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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.
Fighting for HIV drug access in China
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
Will an online ban stub out China’s vaping industry?
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
This AI bot scans social media to help prevent suicides
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
Chinese man contracts bubonic plague after eating wild rabbit
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
Why are Chinese investors all over plant-based meat?
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
The model ‘uglifying China’ with her freckles
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
China debates euthanasia after trio found guilty of murder
Scientists discover Ebola-like virus in a Chinese bat
A new Ebola-related bat-borne virus with the potential to infect humans and other animals has been found by a team of Chinese and Singaporean scientists in southwestern China. The Mengla virus – discovered in a fruit bat caught in Mengla county, Yunnan province – is closely related to the Ebola and Marburg viruses, which are capable of causing severe and often fatal bleeding and organ failure in humans, according to the scientists. Their study, published in the January edition of the online journal Nature Microbiology, confirmed that the new virus could infect cells from monkeys, hamsters, dogs and humans. This type of infectious disease can affect the general public without warning and with
Scientists discover Ebola-like virus in a Chinese bat
China to make epidurals more widely available
China’s health authorities have pledged to make epidural anesthesia more widely available across the country, in response to Chinese women’s growing demand for pain relief during childbirth. Dubbed “painless labor,” epidural injections can eliminate pain in a vaginal birth by administering an anaesthetic or painkiller to the epidural space around the spinal cord. The service, widely available in developed countries, is only offered in a few urban hospitals in China. Many women end up opting for cesarean sections just to avoid labor pain. China has one of the world’s highest C-section rates, partly due to the poor quality of natural delivery services. Doctors have often agreed to C-section re
China to make epidurals more widely available
Hot water: the perfect drink for all occasions
Of all the quirky habits of Hongkongers, one thing that many expats still can’t get their heads around is how Chinese people enjoy drinking hot water. We’re talking water boiled in the kettle and then poured into grandma’s old vacuum flask. Only it’s not just senior citizens who are drinking it. I have hiking friends who still prefer heated water to cold drinks after scaling one of the city’s peaks. It may not be scalding any more, but poured into a glass it’s hot enough to that you pull your hand back when you touch it. In contrast, some westerners don’t even like room-temperature water; they have to add a couple of ice cubes before having a sip. For many, the only acceptable hot drinks ar
Hot water: the perfect drink for all occasions