10 Things You Need To Know Today (November 12)

1. American women are twice as likely to die in childbirth as Canadian women.

A new report finds that although maternal death rates across the globe fell almost 50% since 1990, the U.S. is one of the few countries that actually has a worse rate today. While in 1990 there were 12 deaths per 100,000 live births, there were 14 in 2015. (Reuters)

2. The age you were in kindergarten says a lot about your ability to pay attention.

A one-year delay in kindergarten enrollment drastically reduces a child's inattention and hyperactivity according to a new Stanford University study. Moreover, the effect was found to actually increase over time into late childhood. (Stanford)

3. A model made history during this week's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

It took 20 years, but for the first time in the show's history, 23-year-old, Angolan-born model Maria Borges hit the runway sporting her natural hair. (mbg)

4. "Swimruns" are the latest extreme fitness challenge you haven't heard of yet.

Think a triathlon, but you can't change your clothes and you don't need a bike. You do need a partner since these races often take place on mountainous terrain and in open water. (The Guardian)

5. Molly Sims gets real about how she stayed thin as a model.

In an interview with HuffPo Live, the model confessed that at the height of her career, she felt she had no choice but to go to extreme lengths to stay a size 0. (mbg)

6. Classic paintings are now "gluten-free."

There's a tumblr that's removing gluten from famous works of art so the paintings are "gluten-free." (boredpanda)

7. Family dinners in America sure have changed in the last 100 years.

From creamed chipped beef on toast to Spam to fondu, watch how popular family dinners have evolved over the last century. (mbg)

8. Hallucinating different accents is a thing.

A study revealed that people can hear accents that individuals don't actually have, based on what the speaker looks like. A weird (and sometimes racist) way of judging a book by its cover. (Science of Us)

9. Mindfulness over morphine?

A new study finds that meditation can reduce emotional and physical pain more than morphine. (mbg)

10. Americans are getting fatter.

Despite nationwide efforts to improve obesity rates, about 38 percent of Americans were obese in 2014, up from 35% two years earlier. (NY Times)

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