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Drinking just a couple beers throughout the week may be hurting your health more than you think: Even moderate drinking can damage your brain, new research from the University of Oxford in the U.K. suggests.

In the study, researchers recruited 550 people, tracked their weekly alcohol intake, and measured their performance on brain tasks over a 30-year period. Then, they performed MRIs on them to analyze their brain structure.

There is soooo much confusion about this issue. It’s a shame because therapeutic icing and heating — cryotherapy and thermotherapy — are rational, cheap, easy, safe self-treatment options for many common painful problems.

What ice and heat are for

Ice is for fresh injuries, and heat is for stiff, aching muscles. Roughly. But the devil is in the details, and there are a lot of them.

I first learned about the traditional Chinese therapy called gua sha on Instagram, of all places. I was looking at photos of cupping and accidentally clicked on someone’s photo that was labeled with #guasha. FYI, if you ever want to be terrified, click on that hashtag; it’s all images of people who look like they’ve been mauled by tigers. And yes, I was instantly intrigued.

Acupuncture always seemed like a voodoo-type practice to me, so I never considered it an option. However, I recently experienced about two months of consistent bloating to the point that I looked three months pregnant in a swimsuit. I tweaked my diet, cut out coffee, started meditating more, but still the bloating remained. So, I decided to finally give acupuncture a try. What could happen? After all, I have been battling ulcerative colitis for nine years now and have become open to just about anything that will alleviate my symptoms.

Torin Yater Wallace, a 21-year-old Olympic freeskier and lover of extreme sports, has suffered his share of broken bones and hospital visits. But none of those injuries rivaled the pain he felt after he believes a physical therapist punctured his lung just before the 2014 Winter Olympics. The therapist was trying to help his shoulder pain with an increasingly popular type of therapy called dry needling.

Yes, it’s important to wash your hands. It’s critical during cold and flu season and especially if you visit someone at the hospital.

The problem is — in the West at least — parents have taken the business of keeping clean way too far.

The idea that what we eat and drink has direct impact on our mood is not a new one. Who can deny the salvation in a cup of tea after a rough day?

But the theory behind this intuition is now a central field of research, and there's growing evidence for the idea that our brains and our guts are intimately linked.

For writer and mental health campaigner Rachel Kelly, author of The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food, teaching people about this connection has become her life's mission.

Just about everyone’s fallen victim to a late-night scrolling spiral—you know, when you decide to peek at Instagram before bed, and suddenly it’s after midnight and you’re 32 weeks into your neighbor’s boyfriend’s sister’s feed. (Um, nice wedding dress, Sarah.)

While we're used to thinking of bacteria solely as agents of devastating diseases, their beneficial capacities are just as remarkable.

Research over the last 10 years has revealed a great deal about the nature of bacterial flora — the microorganisms that live in our digestive system — and the vital role they play in our health. Because the immune system is largely housed in the intestines, it makes sense that the 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000!) bacteria in your gut help to determine the body's ability to fight infection and prevent disease.

The presumptive value of acupuncture in an emergency room (ER) has been as durable a proposition as qi itself since the integration era began 20 years ago. Now in his fourth year at Minneapolis’ Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Adam Reinstein, LAc shares emerging outcomes and experiences that are confirming the soundness of this postulate.

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