14 Things You Need To Know Today (April 15)
1. Here's yet another science-backed reason to drink more coffee.
New research finds that the brew can be effective in lowering cholesterol, controlling weight, and reducing the risk of liver disease. (Grub Street)
2. We're all on the same page about humans' role in climate change.
Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists now agree that human activity is fueling global warming. (NASA)
3. Day care will now cost you more than college tuition in half of the U.S.
New research reveals that in 23 of the 50 states, the price of full-time day care or preschool is more expensive than university tuition. In some areas, it costs nearly twice as much. (Quartz)
4. This man's video about depression is going viral for all the right reasons.
In the video, Doug Leddin, a 27-year-old Irishman, reveals his deepest, darkest secret not only to his friends and family—but to the entire world. He says he's been living a double life. "I'm living the life of someone who suffers immensely with depression," he says. "And this is so hard for me to talk about, but it's not just me." He's hoping to inspire others with depression to speak up and get help. (mindbodygreen)
5. Health officials confirm that Zika causes birth defects.
Scientists at the CDC have found that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. This means that a woman who is infected with Zika during pregnancy has an increased risk of having a baby with these health problems. It does not mean, however, that all women who have Zika virus infection during pregnancy will have babies with problems. (Science Daily)
6. Unsurprisingly, fast food has some bad chemicals in it.
According to a new study, people who ate fast food regularly were found to have 24 to 40 percent more phthalates in their system than people who didn't. Phthalates are chemicals found in plastic to make it flexible and could potentially have a negative impact on the male reproductive system, as well as birth defects and childhood chronic illnesses like asthma. (CBS News)
7. Americans are spending more on medications.
A new report finds that American patients, insurers, and government programs shelled out a total of $309.5 billion on prescription drugs last year. That's 8.5 percent up from the year before, and more than half of the increase was spent on brand-name medications that have been available for less than two years. (NBC)
8. A brain implant helped restore movement for a paralyzed patient.
The paralyzed patient used an implant in his brain and his thoughts to move his arm. This marks major progress in helping people with spinal-cord injuries. A tiny device implanted in the motor cortex allows someone with quadriplegia to make intricate movements. (WSJ)
9. Wind energy is blowing away the competition.
Wind energy produced a record-breaking 4.7 percent of America's electricity in 2015—enough to power 17.5 million homes. The industry also employed 88,000 new workers last year. (U.S. News & World Report)
10. America's favorite grocery store is not what you think.
After four years as America's favorite grocery store, Trader Joe's has been usurped by Wegman's, according to an annual survey by company Market Force. Wegman's, which only has locations in the Northeast, won out due to superior customer service, products, and checkout ease. (Refinery29)
11. Canada moves to allow physician-assisted suicide.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a proposed law that would let doctors provide medication to assist in suicide for those with serious health conditions. Only Canadians and residents would be eligible, in order to prevent foreigners from contributing to medical tourism. (NY Times)
12. H&M is making "World Recycling Week" a (really cool) thing
Next week, the brand hopes to keep 1,000 tons of used garments out of the landfill by encouraging customers to bring old clothes, sheets, and towels into stores. (H&M)
13. The U.S. Women's Soccer Team might boycott the Rio Olympics.
One of the five players who recently filed a federal wage discrimination complaint, Becky Sauerbraunn told ESPN that the team is "reserving every right to [compete] and we're leaving every avenue open. If nothing has changed and we don't feel any progress had been made, then it's a conversation that we're gonna have." (Refinery29)
14. Olivia Munn reveals she froze her eggs "years ago."
The 35-year-old actress said, "It's no longer on the experimental list and I think that every girl should do it." (DailyMail)