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Korea: No Discrimination against Those with AIDS/HIV in the Workplace

The Government of Korea will soon enforce legal regulations against any sort of discrimination against people with AIDS and HIV. // The Health and Welfare Ministry is due to submit a bill that will seek to shut out any prejudiced treatment of AIDS and HIV patients, in the workplace. This bill will ensure equal rights to them in all areas -promotion, leave of absence and the like. ....Penalties...

Second Android Developed By Koreans

A female android was developed by South Korean scientist Baeg Moon-hong. He is a senior researcher at the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.// The android is named EveR-1. It was show cased in an exhibition at the Seoul Education Culture Center. It weighed about 50 kilograms and is 1.6 meters tall. The special features are that it can understand others, speak, blink with her eyes and makes...

Gene Responsible For Metastasis Found By Korean Scientists

A study was conducted by the Korean scientists from the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology//. ..The lead researcher Im Dong-soo said that the research team has found a human gene that aids in the growth and spread of cancer cells. .. The researchers were very happy about the discovery and said that it would help in the development of new drugs for various cancers. ..The s...

Warning against Consuming Raw Korean Oysters

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) has warned people against consuming uncooked oysters imported from Korea. //Frozen Korean oysters bags are clearly labelled as requiring to be cooked before consuming. The warning is mainly because the product is known to sometimes carry norovirus, which causes a gastrointestinal illness. ..In New Zealand these Korean oysters are packed frozen in 1k...

A New H3N1 Virus Identified In Pigs In South Korea

H3N1 swine influenza virus in domestic pigs has been identified by scientists in South Korea – says a November 2006 issue of the Journal of clinical //microbiology, following the findings of J.J. Shin and colleagues at Pukyong National University. ....A highly infectious respiratory pathogen, the H3N1 influenza A virus that can be found in birds and mammals including humans, is a new genetic re...

North Korea Under the Threat of Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever in North Korea is threatening to become an epidemic despite measures to contain it, a South Korean news report said//. ....The infectious disease has quickly spread for almost a month despite strict measures, including a travel ban to and from the affected areas, the Yonhap News agency reported Wednesday, citing an unnamed source close to communist North Korea. ....There are no app...

New Bird Flu Cases Suspected In South Korea

A suspected case of bird flu had been discovered in a Farm in South Korea, killing around 6,000 chickens and prompting authorities to cull thousands more, South Korea’s Farm// Ministry officials said on Thursday. ....While speaking in a news conference, Kim Chang-sub, a top official at the Ministry’s Quarantine department said: 'This case appears quite likely to involve highly pathogenic avian...

Japan Stops Import of Poultry from S. Korea

An alleged bird-flu outbreak in South Korea has caused Japan to temporarily suspend the import of poultry. A Government spokesman //has confirmed that around 6000 chickens have died as a result of the outbreak. ....More details about the outbreak have been sought from South Korea. "As a precaution, we decided to temporarily suspend imports of South Korean poultry", Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuh...

South Korea Plans To Destroy Cats And Dogs To Prevent Bird Flu

South Korea has planned to kill cats and dogs over fears of the spread of bird flu. The Agriculture Ministry decided to cull even dogs and cats so as to prevent further spreading// of the H5N1 virus after an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus at a chicken farm last week. Animal health experts suggested that this was 'a bit of an extreme measure' because there was no scientific evidence that cats o...

China Issues Bird Flu Alert Following Outbreak in South Korea

China has issued an alert in six provinces to step up vigilance following an outbreak of bird flu in South Korea, according to the agriculture ministry.// ....South Korea Tuesday reported its second outbreak in two weeks,with 236,000 chickens as well as pigs and dogs culled. ....Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces are all relatively close to South Korea. ......

Third Bird Flue Case Found In South Korea

South Korea confirms H5N1 Outbreak as the Flu killed thousands of quails at a farm in Kimje.// It was reported that more than 3,000 quails died over the weekend at a farm in Kimje, 262 kilometers southwest of Seoul to the frustration of quarantine officials, who have begun to cull the quails in the farm of the latest outbreak. ..This recent discovery is supposed to be the third case since Novem...

Korean Varsities Seek Partnership With AIIMS

A clutch of Korean universities plan to collaborate with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in education, training, research and student exchange. // ....Representatives from the Korea University, the Korea Open National University and the Kyungnam Education council visited AIIMS Friday to discuss several aspects of a probable partnership. .. .."The special areas of interest fr...

South Korea Detects Dioxin in U.S. Beef Consignment

South Korea has detected traces of dioxin in a U.S. beef consignment to Seoul, according to reports from meatingplace.com.// .. ..The U.S. officials and the American beef industry are still unconvinced about the discovery of abnormally high levels of dioxin, at 6.26 picograms, which is higher than Korea’s 5-picogram level. ....USDA spokesman Keith Williams said "Let's put it this way: If we fou...

