New York Daily News
The middle-age man with a weather-beaten face crouches over a red book in a corner off the sidewalk and scribbles on a notepad, while a young woman sitting across him wears a worried expression.
After an agonizing few minutes for the fidgeting woman, the man looks up from under his worn straw hat and speaks to her in soft, reassuring tones. She nods and reaches into her purse to pull out a $20 bill. The man accepts the money and bids her farewell.
Master Li has just seen his first patient of the day.
Sticking needles into a woman to help her conceive may sound like quackery, but a recently published study backs what acupuncturists have long claimed: the ancient Chinese practice may help women undergoing in vitro fertilization become pregnant. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that acupuncture before and after embryo transfer increased the chances of pregnancy.
Mixed martial arts — banned in New York and decried as “human cockfights” by Sen. John McCain — is going mainstream. MMA officials just launched a campaign to eliminate an 11-year ban on competitions in New York.
How many votes does it take to win the U.S. presidency? Whether it’s choosing the next American Idol or deciding what’s for dinner, making decisions in a group often involves voting for your favorite. Whichever option receives the majority, or more than half, of all the votes is the winner. But when it comes to the U.S. presidential election, the majority vote doesn’t always decide who wins.