National Topics

May 28, 2016

Japanese panel OKs pig-to-human transplantation

A subgroup of a Japanese health ministry council on Friday approved a proposal to lift a ban on transplanting cells and organs from pigs to humans. Making the proposal to the subgroup, a ministry study team called for a revision to transplantation guidelines because ...

May 9, 2016

Tying down of mental health patients soaring

The number of patients physically restrained at psychiatric hospitals more than doubled to 10,299 in fiscal 2013, compared with a decade earlier, data released Monday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry show. In addition to physical restraint, which often involves lashing a patient’s ...