1. Is soup the new juice?
The recent increase in companies specializing in soup cleanses points to "yes." (NY Times)
2. Former supermodel Rachel Hunter does turmeric shots every day.
She also aspires to own a wellness center and live barefoot. (TODAY)
3. Sleep problems are associated with higher rates of diabetes.
A new study finds that women with sleeping difficulties — like trouble falling asleep, sleep apnea, or getting less than six hours a night — are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Even after adjusting for related health issues (like higher BMI and less exercise), the researchers found sleep issues were still associated with a 22 percent increased risk. (NY Times)
4. Brooklyn just got a food start-up incubator.
Brooklyn FoodWorks is making it easier for small food businesses to get started by offering classes and a communal kitchen with low-cost co-working space. (Bedford + Bowery)
5. And the cutest ad of the year goes to ...
Pantene's new #DadDo campaign, which features NFL players attempting to do their daughters' hair, with the message that "girls who spend quality time with their dads grow up to be stronger women." (The Cut)
6. A high-protein diet might help you lose fat and gain muscle.
A new study from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that overweight men who were on a high-protein diet gained 3 pounds of muscle and lost 11 or 12 pounds of fat. (NY Times)
7. Meet the teen who wants to be the first hijab-wearing ballerina.
Australia's Stephanie Kurlow has been dancing since she was 2 and wants to "inspire other young people who maybe don't feel so confident to follow their dreams due to the outfits they wear, religious beliefs or lack of opportunities." (NY Daily News)
8. Parents' depression can affect kids' school performance.
New research shows that kids whose parents were diagnosed with depression sometime during the child's lifetime are more likely to perform poorly in school at the age of 16. The researchers found that the link was especially strong between maternal depression and a female child. (TIME)
10. Reading to your children has a measurable effect on their behavior AND academic performance.
New info confirms those bedtime stories really ARE important — for a host of reasons. (CNN)
11. Why more parents are choosing to bank umbilical cord blood.
A rising number of new moms and dads are opting to store blood from their babies' umbilical cords and placenta since it's a rich source of stem cells. Although the storage fees are pricey and the science isn't clear yet, some parents think it could benefit their children down the line, as stem-cell therapies are now being used to treat many diseases. (Vogue)
12. The year 2015 had some of the weirdest weather in history.
From record temperatures to ridiculous rainfall, you can watch 2015's absurd weather changes in this awesome time-lapse video. (Scientific American)
13. What is chronic traumatic encephalopathy? Ask CNN's chief medical correspondent.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the causes and symptoms of this progressive, degenerative disease commonly experienced by athletes. (CNN)