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Japan to boost aid for medical systems for infectious diseases

The Japan Times

The health ministry hammered out a plan on Thursday to promote efforts to establish medical care systems capable of dealing with COVID-19 and other emerging infectious diseases. In a draft basic policy for its medical fee revision for fiscal 2022, which starts in April, the ministry said that the establishment of such systems is a key task, adding that it will boost medical fees for efforts to admit more patients and strengthen coordination among medical institutions. The draft was approved the same day by two subcommittees of the Social Security Council, which advises the health minister. The fiscal 2022 medical fee revision will be the first full-scale overhaul since the COVID-19 outbreak. In the draft, the ministry vowed to ensure medical care systems for sufficient outpatient care and hospitalization services, saying, "It is important to continue to make full efforts to address the novel coronavirus."

Veterans can access their medical info through Apple's Health Records


Apple is expanding its Health Records feature in iOS to cover one of the larger groups in the US: namely, veterans. The company is partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs to make soldiers' medical info available in one place on their iPhones, including known conditions, prescriptions and procedures. It's the record-sharing system "of its kind" at Veterans Affairs, Apple said. Access to veteran data will be available "soon," Apple noted, although it didn't say if that would be tied to an iOS update. Support for veterans is coming soon after Apple teamed up with Aetna on a health tracking app, and reflects a larger strategy at the tech giant.

Japan's Yokokura to head World Medical Association

The Japan Times

The World Medical Association has named Dr. The appointment came Friday at the association's annual general meeting in Chicago. Yokokura, 73, who became president of the Japan Medical Association in 2012 and is starting his third term, said in his inaugural address as WMA president that the world faces challenges from aging societies. "I want to spread the concept of Japan's health care system and know-how, which have raised the healthy life expectancy of Japanese people to amongst the highest in the world, throughout the world," he said, according to a statement released by the association. Yokokura is the third Japanese doctor to become president of the WMA.

Crown prince's family donates 300 handmade medical gowns

The Japan Times

Crown Prince Akishino's family and government staff have made 300 medical gowns by hand for medical institutions, the front line of the battle against the new coronavirus. The gowns were donated to the Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation, headed by the Crown Prince, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, with handwritten messages to cheer on and express gratitude to medical staff, according to the foundation. Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko became interested in making such gowns after hearing about protective gear shortages at medical institutions in an online meeting with a senior foundation official and others on May 11 that was also attended by their daughters, Princess Mako and Princess Kako. The family and Imperial Household Agency staff made the medical gowns out of plastic bags. On May 15, 100 of the gowns were delivered to Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital, and the foundation's head office received the remaining 200 on Friday.

On the Other Hand ... Medical Report: Infectious Symbolophobia

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Computers are the only machines which both manipulate symbols and are manipulated by them; they are "physical symbol systems." As we know, AI uses this insight to implement systems capable of thought. However, some people find this idea of a symbolic machine very unsettling. This tension can be a clinical precursor of a disorder called symbolophobia.