What will entice the Taiwanese to make more babies?

What will entice the Taiwanese to make more babies?

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 10,300 responses conducted on July 11-17, 2017, asked:

Do you think the Taiwanese government’s policy of setting up a large number of public infant care service centers and childcare service centers, improve the general environment friendly to raising young children will help increase Taiwan’s birthrate?  8.7% say “it will help very much”, 18.9% say “it will help somewhat”, 30.9% say “it will not help too much”, 40.3% say “it will absolutely not help”, and 1.2% say “do not know”; 1.3% are “very satisfied” with Taiwan’s current policy to encourage childbirth, 4.9% are “somewhat satisfied”, 30.3% are “not too satisfied”, 60.3% are “very dissatisfied”, and 3.2% “do not know”.

The reasons for Taiwan’s low birthrate are due to (up to three choices):  85.4% say “low wages that make it difficult to afford to raise children”, 42.8% say “it is difficult to handle both work and taking care of family”, 22.9% say “late marriage”, 9.1% say “changes in living and social environment”, 13.4% say “more people do not want to get married”, 39.7% say “Taiwan’s environment for raising children is not good”, 41.1% say “government policy is lacking in many respects”, 14.4% say “the work environment is not friendly to raising children”, 3.1% say “other” and 0.3% “do not know”.

When asked: What do you think the government should do to encourage childbirth (up to three choices)?  56.3% say “increase subsidies for childbirth and education”, 6.3% say “increase subsidies for artificial insemination and test tube babies”, 28.7% say “tax exemption for families with multiple children”, 13.5% say “extend childbirth leaves and nursing leaves”, 47.8% say “increase public nurseries for infant care”, 69.0% say “improve labor policies to solve the low wage problem”, 20.7% say “create a friendly environment for childcare at the work place”, 17.2% say “provide paid leave for family childcare”, 5.9% say “other” and 1.2% “do not know”.

The survey shows that 22.7% have one child, 34.8% have two children, 9.3% have three or more children, 14.0% say they “do not have any children but plan to”, 19.2% say they “do not have children and do not plan to have children”.  The responses consisted of 61.4% men and 38.6% women, 17.7% of them are 31-35 years old, 22.0% are 36-40 years old, 17.0% are 41-45 years old, and 11.4% are 46-50 years old.



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Taiwan’s top ten cancer diseases

Taiwan’s top ten cancer diseases

Taiwan’s top ten cancer diseases in 2016 are:  (1)  bronchial cancer and lung cancer; (2)  liver cancer; (3)  colon rectal cancer; (4)  women’s breast cancer; (5)  oral cancer; (6)  prostate cancer; (7)  stomach cancer; (8) spleen cancer; (9) esophageal cancer; and (10) ovarian cancer.

Taiwan’s top ten causes of death and their death rates are:  (1)  cancer, 203.1/100,000; (2)  heart disease, 88.5/100,000; (3)  pneumonia, 51.9/100,000; (4)  cerebrovascular disease, 50.4/100,000; (5)  diabetes, 42.2/100,000; (6)  accidents, 30.6/100,000; (7)  chronic lower respiratory disease, 28.9/100,000; (8)  hypertension, 25.0/100,000; (9)  kidney infection and kidney disease, 22.2/100,000; and (10)  chronic liver disease and liver cirrhosis, 20.1/100,000.


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Ultrasound successfully stimulates sprout growth

Ultrasound successfully stimulates sprout growth

MinDao University and the Hualien Agricultural Improvement farm have successfully developed the use of ultrasound to stimulate the growth of bean sprouts.

Ultrasonic waves is said to be able to destroy microorganisms that prevent seeds from growing and thus can shorten the sprouting time.  Ultrasonic stimulation does not use growth stimulants, not nitrates, nor bleaching with hydrogen peroxide or sulfur dioxide.

The sprouting rate has been increased by 10% and growth process has been increased by 15%.  The next attempts will be to use ultrasound to stimulate the growth of green beans and peas.

MinDao University has an advanced program in organic and biodynamic agriculture.

