Health and Science

Ask Dr. Scott: Taiwan newspaper article details country’s battle against tobacco

The Daily Republic
Date: Jan 10, 2018
By Scott Anderson

While boarding a flight from Singapore to Taiwan, I recently picked up a complimentary copy of the Taipei Times. Taiwan is considered part of China under the “One China Policy,” as embraced by the United States.

The island maintains an edgy relationship, however, with the People’s Republic, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province.

The local newspaper, in addition to covering politics, contained a sophisticated analysis of cigarette smoking in Asia, titled, “Tobacco Must be Strictly Controlled.” It was authored by Wen-Chi Pan, of the National Health Research Institutes, and Wayne Gao, of Taipei Medical University.

I learned about the universal and culture-specific issues relative to this concern.

Protests demanding less air pollution apparently crop up in Taiwan, prompted by fear of lung cancer. Most Taiwanese women who contract this malignancy are non-smokers, perhaps contributing to the air quality concerns.    [FULL  STORY]

New act now makes it easier for foreigners to work in Taiwan

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2018-02-08

It is now easier for foreigners to work and reside in Taiwan. That’s because Taiwan’s

Deputy head of the National Development Council Kao Shien-quey announces relaxed rules for foreign professionals going into effect on Thursday. (CNA file photo)

more relaxed rules for foreign professionals went into effect on Thursday. The new act’s aim is to recruit foreign talents in the areas of technology, economics, and finance.

The Act for the Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Professionals means that foreigners can freely seek and change jobs on their own. For the first time, they will be able to apply for permanent residency. The adult children of foreign professionals can also apply for permanent residency and work permits.

In addition, the act will allow foreigners to teach more subjects at cram schools. The council’s deputy head Kao Shien-quey explained.    [FULL  STORY]

Two more indigenous cases of dengue fever reported in Taiwan

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/09/28
By: Chen Wei-ting and William Yen

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) Two more indigenous cases of dengue fever infection have

Image taken from Pixabay

been found in a couple residing in New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, said the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Thursday.

The couple aged in their 50s showed symptoms of continuous fever, muscle aches, joint pain and fatigue and was diagnosed with Type 1 dengue virus Wednesday after being admitted to hospital.

They have no record of leaving the country and have not been to the southern parts of Taiwan where dengue fever is more pronounced, CDC Deputy Director-General Philip Lo (羅一鈞) said.

According to test results, the virus strain is similar to those prevalent in Vietnam, hence it is possible that the source of infection may be an imported case hidden in the vicinity of the couple’s residence, said Lo.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan animal expert praises hygiene practices at Vietnamese hog farms

Taiwanese researcher emphasizes the maintenance of low waste at hog farms is the most effective way to prevent illness

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/09/22
By: Taiwan News

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese researcher said he was impressed by the

(By Wikimedia Commons)

Vietnamese hog-farming industry for its adoption of good hygiene practices, saying its low-waste hog farms can effectively prevent hog diseases and is what the Taiwanese sector can learn from.

Animal expert Chen Chi-ming (陳啟銘) shared his observations at a forum hosted by the New Taipei City Government Animal Protection and Health Inspection Office (AHIQO) on Thursday, and introduced the methods and facilities to prevent hog diseases. He also proclaimed that Vietnamese farms’ maintenance of low waste is an effective way to avoid any outbreak of a disease in livestock, as reported by China Times.

With 21 years of experience in farming and agriculture, Chen went to Vietnam last year to check some piggeries when there was an outbreak of diseases. After the investigation, he concluded that problems prevailed in the processing of vaccines.

Hospital confirms report about botched hysteroscopy that leads to premature birth

The China Post
Date: September 15, 2017
By: The China Post

Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Friday confirmed the report that a

Taipei Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Friday confirmed the report that a hysteroscopy conducted by one of its physicians had led to a premature birth because proper procedures were not followed.

hysteroscopy conducted by one of its physicians had led to a premature birth because proper procedures were not followed.

The botched hysteroscopy was one of the accusations in an internally recirculated letter that criticized the hospital for “industrializing” hysteroscopy, convincing patients to take the test for profits, adding that nine of ten gynecology patients have been given hysteroscopy at the hospital.

