10 Things You Need To Know Today (November 25)
1. African penguins benefit from a "dating service."
In an effort to encourage (endangered) African penguins to mate, the Greensboro Science Center in North Carolina has started encouraging certain pairings to maintain a genetically diverse population. (NYT)
2. This blogger is making bread from her own vaginal yeast.
Feminist blogger Zoe Stavri is live-tweeting an experiment in which she bakes bread using yeast from her bout of thrush. (Mashable)
3. Not testing drugs on pregnant women might be impairing both their health and that of their unborn babies.
It might be dangerous to test drugs on expectant mothers, but medical ethicists are now arguing that "our efforts to protect women and their fetuses have actually put them both in jeopardy." (Gizmodo)
4. The University of Ottawa banned a free beginner's yoga class.
Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities, which initially decided to offer the class to students with and without disabilities, suspended the program because they fear the teachings could be seen as "cultural appropriation." (Ottawa Sun)
5. Breastfeeding good for mom and baby.
Two new studies have come out in the past month that extol breastfeeding's virtues for mothers even more. (mbg)
6. Maine doesn't want you to buy candy or soda with your food stamps.
In a formal request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state's top health official proposed banning the purchase of these bad-for-you foods with food stamps. (Reuters)
7. Bad PMS symptoms linked to heart health.
A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who suffered severe PMS symptoms were at a higher risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease. (Refinery29)
8. Good news for meat lovers.
One possible data-backed way to lower — though not eliminate — the risk of growing tumors from eating bacon: cook it on lower heat. (mbg)
9. World's largest rooftop farm opens in Chicago.
Chicago's South Side is now home to a 75,000-square-foot farm that's expected to produce 10 million (organic!) crops a year. (EcoWatch)
10. The FDA calls for stricter standards on medical tests.
In a new report, federal investigators concluded that there are serious problems with inaccurate medical tests — and found that many are leading to unnecessary surgeries, abortions, and drugs, as well as increased medical costs. (NYT)