Health & Medicine

Acupuncture 101: Origin and Modern Use

By definition, acupuncture is the stimulation of certain surface-level pressure points throughout the body involving methods like the application of heat, pressure, laser light, or most commonly, penetration by thin needles. Though in the United States and other westernized countries acupuncture is a form of alternative therapy in health and medicinal industries, acupuncture is actually a form of traditional Chinese medicine. Where Does Acupuncture Come From? The precise origins of acupuncture are uncertain and debated, but the first documented use of acupuncture, though not called by that name, is commonly attributed to Emperor Shennong, a hero and Chinese legend. In addition to being credited as the inventor of the weekly farmers market, the Chinese calendar, and the practice of digging...

Blame your genes for your coffee addiction, study suggests

“I’m a coffee addict, but it’s not my fault. It’s in my genes.” That may sound like a joke, but actually it’s long been accepted that there are genetic links to our coffee-drinking habits. And according to a recent genome-wide meta analysis, eight genetic variants–two of which were already known and six of which were identified in this study–in particular have been identified as being correlated with habitual coffee drinking. Genetic Link to Coffee Addiction Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at the genetics of 20,000 European and African American coffee drinkers in combination with the results of two dozen other studies for a total of more than 120,000 subjects. The participants described...



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