Expert advice from a NET teacher: 10 things you need to know about the HKDSE Paper 4

Expert advice from a NET teacher: 10 things you need to know about the HKDSE Paper 4

We had a chat with Dan Murphy, a long-time NET teacher who specialises in teaching speaking strategies to senior form students, for some tips on the HKDSE English speaking exam


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May 5, 2000 (Atlanta) -- Acupuncture has been used to treat people in the Far East for thousands of years, so it may strike some people as amusing that it is being studied in the West as a potentially "new" treatment for everything from back pain to depression. According to some Austrian scientists, erectile dysfunction, or impotence, can now be added to that list.

Impotence can be caused by many factors, from imbalances in hormones, to actual physical damage, to psychological or emotional problems. Paul F. Engelhardt, MD, of the Hospital Leinz in Vienna, Austria, and colleagues are in the midst of an ongoing study to see if men suffering from impotence that has more of a mental cause can be helped by acupuncture. Engelhardt presented preliminary findings at a meeting of urologists here this week.

Acupuncture involves placing very fine needles in various parts of the body to relieve pain or stress. All 13 men in the study, average age 42, received acupuncture. But they were split into two groups receiving different treatments.

One group received the actual acupuncture for impotence. The other group received acupuncture but in areas that weren't related to relieving impotence. The researchers did this to see if there was a strong "placebo effect," in which the patients have relief from just thinking they're receiving treatment.