May 19, 2015

Japan's prisons suffering serious doctor shortage

Japan is suffering from a serious shortage of correctional doctors, who provide medical care at facilities such as prisons and reformatories. The Abe administration has submitted a bill to the Diet to improve working conditions for such doctors, but officials are uncertain whether the ...

Mar 18, 2015

Guinea Ebola cases rise; three doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures. The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than ...

Dec 24, 2014

Aichi doctors to form disaster teams to examine corpses

An association of doctors in Aichi Prefecture, plans to create teams next spring that specialize in examining the bodies of victims in major natural disasters and accidents, according to people familiar with the plan. The Aichi Prefectural Government estimates that up to 29,000 people ...

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese docs trying to stop all asbestos use in Asia

by Tatsuya Tsujimura

Japanese doctors are stepping up efforts to help Asia’s developing economies stop using asbestos, sharing knowledge bitterly learned in Japan about the serious and fatal illnesses caused by the material that was used in abundance during the postwar economic boom through the 1970s. Emerging ...

Oct 14, 2014

Ex-systems engineer arrested over doctors' data leak

Police on Tuesday arrested a former employee of a Tokyo medical recruitment agency on suspicion of illegally copying the personal data of around 17,000 doctors and nurses. Kengo Mikami, 36, is suspected of copying the confidential information on or around May 30, 2012, while ...

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

| Sep 14, 2014

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

Fifty-three of the 90 students who graduated from Fukushima Medical University in March are working as interns at hospitals in the prefecture, the most in the past 10 years. The prefecture credits an increase in the medical department’s quota for admissions, as well as ...

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Mar 28, 2014

Costs, uncertainty hamper Ebola vaccine

Almost 40 years after the Ebola virus was identified in humans by scientists in a microbiology laboratory in Belgium, pharmaceutical researchers have yet to develop an effective drug or vaccine to fight it. Part of the problem is that the deadly virus is rare ...

Dec 25, 2013

NGO vows to keeping giving medical assistance to typhoon-hit Philippines

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, a Japan-based nongovernmental organization, has concluded its medical assistance activities for this year in the typhoon-hit Philippines but pledged to return. In the storm-ravaged city of Tacloban in Leyte province, AMDA President Shigeru Suganami said that continued ...