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[Herald Interview] Doctor offers advice on IBS and indigestion

For many people with irritable bowel syndrome, their symptoms don’t give a clear indication of their condition. While IBS is a common gut disorder which causes abdominal pain, bloating, and sometimes...

Updated : 2014.12.11 21:37

Gall stones

Bile is made in the liver and stored in the gall bladder. It is secreted into the duodenum as the gall bladder contracts when food is consumed, aiding in digestion. Gallstones refer to stone formation...

Updated : 2014.12.11 21:35

Ireland pushes Europe’s antismoking drive with plain packaging plan

DUBLIN (AFP) ― Ten years since setting a trend with its workplace smoking ban, Ireland is pushing ahead to be the first EU state with plain packaging for cigarettes despite fierce opposition from tob...

Updated : 2014.12.03 20:58

South African AIDS group says treatment stalling

JOHANNESBURG (AP) ― In T-shirts boldly declaring “HIV Positive,” members of the Treatment Action Campaign marked the 10th anniversary of their court victory that brought the South African governmen...

Updated : 2014.12.03 20:57

Cancer mortality rate in rural areas higher than in cities: report

The number of people living in rural regions who succumb to cancer is 1.36 times greater than that in cities, a report by a public health agency said Sunday.The report showed the so-called age standardized death rate for people dying of cancer and other related diseases living in cities fe...

Updated : 2014.11.30 14:19

Plantar fasciitis

The foot carries the load of the whole body. It is said that the feet carry a total load of 15 tons when you walk 1 km. A 60 year old person would have walked approximately 160,000 km in their lifetim...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:18

Pneumonia patients on the rise in Korea

The number of pneumonia patients has increased 9 percent in the last four years, according to the country’s Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service. The lung disease was the fifth most common ...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:17

U.S. study says elderly should take cholesterol-lowering statins

WASHINGTON (AFP) ― Nearly everyone aged 66 to 75 should consider taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, new guidelines said.A total of 97 pe...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:16

Benefits of vitamin D tests unproven

WASHINGTON, (AFP) ― Experts said Monday that regular tests for vitamin D levels were not proven to be beneficial or harmful, despite previous research warning of damaging effects of vitamin D deficiencies in adults. Studies have found that low levels of the vitamin can increase the risk o...

Updated : 2014.11.27 21:16

Seoul to send 10 medical workers to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in Dec.

South Korea plans to send its first batch of 10 medical personnel to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in mid-December as part of global efforts to contain the deadly virus, the government said Wednesday.   The team of four doctors and six nurses will depart Seoul on Dec. 13 for Worcestor, north o...

Updated : 2014.11.26 15:50

Civic groups urge setup of state AIDS sanatorium

Local civic groups called on the government Wednesday to expand treatment opportunities for AIDS patients in the country in an effort to alleviate some of the stigma surrounding the disease.   A coalition of 11 human rights groups said, of the 1,300 rehabilitation centers in the country...

Updated : 2014.11.26 14:41

Cancer leading cause of death among Seoulites last year

Cancer was the leading cause of death among the citizens of Seoul last year, claiming more than 13,000 lives, data from the city government showed Wednesday.   According to the data, 42,063 Seoulites died last year, the highest number of annual deaths since the city government began tra...

Updated : 2014.11.26 11:49

Stroke prevention and emergency management

Cerebrovascular disease and stroke (the most well-known type of cerebrovascular disease) is one of the main causes of death in Korea. Its incidence increases with sudden cold weather and in the winter...

Updated : 2014.11.13 21:08

Gene study boosts interest in heart drug

Scientists have discovered gene mutations that give people naturally lower cholesterol levels and cut their risk of heart disease in half.That discovery may have a big implication: A blockbuster drug ...

Updated : 2014.11.13 21:06

Obsession

Mr. A, who lives in my neighborhood, is known to be extremely punctual. He’s even more punctual than the German philosopher, Kant was. The security guards in the apartment complex tell the time of th...

Updated : 2014.10.23 21:00