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A Brief History On September 21, 1971, Bhutan became a member of the United Nations.  Bhutan is a state located on the Asian continent, between China and India. The Bhutanese capital is Thimphu. It has about 758 288 inhabitants belonging to different ethnic groups: the Ngalop – 50% of the population; Nepalese – 35% and the remaining 15% correspond to migrant or indigenous tribes of the area. Known as the happiest country in Asia, Bhutan is a small country, smaller than Rio de Janeiro, located in the south of the Asian continent, which borders China, India and the eastern end…

A Brief History In 1966, Charles Yost invented memory foam for NASA. At the time, NASA wanted a material to provide better cushioning to absorb the stress astronauts had to endure during takeoff due to high G-force. Through the 1990s memory foam was mostly used in hospital beds, particularly for motionless patients because the material reduces pressure points. It is in the 21st century that memory foam became widely used in mattresses. Today, the modern mattress is one of the most important things in your life for everyday comfort and health; however, the mattresses that you know and love today…

A Brief History On January 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther L. Terry released a landmark report finally confirming what millions of people had suspected all along: that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease and a host of other deadly health problems. Although Dr. Terry’s report was hardly the first anti-smoking publication – King James I wrote about the negative effects of smoking as early as 1604 – it was the first publication that had a major impact around the world and a lasting effect on smoking reduction. Once people are addicted to nicotine, though, quitting is not easy. Some…

A Brief History By October 13, 2019, numerous reports have come out from across the United States over the preceding months that nearly 1,300 people have been sickened by a mysterious form of lipoid pneumonia – an illness in which oil becomes trapped in the lungs and is attacked by the body’s immune system. Doctors have searched for an underlying pathogen such as a virus or bacteria, and they have found none. Many of the victims of this disease have required treatment in intensive care units. Some have required ventilator support. At least 26 people have died. The connection between…

A Brief History In August 1935, the chemical synthesis of testosterone from cholesterol was achieved by German biochemist Adolf Butenandt (1903–1995) and G. Hanisch.  Nearly a century later, we ask, “Should you get a testosterone test?” There are many reasons to ensure you have healthy testosterone levels. Did you know that 1 in 4 men over the age of 30 have low testosterone levels?  The scary part is that many men are not aware of their low testosterone levels, as only 1 in 20 men show clinical symptoms that would link to a deficiency.  Therefore, because regular testing can’t always…

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