In the case mentioned by the letter apparently written by one of the hospital’s medical staff, an employee of the hospital received a hysteroscopy on Aug. 23 after she complained of menstrual disorder. During the procedure, the employee gave birth of an unknown-of 23-week baby. The hysteroscopy conducting the hysteroscopy, however, demanded the nursing staff not to give first aid to the baby and required everyone with knowledge of the incident to keep it a secret in order to avoid a scandal, according to the letter, which added that the gynecologist even blamed the patient for not knowing about her own pregnancy.    [FULL  STORY]

Possible case of collective food poisoning occurs at Tainan’s high school

130 students displayed symptoms related to food poisoning, including abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, after having school dinner.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/09/10
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A hundred and thirty students from Tainan’s Sheng Kung

Many students in Taiwan have meals offered by schools or catering companies contracted to schools. (Source: Pixabay)

Girl’s High School (聖功女中) were reported to have suffered abdominal discomfort after having dinner provided by the school September 5, and the city’s Health Department is investigating whether or not it is a case of collective food poisoning on campus.

According to a press release issued by the health department on September 9, the cause of the possible collective food poisoning could be the dinner provided by the school on September 5.

Of the 380 people who had the suspicious school dinner, 130 students have displayed symptoms related to food poisoning, including abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting since September 6.   [FULL  STORY]

FormoSat-5 begins contact with ground station

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/25
By: S.C. Chang

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) Eighty-two minutes and 56 seconds after lift-off from the

Science Minister Chen (left, arms up) is elated by FormoSat-5’s successful contact with ground station.

Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Friday, the first Taiwan-made satellite FormoSat-5 started communications with planet earth, according to the Hsinchu-based National Space Organization (NSPO).

In a statement, NSPO said that at 4:13 a.m. Taiwan time, its ground antenna in Svalbard, Norway received signals from FormoSat-5, which was launched into the 720-km orbit by SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket 11 minutes 19 seconds after liftoff at 2:50 a.m.

“The success of the first contact marks a milestone of FormoSat-5,” said the statement. It noted that its first contact to Taiwan station is expected by 9:44 a.m.

Science and Technology Minister Chen Liang-gee (陳良基)and NARLabs President Wang Yeong-her (王永和)were elated by the successful first contact with the Norway station.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwanese woman causes international media frenzy due to young looks

Lure Hsu is the sister of Taiwanese actress Sharon Hsu

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/24
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese interior designer has suddenly become mentioned by media all over

Lure Hsu (from her Facebook page).

Europe because she looks like a student or even a teenager, even though she is 42.

Over the past week, reports about Lure Hsu (許路兒) emerged in various European media, from The Daily Mail in Great Britain to newspapers in Belgium and the Netherlands.

A frequent poster on Instagram and Facebook, Hsu’s fame was launched by her 35-year-old sister, actress Sharon Hsu (許維恩), who put a photo online for her 40th birthday which was interpreted as the photo of a teenager.

Since then, the elder Hsu has cultivated a following of 230,000 fans on Instagram and 340,000 on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.    [FULL  STORY]

Expired pork and chickens of more than 2 years found on market

Li-Chin Agricultural Products fined NT$6 million for selling expired pork and chicken

Taiwan News
dATE: 2017/05/06
By: Judy Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Another food safety issue has come under the limelight in

A box of pork that expired since 2014 posted by the whistleblower on Baoliao Commune. (Photo courtesy of Facebook user Baoliao Commune)

Taiwan this week that might affect meat lovers’ appetite a bit, a Taichung-based meat supplier Li-Chin Agricultural Products Limited (力勤農產有限公司) was caught selling expired pork and chicken of up to four years on the market.

More than 15,600 kilograms of expired meat products were sealed and banned from being sold on the market by the health authorities.

Upon inspection the Health Bureau of Taichung City found 1,674 boxes of frozen pig intestines without any expiration date labels, 333 boxes with the labels ripped off. With each box of pork weighing 6 kilograms to 6.8 kilograms, expired pork products amounted to 12,308 kilograms.

In addition, 220 boxes of expired frozen chicken totaling 3,300 kilograms were found. The company claimed it had removed the expiration date labels before destroying the products.    [FULL  STORY]

Father of Indonesian obese boy thanks Taiwan for offer to treat son

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/04/25
By: Jay Chou and Lilian Wu

Jakarta, April 25 (CNA) The father of an obese boy has expressed his thanks to

(Photo courtesy of Ade Somantri)

Taiwan for extending a helping hand to his son.

After it was reported in the news that the boy’s parents worried their son could die from obesity, Taiwan’s China Medical University Hospital and the Jakarta Taiwan Entrepreneur Association contacted the boy’s family to offer to treat his obesity and cover the medical expenses.

The boy’s father, Ade Somantri, in an interview with CNA Tuesday, expressed appreciation for the kindness of the Taiwanese hospital and the association.

He noted that his son, Arya Permana, 11, received a sleeve gastrectomy at Omni Hospitals in Bandung, three weeks ago, and is currently recuperating.