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China’s Expanding Life Spans—and Waistlines

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Christina Larson describes a paper from the latest, China-themed issue of The Lancet medical journal, which shows that China’s health problems increasingly resemble those of developed countries....

New Realities Drive Population Policy

The State Council has announced that health and family planning as well as food and drug safety is undergoing reorganization in order to increase efficiency. According to The South China Morning Post, the Population and Family...

AIDS Activism: Bad Blood

Following protests in Zhengzhou last month in which some 300 AIDS patients and supporters toppled the gate of a government compound, The Economist explains the roots, challenges and particular sensitivity of AIDS activism in...

AIDS Patients Topple Government Gate

As the AIDS mortality rate in China has dropped, other reports found people with AIDS in China were denied hospital care. The Associated Press reports about 300 patients and their relatives toppled the main gate of a government...

China Denies Baby Flesh Pills

After South Korean customs seized thousands of capsules containing flesh from dead babies, they have announced that they will being cracking down on the smuggling of these pills. Authorities have claimed that these capsules are...

China Halts Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments

As the industry for stem cell research grows, the Health Ministry has shut down unapproved stem cell treatments. The ministry is attempting to regulate the industry through this order and a year-long campaign against...

Will China Become the World’s Fattest Country?

In a recent article in the online magazine Death and Taxes, Matt Kiebus opens by playfully chiding the USA for the over-eating and under-exercising habits that have rightfully led to its reputation as the world’s most...

Focusing on Short-Sightedness in China

At The Wall Street Journal, Alex Frangos examines the fad gripping Hong Kong for wearing lenseless glasses as fashion accessories, often in conjunction with contact lenses. The no-glass frames also don’t blind the wearer...

Tattooed? Overweight? The PLA Still Wants You

China Real Time Report explains newly relaxed enlistment requirements for the People’s Liberation Army. The PLA is eager to attract well-educated soldiers to fight the high-tech wars of the future, but resigned to a...

Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Hoohah

Film star Jet Li’s planned promotion of Tai Chi around the world, backed by Chinese Internet entrepreneur Jack Ma, is no mere business venture. Rather, it is an heroic attempt to boost China’s currently feeble...

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