Gaza doctor's grim task: documenting the dead

Jul 28, 2014

Gaza doctor's grim task: documenting the dead

Inside Ashraf al-Qudra’s cramped office in Shifa hospital, the phone never stops ringing, with news flooding in of the latest victims of Israel’s devastating 20-day military operation. With over 1,060 people killed and more than 6,000 wounded, counting the dead is a full-time occupation ...

Jul 25, 2014

Syrian forces stepping up attacks on hospitals: U.N.

Syrian government forces have stepped up attacks on hospitals and clinics, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, and is denying the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas. Ban told the U.N. Security Council in a report that all sides in the ...

Jul 8, 2014

Safety in off-label use of drugs

The revelation that a university hospital in Tokyo habitually has administered the powerful sedative propofol to children placed on ventilators raises safety questions about doctors' discretionary off-label use of drugs on patients.

Jun 3, 2014

Jikei to build special perinatal unit

by Mami Maruko

To address a shortage in medical care for mothers and babies in Tokyo, the Jikei University School of Medicine plans to build a new hospital complex by fiscal 2017 that will specialize in perinatal medicine and pediatrics. Among the 25 perinatal medical centers that ...

Nov 13, 2013

Hospitals await OK to invest overseas

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry is considering allowing hospital operators in Japan to invest in overseas medical institutions under the government’s growth strategy. The ministry expressed the view at a medicine and nursing care subcommittee meeting under the government’s Industrial Competitiveness Council on ...

Oct 18, 2013

Lax fire regulations cost lives

The Oct. 11 fire that killed 10 people at a Fukuoka orthopedic clinic is a warning to the central and local governments of the consequences of letting fire-prevention equipment go unchecked.

Sep 21, 2013

Hospitals may be forced to hand cancer patient information to state

A nonpartisan group of Diet lawmakers has drafted a bill that would oblige hospitals to provide the state with cancer patients’ personal information, including their condition, in an effort to improve treatment quality, sources said Saturday. The group, which includes members of the ruling ...