Asia Pacific Topics

Mar 31, 2015

China plan aims to double number of doctors

China will almost double the number of general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a health care system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said. China’s fast-growing health ...

Mar 10, 2015

China on brink of heart disease 'epidemic,' study finds

Unhealthy eating, smoking and obesity are threatening a heart disease epidemic in China, where 3 out of 4 people are in poor cardiovascular shape, a study reported Monday. The findings published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are based on data ...

Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

Mar 8, 2015

Environmental issues top major legislative meeting in China

China’s severe environmental problems and government pledges to fix them have dominated the start of the country’s annual legislative meeting as leaders try to ease public worries about air, water and soil contamination that threaten to derail the country’s economic rise and cast doubts ...

Mar 8, 2015

'Extinct' Myanmar bird rediscovered after 73 years

A bird that was long thought to have gone extinct has been rediscovered in Myanmar after a team of scientists used a recording of the species’ distinctive call to track it down. The Jerdon’s babbler (Chrysomma altirostre altirostre) — a small brown bird similar ...