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Fine Dust Increases Mortality Among Those Suffering from Respiratory Illnesses

Fine Dust Increases Mortality Among Those Suffering from Respiratory Illnesses

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent study revealed that fine dust and ultrafine dust can be critical to the survival of respiratory patients. Higher fine dust levels typically result in more patients being hospitalized for various respiratory diseases, including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer, and increased the death rate [...]

National Fire Agency Promotes 119 Safety Call Service

National Fire Agency Promotes 119 Safety Call Service

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s National Fire Agency has asked all emergency patients to join the 119 Safety Call Service. 119 Safety Call is a database of personal information, medical history, medication, and guardian contact information. Users can add their information to the system by accessing the 119 Safety Call website (http://119.go.kr). [...]

S. Korean Soldiers Most Excited to Talk to Friends and Family After Cell Phone Ban Lifted

S. Korean Soldiers Most Excited to Talk to Friends and Family After Cell Phone Ban Lifted

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — As cell phone use on South Korean military bases will be permitted for all military personnel in April, soldiers are waiting in excitement to freely make phone calls to their friends and family. According to a study conducted by Defense Media Agency, the majority of the soldiers said they [...]

Sangju Officials Wear Black After Population Drops Below 100,000

Sangju Officials Wear Black After Population Drops Below 100,000

SANGJU, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – Government employees in Sangju, North Gyeongsang Province, came to work in black ties after receiving the news that the city’s population had shrunk to less than 100,000 people. On February 8, the population of Sangju dipped below 100,000 people for the first time in recent history. Following the news, city government [...]

S. Korea Grapples with Declining Childbirths, Looming Uncertainties for Its Future

S. Korea Grapples with Declining Childbirths, Looming Uncertainties for Its Future

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — For decades, the entrance to the maternity ward at Cheil General Hospital & Women’s Healthcare Center bustled with parents-to-be, but today it stands vacant, having been shuttered for months. The hospital’s decline is a stark illustration of one of the most daunting challenges facing South Korea: its low birthrate. [...]