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Tackling Cancer in Taiwan Needs New Thinking
Many cancer drugs are not covered by Taiwan's NHI, leading to a steady increase in the proportion of self-payment.
Zinc Fingers: Taiwanese Uncover Potential Alzheimer's Treatment
The team acknowledged that whether the discovery can actually lead to a breakthrough in battling Alzheimer's may still be quite a ways off.
2017/06/16 | Wayne Pajunen
Road Rage: Without Law Enforcement Taiwan’s Jekylls Become Hydes
Taiwan’s motorists wait at the intersection of civility and chaos for effective law enforcement to change from red to green.
2017/06/05 | Wu Dongping
Reliance on Foreign Tech Puts Strain on China’s Genetics Market
Despite being a global leader in DNA sequencing, the country’s dependence on overseas knowledge leaves it struggling to replicate others’ success.
Trump and Climate Science: Typhoons are Already Becoming More Intense in Asia
The intensity of typhoons battering China, Taiwan, Japan and the Korean Peninsula since 1980 has increased by 12 to 15 percent.
India's Filthiest Rivers
Fishermen and farmers are paying for India's loosely enforced waste water environmental regulations.
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.