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2017/05/22 | James Baron
Hidden in Plain Sight: Taipei has a Glue Sniffing Problem
'Most people are completely unaware that this is even an issue. I know this because I have seen flagrant sniffers in the middle of busy thoroughfares, their heads buried in larger carrier bags as oblivious hordes jostled around them.'
2017/05/22 | Justin Hugo
Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Singapore’s Healthcare Model Should Not Be Followed
[OPINION] Singapore’s healthcare system has become unnecessarily complicated but it can be reformed to provide more equitable healthcare and give its citizens peace of mind.
2017/05/17 | The Japan Times
Butt Out: Japan is Making it Harder to Quit Smoking
Opponents to tighter rules against smoking in public spaces argue that punishing people for smoking infringes on their freedom.
2017/05/16 | Rosemary Chen
Vietnam Rounds-Up Activists Who Led Protest Against Taiwan Toxic Spill
Vietnamese authorities are cracking down on protest leaders and officials one year after a toxic spill in central Vietnam devastated the fishing and tourism industry.
Does Taiwan’s WHA Exclusion Really Matter? An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Health Meeting
Not all Taiwanese have been excluded from attending the World Health Assembly this year. One Taiwanese researcher who will be at the meeting in Geneva explains why gaining “observer” status is not all it is cracked up to be, and why Taiwan needs a new strategy that does not rely on its unguaranteed status at the WHA.
2017/05/12 | Olivia Yang
Q&A: U-GYM, The Portable Deep Massager from Taiwan
Lack of restoration and maintenance after working out can lead to serious injuries, and Taiwan startup U-GYM is aiming to help in maintaining daily health care.
2017/05/05 | Denise Hruby
The Man Behind China’s Ebola Vaccine
Yu Xuefeng is among a wave of Chinese scientists returning from careers abroad to make the nation’s biomedical industry more globally competitive.
2017/04/30 | Matthew Walsh
Why Chinese Nationalists Have a Homophobia Problem
Prejudiced patriots are using supposedly traditional values to ostracize the LGBT community.
2017/04/28 | Prachi Salve
Sanitation Failures Kill and Stunt Children in India
Unsafe water, poor hygiene practices, and inadequate sanitation are not only the causes of the continued high incidence of diarrhoeal diseases but a significant contributing factor in under-five mortality.
2017/04/28 | JENNI MILLBANK
Reproductive Travelers: Surrogacy in Global Grey Zones
Rather than demonizing the hundreds of Australians that travel overseas every year to engage in surrogacy, policymakers and regulators would do better to try and understand what drives people into, and out of, fertility markets.
2017/04/28 | Sarita Santoshini
How Text Messages are Saving the Lives of Indian Mothers
'It shouldn’t matter where we live or what community we belong to. We don’t deserve to die.'
2017/04/25 | TNL Staff
ILLUSTRATION: Eight Popular Chinese Herbal Medicines
With over 300 herbs being used today, The News Lens shares eight most common Chinese herbal medicines and what they treat.
2017/04/24 | Shreya Dasgupta
Skin Slime of Indian Frog Can Kill Flu Virus
Molecules in the slimy skin secretions of the wide-spread Fungoid Frog can destroy some strains of the influenza viruses, according to a new study.
2017/04/24 | Sarah Lee Stones
Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of
While most people are familiar with sushi and Japanese sweet potato, there are a lot of more adventurous Japanese foods out there. If you're looking to try something new and exciting, Japan has plenty to offer.
2017/04/19 | Marcus P. Chu.
Cross-Strait Relations and Taiwan’s Five Bids for the World University Summer Games
After Taiwan joined the World University Summer Games, China’s role in the five bids determined the Taiwanese cities’ failures and success.
2017/04/09 | Cai Yiwen
Why China’s Modern Barefoot Doctors Are Walking Away
Despite government moves to improve primary care in the countryside, village doctors are under increasing pressure.
2017/04/01 | Claire Salisbury
Paying for Healthcare With Trees: Win-win For Orangutans and Communities
Borneo’s exhilaratingly innovative ASRI program is 'saving the rainforest with a stethoscope,' using healthcare to decrease logging and increase organic farming.
2017/03/26 | Zhou Hongcheng
Why the Chinese Are Still Not Sweet on Chocolate
Pitching European-style products as luxury brands won’t change sugar-shunning consumer habits.