6 Things You Need To Know Today (April 24, 2018)

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1. A new antioxidant is making old blood vessels look young.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension, adds to a body of evidence suggesting nutritional supplements could play an important role in preventing heart disease. It resurrects the notion that oral antioxidants could reap measurable health benefits. Study participants took a novel antioxidant, MitoQ, which is made by altering the naturally occurring antioxidant coenzyme Q10 to make it stick to cells' mitochondria, and saw their vascular health improve by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks. (Science Daily)

2. The Duchess of Cambridge just gave birth to a healthy baby boy.

Both mom, Kate, and her new baby son are said to be in good health. The new heir will be fifth in line to the throne after his sister Charlotte, following a 2013 change in British law that gave female successors equal right to the throne as males. (BBC)

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3. The Trump administration is trying to open up Alaska's coast for drilling.

The White House is in the process of opening 1.6 million acres of coastline in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) up for drilling. The ANWR is rich with wildlife and holds great importance to native populations. Environmental groups have been fighting to protect it from corporate interests for decades. (Science Mag)

4. The dairy market is going down, but is organic dairy safe?

While the demand for organic milk has decreased since the rise of plant-based dairy alternatives, the market hasn't taken as much of a hit as the conventional milk market. However, Mintel research projects the overall drop in dairy sales will amount to 11 percent to $15.9 billion from 2015 through 2020, so organic dairy may still be in trouble. (Food Dive)

5. A new blood test shows promising signs of detecting early cancer.

Scientists at biotech company GRAIL announced that they’re even closer to establishing a blood test that acts as a simple form of cancer detection that can help speed up diagnosis and treatment before it’s too late. GRAIL is in the process of conducting research on both newly diagnosed cancer patients and those without the disease. (Science Mag)

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6. Increasing instances and severity of algal blooms are linked to climate change and pollution.

Scientists say that algal blooms form when fertilizer runoff from farms and lawns makes its way into bodies of water. Coupled with rising temperatures, it creates a fertile environment for algae to grow. Algae have shown to be toxic to humans and animals but also emit methane and nitrous oxide—two gases that are contributing to climate change. (PopSci)

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