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“Out with Secondhand Smoke” in Seoul’s Gangnam District

“Out with Secondhand Smoke” in Seoul’s Gangnam District

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — In an attempt to stop the spread of secondhand smoke, the local government office of Gangnam-gu in Seoul has announced today that it is cracking down on people smoking in the streets. Gangnam-gu also said it was strengthening efforts to publicize the harms of smoking. Currently, there are a [...]

Revised Bill Offers Discounts for Hospital Stays and Dental Surgery

Revised Bill Offers Discounts for Hospital Stays and Dental Surgery

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting next month, the cost of hospital wards that can accommodate two to three people will be cut by half thanks to changes in public health insurance policies. In addition, the cost of dental implant surgeries for senior citizens over 65 years of age will fall drastically. The Ministry [...]

Philip Morris Says Heat-Not-Burn Device Can Reduce Health Risks

Philip Morris Says Heat-Not-Burn Device Can Reduce Health Risks

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Philip Morris Korea Inc. said Monday that switching to its heat-not-burn device, IQOS, reduces health risks compared with continued smoking, citing its six-month clinical study amid controversy over harmful substances from the smoke-free product. According to its study, eight measures of biological response improved in those who switched to [...]

Gov’t Collects Tens of Thousands of Radioactive Mattresses

Gov’t Collects Tens of Thousands of Radioactive Mattresses

SEOUL, Jun. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Over 22,000 bed mattresses found to emit radiation levels above safety standards have been collected nationwide over the weekend, the country’s post office said Monday. Some 30,000 employees and 3,200 vehicles were mobilized to collect 22,298 mattresses produced by Daijin Bed Co. on Saturday and Sunday, according to Korea [...]

Government Bans Coffee Products from Schools

Government Bans Coffee Products from Schools

SEOUL, Jun. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting in mid-September, the sale of coffee products will be banned from all schools in the nation. According to the Ministry of Food and Safety, the special revised law pertaining to food safety for children will come into effect on September 14. According to the newly revised law, coffee [...]

General Anesthesia Could Contribute to Dementia

General Anesthesia Could Contribute to Dementia

SEOUL, Jun. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A new study has revealed that middle-aged adults who go under general anesthesia are 29 percent more likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease than those who don’t. Although patients should not be afraid of going under general anesthesia, the study suggests that a patient’s cognitive performance should be checked [...]

Perception of Age Affects Actual “Age” of Brain: Study

Perception of Age Affects Actual “Age” of Brain: Study

SEOUL, Jun. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A new study has revealed that senior citizens who think of themselves as being younger than their actual age have “younger” brains than those who regard themselves as older than their real age. According to research conducted by professor Choi Jin-yeong of Seoul National University published in the international [...]

Elderly Farmers Lack Awareness of Hot Weather Dangers

Elderly Farmers Lack Awareness of Hot Weather Dangers

SEOUL, Jun. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — As the thermometer inches up every day, medical experts say elderly farmers in the countryside should be more alert and careful. According to statistics published domestically, 74.2 percent of heat-related illnesses in people over the age of 65 occurred outdoors in the field or on the road. The supporting [...]