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The dispute over classifying plant-based milk as ‘milk’


Plant-based milk starts expanding its presence in the milk beverage market amid the rising popularity of vegetarianism. However, some dairy milk producers complain that it is unfair to allow plant-based beverage to take advantage of the goodwill of milk they earned, while the plant-based milk producers criticise their counterparts for protectionism. Both of them are forcing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enter judgement on what to call plant-based milk. What are the arguments on both sides? What is the impact of the naming controversy on consumers?

Game of claws: A pressing need to tighten regulations on claw machines?


In recent years, there have been reported cases of claw game addiction in some countries. A Taiwanese pathological player even spent all his money on the game. As the spread of claw game has generated increased interest in Hong Kong, should the Government tighten regulations to avoid the negative impacts on society?

'Smart drugs' warning for parents and students


Some stimulants originally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are seen as ‘smart drugs’ in recent years. They are taken by people hoping to boost memory or concentration worldwide. In Hong Kong, some parents allegedly asked doctors to prescribe these stimulants for their children to help achieve better academic performance. What will be the impacts to the society when ‘smart drugs’ becomes more popular?

Vegans and non-vegans fight like cats and dogs?


Conflicts between vegans and non-vegans have been intensified in recent years amid the rising popularity of veganism. Some vegans accused non-vegans of discrimination. A vegan in U.K. even took his employer to court for this reason. Meanwhile, some non-vegans retorted vegans for practising moral trials on others by dieting preference. Are vegans and non-vegans meant to fight like cats and dogs?

Hong Kong's 'Toilet Revolution': Money is not the only key to success


In the 2019-20 Budget, the Government has planned to devote HK$600 million to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department for refurbishing 240 public toilets in the city over the next five years. In order to improve the odor and hygiene problems of public toilets, the department has to put effort into improving design, maintenance and user’s culture.

Gatekeeping in the HealthTech era


Digital health technologies, such as mobile apps that prevent, monitor, diagnose or even treat health problems, are flourishing. However, the challenge facing these technologies is how to assess their effectiveness and safeness, so that we know they are safeguarding our heath rather than putting us at risk. In overseas, certain organisations are trying to figure this out.

Designing an Earth-friendly food guide


In recent years, overseas governments and scientists have respectively designed food guides to promote environmentally-friendly food choices in addition to healthy diets. Will the official food guide in Hong Kong also put greater emphasis on the health of the Earth in the future?

How can technology help ease medical manpower shortage?


The use of technology in medical and care promises a wide range of potential benefits that extend beyond taking on mundane tasks to preserving patients’ dignity, as well as improving doctor-patient relationship. What are the practical concerns of technology applications in healthcare services?   

Reasons for vaccine hesitancy


The latest bout of winter seasonal influenza has brought on an overload of public hospitals, and all kindergartens in Hong Kong had to be closed earlier for the Chinese New Year holidays for the second year in a row. Seasonal influenza vaccination is an effective means to prevent seasonal influenza and its complications, however, the vaccination rates are on the low side in Hong Kong. Why people hesitate to get vaccinated?