NTU unveils cancer sensor
National Taiwan University (NTU) yesterday unveiled a portable device it developed that is capable of detecting cancer and viral infections in just 12 minutes. The device, called VensorNTU, has proven to be highly sensitive and accurate in detecting liver, lung and cervical cancers, enterovirus 71, influenzas and sepsis during a year of clinical testing, said Yang Pan-chyr (楊泮池), dean of NTU’s College of Medicine. He said that traditional detection of those diseases involves the application of optics technology to examine affected cells after they are dyed, but the process is time--consuming and expensive, with low accuracy. The new device, with NTU’s exclusive electronic antibody detection technology, allows patients to use it at home, and find out the results in 12 minutes. NTU has transferred the VensorNTU manufacturing expertise to the private sector for commercial production.
Customs seize ￥19 million
A Japanese traveler had more than ￥19 million (US$230,000) confiscated at an airport in Taiwan after the undeclared cash was seized from his luggage, the Taipei Customs Office said Monday. The man had to hand over ￥19.16 million of the ￥20 million in cash that he did not declare after arriving at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Sunday on a Cathay Pacific flight from Nagoya, the office said. The money, which will be turned over to Taiwan’s national coffers, was spotted by customs officials in the passenger’s baggage as it went through an X-ray inspection. The office returned ￥840,000 to the man, who said he was not aware of the US$10,000 cap on the amount of foreign currency travelers are allowed to bring into the country, adding that he had hoped to take advantage of the higher interest rates available in local banks.
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
DOING ENOUGH? The HPA budgets NT$1.3 billion to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but has no separate budget to fight teen drinking, a doctor said The government should step up alcohol education and prevention efforts, and allocate more of the budget to it, doctors said on Friday, citing the high consumption of alcohol among Taiwanese adolescents. One out of four 12-to-17-year-olds has consumed alcohol, said Yen Tsung-hai (顏宗海), director of Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital’s Department of Clinical Toxicology. The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) budgets NT$1.3 billion (US$43.9 million) annually to prevent the health hazards of tobacco, but it has not allocated a separate budget for preventing teenage drinking or excessive alcohol use, Yen said. “There is no so-called ‘safe drinking level’ for minors,” because any amount consumed
The Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo held in Taipei over the weekend has sparked controversy, after a participant allegedly contravened the Act on Offenses Against Sexual Morality (妨害風化罪) by publicly exposing her private parts during a photo shoot. The two-day event opened at the Expo Dome at the Taipei Expo Park on Saturday, attracting numerous comic and anime creators, cosplayers, photographers and fans. Allegedly, a female cosplayer who was not wearing any underwear lifted up her skirt and revealed her private parts at an outdoor photography area near the venue. Event organizers said yesterday that to prevent indecent exposure, they have since
DREAMING OF TRAVEL: About 7,000 people applied for the experience, with about 60 chosen for the first flight yesterday, which includes boarding an airplane Starved of the travel experience during COVID-19? Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) has the solution — a fake itinerary where you check in, go through passport control and security, and even board the aircraft. You just never leave. The airport yesterday began offering travelers the chance to do just that, with about 60 people eager to get going, albeit to nowhere. About 7,000 people applied to take part, with the winners chosen by random. More fake flight experiences are to take place in the coming weeks. “I really want to leave the country, but because of the pandemic, lots of flights cannot fly,”