Latest news and features on wellness, including diet, mental health trends, exercise, fitness, medicine and diseases.

Golf may be a wellness secret for China aging population
As China’s population continues to get older, one sport could help the country age gracefully, and its citizens live a bit longer: Golf.   In February 2020, research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference revealed that golfing at least once a month is linked to a lower risk of death among older adults. Researchers followed nearly 5,900 adults aged 65 and up for a decade and found that regular golfers, playing at least once a month, were more than 8% less likely to die from any cause than non-golfers. It even helps with mental health. Winnie Teoh always feels good after a game of golf with friends. “It’s not just a fun way to stay fit,” said the semi-r
‘I am just exhausted’: Chinese doctors press on after coronavirus whistle-blower died
Liu Wen was hauled into a police station after he alerted his colleagues more than a month ago to a disease outbreak at a seafood market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. He has no regrets. Liu, a doctor at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Hannan district, sent the warning through a WeChat messaging group on December 30, he told Chinese news service Caixin. He said he sent the warning because the hospital was close to the seafood market. The next day, hospital management called him in and asked him where he got the information. And two days after that, he was questioned by police, according to the report. His treatment is similar to that meted out to Li Wenliang, a Wuhan doctor who also c
5 million people who left Wuhan are now outcasts in their own land
Everything was normal when Wuhan resident Jason flew out of the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus for a holiday on January 22. He wasn’t wearing a mask, and there weren’t extra security checks. But by the time he checked into a hotel in Macau, he was told to go to the local hospital, where he spent the next four days in quarantine. After testing negative for the virus, he was driven to neighboring Zhuhai, where he spent over a week locked in a hotel, not knowing when he could go home. “My friends told me the disease is quite serious and there’s no way I can go back now,” Jason, who wished to use only his first name, said. The morning after Jason was quarantined, on January 23, Wuhan went i
Fighting for HIV drug access in China
China Aids Walk is the nation’s largest awareness and fundraising event focusing on HIV discrimination. Since 2012, people from a wide range of backgrounds have been invited to take part in the event at China’s Great Wall. The event aims to educate the public about HIV, advocate for equal rights for those infected with the virus and raise funds for communities affected by the disease. The group also organizes walking events in six other Chinese cities, drawing in more than 4,000 participants. Martin Yang, director of China Aids Walk, spoke to us about the goals of the organization.
Will an online ban stub out China’s vaping industry?
The vaping industry has suffered a series of setbacks around the world following a spate of deaths in the United States. A number of governments are now considering or implementing bans even as Donald Trump has wavered over whether to introduce similar measures in the US. Now China, where a lack of regulation and the ease of buying online helped create millions of e-cigarette users, has dealt what may be the most substantial blow yet to the global industry. The world’s largest country banned all sales of e-cigarettes online starting November 1. Tobacco has long been identified as a major public health challenge in China. The country is the world’s largest tobacco producer and has more than 3
This AI bot scans social media to help prevent suicides
Wang Le’s bedroom is dim and silent, the curtains tightly drawn. The only sounds come from mouse clicks and a clattering keyboard. Wang has a social phobia that has made it challenging to live and work like a normal person for nearly a decade. The internet has been his only connection to the outside world.  It even saved his life. Wang’s phobia was so severe that, to feed himself, he had to rely on his relatives to leave food at his front gate. Even ordering takeout by phone was overwhelming.  In the spring, he contemplated suicide but hesitated. Afraid of death, but also afraid of life, he shared his despair on Weibo, a popular Twitter-like social platform in China. “Are you OK?” a stranger
Chinese man contracts bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit
A man from Inner Mongolia, in northern China, has contracted the bubonic plague after eating a wild rabbit, the local health authority said on Sunday.  The diagnosis came less than a week after two other people from the region were reported to have fallen ill with the pneumonic form of the disease. Plague, which comes in three strains – bubonic, pneumonic and septicaemic – is categorized as the most severe contagious disease in China due to its high infection and mortality rates. The latest victim is a 55-year-old man who was not named. He caught and ate the rabbit on November 5 and appeared unaffected for more than a week. However, on Saturday he fell ill with a fever and went to the hospit
Why are Chinese investors all over plant-based meat?
When a Chinese ham and sausage producer said it’s making plant-based beef patties, its stock price jumped 10% on the day.  Jinzi, based in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang, named the product “beef-flavored plant-based pie.” They were created in partnership with US chemical giant DuPont.  The stock price of the Shenzhen-listed Jinzi, which is known for selling cured ham, has kept surging since last week, when it first made the announcement, adding another 7% increase from Monday to Wednesday.   Analysts say the stock rally highlights an emerging growth opportunity in China, a market that has attracted interest from American alt-meat producers such as Impossible Foods. The company is not
The model ‘uglifying China’ with her freckles
International fashion brand Zara has come under fire in China for using one of the country’s top models in a makeup commercial without first covering up her freckles. Some social media users on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, accused the Spanish company of “uglifying China” by depicting Li Jingwen with little make-up and clearly visible freckles in its advertisement, released on Friday. Li Jingwen is one of China’s top models, and rose to prominence partly thanks to her distinctive freckles. But most Chinese women lack them, leading some internet users to question why the brand would choose her likeness to sell cosmetics. “Does it mean that us Asian women all have dull eyes and have
China debates euthanasia after trio found guilty of murder
A judge’s heart-wrenching account of a euthanasia trial has renewed a debate in China about an emotive subject that sharply divides the rapidly aging population. The case involved a woman from China’s eastern Zhejiang province. Suffering from an autoimmune disease, she had asked her son-in-law to buy rat poison to help her end the pain of her illness. The court heard that she swallowed the poison as her husband, daughter and son-in-law gathered around her bed to bid her a tearful farewell. The three were charged with murder and sentenced to jail terms of two to five years, despite moving accounts from other relatives of the loving care they had given the woman and their financial struggles t