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Lack of Hospice Care Infrastructure Affects Terminal Patients in South Korea

Lack of Hospice Care Infrastructure Affects Terminal Patients in South Korea

SEOUL, June 21 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite the South Korean government’s national health insurance reform, which will cover palliative care for an extended number of terminally ill patients from August, many fear the lack of hospice care infrastructure in the country will not live up to the expectations of ‘dying well’. Hospice care, which refers [...]

S. Koreans Take Average of 9 Annual Paid Holidays Off

S. Koreans Take Average of 9 Annual Paid Holidays Off

SEOUL, Jun. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — South Koreans used about 60 percent of the paid holidays given to them on average in 2013, government data showed Monday, amid growing calls to improve poor working conditions and long hours on the job. According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Employment and Labor, South Korean [...]

Ramyeon Increases Cardiovascular Risk Due to High Fat, Sodium, Sugar

Ramyeon Increases Cardiovascular Risk Due to High Fat, Sodium, Sugar

SEOUL, June 20 (Korea Bizwire) – Ramyeon instant noodles raises blood sugar, blood pressure and the chance of artery hardening and heart attack due to its high fat, sodium, sugar and carbohydrate content, the latest findings showed Monday. Those who regularly eat ramyeon three or more times a week are 2.6 times more susceptible to cardiovascular metabolic disease than those who have the instant noodles once or less frequently [...]

Growing Waistlines Prompt National Insurance Coverage for Obesity Treatment

Growing Waistlines Prompt National Insurance Coverage for Obesity Treatment

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has decided to extend its national insurance coverage to patients with obesity starting next year. The Ministry of Health and Welfare and the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) announced yesterday plans to invest 9 billion won to provide insurance coverage for the surgical treatment of [...]

Calls for Public Drinking Ban Grow in South Korea

Calls for Public Drinking Ban Grow in South Korea

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — As excessive drinking and related crimes are emerging as one of the most pressing social issues facing South Korea, calls to ramp up regulations on the sale of alcohol and drinking in public spaces are notably growing. According to the Korea Health Promotion Foundation and the World Health Organization, [...]

Scientists Develop New Drug Treatment for Cancer

Scientists Develop New Drug Treatment for Cancer

SEOUL, Jun. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A group of South Korean medical researchers developed a new type of anti-cancer immune material derived from a plant, the science ministry said Thursday, opening up new treatment opportunities for patients. The team, led by Lee Chang-hwan of Ulsan University, developed the new substance made from the plant named [...]

Sales of Bottled Water Surge 16 pct in 2016

Sales of Bottled Water Surge 16 pct in 2016

SEOUL, Jun. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s bottled water market was valued at 740 billion won (US$656 million) last year, up 15.5 percent from the previous year amid the increase in the number of one-person households and demand for clean water, industry data showed Wednesday. According to the data from Nielson Korea, some 640 [...]

Skin Cancer Cases Grow some 40 % in Recent Years

Skin Cancer Cases Grow some 40 % in Recent Years

SEOUL, June 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of South Korean skin cancer patients has spiked nearly 40 percent over the past four years, flirting with the 20,000 mark, apparently due to increased sunlight exposure, data showed Tuesday. Skin cancer patients in the country numbered 19,435 at the end of last year, up 38 percent from four years earlier, according to the data from the Health [...]

Top Offline Life Insurers Become Major Online Market Players

Top Offline Life Insurers Become Major Online Market Players

SEOUL, June 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s major offline insurers have emerged as major players in the country’s online life insurance market, data showed Tuesday, as they focused marketing activities on savings-type policies, which life planners shun due to low commissions. Kyobo Lifeplanet Life Insurance Co., an Internet arm of Kyobo Life Insurance, became the largest online life insurer with the initial premium payments of 1.28 billion won (US$1.1 million) [...]