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Taxi Driver Burns Himself to Death in Apparent Protest of Ride-sharing Services

Taxi Driver Burns Himself to Death in Apparent Protest of Ride-sharing Services

SEOUL, May 15 (Korea Bizwire) — A taxi driver burned himself to death Wednesday in an apparent protest of the introduction of carpooling services by the country’s taxi-hailing app operators. The 76-year-old man, identified only by his surname, Ahn, set fire on himself at around 3:19 a.m. near Seoul Plaza in central Seoul, according to [...]

3 Students Found Dead, 7 Others Unconscious at Pension in Northeastern S. Korea

3 Students Found Dead, 7 Others Unconscious at Pension in Northeastern S. Korea

GANGNEUNG, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Three senior high school students were found dead and seven others unconscious at a pension in the northeastern province of Gangwon, possibly due to carbon monoxide poisoning caused by inadequate ventilation, local police and firefighters said Tuesday. The owner of the pension, located in the city of Gangneung on [...]

Most Suicide Warning Signs Go Unheeded, Study Says

Most Suicide Warning Signs Go Unheeded, Study Says

SEOUL, May 4 (Korea Bizwire) — It has been reported that most people who commit suicide tell others that they “want to die” and show signs of being suicidal, but only one out of five family members recognized such warnings. Factors contributing to suicide were different per age group: dating and education for youth, jobs [...]

Authorities Raise Possible Virus Infection as Cause of Newborns’ Deaths

Authorities Raise Possible Virus Infection as Cause of Newborns’ Deaths

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Health authorities said early Tuesday that three of the four newborns who died successively in an intensive care unit last week may have been infected with an antibiotics-resistant virus. The Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDCP) revealed its interim result on the preliminary blood culture tests of [...]

Autopsies to be Performed to Find Cause of Newborns’ Mysterious Deaths

Autopsies to be Performed to Find Cause of Newborns’ Mysterious Deaths

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Forensic doctors were to conduct an autopsy Monday morning on the bodies of four newborn babies to determine what caused them to die successively in an 81-minute period over the weekend. The prematurely born babies were in incubators at the intensive care unit for newborns at Ewha Womans University [...]

S. Koreans’ Medical Expenditures Before Death Soar: Data

S. Koreans’ Medical Expenditures Before Death Soar: Data

SEOUL, May 14 (Korea Bizwire) – South Koreans’ medical expenditures spent a year before death jumped more than threefold over the past decade, data showed Sunday, reflecting the rising need to beef up the country’s hospice facilities and services.  According to the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), South Koreans aged 40 and above on average [...]