Political correctness sacrifices public health

Political correctness sacrifices public health

Taiwan’s Taoyuan City’s mayor has invited Japan’s Chiba Prefecture to participate in its 2017 agricultural produce exhibit.  Chiba Prefecture is within the peripheral region of the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone.

A Yahoo Taiwan survey of 2,200 responses conducted from November 28 to December 1, 2017, about the Tsai Ing-wen government’s proposal to relax the limit on Fipronil from 5 ppb to 10 ppb and about the Tsai Ing-wen government’s proposal to import Japanese foodstuff from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone shows that 5.6% support relaxing Fipronil limit, 91.6% oppose, 2.8% have no opinion, 86.9% are “worried about importation of Japanese foodstuff from areas surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone”, 12.3% are “not worried” and 0.8% “do not know”.

There are 95.5% who are “worried about the government’s food safety handling mechanism”, 3.3% are “not worried”, and 1.2% “do not know”.  The survey respondents consisted of 73.9% men and 26.1% women.

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Taiwanese opinion about increase of cancer among those under 40 years old

Taiwanese opinion about increase of cancer among those under 40 years old

In view of data showing that in 2014, there were 6,076 new cancer cases among those between 20 and 39 years old, Yahoo Taiwan conducted a survey of 5,100 responses on November 22-29, 2017 about public awareness of increasing cancer cases among the young:  86.3% say that are aware that more and more people are getting cancer, 2.5% say “there is no change”, 0.5% say “there has been less cancer cases”, and 10.7% say “do not know”.

There are 46.4% who know of people under 40 years old among their social group who have gotten cancer, 45% say “none”, 8.5% say “do not know”.

When asked:  What do you think are the reasons (multiple choice) for the increase in cancer among the young?  87.2% say “diet”, 69.3% say “lifestyle”, 79.1% say “environment”, 22.9% say “other”, and 8.0% say “do not know”.

When asked:  What do you think should be done?  80.1% say “pay more attention to one’s own health”, 65.0% say “early health checkup”, 27.0% say “be concerned about the health of friends and family members”, 56.6% say “government policy”, 4.8% say “other”, and 1.2% say “do not know”.  The respondents consisted of 57.7% men and 42.3% women, 59.2% live in northern Taiwan where air pollution is comparative less, 16.7% live in central Taiwan where air pollution is the worst in Taiwan, and 20.4% live in southern Taiwan where air pollution is the second most polluted region in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s largest coal burning thermal power plant is in Taichung in central Taiwan, and Taiwan’s steel manufacturing is in the Kaohsiung area in southern Taiwan.

Taipei is a basin.  Taichung is a half basin, and Kaohsiung is a seaport.

Taiwan has many major sources of pollution, including two-stroke motorcycle exhaust, automobile exhaust, second hand smoke, industrial pollution, pesticide and insecticide pollution of the ground and previous farmland.

Kaohsiung’s rotund female mayor Chen Chu issued an order on November 29, 2017, to offer free public transportation rides from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, “to reduce pollution”, she says.

The Taichung coal firing thermal power plant will start a program to reduce the use of coal by 24% starting in 2018.  The goal is to reduce the annual consumption of 21,000,000 tons to 16,000,000 tons.  This reduction in coal consumption will reduce electric power output by 4.5 billion KW/Hr.  The coal reduction will necessitate the use of natural gas as replacement fuel.  This will require 600,000 tons of natural gas.

 

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Tri-Service General Hospital opens genomics center

Tri-Service General Hospital opens genomics center

Taiwan’s Tri-Service General Hospital opened its new Center for Precision Medicine and Genomics on November 28, 2017.

The precursor of the center was the hospital’s genomics research laboratory set up in 2008.  The lab started out with research in genomics and proteinology for application in genetic testing for cancers in women.  The new center will dedicate itself to clinical precision medicine and individualized chemotherapy, genetic mutations in non-hereditary diseases, and molecular transmutations, electrolyte metabolism, hereditary kidney diseases and kidney inflammation, urinary tract cancer and immunology to develop methodology in precision clinical diagnosis and screening of new medications for future application in testing DNA abnormalities in treating cancer, diagnosis of rare diseases and hereditary diseases.

