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Rising Digital Game Exporter, S. Korea at Odds with WHO’s Adoption of Gaming Disorder

Rising Digital Game Exporter, S. Korea at Odds with WHO’s Adoption of Gaming Disorder

SEOUL, Jun. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — The fourth-biggest market for digital games in the world and an aspiring leader in the emerging VR technology, South Korea is at odds with the World Health Organization’s recent decision to put excessive gaming in the official list of disorders. The World Health Assembly, the WHO’s decision-making body, unanimously [...]

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, [...]

Electromagnetic Waves in Subway Trains Extremely Low: Study

Electromagnetic Waves in Subway Trains Extremely Low: Study

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Electromagnetic waves detected inside of subway trains operating in Seoul and the surrounding areas have been found to be extremely low, a study showed Thursday. According to the study released by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the average amount of electromagnetic fields emitted from long-term evolution (LTE) networks [...]

Government to Scrap Compensation for Organ Donors

Government to Scrap Compensation for Organ Donors

SEOUL, Feb. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The South Korean government has announced it will cease a program under which compensation was paid to the family members of organ donors, following pressure from the international community. Under new legislation that will enter into effect in late April, compensation for organ donors will no longer be offered, while [...]

South Korea Suicide Rate Ranks 4th Despite Slight Improvement, According to WHO

South Korea Suicide Rate Ranks 4th Despite Slight Improvement, According to WHO

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite a modest improvement over the past five years, South Korea still remains among the countries with the highest suicide rates in the world, a new WHO report has revealed. The South Korean suicide rate is 28.4 per 100,000 individuals, ranking fourth among 183 countries surveyed in the 2017 [...]