6 Things You Need To Know Today (August 18, 2017)
1. The latest numbers paint a harrowing picture of the future of agriculture.
Rising temperatures will threaten wheat, corn, rice, and soybean production, which accounts for two-thirds of the food we eat. Corn production alone could dip 7.4 percent for each degree (Celsius) of warming, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. "Further increases in temperatures will continue to suppress yields, despite farmers' adaptation efforts," study researchers wrote. (Scientific American)
2. It's official—high heels are terrible for you.
We've long known about the negative health effects of wearing high heels, which range from back pain and bunions to injuries that reduce people's ability to walk. Yet, women are still insatiably attracted to the footwear. While some say they're empowering (traditionally, men wore high heels, a symbol of domination), others say they're meant to weaken women. Either way, despite the obvious drawbacks, women aren't giving them up anytime soon! (DailyMail)
3. In the case of a missile strike, avoid all your hair-smoothing products.
Particles of nuclear fallout, made from the dust of items decimated by a warhead, are so small that they can get stuck in hair. Hair conditioners and other leave-in products are made to coat and smooth the hair, which poses a risk of sealing the radioactive material in your hair. The best thing to do is wash everything multiple times and steer clear of oily personal care products. (NPR)
4. Have scientists found a cure for peanut allergies?
In a small-scale study based in Australia, doctors treated children with peanut allergies by giving them a probiotic and peanut protein for 18 months and found that about two-thirds of the kids were fully relieved from their allergies and remained densensitized for more than four years following the treatment. (DailyMail)
5. So, your ears are ringing. Should you be worried?
If you've ever experienced a buzzing, clicking, or pulsating in your ears, you've probably dealt with tinnitus. The good news is that when it's intermittent, it's benign for the most part. But if your ear-ringing persists, consult a health care professional. (Scientific American)
6. When kids don't sleep enough, they're upping their diabetes risk.
According to new research published in the scientific journal Pediatrics, when children don't sleep enough they're more likely to have a higher BMI, higher glucose reading, and higher insulin resistance. All three can lead to diabetes, so make sure your kids are getting their z's. (NYT)