Taiwan’s gender gap
At the end of April, 2020, Taiwan’s ender gap was 98.3 males to 100 females.
In Taipei city, it was 90.89 males to 100 females. The gender ratios in New Taipei city was 95.5 males to 100 females, it was 98.4 males for 100 females in Taoyuan city, 96.65 males to 100 females in Taichung city, 99.29 males to 100 females in Tainan city, 97.49 males for 100 females in Kaohsiung city, 99.63 males for 100 females in Keelung city, 97.26 males to 100 females in Hsinchu City, 93.95 males to 100 females, 99.67 males t 100 females in Quemoy county.
Only the one county of Lianchiang registered a male to female ratio of 134.37 males to 100 females.
In 2016, 13,488 Taiwanese diagnosed with lung cancer
Of them, 90% were non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and 10% were small cell lung cancer (SCLC).
Pollution and childbirth in Taiwan
In 2018, the average age of giving birth was 32.03 years old. The average age of the mother giving birth to her first born was 30.90 years old, and among them, 30.12% were over 35 years old.
In 2018, some 180,000 babies were born. Of them, 11.65% were born with birth weight under 2500 grams and by mothers older than 35 years old. Their fetal death rate was 1.56%.
In 2017, 70% of all requests for artificial insemination were by women over 35 years old, and 32% of test tube babies in Taiwan are born with birth weight lower than 2500 grams.
In 2017, infantile deaths in Kaohsiung city was 4.3 per 1,000 babies born, and in New Taipei City, it was 2.8 per 1,000 babies born.
It is suspected that air pollution may be a contributing factor causing premature births, infantile deaths and low birth weight of newborns.
18.6% of Taiwanese women 15-49 years old have anemia.
Between 2015 and 2018, 18.6% of Taiwanese women 15-49 years old have anemia, mostly iron deficiency anemia.
Between 2014 and 2017, 19.54% of them have had anemia. Between 2013 and 2016, 22.40% of them have had anemia.
Taiwanese household has 2,6 people
As of the end of November 2019, Taiwan’s total population was 23,598,776 people.
There are 8,830,422 households. The number of people per household is 2.67 persons.
In November 2019, 14,687 Taiwanese babies were born. In January 2019, 17,139 Taiwanese babies were born. This shows a population decrease of -2,452 newborns.
Annually, Taiwan’s population at the end of November 2019 was 23,598,776 people, an increase of only 13,911 people or +0.06% from the November 2018 total population of 23,584,865 people.
Way to reduce rituximab effect found
Each year, 3,500 Taiwanese get lymphoma, and 60% of them are placed on rituximab chemotherapy.
Rituximab activates hepatitis B virus and leads to acute hepatitis and acute liver failure.
Proactive intake of preventative hepatitis B antiviral drugs before administration of rituximab for lymphoma reduces the 55% revival rate due to rituximab therapy down to 2.5% recurrence.
At present, there are 1,234 lymphoma patients who are hepatitis B sufferers.
This report can be found in the June 2019 edition of the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association.
Corpus callosotomy by Sandi Lam in Taiwan
A corpus callosotomy was performed on a 4-year old girl at the Taiwan University Hospital by Sandi Lam, pediatric neurosurgeon at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital.
The little girl suffered from left brain discharge causing seizures.
This is the first corpus callosotomy operation performed in Taiwan.