Girl dies after nursing blunder
A nine-month-old baby girl who was given the wrong medication at Pingtung's Love First Clinic (崇愛診所), died in Kaohsiung's Chang Gung Memorial Hospital on Wednesday night. The baby fell into a coma after a clinic nurse mistook euglucon, a drug to lower blood sugar level, for periactin, usually used to treat fever-related symptoms. The girl was transferred to the Kaohsiung hospital on Dec. 8. On Wednesday night, her situation deteriorated and she suffered heart and lung failures. She died at 8:30pm. Pingtung's local department of health revoked the license of the clinic on Dec. 16. On Dec. 17, the owner of the clinic was fined NT$150,000 for negligence. According to the Department of Health, the clinic administered the wrong medicine to at least 122 patients and affected the health of 11 babies. The investigation into the medical blunder continues.
Thaksin vows to help police
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra vowed yesterday to track down and punish the influential people believed to be behind a gang smuggling stolen luxury cars from Taiwan to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. Two shipments of stolen cars, including Mercedes-Benzes, Hondas, Toyotas and Nissans worth more than US$1 million, were seized by customs agents in Bangkok's outskirts on Dec. 14 and Dec. 17, officials said. Thai Customs Department chief Chaovalit Sethametheekul was quoted in local press reports as saying the smuggling gang responsible for bringing "more than 100" stolen cars in from Taiwan included suspects from Cambodia, Taiwan, Myanmar and Thailand. The reports said powerful Thai politicians were believed to be protecting the gang, which sold the stolen vehicles in Cambodia and Laos, where cars' steering wheels are on the left side, like Taiwan.
Gao's `Snow' opens in Taipei
Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian's (高行健) first opera production, Snow in August, premiered at the National Theater in Taipei yesterday. In addition to a full house, the opera -- based on Gao's play, which depicts the legend of a seventh-century zen master -- has attracted art-festival organizers from the US and neighboring Asian countries, according to a spokesman for the Council for Cultural Affairs. The council is a major promoter of Gao's work to bring Snow in August to the stage. Acclaimed actor Wu Hsing-kuo plays the leading role in the production, backed by 50 performers, a symphony orchestra, a percussion band and the chorus of the National Taiwan Junior College of Performing Arts in Taipei.
Researchers grow liver cells
Researchers at the Biomedical Engineering Center of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have succeeded in developing liver cells from embryonic stem cells that can be used to repair damaged livers and to test new drugs, an ITRI spokesman said yesterday. Embryonic stem cells are undifferentiated cells that have the ability to form any adult cells, such as bone, muscle, liver or blood cells. The spokesman said that the research team is the second in the world to grow liver cells, following work by researchers at the Geron Incorporation of the US. As the only stem cell research center in Taiwan, the Biomedical Engineering Center has developed a cell-colony bank to grow cells for local biomedical labs, he said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
CONFIRMED IN PHILIPPINES: The CECC would conduct contact tracing for the migrant workers to determine if they had come into contact with elderly people or children Six Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning home from Taiwan, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said yesterday as it reported a case of imported COVID-19 infection, bringing the number of confirmed cases in Taiwan to 500. Philippine authorities reported four of the cases through the National IHR Focal Point, while the other two were reported by the company that they had worked for in Taiwan. The six — five women and one man — are aged from their 20s to 40s, and worked as in-home care workers, domestic workers, factory workers and sailors in Taiwan, said Minister of Health and
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
The COVID-19 pandemic might not have originated from a seafood market in Wuhan, China, National Taiwan University College of Public Health professor Tony Chen (陳秀熙) said yesterday. While many countries are experiencing second waves of COVID-19 infections, many are also lifting lockdowns to revive their economies, allowing travelers to cross national borders, Chen said. Academics have been questioning whether genetic mutations in the novel coronavirus in different countries have made it more infectious, he added. Academics from different backgrounds have conducted phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genome sequences, he said, adding that the studies can help scientists understand how the virus spread among