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[Graphic News] 1 in 4 Korean boys suffers from obesity

One in four South Korean male children aged 5 to 17 are obese, a rate that is higher than the OECD average, according to the nation’s Health Ministry.According to the ministry, 25 percent of young ma...

Updated : 2014.10.12 21:06

How healthy lungs can bring longevity

The name of Korean traditional medicine doctor Seo Hyo-seok’s clinic, Pyunkang Korean Medicine Hospital, has a special meaning. The word ― Pyunkang ― in fact reflects the doctor’s philosophy and v...

Updated : 2014.10.09 19:39

Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system due to the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra of the brain. While tremor at rest, bradykinesia, mu...

Updated : 2014.10.09 19:38

U.S. child, 4, dies from enterovirus D68

NEW YORK (AFP) ― A 4-year-old boy in the northeastern U.S. state of New Jersey died suddenly and without warning as a result of the outbreak of a respiratory virus, enterovirus D68, officials said.El...

Updated : 2014.10.09 19:37

6 in 10 mothers experience postpartum depression

More than half of South Korean mothers go through postpartum depression within the first five years after childbirth, according to a study by Inha University.Of 1,332 mothers who gave birth in 2008, 60 percent said they suffered from depression at least once between 2008 and 2012.Some majo...

Updated : 2014.10.06 20:57

Medical disputes over plastic surgery on rise

More patients in South Korea are filing medical disputes after receiving cosmetic surgery or other aesthetic treatments at local clinics, raising concerns about the industry’s safety standards and false advertising. Last week, a woman in her 50s died of dyspnea while receiving liposuction...

Updated : 2014.10.01 21:43

Is chest pain always angina?

Chest pain refers to various pains in the chest, which can be due to a wide range of causes. Chest pain or discomfort in the chest is a relatively common condition found in 1-2 percent of all patients...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:21

Allergic rhinitis occurs most in autumn season

Allergic rhinitis, an inflammation of the nasal airways, occurs most often among Koreans in the fall, especially in the months of September and October, according to the Health Ministry.Some 601,000 K...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:18

U.S. fines Shire $56.5m over drug promotion

NEW YORK (AP) ― The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that Irish drugmaker Shire will pay $56.5 million to settle allegations it broke the law in promoting five different drugs, including its attention deficit disorder drugs Adderall XR and Vyvanse.According to a whistleblower law...

Updated : 2014.09.25 21:18

Doctor awarded for contributions to dementia awareness

Choi Kyoung-gyu. (Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital)Professor and medical doctor Choi Kyoung-gyu, who currently practices at Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital, was given an award last week...

Updated : 2014.09.22 19:42

Orthodontist finds new way to align molars without brackets

A Korean orthodontist has found a new way to align crooked molars without using metal brackets, allowing elderly patients to receive this particular orthodontic treatment ― which is often a requireme...

Updated : 2014.09.18 21:37

Tobacco firms, health insurer go to court

Just a day after the government announced an 80 percent hike in cigarette prices, the first hearing for the state health insurer’s high-profile lawsuit against major tobacco firms was held on Friday.The National Health Insurance Service filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign t...

Updated : 2014.09.12 21:38

Serious respiratory illness hits dozen U.S. states

CHICAGO (AP) ― Hundreds of children in more than 10 U.S. states have been sickened by a severe respiratory illness that public health officials say may be caused by an uncommon virus similar to the g...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:02

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is also known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease,” named after the legendary New York Yankees first baseman who suffered and died from this disease. ALS causes the muscles to be...

Updated : 2014.09.11 21:02

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa -- once more of it can be made.The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were i...

Updated : 2014.08.30 11:21