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■ HEALTH

Lab reports platform success

The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) yesterday touted the preliminary success of an imaging diagnostic platform for Obstructive Sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS), a sleep disorder that affects 450,000 adults nationwide. Traditionally, physicians put patients through a one to two day diagnostic process with the polysomnogram (PSG), which tracks a long list of bio-stats such as EEG, EOG and EKG, NARL’s national center for high-performance computing (NCHC) division manager Yao Chih-min (姚志民) said. Using technologies already available such as the CT scan, the NCHC developed a diagnostic platform where the two-dimensional data is fed into a calculation model for the virtual reconstruction of the three-dimensional nasal system in the computer, so that physicians can make quantitative and qualitative observations of the patient’s cause of problems in mere minutes, Yao said.

■ TRANSPORT

Muzha Line to be suspended

As the government has made Jan. 2 — a Friday — a holiday, the service of Taipei City’s MRT Muzha Line will be suspended as well, the Taipei City Government announced yesterday. The service, which is scheduled to be suspended on Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, will be resumed on the two make-up work days, the department said. Weekend service on the line will be suspended for seven weeks starting this Saturday to allow for testing the integration of the Muzha Line and the Neihu Line so the Neihu Line can begin operations as scheduled in June. The city government said it will note the change of schedule in MRT stations and on its web site, urging the public to take advantage of bus services when the MRT service was suspended.

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