinese adolescent girls in Hong Kong, and to identify factors...

A community-based cross-sectional immunisation survey in parents of primary school students

Immunisation is a very important aspect of child health. Invasive pneumococcal and influenza diseases have been major vaccine-available communicable diseases. We surveyed demographics and attitudes of parents of primary school students who received pneumococcal conjugate vaccination (PCV) and compared them with those who did not receive pneumococcal vaccination. The survey was...

De novo transcriptome reconstruction and annotation of the Egyptian rousette bat

Background The Egyptian Rousette bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), a common fruit bat species found throughout Africa and the Middle East, was recently identified as a natural reservoir host of Marburg virus. With Ebola virus, Marburg virus is a member of the family Filoviridae that causes severe hemorrhagic fever disease in humans and nonhuman primates, but results in little to no...

Health Disparity Still Exists in an Economically Well-Developed Society in Asia

Background The socioeconomic inequalities in child health continue to widen despite improved economy. Objective To investigate the correlation between socio-economic factors and health risk behaviors and psychosocial well-being of children in Hong Kong. Hypothesis The null hypothesis is that for this particular developed region, there exists little or no correlation between...

Cross-Sectional Study on Attitudes among General Practitioners towards Pneumococcal Vaccination for Middle-Aged and Elderly Population in Hong Kong

Albert Lee 0 John Lee 0 Herminia de Lencastre, Rockefeller University, United States of America 0 1 JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Human Vocal Attractiveness as Signaled by Body Size Projection

Voice, as a secondary sexual characteristic, is known to affect the perceived attractiveness of human individuals. But the underlying mechanism of vocal attractiveness has remained unclear. Here, we presented human listeners with acoustically altered natural sentences and fully synthetic sentences with systematically manipulated pitch, formants and voice quality based on a...

Transcriptome reconstruction and annotation of cynomolgus and African green monkey

Background Non-human primates (NHPs) and humans share major biological mechanisms, functions, and responses due to their close evolutionary relationship and, as such, provide ideal animal models to study human diseases. RNA expression in NHPs provides specific signatures that are informative of disease mechanisms and therapeutic modes of action. Unlike the human transcriptome...