Health

Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

Feb 18, 2019

The Philippine health secretary says 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have been sickened in an outbreak blamed partly on recent vaccination fears

China reports new outbreak of African swine fever

Feb 9, 2019

China has reported a new outbreak of African swine fever that is threating the country's vital pork industry

China says tests on plasma products negative for HIV

Feb 7, 2019

Chinese investigators say tests on a batch of a plasma product feared to have been contaminated with HIV have turned up negative for the virus that causes AIDS

Bangkok flies drones as PM warns of costs in pollution fight

Feb 1, 2019

Drones are spraying water to try to reduce air pollution around Bangkok while the governor invited critics to brainstorm better ideas to improve air quality in the Thai capital

Bangkok schools closed over air pollution concerns

Jan 30, 2019

More than 400 schools in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have been shut due to increasing concern over dangerously unhealthy air pollution

Thailand suspends patent applications for medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019

Thailand suspends licensing of medical marijuana products amid concern that foreign drug companies might try to monopolize the market

Singapore says American leaked 14,200 HIV records

Jan 28, 2019

Singapore's health ministry has accused an American of stealing and leaking the records of 14,200 people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, before January 2013

China says doctor behind gene-edited babies acted on his own

Jan 21, 2019

A Chinese investigation says the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law

Heavy smog, worsened by weather, raises alarm across Asia

Jan 14, 2019

Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia

Thailand legislature legalizes medical marijuana and kratom

Dec 26, 2018

Thailand will soon allow the licensed medical use of marijuana and a local plant, kratom, traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller

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