Tag - doctors



Nov 20, 2015
Hospitals with OB-GYN sections down for 24th year; pediatrics departments also in decline
The number of hospitals with obstetrics and gynecology departments nationwide stood at a record low 1,361 as of October last year, according to the health ministry.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 13, 2015
Dementia treatment making progress in urban centers, but rural areas still lacking
In May, a nurse and other members of a team that supports people with dementia visited a man in his 80s living in Machida, on the outskirts of Tokyo, and urged him to "accompany" his wife to the hospital.
Sep 21, 2015
Medical services in Tokyo area in danger of collapsing
Key players in Kanto-area medical services are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet — and the higher consumption tax is the prime culprit.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 19, 2015
Tokyo hospitals to add five foreign doctors for expats
The government will allow five non-Japanese doctors to practice at four hospitals in Tokyo from around December. Their patients will be limited to non-Japanese who agree to pay full costs themselves.
Jul 12, 2015
Japanese doctors arrive in Taiwan as fire death toll rises to five
Six Japanese medical specialists arrived Sunday in Taiwan to help treat burn victims in last month's explosion and fire at a water park as the death toll from the accident rose to five.
Japan Times
Jul 10, 2015
Japanese doctors to arrive in Taiwan on Sunday to treat burn victims
A team of Japanese specialists are expected to arrive in Taiwan on Sunday to help treat burn victims from last month's explosion and fire at a water park, which killed three people and injured around 500, the island's health authorities said.
Jul 6, 2015
Japanese doctors offer help treat hundreds of burn victims in Taiwan
Japanese doctors and nurses are offering to help their Taiwanese counterparts care for victims of the fatal flash fire that killed two people and left around 500 injured — including more than 200 in critical condition — at a water park June 27, Kuomintang legislator Su Ching-chuan said.
Mar 20, 2015
Doctors being targeted in Syria's brutal war
After four years of war in Syria, some medical suppliers now fear being arrested or shut down if they sell gauze or surgical thread to doctors operating in areas under siege by government forces.
WORLD / Science & Health
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.
Nov 18, 2014
Japanese docs trying to stop all asbestos use in Asia
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.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
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.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 3, 2014
Cuban doctors, nurses head to West Africa to help in Ebola fight
Cuban President Raul Castro has dispatched the first group of 165 Cuban doctors and nurses to West Africa to help combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, official media reported on Thursday.
Japan Times
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.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2014
Japanese tree doctors make house call to save famous Taiwan maple
On July 25, Tokuo Yamashita and Yoshihisa Kawaguchi flew to Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan to rescue a tree.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2014
West African ebola epidemic 'out of control,' doctors warn in plea
An Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is out of control and requires massive resources from governments and aid agencies to prevent it from spreading further, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) said on Monday.
Jan 3, 2014
Dubious cure for doctor shortage
The education ministry's recent decision to approve creation of a new medical school at an existing university in Tohoku marks a new development in the government's oscillating policy on the education of doctors.
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.
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.
Japan Times
Dec 11, 2013
Doctor helps his grandma die to avoid feeding tube
Kojiro Tokutake wanted to be a doctor since he was a teenager. His grandmother bought him his first stethoscope when he was in medical school. A decade later, he helped her die.
Nov 30, 2013
In rare move, new medical department to be set up at university in Tohoku
The government will permit a university in Tohoku to establish a new medical department, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said.


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