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3 in 10 Firefighters Suffer from Sleep Disorders: Survey

3 in 10 Firefighters Suffer from Sleep Disorders: Survey

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — Firefighters at the forefront of saving lives are suffering from worse psychological disorders than before. A survey conducted by the National Fire Agency of 54,056 firefighters showed that 29.8 percent were suffering from sleep disorders caused by stress at work. This was 7 percentage points higher than last year. [...]

People with External Brain Injuries More Likely to Contract Depression: Study

People with External Brain Injuries More Likely to Contract Depression: Study

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Individuals with traumatic brain injuries, including victims of the Itaewon crowd crush, are more likely to contract depression than others, a study indicated Wednesday. A joint research team from Seoul National University Hospital and the National Traffic Accident Rehabilitation Hospital analyzed the big data of 2.28 million patients with [...]

Pandemic Era Results in Higher Obesity Rate and Anxiety: Report

Pandemic Era Results in Higher Obesity Rate and Anxiety: Report

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The obesity rate spiked and depressive symptoms spread in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down outdoor activities, a government report said Tuesday. The research institute under Statistics Korea reported on Tuesday that the obesity rate in 2020 was 38.3 percent, up by 5 percentage points from the previous [...]

Rights Watchdog Urges Insurance Firms to Stop Discriminating Against People Suffering from Mental Illnesses

Rights Watchdog Urges Insurance Firms to Stop Discriminating Against People Suffering from Mental Illnesses

SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — The state rights watchdog on Wednesday ruled that it is discriminatory for insurance companies to deny people who take antidepressants while receiving psychotherapy treatments from subscribing to indemnity health insurance plans. The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) announced that it recommended that the CEOs of two local [...]

Pandemic Era Leads to Less Intensive Exercise, Heavier Stress and Depressive Symptoms

Pandemic Era Leads to Less Intensive Exercise, Heavier Stress and Depressive Symptoms

SEOUL, April 28 (Korea Bizwire) — Fewer people exercise regularly and more people are experiencing stress or depressive symptoms following the coronavirus outbreak, research showed Wednesday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency conducted a study on adults over 19 years of age between 2019 and 2021, which showed that indices related to their physical [...]

Over 3 in 10 Out-of-school Children at Risk of Suicide: Survey

Over 3 in 10 Out-of-school Children at Risk of Suicide: Survey

SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — More than three in 10 children out of school have been suffering depression, being at risk of possibly taking one’s own life, a survey showed Wednesday. The National Youth Policy Institute (NYPI) found through a survey that 35 percent and 29 percent of out-of-school children were experiencing depression and [...]

Longer Work Hours More Likely to Cause Depression or Suicidal Thoughts

Longer Work Hours More Likely to Cause Depression or Suicidal Thoughts

SEOUL, Dec. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Working extensive hours hurts not only physically, but also mentally, a recent study revealed. A research team from Soonchunhyang University Hospital conducted a survey of 14,625 men and women who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey held between 2013 and 2018, dividing them into groups based [...]