For information, go to:  http://www.tsgh.ndmctsgh.edu.tw/english/191 or to: http://www.tsgh.ndmctsgh.edu.tw/

 

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Half of Hong Kong residents are overweight or fat

Half of Hong Kong residents are overweight or fat

Yeah, according to a Hong Kong health department survey of 12,022 residents from 5,435 families aged between 15 and 84 years old conducted from December 2014 to August of 2016, half of them are overweight or fat.

Among those of the same age group, 49.5% suffer from high cholesterol, and those who suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol or a combination of these ailments account for 59.2%.

There were 2,970,000 Hong Kong residents who are fat, and 2,900,000 who have high cholesterol.  Of all Hong Kong residents, 94.4% of them do not consume sufficient vegetables and fruits.

In 2003-2004, 33.3% of Hong Kong residents consumed alcoholic beverages.  In 2014-2015, 61.4% of them consumed alcoholic beverages.

 

 

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Housing coal

Housing coal

Central Taiwan has a very serious air pollution problem where the Taichung Thermal Power Plant and the Taiwan China Dragon Steel Mill are located.  On November 26, 2017, both presented their clean air plans.

The Taichung Thermal Power Plant is presenting a three-stage plan to reduce pollution.  In the short term, the plant will upgrade four of its furnaces to reduce emission of pollutants and reduce power output.  In the medium term, the plant will upgrade five of its furnaces to reduce emission of pollutants.  It will build an “indoor” coal storage facility to house the coal now kept in the open.  This “coal housing” project is expected to be completed in 2024.  In the long term, the plant will build two natural gas furnaces and a natural gas receiving station.  It will go into commercial operation in 2025.

The China Dragon Steel Mill (Taiwan’s China Steel Mill), plans to sprinkle its outdoor storage area once every hour when wind gusts reach 5 meters per second.  At present, sprinkling is done once every two hours.  The mill also plans to “house in door” all the raw material that is now stored outdoors on 33 hectares of open storage area.This project is expected to be completed in 2020.

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Half of Taiwan’s lung cancer patients are nonsmokers

Half of Taiwan’s lung cancer patients are nonsmokers

Half of Taiwan’s lung cancer patients are nonsmokers and 90% of Taiwan’s female lung cancer patients are nonsmokers.

Taiwanese doctors blame second hand smoke and PM 2.5 air pollution.

An LDCT or low dose computed tomography screening of 9,000 Taiwanese nonsmokers showed that among those diagnosed as having lung cancer, 90% are at the first stage.  The screening program expects to screen 12,000 nonsmokers in the next 3 years to detect early stage cancer sufferers.

Of those with lung cancer symptoms, 75% already have metastasis.

 

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Long term sleep deprivation may increase infertility risk

Long term sleep deprivation may increase infertility risk

According to studies conducted by Taiwan’s Tri-Service General Hospital from 2000 to 2010, of 16,000 women suffering from sleep deprivation for 6 years, show that their infertility risk is 3.718 times greater than those who do not suffer from sleep deprivation.  Among women 26-30 years old who suffer from sleep deprivation, their infertility risk is 5.146 times greater, and among women 31-35 years old suffering from sleep deprivation, the risk is 3.356 times higher than the same age group who do not suffer from sleep deprivation.

Among Taiwanese women 25-44 years old, 20% suffer from sleep deprivation, and 11.3% suffer from chronic sleep deprivation.

Among women 20-25 years old who suffer from sleep deprivation, their infertility risk is 15.349 times higher than women 41-45 years old who suffer from sleep deprivation.  The reason may because among Taiwanese women 20-25 years old, 20% suffer from anxiety due to work pressure while among those women 41-45 years old, only 8% suffer from anxiety.

In Taiwan, there is one infertile couple among every 6 couples.  The reasons may be due to male infertility problems or female uterine and ovarian diseases.

Causes of higher infertility risk may be due to anxiety, stress and pollution.

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