A new study from the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that kids in Italy and the U.K. who read Harry Potter were more "empathetic and open to stigmatized and oppressed groups." (Refinery29)
12 Things You Need To Know Today (December 22)
1. Muggles rejoice! Reading "Harry Potter" makes you a better person.
2. Misty Copeland is winning 2015.
The ballerina isn't only shining onstage in pointe shoes, she's also crossed over to Broadway and Hollywood. What's next? (New York Times)
3. "Shopping while female" is a thing.
Thanks to the Department of Consumer Affairs, we now know that female versions of products cost more than their male counterparts. That's right: After price-checking 800 products, they found that women usually pay more 42 percent of the time. (The Cut)
4. Anxious people might have a greater risk of dementia.
A large new Swedish study of twins found that those who suffered from anxiety were one and a half times more likely to develop dementia later in life, perhaps because of damaging stress hormones. (The Daily Mail)
5. Obesity is more dangerous to your health than slacking on workouts.
A new study from the International Journal of Epidemiology found that if you're obese, the positive health benefits of high fitness levels are reduced. (EurekAlert)
6. We'll have what Hillary Clinton's eating.
The presidential hopeful favors hotel rooms with space for yoga, asks staffers to map out walking routes, and has been eating healthier than ever this time around.(NYPost)
7. Kelly Slater just created the perfect man-made wave.
Watch him surf it. (mbg)
8. Magnesium may help prevent pancreatic cancer.
A study found that every 100-milligrams-per-day decrease in magnesium intake was associated with a 24 percent increase in the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. Because pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect early, it's important to find ways to prevent it. (Scicasts)
9. Want to up your endurance? Try a cup of coffee.
A review of more than 600 studies found that drinking coffee may actually improve athletic endurance. (mbg)
10. Say "so long" to microbeads.
Introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 passed unanimously through the Senate. This is excellent news for our water supply and aquatic life. (The Hill)
11. You can now get this New York-based organic meal service delivered, no matter where you live.
Lena Dunham favorite and mbg instructors' Sakara Life just announced they're opening up their organic meal delivery to the whole country. (Sakara Life)
12. Ketogenic diet may help patients with schizophrenia.
The diet that's been popularized by bodybuilders is high in fat and low in carbs. Researchers found that the fat content helps reduce symptoms of the chronic brain disorder. (Medical Daily)