18 Things You Need To Know Today (April 7)

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1. Kerry Washington called out AdWeek for retouching her cover.

The mag is facing backlash after Washington spoke out on social media about their extensive changes to her image: “It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror,” Washington wrote. “It’s an unfortunate feeling.” (Jezebel)

2. The Obama administration wants to break down gender stereotypes.

The White House hosted a symposium addressing gender stereotypes in the toy and game industry. With research substantiating the impact of early childhood gender reinforcement on later life choices, big players like Netflix and Mattel participated. (Washington Post)

3. A 9-year-old reporter shut down her critics perfectly.

Hilde Lysiak, the publisher of her own news site, whose coverage of a suspected murder in Pennsylvania sparked outrage from some locals (who told her to "go back to playing with dolls"), says her age won’t stop her from "doing a great story." She wants to be taken seriously as a reporter, saying, "I didn’t start publishing Pennsylvania’s Orange Street News so that people would think I’m cute." (The Guardian)

4. Yes, you can actually die from a broken heart.

A collection of data on nearly a million Danish people revealed that those who have lost a loved one have a 41 percent higher risk of atrial fibrillation overall. However, this risk is close to double during the first two weeks after that person has died. Atrial fibrillation can lead to a stroke or heart failure. (The Guardian)

5. This is what happens when a Manhattan cocktail lounge goes vegan.

Owner of several NYC restaurants and cocktail bars Ravi DeRossi has been a vegan for most of his life but only recently decided to let that influence his menus. He hired plant-based chef Daphne Cheng to revamp the menu of the Polynesian-inspired Mother of Pearl to rave reviews. It looks like the vegetable-forward trend is going strong. (Forbes)

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6. The world is facing a major diabetes crisis.

A new WHO report finds that the rate of diabetes worldwide has almost quadrupled since 1980. There are now 422 million cases, compared to 108 million a few decades ago, and the disease is growing in all regions of the world. The officials note that unless "drastic action" is taken, the numbers would continue to balloon. They encourage more exercise and healthy eating and urge governments to take more steps to regulate unhealthy foods and promote breastfeeding and physical activity. (BBC)

7. Mississippi passed the U.S.'s most expansive and malicious anti-LGBTQ bill ever.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a state law that allows businesses to refuse LGBTQ people services based on religious beliefs. In his statement, Bryant said that he wanted the law “to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action," but it's really just an attempt to legalize segregation between LGBTQ people and the rest of society. (Associated Press)

8. Teens whose mothers took antidepressants during pregnancy could be more at risk for depression.

A new study of 65,000 women found an association between women who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy and the risk of their children becoming depressed by age 15. But the results are preliminary, and it may be that the children are already predisposed to mental health issues, regardless of medication. (WSJ)

9. A new facility in Colorado is turning food waste into energy.

The Heartland Biogas Project collects discarded waste, extracts its methane gas, and uses it to generate electricity for nearby cities. This sort of system increases renewable energy stores while decreasing food waste. Win, win. (NPR)

10. Britain has banned a Gucci ad featuring an "unhealthily thin" model.

The advertisement in The Times, ruled by the ASA to be "irresponsible," features the model in an "elongated position" with eye makeup that contributes to an appearance of gauntness. The ad has been removed from Gucci's YouTube channel and won't be seen again in Britain. (The Independent)

11. San Francisco is the first U.S. city to require fully paid parental leave.

The city passed legislation that requires businesses with at least 20 employees to offer six weeks of fully paid family leave to parents—both moms and dads and both full- and part-time employees who work in the city. California's state plan already "allows workers to receive 55 percent of their pay for up to six weeks to bond with a new child," but businesses in San Francisco must now make up the rest. (mindbodygreen)

12. The White House will use Ebola funds to fight the Zika virus.

Since Congress hasn't yet approved new funding, the Obama administration said they will instead redirect $589 million from Ebola to responding to the Zika threat. Officials predict that the first transmissions of the virus here in the United States could happen within the next few months. (NPR)

13. You might want to up your oily fish intake while pregnant.

Children who are born to mothers who eat salmon while pregnant may be less likely to get asthma. A study showed that after six months there was no difference in allergy rate between the children whose mothers ate salmon and the children whose mothers did not. However, at age two and half years, children whose mothers ate salmon while pregnant were less likely to have asthma. (Science Daily)

14. The new NYC Starbucks will be the world's largest.

The coffee chain is planning to open Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room in the Meatpacking District in 2018, complete with rare coffees and trendy baristas. (Starbucks)

15. This tool will show you how toxic your home-cleaning products are.

The EWG just released a new edition of its Guide to Healthy Cleaning, an online database detailing the health hazards and environmental concerns for more than 2,500 household products. The guide grades laundry detergents, dish soaps, spray cleaners, and other products on the hazards associated with ingredients and disclosure of contents. (mindbodygreen)

16. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry encourages private businesses to invest in renewable energy.

“Government can provide the structure, the incentives, the framework, but … it’s the private sector that will ultimately take us to the finish line,” Kerry said during a speech on combating climate change at a Bloomberg Summit on Tuesday. “Clean energy is one of the greatest economic opportunities the world has ever seen.” (TIME)

17. Tigers have been declared extinct in Cambodia.

After years of illegal poaching and habitat destruction, an area that was once thriving with Indochinese tigers is now barren. The Cambodian government plans to import seven to eight tigers from other countries in an attempt to revive the population. (NY Times)

18. Chain restaurants are cutting calories in kids' meals but they still have a long way to go.

Researchers found that 72 percent of fast food chains and 60 percent of sit-down restaurants were within the 600-calorie recommended limit, but the meals still had too much fat and salt. (Health Day)


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