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World Health Assembly Committee Adds Gaming Disorder as Disease

World Health Assembly Committee Adds Gaming Disorder as Disease

GENEVA, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — A committee of the World Health Organization’s decision-making body included gaming disorder in its new international classification of diseases (ICD-11) on Saturday, underscoring growing global concerns about gaming addiction. The move could help health professionals prevent and treat the problems stemming from the disorder. Committee B of the World [...]

S. Korea Tells WHO it’s Opposed to Classifying Gaming Addiction as Disease

S. Korea Tells WHO it’s Opposed to Classifying Gaming Addiction as Disease

SEOUL, May 1 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s culture ministry said Wednesday it has informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that it’s opposed to codifying gaming addiction as a disease, citing other factors that may influence such behavior. The ministry, together with Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), sent a letter to the WHO on Monday, [...]

Number of Malaria Patients Has Dropped Steadily in Recent Years: Data

Number of Malaria Patients Has Dropped Steadily in Recent Years: Data

SEOUL, April 24 (Korea Bizwire) – The number of patients diagnosed with malaria has declined steadily in South Korea in recent years due to heightened awareness of the disease, government data showed Monday.  Malaria patients disappeared in South Korea in the early 1980s, but a soldier stationed at the Demilitarized Zone in the border with [...]

Military Uses Big Data for Disease Control and Prevention

Military Uses Big Data for Disease Control and Prevention

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Korea Bizwire) – The Ministry of Defense is teaming up with the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning for a big data research project that will make use of the medical information of 600,000 South Korean military personnel.  Dubbed the “Military Personnel Medical Information Big Data Study”, the three-year project taking [...]

Gov’t to Use Roaming Data to Monitor Infectious Disease

Gov’t to Use Roaming Data to Monitor Infectious Disease

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s science ministry said Tuesday that it will launch a pilot program using roaming data provided by mobile carriers to monitor and further prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  Under the program, the Korea Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) will provide information about virus outbreaks in [...]

S. Korea, U.S. Team Up to Research Animal Diseases in Wildlife

S. Korea, U.S. Team Up to Research Animal Diseases in Wildlife

SEJONG, June 23 (Korea Bizwire) – The research arms of South Korea and the United States devoted to dealing with wildlife diseases, have joined together to cooperate in tackling avian influenza, rabies and other animal-transmitted diseases, a state-run think tank said Thursday.  The National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) signed a letter of intent early [...]

Government to Use Cell Phone Roaming Information to Prevent Disease Influx

Government to Use Cell Phone Roaming Information to Prevent Disease Influx

SEOUL, May 25  (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean government will establish what it is calling a ‘smart quarantine system’ in order to prevent the influx of foreign diseases. The government will coordinate with KT, a major phone service provider, and use international roaming information as part of its efforts.  The Ministry of Science, ICT and [...]