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October, 22, 2016

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Health > Cancer
For decades, gastric cancer has been a silent killer, sneaking up on more than 700,000 unsuspecting victims in Asia every year and surfacing only when patients have little chance of recovery.
Taiwan recorded a smoking rate of 17.1 percent in 2015, up slightly from 16.4 percent in 2014 and marking the first year-on-year increase in seven years, the Health Promotion Administration (HPA) said Friday.
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A senior lawyer for the EU's top court on Wednesday rejected claims, including by U.S. tobacco giant Philip Morris, that the bloc's new law on plain packaging and banning flavors was illegal.
Clinical trials conducted in eight hospitals show that a new pancreatic cancer drug could extend life by six months and boost survival rates by 50 percent, the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI, 國家衛生研究院) announced yesterday.
About 5,400 people have been diagnosed with oral cancer annually, and the death toll has reached 2,300 per year in Taiwan in recent years, the Cancer Care Foundation said Friday.
The U.S. government Thursday proposed to ban lit tobacco products inside public housing in a push to make hundreds of thousands of units across the country smoke-free.
A highly sensitive EU report on Thursday claimed one of the world's most popular weed killers is "unlikely" to cause cancer, countering the U.N. and handing a victory to agri-business giant Monsanto.
Pioneer study finds how cancer spreads: NTU
Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and National Taiwan University (NTU, 台大), among other institutions, have published a study that could guide researchers in detecting the early spread of cancer cells (metastasis), NTU announced yesterday.
A 1-year-old girl in the UK has become the first in the world to be treated with "designer" immune cells genetically engineered to reverse her cancer, doctors said Thursday.
Stunned scientists described on Wednesday the first known case of a man infected with tumors by a common parasitic tapeworm, raising concern about more such infections that may go undetected.
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