Average lifespan of the Taiwanese is 80

Average lifespan of the Taiwanese is 80

In 2016, the average lifespan of the Taiwanese is 80 years old, that of men is 76.8 years old and that of women is 83.4 years old.  In 2006, the average lifespan of the Taiwanese was 77.9 years old.

Residents of the city of Taipei has the longest lifespan throughout Taiwan at 83.36 years old, that of the residents of new Taipei City is 81.02 years old, that of the city of Kaohsiung is 78.9 years old, that of Hsinchu city is 80.81 years old, that of the residents of Taitung is 75.05 years old.

In 2016, 172,829 Taiwanese died, an increase of 9,007 deaths from 2015, and 6,000 of which died between January and March of 2016.  The gross death rate of the Taiwanese in 2016 was 7.35 per thousand, an increase of 0.37 per thousand over 2015.

Between January and July, 2017, 110379 babies were born in Taiwan, a 6% drop from those born in the same period in 2016.  It is estimated that 200000 babies will be born in Taiwan in 2017, less than the 208000 babies born in 2016.

The current 2017 gender ratio of the Taiwanese is 106.9 males to 100 females.  Registered household births between January and July of 2017 was 110,379 babies, 7,033 babies less than those in same period in 2016, a decline of 5.99%.  The number of births of baby boys between January and July of 2017 was 57,023, constituting 51.66% of the total household registered births and 53,356 baby girls were born, constituting 48.34% of the total.  The gender ratio was 106.87 baby boys to 100 baby girls.



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Health concerns of Taiwan’s seniors

Health concerns of Taiwan’s seniors

A survey of 500 Taiwanese seniors 65 year old and older shows that 81% of them suffer from at least one chronic disease.

There are 48% who worry about deteriorating vision in old age, 37% worry about dementia in old age, 25% worry about memory loss in old age.

There are 60% who are satisfied with their mental health condition, and 50% are satisfied with their general health condition.

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Taiwan’s first “bionic man”

Taiwan’s first “bionic man”

In 2015, assistant professor of business administration at Chungshan University went hiking.  For yet unknown reason, necrosis of his lower legs and feet and hands occurred and required amputation of both his hands and his lower legs and feet.

In 2016, he was fitted with prosthetic legs and feet.  In March, 2017, he underwent a transplant operation for his hands.  A suitable donor was found, so the hands of the donor were grafted onto his forearms.  Side effects of the anti-rejection medication have now subsided, and he has gained dexterity in the fingers of his grafted hands.

Assistant professor Wang Chi-yuan now has two prosthetic legs and two transplanted and grafted human hands from a donor.


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Taiwan finds EV-D68 case

Taiwan finds EV-D68 case

The Ministry of Health and Welfare of Taiwan announced on September 5, 2017, a second case of the Enterovirus D68 infection of this year.  It is a severe case of a two-year-old girl who showed symptoms in August with facial distortion and walking instability.  There is no vaccine against Enterovirus D68.

In the week of August 27 to September 2, 2017, there were 14,091 cases of enterovirus infections, including the severe case of Enterovirus D68.

Since the beginning of 2017, there have been 9 cases of enterovirus infections with one death.  The 9 cases consisted of 3 cases of the Coxsackie Virus A6, 2 cases of the Coxsackie Virus B3, 2 cases of the Echovirus (enteric cytopathic human orphan virus which belongs to the Enterovirus B group), 1 case of Coxsackie Virus A2, 1 case of the Enterovirus D68.



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Heat stroke causes brain damage

Heat stroke causes brain damage

On August 7, 2017, a 59-year-old worker worked for two hours outdoors and suffered a heat stroke with 40% of his limbs suffering from sunburn.  His body temperature hit 43.9 degrees C or 111.02 degrees F and his blood pressure dropped to 60/40 mmHg.  He was in a coma for 16 hours in the ICU.  He suffered multiple organ failure and acute brain damage.

Three junior middle school students suffered heat strokes after running for 40 minutes at 3 p.m. on August 10, 2017 in Taipei.  When they were sent to the hospital, their body temperature was 40.2 degrees C or 104.36 degrees F.

Such is the utter ignorance of the Taiwanese!


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Taiwan’s cancer deaths increased

Taiwan’s cancer deaths increased

Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare says that in 2016, some 172,000 people died, an increase of 5.4% from 2015.  Among them, 27.7% or some 48,000 died from cancer and malignant tumor.  This is a year-on-year increase of 2%.

Among those who died of cancer in 2016, 9,000 died of lung cancer, a year-on-year increase of 1.5%.  Among those who died of cancer in 2016, 8,000 died from liver cancer, a year-on-year increase of 1.2%.  Among those who died of cancer in 2016, 6,000 died from colorectal cancer, a year-on-year increase of 0.5%.

In 2016, some 29,000 Taiwanese men died of cancer and some 19,000 women died of cancer.  Taiwan’s male cancer death rate was 249.4 per 100,000 men and Taiwan’s female cancer death rate was 157.2 per 100,000 women.  The male cancer death rate was 1.58651399 times that of the female cancer death rate.

Of those who died of cancer in 2016 on Taiwan, those 55-64 years old constituted 21.9%, those 65-74 years old constituted 22.2%, those 75-84 years old constituted 25.2%, and those over 85 years old constituted 13,8%.

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Taiwan to propose its first organic produce law

Taiwan to propose its first organic produce law

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 2,700 responses conducted on July 28-31, 2017, about the Taiwanese government’s proposed first organic produce law, shows that 23.8% would “frequently choose” organic produce, 35.4% would “occasionally choose” organic produce, 30.0% would “not choose” organic produce, 1.5% “do not know”, 62.1% would choose organic produce “for healthiness” while 10.1% “have no opinion”, 45.6% would “support” the special law governing organic produce, 31.7% would “somewhat support” it, 4.8% would be “somewhat opposed”, 8.1% would “oppose it very much”, and 9.8% “have no opinion”, 51.7% would be willing to “consume more organic produce” if such a law is implemented, 38.9% would “not consume organic produce” even if such a law is implemented, 9/4% “have no opinion”.  This survey responses consisted of 57.7% men and 42.3% women, and 58.7% of them reside in the northern cities of Taipei, New Taipei City, Keelung and Miaoli county, and 26.9% are over 55 years old.


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