11 Things You Need To Know Today (December 21)
1. There are more men with mustaches in all of medical leadership than there are women at that level.
A new study finds that mustachioed men significantly outnumber women as leaders of medical departments in America. Since that type of facial hair is rare, the researchers used the description to show how bad the gender gap is in medical leadership roles — despite equal numbers of men and women attending med school. (The Washington Post)
2. Is Facebook contributing to depression?
One woman shares how social media made her depression symptoms worse and why she decided to take a detox from digital life. (Medium)
3. Vending machines are about to get a lot healthier.
In an attempt to combat anti-soda backlash, PepsiCo is rolling out thousands of new vending machines that will offer food and drinks that fall under their new "Hello Goodness" brand, which includes juice, hummus, and oven-baked chips. (Ad Age)
4. The best show you're probably not watching? "Namaste, Bitches."
It's a web series that spoofs the yoga community and has been viewed more than 160,000 times. (The New York Times)
5. Australians are testing out baseball caps that monitor brain waves.
Australians who work in labor-intensive careers like mining are wearing these hats on the job. If the caps detect a risk of fatigue, an alarm will sound alerting the worker to take it easy. (Tech Insider)
6. Pre-1980s milk linked to Parkinson's in the brain.
According to a new study, there's a link between pesticides that were used in milk prior to the early 1980s and Parkinson's disease in the brain. (Science Daily)
7. Better get off the couch AND sleep more!
Researchers found that while "sedentary time" and lack of sleep were damaging on their own, the negative effects were multiplied when the two traits were combined, and often led to premature death. (LA Times)
8. Antidepressants linked to autism.
A study published in JAMA Pediatrics reports that women who took antidepressants during the second and third trimesters were 87 percent more likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. (USA Today)
9. The world's fish are in serious trouble.
An analysis of the world's oceans has found that fish are having trouble reproducing and replenishing themselves across the globe. The reason? Researchers think it has to do with a decline in the amount of phytoplankton in the water, which is a primary source of food for most fish. (NPR)
10. Can you guess what foods are going to be big in 2016?
Pinterest took a stab at predicting the biggest food trends for next year. The list included several wellness-inspired foods like avocado oil and veggie swaps (think cauliflower rice and zoodles). (Eater)
11. A brain scan can tell if you have the Christmas spirit or not.
According to a new study, brain scans can reveal a neural network that might determine how altruistic you are, or if you're a tiny-hearted Grinch. (mbg)