Vietnam expected to set up Taiwan demo farm

Vietnam is expected to set up a Taiwanese agricultural demo farm in 2018.  Dong Nai province and Dong Thap province are expected to sign agreements of cooperation with the Taiwanese authorities.

Besides Vietnam which is actively pursuing agricultural cooperation with Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar are also interested.

During the 1960’s, Taiwan’s agricultural assistance teams were renowned throughout the world, including Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Taiwan now has many gentleman farmers who are highly educated and agriculturally savvy.

Taiwan’s banana cooperative has figured out a way to slow down ripening for long haul shipments of bananas.  The process involves cooling and the extraction of carbon dioxide and ethylene during the banana’s climacteric phase when respiration rate is elevated as it ripens.  After treatment, the bananas will ripen over a period of more than 28 days, the length of time it takes Taiwanese bananas to reach Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Taiwanese bananas are now sold in Dubai supermarkets.

 

 

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High risk of major bleeding with NOACs co-prescriptions

High risk of major bleeding with NOACs co-prescriptions

NOACs are non vitamin K oral anticoagulants often concurrently prescribed with certain other medications for patients taking NOACs for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation.

The risk of major bleeding with such co-prescriptions has been shown to increase significantly by a team of doctors at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

The risk of major bleeding with the co-prescriptions occurs among patients with primary diagnosis of intracrainal hemorrhage, gastrointestinal and urogenital bleeding.  The team studied 91,330 patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation with a mean age of 74.7 years old, 55.8% of whom are men.  There were 4,770 events of major bleeding after being administered NOACs with co-prescriptions:  45,347 patients were administered a co-prescription of NOACs and dabigatran;  54,006 patients were administered a co-prescription of NOACs with rivaroxaban; 12,,886 patients were administered a co-prescription of NOACs with apixaban.  The most common medications co-prescribed with NOACs were:  27.6% atorvastatin; 22.7% diltiazem; 22.5% digoxin; and 21.1% amiodarone.

The concurrent use of NOACs with amiodarone, fluconazole, rifampin, and phenytoin had significant increase in major bleeding events than the use of NOACs alone.  The percentages of risk of major bleeding with the use of NOACs alone compared to the use of an NOAC co-prescription showed 38.09% risk with an NOAC administered alone compared to 52.4% risk with co-prescribed amiodarone; 102.77% risk with an NOAC administered alone compared to 241.92% risk with co-prescribed fluconazole; 65.66% risk with an NOAC administered alone compared to 103.14% risk with co-prescribed rifampin; and 56.07% risk with an NOAC administered alone compared to 108.52% risk with co-prescribed phenytoin.

Concurrent use of NOACs with atorvastatin, digoxin, erythromycin, clarithromycin showed significantly lower risk for major bleeding.

(JAMA Network online)

 

 

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Taiwan’s government lies!

Taiwan’s government lies!

On October 5, 2017, Taiwan’s ministry of economic affairs says that the amount of PM2.5 pollutants released by the Taichung Thermal Power Plant constitute less than 1% of the total amount of pollution in the city.

The Taichung municipal news office says that the amount of PM2.5 pollutants released by the Taichung Thermal Power Plant constitutes 14.5% of the total amount of pollution in the city.

The city government has also demanded the ministry to issue a correction for its grave mistake.

The pollution in Taichung city sometimes contains up to 63.6% of sulfur oxides (SOx) and up to 39.2% of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

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Being bullied at work

Being bullied at work

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 4,600 responses conducted from September 30 to October 3, 2017, about being bullied at work, mostly by one’s superiors, shows that 84.0% have had such experience, 13.2% say “no”, 2.8% say “do not know”, 40.3% feel that being bullied at work is “serious”, 39.6% say it is “somewhat serious”, 14.4% say it is “not too serious”, 1.8% say it is “absolutely not serious”, 3.9% say “do not know”,

Of those who had been bullied at work, 9.5% had filed complaints at work, 3.4% had filed complaints with public authorities, 24.7% had retaliated verbally, 32.2% sought out coworkers and friends to “talk about being bullied at work”, 26.9% have “silently bore it”, 3.3% said “do not know”.  The respondents consist of 59.8% men and 40.2% women, 62.3% reside in northern Taiwan, 10.7% are 26-30 years old, 16.9% are 31-35 years old, 19.6% are 36-40 years old, 17.0% are 41-45 years old, 11.8% are 46-50 years old, 40.9% of them earn a salary of between NT$22,001 and NT$40,000, 26.0% of them earn a monthly salary of between NT$40,001 and NT$60,000, 63.7% are college graduates, 17.5% are high school graduates, and 14.2% hold a master’s degree.

 

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Taiwan wastes 40% of food

Taiwan wastes 40% of food

It is said that Taiwan wastes 40% of food and throws away 36,000 tons of leftover foods and outdated foods each year.

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 3,800 responses conducted from September 29 to October 2, 2017, shows that 87.4% of those surveyed say they most most of their food servings, 10.8% say they always leave some leftovers, 1.6% say that always leave a lot of leftovers, and 0.2% say they do not know.

The survey respondents consist of 49.5% men and 50.5% women, 61.3% live in northern Taiwan, 61.8% are college graduates, 21.6% have a high school education, and 12.3% hold master’s degrees, 36.4% of them earn a monthly salary of between NT$22,001 and NT$40,000, and 24.9% earn a monthly salary of between NT$40,001 and NT$60,000.

 

 

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Pomelo does not go well with certain medications and fibrous food

Pomelo does not go well with certain medications and fibrous food

It is said that pomelo does not go well with certain medications, bamboo shoots, kiwi and pineapple.

Stomach problems and diarrhea may result.

The medications include drugs that lower blood lipids, contraceptive pills, anti-allergy medications, and sleeping pills.

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Taiwan to tighten release of pollutants

Taiwan to tighten release of pollutants in three phases

The first phase of tightening the release of pollutants will begin on January 1, 2020.  An initial 29 specific pollutants will be added to the current 11, including formaldehyde, benzene, lead, arsenic.  In 2021, another 20 specific pollutants will be added, and in 2023, another 23 specific pollutants will be added.  Currently, the 11 pollutants include VOCs or volatile organic compounds, ethylene chloride, chlorinated polyethylene, heavy metals, dioxin, acidic gases.

The 72 additional air pollutants to be added to the control list starting on January 1, 2020, will include formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, ethylene chloride, acrylonitrile, and benzene.  Specific standards will be drawn up for specific industrial plants that release such pollutants, and the current universal allowable standard of 10,000 ppm of air pollutants will be tightened to a universal allowable standard of 1,000 ppm in the air.

 

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