6 Things You Need To Know Today (August 1, 2018)

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1. Levi's set a goal to slash carbon emissions by 40 percent and use 100 percent renewable energy by 2025.

Achieving these ambitious goals will require working with suppliers that are not owned or operated by Levi's but are responsible for a large portion of the company's overall carbon footprint. That can be tricky, so let's hear a round of applause for Levi's! (Fast Company)

2. Women can now breastfeed in public in all 50 states.

Previously, women have had to seek private spaces in order to breastfeed in some states. New legislation in Utah and Idaho, the last two holdouts, has finally made it legal for women to nurse in public across the United States. This is an exciting step toward normalizing breastfeeding and protecting new moms. (Global Citizen)

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3. Maternal mortality rates are rising across the country, but one state has managed to cut theirs by 55 percent.

The mortality rate during childbirth is shockingly high in the United States—six times higher than in Scandinavia. But California has managed to successfully reverse that trend after a review committee formed by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative identified key areas of improvement including standardizing emergency response protocol, implementing checklists, and rigorous training for high-risk deliveries. The CDC estimates that 60 percent of deaths during childbirth could be prevented, so hospitals across the country can learn a lot from California’s success. (NPR)

4. Being even mildly dehydrated can mess with your ability to think clearly.

Research across the board points to dehydration as a key culprit in brain fog, especially in this summer heat! All it takes is 30 minutes of hard running outdoors or a few hours of walking to dehydrate us, which can affect our ability to perform cognitively demanding tasks and pay attention for extended periods of time. Moral of the story: When it's hot and humid, just keep sipping. (NPR)

5. You can now get gluten-free food at Dunkin' Donuts.

In an effort to acknowledge people with different dietary restrictions, Dunkin' Donuts has just introduced their first gluten-free item—a fudge brownie. It comes in the midst of a number of changes for the brand, including dropping "Donuts" from its name in some stores and focusing more on drink-based offerings. (CNN)

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6. We might have just found a cure for salmonella.

Salmonella is one of the most common foodborne diseases—and it can be deadly. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a bacteria that thwarts the growth of salmonella, at least in the mice that were used in the initial study. More research will see if the science applies to humans, but so far, so good! (Science Daily)

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