1. Yet another reminder that we need to rethink our approach to mental health.
The World Health Organization just announced that depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability around the world, affecting more than 300 million people. Even more disheartening? Half of the people suffering aren't getting the help they need. "These new figures are a wake-up call for all countries to rethink their approaches to mental health and to treat it with the urgency that it deserves," WHO director-general Dr. Margaret Chan said in a statement. (WHO)
2. A waffle iron launched the Nike empire. Yes, really.
Think the only thing a waffle iron is good for is breakfast on a Saturday morning? Think again. Forty-five years ago, Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman launched the Waffle Trainer, which was inspired by an old waffle iron. Think about that the next time you lace up your shoes and go for a run. (Popular Mechanics)
3. Sexy women begging for health care is funny, but will it be effective?
The video, intended to bring awareness to the need for reproductive health care, shows sexy funny ladies like Rebecca Romjin, Odette Annable, and Nina Dobrev talking about how "in order to keep those reproductive organs fully functioning, they need some motherf*cking health care." We hope people take note. (PopSugar)
4. The future of pain management is looking wonderfully holistic.
When it comes to chronic pain treatments, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that new research shows common pain management medications (like NSAIDS) greatly increase the risk of having a heart attack. The good news is that doctors, researchers, and scientists are starting to point people in the direction of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, tapping, vitamin D, and acupuncture. (The Guardian)
5. Italy could be the first country to offer paid leave for painful periods—which isn't as great as it sounds.
For the one-third of Italian women employed full-time, the benefits like maternity leave and time off for sick kids are already family-friendly. And while that sounds great, the problem is that offering paid menstrual leave could be another deterrent to hiring women as opposed to men who are perceived as more expensive employees. (Quartz)
6. People don't mind lying—if it's for a good cause.
Or what they think is a good cause, anyway. "Blue lies" are told to advance one group (often at the expense of another) and are typically less looked down upon than other types of lies. Blue lies are often lauded in movies and other narrative media, giving us the impression they're less harmful than they actually are. (Science of Us)