Bridging Traditional Wisdom and Modern Medicine

Dr Jingduan Yang is a neurologist, psychiatrist, and expert Chinese medicine and integrative medicine. (Courtesy of Dr. Yang)

Insights gained from practicing Chinese medicine, neurology, and psychiatry

BY JINGDUAN YANG

January 18, 2019 Updated: January 18, 2019

The U.S. health care system is in crisis, with Americans at the bottom of 18 developed countries in health rankings. Unless we start conversations about the health and well-being of our country, we will never find a solution. That’s the goal of the column “ Health Talk of America.”

Family Tradition of Chinese Medicine

I was born in Hefei, the capital city of China’s Anhui province, into a family tradition of Chinese medicine.… READ MORE...

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Peter Rabbit: Why It Is Still One of the Greats of Children’s Literature

Peter Rabbit feasting in Mr. McGregor’s garden, in the 1902 edition of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” (Public Domain)

BY THE CONVERSATION

January 30, 2019 Updated: January 30, 2019

Since the days of Aesop, animals have been used as vehicles by which humankind has addressed its moral, ethical, and cultural identity. For some, this serves to misrepresent animals, privileging anthropomorphism at the expense of the more sensitive address of animal sentience and welfare. For others, this approach allows humans to circumvent their own social taboos to reveal not merely fresh insights into what it is to be human, but also humanity’s intrinsic relationship to animals, with animals, and as part of nature.… READ MORE...

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12 Plants For Your Bedroom to Sleep Better and Treat Insomnia

Sleep better with plants in the bedroom (Miramiska/Shutterstock)

BY RUBY MEY

January 22, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2019

If you’ve experienced even a few sleepless nights, then you know just how much of an impact lack of sleep can have on your life. There’s nothing worse than the tossing and turning throughout the night, just to wake up feeling like you only had two hours of sleep. You wake up feeling drowsy and unmotivated, and you are more likely to make poor choices throughout the day, such as overeating. Lack of sleep has a negative effect on your mood, energy, health, productivity, and overall day-to-day quality of life.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Embassy Pressured Theater to Cancel Shen Yun Performances in Spain, Investigation Reveals

BY JANITA KAN

January 29, 2019 Updated: January 29, 2019

A top-level official from the Chinese Embassy in Spain admitted in a recent phone call that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater in Madrid to pressure him into canceling performances of a popular traditional Chinese dance and music company slated to run there, according to a recent investigation.

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts—whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through music and dance, according to its website—had booked the Royal Theater in Madrid to perform on Jan. 31 and Feb.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Shan Shui Painting Through the Yuan Dynasty

«Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains,» 1295, by Zhao Mengfu. Handscroll with ink on paper, 11.2 inches by 35.5 inches. National Palace Museum, Taipei. (Public Domain)

Nature reflecting the Yin-Yang of the Cosmos

BY MIKE CAI

January 14, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

Chinese landscape painting, known as shan shui (“mountain water”), can be considered one of the highest forms of expression in ancient Chinese art. But what makes this genre so unequivocally identifiable?

It begins with the fact that the ancient Chinese believed that heaven and earth exist together in harmony. Thus, ancient Chinese landscape artists sought to portray nature’s relationship with the entire cosmos.… READ MORE...

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Antibacterial Cleaners Making Dust More Dangerous, Study Finds

Researchers find chemical disinfectant contained in some unlabeled consumer products is linked with antibiotic resistant microbes. (Flickr)

Antimicrobial chemical tied to antibiotic resistance genes in dust.

BY AMANDA MORRIS, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

January 15, 2019 Updated: January 16, 2019

An antimicrobial chemical called triclosan is abundant in dust—and linked to changes in the genetic makeup of dust, according to a new study. The result is dust with organisms that could cause an antibiotic-resistant infection.

“There is this conventional wisdom that says everything that’s in dust is dead, but that’s not actually the case. There are things living in there,” study leader Erica Hartmann said, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.… READ MORE...

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China Calls Out Apple, Amazon for ‘Incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong References

An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, U.S. on Aug. 2, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

BY REUTERS

January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI—One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used “incorrect labels” for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China’s Legal Daily newspaper.… READ MORE...

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The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in Jane Austen’s Novel

In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” two sisters demonstrate opposite tendencies: One shows prudence and the other poetic feelings. «Evening or Full Dress,» a fashion plate for «The Repository of Arts,» June 1, 1810, by Rudolph Ackermann. Hand-colored engraving on paper. Gift of Charles LeMaire, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Public Domain)

BY LORRAINE FERRIER, EPOCH TIMES

December 28, 2018 Updated: December 28, 2018

Everyone knows a drama queen. In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” Marianne Dashwood happily plays the role, and wonderfully demonstrates how the fashion for sensibility at the time is taken to excess. Marianne’s heart is her compass, and she willfully goes wherever her feelings and flights of fancy take her, mostly in her mind.… READ MORE...

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Strength Training Exercises Can Help Older People to Get Up after a Fall

Strength training into a senior years can give us the physical strength to overcome one of the biggest threats we will face—gravity. (U.S. Army photo by Olivia Mendoza)

BY EMILY LUNARDO, WWW.BELMARRAHEALTH.COM

January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

One of the biggest concerns about falling down as an older adult is injuring yourself and being unable to get back up again. With the population of elderly patients expected to rise over the next few decades, researchers are more concerned than ever about the health of these individuals and how to prevent unnecessary health concerns. Reducing the number of falls and the level of injuries as a result is one topic researchers are looking into more frequently.… READ MORE...

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China Gives Long-Awaited GM Crop Approvals Amid US Trade Talks

BY REUTERS

January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

BEIJING—China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Jan. 8, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods.

The United States is the world’s biggest producer of GM crops, while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola.

U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing’s slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.… READ MORE...

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