Bird Flu Again at Korean Farm

Korean officials seem to be unhappy with the recent efforts to curb bird flu as a fifth outbreak has occurred at a poultry farm //around 100 km from the capital Seoul. ..Officials report decisions to cull around 270,000 birds from the farm and others within 500 m radius of the farm. ..After a 3-year absence the virulent strain H5N1 has reappeared in Korea. .. The highly pathogenic bird flu ha...

Measles Strikes North Korea

According to a report released by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, North Korea has been hit by measles//. This disease has so far claimed four lives and at least three thousand people are said to be affected by this illness. ..The outbreak began in November 2006 and around thirty counties are reported to be suffering from this infection. There is a steady increas...

Bird Flu Outbreak in Chonan, Central South Korea

A recent bird flu outbreak has been reported in a duck farm in Chonan, in central South Korea. 31 ducks died on Tuesday and it was confirmed as bird flu on Thursday//. The cause was identified as "highly pathogenic'' bird flu virus. ....It is the seventh bird flu outbreak since November reported in South Korea. H5N1 virus was the cause of the six previous outbreaks in Korea. ....The culling of...

SKorea Launches Campaign to Curb Hard-drinking Culture

The government launched a campaign Monday against South Korea's hard-drinking culture which costs billions of dollars a year in social and economic losses, officials said . The campaign focuses on advertisements on television and elsewhere to enhance public awareness of the dangers of excessive drinking, the Ministry of Health and Welfare said. ......"South Koreans consider offering alcohol to o...

Koreans in Canada Feel Put Down by Subtle Racism

Racistm does upset those at the receiving end, even if it is all subtle, as in Canada apparently. Social slights and ambiguous remarks that are hard to pin down is more dangerous to mental health than overt discrimination, according to a study of 180 Korean immigrants living in Canada. ......"We found that the subtle form of discrimination has a greater impact on psychological distress such as...

Poor and Chronically Ill in Korea Pay More for Healthcare

Those who most need medical care in Korea but can afford it least spend a greater percentage of their income on health services, according to a Yale School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Public Health. ......Low-income individuals with multiple chronic conditions are particularly vulnerable to cost sharing and coverage restrictions because they need and use more service...

SKorean Scientists Develop Technology for Cheap Biosensor

South Korean scientists said Monday they had developed new technology to use transistors in devices for quick diagnosis of diseases such as diabetes. ......The biosensor technology was developed by a research team at the state-run Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. ......"We proved that transistors can be used not only for computers but also for devices that convert biological...

SKorean University Seeks to Bar Smokers

The head of a major South Korean university is planning to bar students who smoke and to start a campaign against excessive drinking. Oh Myung, president of Seoul's Konkuk University, told Thursday's Korea Times that a new admissions policy would give extra points to non-smoking applicants. ......"I will definitely introduce the new system to remove smoking students from our school," he was quo...

Robot Hosts South Korean Wedding

A robot on Sunday acted as master of ceremonies at a South Korean wedding in what its creators claimed as a world first. Tiro the robot assisted at the wedding of Seok Gyeong-Jae, one of the engineers who designed it, and his bride at Daejeon, 130 kilometres (78 miles) south of Seoul. ..."This is Tiro, master of ceremonies for today's wedding," the robot -- featuring a cone-shaped body, two arm...

NKorea Extols Virtues of Dog Meat

North Korea's state media on Thursday talked up the virtues of dog meat, saying the controversial cuisine is a prized delicacy for coping with the summer heat . ......Dog soup, called dangogi-jang or boshintang (health soup), is "the best cuisine" served over the summer season, the official Korean Central News Agency said, touting its nutritional properties. ......Dangogi, literally meaning swe...

Replacement Drivers Lend a Helping Hand to the Drunk and Stranded in Korea

Drunk and stranded in the middle of the night ? You wont have to worry if you are in Seoul, capital of South Korea. For you will have replacement drivers on call ....Thousands of Koreans these days make a living by delivering inebriated people and their cars home. .........Their work has become such an essential part of life in Seoul and other major cities of South Korea that the national statis...

Tobacco Firm's Research Funds Spark Protest in SKorea

South Korean health campaigners Friday criticised three university hospitals for accepting more than one million dollars from a US tobacco giant for research into smoking. ......Philip Morris International is conducting the research simultaneously in South Korea and Japan, said Jang In-Jin, a pharmacology professor at Seoul National University Hospital who heads the project. ......He said it a...

SKorean Online Dogmeat Retailer Closes Site Amid Uproar

A South Korean online retailer of dogmeat on Thursday closed its website after media reports sparked an uproar about the traditional but controversial cuisine. ......The online shop (www.e-bosin.com) has been under fire from critics, including animal rights activists, since local media reports about it Tuesday. ......"We're too exhausted by the controversy to speak. We no longer run the websit...
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