11 Things You Need To Know Today (December 12)

1. Obama signs new education reform bill into action.

On Thursday, President Obama signed the "Every Student Succeeds" act after it passed both houses of Congress (bipartisanship!). The new act is an education-reform bill that takes the place of "No Child Left Behind" and gives power back to states in deciding how to educate their children. (NY Mag)

2. Moderate drinking is linked to a lower risk of death for people with Alzheimer's.

A new study finds that those with early Alzheimer's disease who have one or two drinks of alcohol a day had a 77 percent lower risk of dying over a three-year period. (TIME)

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3. Mastectomy is no better than lumpectomy for early breast cancer patients.

A large new study finds that the rate of survival and cancer recurrence is basically the same between women who have a mastectomy and those who have a lumpectomy. But a mastectomy is much more costly and has more complications after surgery. (NPR)

4. Forty-eight things women hear all the time that men never do.

When a dude walks down a busy street, no one is going to tell him he should smile more. That's pretty much a guarantee. But if a woman does the same, she can probably expect to hear something like that — or worse. (mbg)

5. The Israeli military is going vegan.

Well, sort of. Due to an increasing number of vegan soldiers, the Israeli military is offering more vegan meal options, as well as wool-free berets and leather-free boots with uniforms. (NPR)

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6. World's best husband finds ingenious, simple way to comfort his wife battling depression.

She noticed some writing on the bedroom mirror — a list written by her husband Tim, titled “Reasons I Love My Wife." (mbg)

7. Meet the trendy new fitness accessory: elevation-training masks.

These masks cover your mouth and supposedly simulate exercising at a high altitude and thus increase your lung capacity. (Women's Health)

8. Turns out e-cigarettes could also be pretty dangerous.

A new study found that the chemical flavoring in the smoking alternative may be correlated to lung disease. (Vice)

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9. America fails when it comes to sex ed.

A new report from the CDC shows that only half of high schools, and fewer than a fifth of middle schools, are covering the recommended sex education topics in class. The least likely topic to be taught? How to get and use a condom. (NPR)

10. Sorry dudes, being too handsome can hurt your career.

According to a new study, good looks might actually prevent men from getting promoted at their jobs. Handsome men are more likely to be seen as a threat by their bosses and are therefore less likely to procure equally powerful positions. (mbg)

11. Girls are dropping out of sports because of body-image issues.

A study from the University of Toronto followed more than 300 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 through two sport seasons and found that the worse a girl feels about her appearance the less likely she is to enjoy and stick with a sport. (University of Toronto)

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