Monday, October 25News That Matters
Shadow

Tag: Asia

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
Asia Today: China reports 380 cases south of Beijing

Asia Today: China reports 380 cases south of Beijing

Health
More than 380 people have tested positive in a growing COVID-19 outbreak south of Beijing in China's Hebei provinceByThe Associated PressJanuary 10, 2021, 9:42 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- More than 380 people have tested positive in a growing COVID-19 outbreak south of Beijing in China's Hebei province.Hebei health authorities said that 40 new cases had been confirmed Sunday morning, bringing the total to 223. Another 161 people tested positive but showed no symptoms. China does not include such asymptomatic cases in its official tally.The outbreak has raised particular concern because Hebei borders the nation’s capital. Travel between the two has been restricted, with workers from Hebei having to show proof of employment in Beijing to enter ...
Genetic mutations that cause malaria drug resistance common in Asia, Africa

Genetic mutations that cause malaria drug resistance common in Asia, Africa

Health
Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Genetic mutations that fuel resistance to a drug intended to prevent malaria in pregnant women and children are common in countries that are fighting the disease, according to a PLOS Genetics analysis. Mutations of a gene linked with resistance to the drug sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine in the parasite that causes malaria were discovered in one-fourth of the samples collected in southeast Asia and one-third of those obtained in Africa, the researchers said. Advertisement The growth in the number of malaria parasites with mutations to the gene pfgch1 are concerning because they may increase resistance to the drug, they said. "We need to understand how these mutations work and monitor them as part of malaria surveillance programs," study co-author Taane Clark, a professor of gen...
Asia Today: Bangkok shuts schools, entertainment venues

Asia Today: Bangkok shuts schools, entertainment venues

Health
Thailand’s capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment areas as coronavirus cases continue to spreadByThe Associated PressJanuary 1, 2021, 9:27 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- Thailand's capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment areas as coronavirus cases continue to spread.Thailand reported 279 new cases on Friday including two deaths.Seven provinces including Bangkok have been designated red zones where places including entertainment venues, boxing rings, gyms and flea markets are ordered closed. Restaurants are allowed to serve only takeout food. The restrictions are in place until mid-January.A new outbreak has spread from the country’s largest wholesale seafood market in Samut Sakhon south of...
Asia Today: Japan, S.Korea set new daily records, mull steps

Asia Today: Japan, S.Korea set new daily records, mull steps

Health
Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday seasonByThe Associated PressDecember 13, 2020, 9:59 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleTOKYO -- Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season.The 3,030 new cases, including 621 in Tokyo, took Japan's national tally to 177,287 with 2,562 deaths, the Health Ministry said Sunday.Experts say serious cases are on the rise around the country, putting an extra burden on hospitals and affecting the daily medical treatment for other patients. They urged authorities to take ...