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Menstrual Cup Coming to South Korea in January

Menstrual Cup Coming to South Korea in January

SEOUL, Dec. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety approved the sale of menstrual cup ‘FemmyCycle’ in South Korea on Thursday, meaning it could be available at retailers as soon as next month. FemmyCycle, which is produced by U.S. company Femcap, is the first menstrual cup product to be sold in South [...]

Court Orders Hospital to Pay 100 Million Won in Damages Over Wrong Diagnosis

Court Orders Hospital to Pay 100 Million Won in Damages Over Wrong Diagnosis

DAEGU, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) – A local court ordered a hospital on Wednesday to pay 100 million won (around US $91,660) in damages to the family of a daughter for erroneously diagnosing her condition as cerebral palsy and causing her to be bedridden for about 10 years, the court said. According to the  the parents visited a university hospital in the southeastern city of Daegu in 2001, when their daughter was 2 years old, to have [...]

Smoking Rate to Drop This Year as Tobacco Sales Fall Due to Price Hikes: Official

Smoking Rate to Drop This Year as Tobacco Sales Fall Due to Price Hikes: Official

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s smoking rate will likely drop this year, as sales of cigarettes have fallen due to a big increase in the price of tobacco in 2015, an official source said Tuesday. Citing the need to discourage smoking, the government increased taxes on cigarettes by 2,000 won (US$1.70) per [...]

People who Experienced Appearance-related Discrimination More Susceptible to Health Issues: Poll

People who Experienced Appearance-related Discrimination More Susceptible to Health Issues: Poll

SEOUL, Dec. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — People who have been discriminated against due to their appearance are more likely to suffer from poor health down the line, a survey showed Monday. The report, carried out on 2,973 people aged between 19 and 24, and conducted by a team led by professor Kim Seung-seop of Korea [...]

Precision Medicine and Innovation To Extend Healthy Life Expectancy by 2022

Precision Medicine and Innovation To Extend Healthy Life Expectancy by 2022

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The government is aiming to increase South Korea’s healthy life expectancy from 73 to 76 by 2022 with the aid of technological innovations spearheaded by the emergence of precision medicine and expedited R&D efforts in pharmaceuticals. 1 In a document released on November 30 detailing the various measures necessary to [...]

S. Korean Drug Companies to Make Powdered Tamiflu

S. Korean Drug Companies to Make Powdered Tamiflu

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean drug manufacturers are producing generic versions of Tamiflu in powered form for babies, children and the elderly — groups who have difficulty with capsules — industry sources said Friday. About 100 South Korean drugs companies are producing generic versions of Tamiflu to ease the shortage in supply [...]

Over-The-Counter Drug Industry Growing Rapidly

Over-The-Counter Drug Industry Growing Rapidly

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – The market for over-the-counter drugs sold at convenience stores reached 28.5 billion won last year, with painkiller Tylenol being the most popular item. According to distribution statistics released by the Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service on Thursday, over 9.8 billion won worth of the caplet type of 500 [...]

Study Says Prolonged Exposure to Fine Dust Raises Risk of Death

Study Says Prolonged Exposure to Fine Dust Raises Risk of Death

SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Two consecutive days of exposure to fine dust can raise the risk of death by 0.5 percent, a joint study by researchers from South Korea, Japan and China said Tuesday. Published in Environment International, the study tracked the associations between mortality and extended exposure to microdust by analyzing data [...]