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2015/12/28 | Kenzo

Taiwan Hospitals Overcrowded; Medical Reformation Groups Call for New Systems

Zhang Ke-shi, Secretary-General of TCHA points out that currently the hospitals are overcrowded while almost half of the local clinics have shut down. He says that medical centers were meant for patients in need of critical care, but now the system is almost paralyzed because people are used to coming in for minor illnesses. This not only increases the medical staff's workload, but the doctors are also forced to cut back their teaching and research time.

2015/12/19 | Yuan

The Patient Autonomy Act Passes in Taiwan

Legislator Yang Yu-xin says that this legislation allows people to decide in advance whether or not they want to receive treatment when they are in ill conditions in the future or if they want to die naturally. This protects the medical autonomy of patients and is the first Taiwanese law of which patients are subjects.

2015/12/17 | TNL 編輯

Research Shows Third-Hand Smoke May Harm Reading Abilities

More than half of the smokers think that as long as they do not smoke in front of their children, the smoke will not affect them. However, this is a false conception.

2015/12/08 | TNL香港編輯

Schools Closed, Cars Forced Off Roads as Beijing Issues Its First Air Pollution Red Alert

In the latest smog in Beijing, 23 out of 35 environmental monitor stations recorded a sixth-level pollution lasting for five days, which was two days longer than what the red alert standard regulates. The government did not issue the red alert in time and raised controversy.

2015/12/07 | TNL 編輯

Lung Cancer Cases Increasing in Taiwan and Medical Community Calls On People to Demonstrate against Air Pollution

Li Wu-po, supervisor of Changhua medical Alliance for Public Affairs, says that according to latest statistics issued by the Health Promotion Administration, lung cancer has been the top cause of death for five consecutive years and 9,167 people nationwide died of lung cancer last year. He notes that the population growth rate in Taiwan within these 30 years accounts for 28%, but the growth rate of lung cancer has gone up to 131%.

2015/12/02 | Yuan

World AIDS Day: How Has AIDS Control Been Doing in Taiwan?

In Taiwan, after the first case of AIDS was discovered in December 1984, the total number of AIDS patients has risen to 30,432 people, including 993 foreigners, up until September 2015. In recent years, the infection rates among the elderly and housewives have been rising gradually as well.