10 Things You Need To Know Today (November 19)
1. How many glasses of wine can you drink without ruining your diet?
2. How much sex is necessary for a happy relationship?
According to a new study, once a week is good enough. (mbg)
3. Dietary supplements companies come under fire.
The Justice Department is targeting companies who are making false health claims (like weight loss and building muscle) on supplement labels. Hopefully this will spark more responsible practices in this notoriously unregulated industry. (The Washington Post)
4. Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise.
The CDC reports that rates of STDs have increased dramatically in the last year, with chlamydia now at record levels. The majority of new infections were in 15 to 24-year-olds. (USA Today)
5. STIs are at an all-time high in America.
The CDC reports that more Americans contracted chlamydia last year than at any point in history, and gonorrhea and syphilis are spreading like wildfire. (mbg)
6. According to Rose McGowan, Caitlyn Jenner doesn't understand what it means to be a woman.
In her controversial Facebook post, McGowan tells Jenner that to be a woman she has to "wake up," and learn the "weight of unequal history" women have dealt with. Despite a large amount of backlash, McGowan has stood by her statement. (CNN)
7. The UK will phase out all of its coal power plants by 2025.
"Frankly, it cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the UK to be relying on polluting, carbon-intensive 50-year-old coal-fired power stations," Amber Rudd, the country's energy secretary, said in a statement. Preach (BBC).
8. Thousands of women in Texas have attempted self-induced abortions.
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a study on the state of women's reproductive health in Texas, and found that due to lack of access to clinics and poverty, 22% of women surveyed had self-induced or attempted to self-induce abortions. When applied to the the entire state, the data suggests between 100,000 to 240,000 women have attempted the procedure themselves. (NY Mag)
9. Medicated eye drops slow down nearsightedness in children.
A study from the American Academy of Opthalmology found that Atropine .01 percent eye drops decreased the progression of nearsightedness by roughly 50 percent in a five year clinical trial. (Science Daily)
10. There's (finally) period underwear for men who menstruate.
Thinx, the company that introduced the world to "period panties," just launched an underwear for all people with periods, including trans men and those who identify as genderqueer. (Forbes)