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U.K. scientists pan Tamiflu in debate over '09 pandemic cost

British scientists say there isn’t enough evidence to prove the antiviral drug Tamiflu reduces the spread of flu. The findings published Thursday in the journal BMJ question whether governments worldwide were justified in spending millions on the drug during the 2009 swine flu pandemic. Researchers at the Cochrane Collaboration and ...

India, 10 other nations now free of polio

Mar 28, 2014

India, 10 other nations now free of polio

The World Health Organization on Thursday officially certified India and 10 other Asian countries free of polio, a milestone lauded as a “momentous victory” over an ancient scourge. The Southeast Asian region, which includes India but excludes Afghanistan and Pakistan, was certified by a ...

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

| Mar 27, 2014

Indonesian forest fires feed air pollution across Asia

High above the vast Indonesian island of Sumatra, satellites identify hundreds of plumes of smoke drifting over the oil palm plantations and rain forests. Monsoon winds sweep them north and east toward Singapore, Malaysia and deep into Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Southeast Asian cities ...

Mar 26, 2014

Seoul to slash plastic surgery ads

The South Korean capital, Seoul, is to restrict the use of plastic surgery ads on public transport, officials said Wednesday, after complaints that they were fueling an unhealthy obsession with body image. South Korea, and particularly Seoul, has an international reputation for plastic surgery, ...

Jan 26, 2014

China's moon rover has trouble

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover has experienced a “mechanical control abnormality,” state media said Saturday, in what appears to be a setback for a landmark mission in the country’s ambitious space program. The abnormality occurred due to “the complicated lunar surface environment,” the official ...

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

Jan 23, 2014

Bird flu spikes in China before Lunar New Year

A spate of bird flu cases since the beginning of the year in China has experts watching closely while millions of people and poultry are on the move ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday, the world’s largest annual human migration. China has reported ...

Thick miasmas choke opportunities in Hong Kong

Jan 13, 2014

Thick miasmas choke opportunities in Hong Kong

The New Year has revived old problems for Hong Kong as a murky smog has blanketed the usually glittering skyline, fueling complaints from locals and visitors alike, and raising pressure on the government to act. Tourists expecting to take holiday snaps from the famous ...

In shift, China, U.S. space cooperation picks up steam

Jan 12, 2014

In shift, China, U.S. space cooperation picks up steam

China — which until now has worked alone as it pursues an ambitious space program — seems more open to international cooperation, especially with the United States, European and American experts say. “There is a change in the Chinese attitude, with a call for ...

Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

Dec 25, 2013

Indonesia cave reveals history of tsunami

A cave discovered near the source of Indonesia’s massive earthquake-spawned tsunami contains the footprints of past gigantic waves dating up to 7,500 years ago, a rare natural record that suggests the next disaster could be centuries away — or perhaps only decades. The findings ...