6 Things You Need To Know Today (April 20, 2018)

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1. Jessica Biel has a simple trick for relaxation.

The actress and entrepreneur simply schedules her relaxation time into her calendar. "You have to put it on your schedule, in permanent ink," she said. "You pick that hour or those few hours, and it’s there—it’s your time." She also said that time is vital for "refresh(ing) your mind again and refresh(ing) your interest in what you’re doing and in your family." (Real Simple)

2. Regular exercise can help prevent falls in older age.

According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, regular exercise is the best way to safeguard yourself against an increased risk of falling as you get older. The study followed adults 65 and older—half of which were at high risk of falling—and found exercise reduced their likelihood of falls and related injuries. (NPR)

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3. Starbucks shutters for nationwide daylong racial bias training.

After the unwarranted arrest of two black men at a Philly café, Starbucks announced it will close all 8,000 of its stores next month so that all employees nationwide can participate in a "racial-bias education" day. The training curriculum was developed by the Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson; NAACP Legal Defense Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill; Heather McGhee, president of the think tank Demos; former attorney general Eric Holder; and the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. Here's hoping this is a step toward equality for You. We. All. (NYTimes)

4. If you haven't read up on CBD, the time is now!

A new study showed that high-CBD strains on cannabis were more effective at reducing symptoms of stress and depression than cannabis with higher levels of THC. According to researchers on the study, "A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better," but the truth is that CBD is proving to be more important every day! (EurekAlert)

5. Do you get tense at the doctor's office? You're not alone.

According to new research, a phenomenon known as "white coat hypertension—when your blood pressure rises as the doctor takes your measurements—affects up to 30 percent of Americans. However, this could indicate a bigger problem. "If seeing a white coat increases your blood pressure, a lot of other stressors in life are expected to as well," one doctor said of the study. (NBC News)

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6. A new study links being married to a decreased risk of skin cancer.

Research published in the journal JAMA Dermatology reviewed a skin cancer registry in the context of tumor size and marital status and found that married people were more likely to catch melanomas early than their single, divorced, or widowed counterparts. While it seems logical—having someone else around who sees you naked frequently enough might notice big changes in the skin—the study may have implications for how often uncoupled people get screened for skin cancer. (NYT)

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