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 ...

Dec 18, 2013

Docs top 300,000; 1 in 5 are female

Japan had 303,268 doctors as of the end of 2012, topping the 300,000 threshold for the first time since officials began compiling comparable data in 1954, with women accounting for almost 20 percent, the health ministry said. The ratio of women set a record ...

Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons: study

Nov 4, 2013

Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons: study

Doctors and nurses tasked with monitoring the health of terror suspects were complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, an independent report said Monday. The Defense Department and the CIA demanded that the health care personnel “collaborate in ...