For information, go to:  eng.mdu.edu.tw/


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Hepatitis in Taiwan

Hepatitis in Taiwan

Taiwan hopes to eliminate chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver from the top ten fatal diseases list by 2017.  In 2016, chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver were among the list of the top ten fatal diseases in 2016, both ranked at number 10.

The confidence comes from the expanded screening for hepatitis C and the use of oral medication to treat hepatitis C beginning in 2016, including Taiwanese universal medicare compensation for oral treatment of hepatitis C.

There are 2,300,000 chronic hepatitis B sufferers and 600,000 chronic hepatitis C sufferers.  Liver fibrosis is the main cause of death of chronic hepatitis sufferers.

Taiwan also plans to lower the age for hepatitis B and hepatitis C screening from age 45 to age 40.  A medical history tracking system is also being set up for high school students entering college and military conscription health checks to seek out carriers who have not been previously treated.

As to the number of cancer deaths in Taiwan, 47,760 cancer patients died in 2016, averaging out to 130 cancer deaths per day.


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Survey about DVT

Survey about DVT

The Lienhsin Airport Medical Treatment Center that provides emergency medical services at the Taoyuan International Airport and the Sungshan Airport in Taipei released its 14-year survey of the results of the “economy class syndrome” or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) suffered by passengers on long haul flights.  The survey reviewed data gathered from February 22, 2002, to December 31, 2016.  DVT has caused myocardial infarction, epilepsy, and stroke among passengers transiting in Taipei or arriving in Taipei after a long haul flight.

The survey shows that 26.8% acute myocardial infarction, epilepsy and stroke occur between 12 noon to 6 pm arrival time, 22.1% occur between 9 pm and 12 midnight arrival time, 20.58% occur between 6-9 pm arrival time, 13.12% occur between 5-8 am arrival time, 10.07% occur between 8 am and 12 noon, 4.33% occur between 12 midnight and 5 am.


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No confidence in Taiwan’s nuclear free agenda

No confidence in Taiwan’s nuclear free agenda

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 7,500 responses on June 20-23, 2017, asked about confidence in the “nuclear free homeland by 2025” agenda of President Tsai Ing-wen.

When asked:  Are you confident that the goal of a “nuclear free homeland by 2025” can be achieved?  2.5% say they are “very confident”, 1.8% say “somewhat confident”, 5.8% say “not too confident”, 89.1% say they have “absolutely no confidence”, and 0.8% say “do not know”.

When asked:  Do you have confidence in developing reusable energy sources?  2.8% say “very confident”, 6.2% say “somewhat confident”, 28.3% say “not too confident”, 62.0% say they have “absolutely no confidence”, and 0.7% say “do not know”.

When asked:  Do you support nuclear power?  36.5% say they “support it very much”, 43.9% say they “support it somewhat”, 8.2% say they “do not support it very much”, 9.2% say that “absolutely do not support it”, and 2.2% say they “do not know”.  In this survey, 81.2% of the respondents were men and 18.8% were women.

A follow-up Yahoo Taiwan survey of 9,300 responses conducted on June 27-30, 2017, shows that 47.4% “very much support” nuclear power to generate electricity, 36.6% “somewhat support” nuclear power to generate electricity, 6.3% “do not support it too much”, 7.8% “absolutely do not support” it, and 1.9% “do not know”.


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Taiwanese seniors are worried

Taiwanese seniors are worried

The average lifespan of the Taiwanese people is 80.2 years old.  The average lifespan of Taiwanese men is 77.01 years old and that of Taiwanese women is 83.62 years old.

When times were good, people worried about dying too young.  Now, Taiwanese seniors are worried that they may live too long.

A survey of 1,382 responses conducted from May 23 to June 1, 2017, shows that 87.5% think about life after reaching old age, 79.8% worry they may not have enough retirement funds as retirees, 77.7% are worried about illness after retirement, 62.3% are worried about the lack of senior care workers and that they may have to take care of themselves in old age, 71.9% say they would depend on senior insurance plans for retirement.

In 2016, 3,765 people committed suicide, and 976 of them were 65 years old and older.  Taiwan’s senior depression rate is 12% to 13%.



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