Doctors at a hospital in Changhua City (彰化) have become pioneers in using the iPad, Apple’s tablet computer, to keep their patients informed, a hospital spokesman said yesterday. \n“A doctor can show a patient his or her CT-scan or X-ray on an iPad when visiting the patient in the ward,” said Simon Lo (羅政勤), the doctor in charge of the iPad program at the Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial Hospital. “In the past, patients would not be able to see these images while lying in bed.” \nThrough an iPad, the hospital is also able to send medical images to doctors who attend meetings overseas immediately after the images are taken, Lo said. \nIn the future, patients who receive remote care will also be able to access their medical information and images at home or when they seek medical help in other countries through an iPad, the spokesman said. \nThe medical applications of the iPad were first unveiled on Thursday by hospital superintendent Yeh Yung-hsiang (葉永祥), who said the iPad benefits both patients and doctors. \n“Now, doctors no longer need to carry a big stack of medical records when visiting patients in their wards, which saves a lot of trouble,” Yeh said. \nLo added that seeing the images on an iPad improves communication between patients and doctors. \nThe iPad service is part of a “mobile office” collaboration between the hospital and Chunghwa Telecom Co, Taiwan’s largest telecom operator. \nThe iPad is not yet officially available in Taiwan, but Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Lu Shyue-ching (呂學錦) said because of the successful medical application it will speed up its efforts to introduce the popular device to Taiwan. \nPresident of Show Chwan Health Care System Huang Min-ho (黃明和) said his group will buy at least 500 iPads for his doctors from Chunghwa Telecom in the future. \nHe said he believes that the medical application of the product would also appeal to tens of thousands of doctors, medical experts and senior nursing personnel in Taiwan.
A Taipei veterinarian is urging pet owners to avoid using insecticides around their homes, as their ingredients can be toxic to pets. Commercial-grade insecticides contain pyrethroids — organic compounds similar to natural pyrethrins, pesticides produced by flowers such as chrysanthemums — in quantities that are harmless to humans, but potentially fatal to cats and dogs, Asian Veterinary Specialist Referral Center veterinarian Chua Man-ling (蔡曼琳) said. Even in small quantities, pyrethroids are hazardous to cats, as they lack the metabolic enzymes needed to process them, Chua said. Cockroach sprays and ant traps are especially dangerous to pets as they contain boric acid, she
People should avoid eating too many zongzi (粽子, glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves), as consuming several in one meal could cause indigestion, bloating, gastric acid reflux, heartburn and other stomach ailments, a doctor said on Saturday. Zongzi is a traditional delicacy for the Dragon Boat Festival, which was on Thursday. Citing a recent case as an example, Cathay General Hospital gastroenterology department head Chu Yu-ming (朱淯銘) said that a 58-year-old taxi driver surnamed Hsiao (蕭) ate meals at irregular hours due to his work and has been taking diabetes medicine for three years. Hsiao recently bought a bag of zongzi and ate
While stereotypically considered a household pest that simply will not die, Hung Ting-yang’s (洪鼎揚) experience with Archimandrita tesselata, commonly called the peppered roach, might change a person’s mind. The peppered roach originates in South America, is omnivorous and, as it is capable of growing to 7cm to 9cm long, is a giant compared with other roaches, which have an average length of about 4cm. The peppered roach goes through six separate chrysalis stages and takes nine months to reach full maturity. Mature roaches have wings, but cannot fly and can only glide. They have an average lifespan of three years. As his
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