6 Things You Need To Know Today (January 11, 2018)

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1. This gas-sniffing pill gets up close and personal with the microbiome.

Researchers have developed a swallowable device that travels through the gut monitoring for hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon dioxide. Preliminary tests of the pill showed the differences in microbiome health resulting in high- and low-fiber diets. Researchers hope their magic pill will give us more information about the inner workings of our gut and new solutions to make them healthy. (Science Mag)

2. Target is introducing another size-inclusive brand focused on denim.

If you read our 2018 wellness trends, we predicted that we'd see a shift away from trendy athleisure and more toward the denim sector. This February, Target will introduce A Universal Thread, an in-house brand with sizes from 00 to 26W aimed at making jean shopping easier and, on average 10 percent less expensive than Target's current denim offerings. A Universal Thread caters to the everyday woman and will include apparel, footwear, and accessories. (Target)

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3. Your drinking water could be getting saltier.

The road salt and grime coating U.S. rivers as a result of last week's bomb cyclone aren't a pretty sight, but they're not necessarily the culprit behind the fact that U.S. rivers are getting saltier overall. Researchers have discovered other salt ions, including potassium and magnesium and have seen overall pH increases at 66 percent of sites. (Science)

4. Taking acetaminophen during pregnancy might have consequences.

A new study, published in the journal European Psychiatry, linked taking acetaminophen during pregnancy to language delays in offspring. Interestingly, the link was found only when the babies were girls. (Science Daily)

5. If you want to keep your New Year's resolution...keep it a secret.

A Stanford study found that 75 percent of women "rarely" or "never" experienced support from family or friends when it came to losing weight. Why? The reasons range from loving (they want you to enjoy good food) to inadvertently malicious (they don't want you to become elevated, surpassing their own status level). Either way, if you're trying to lose weight, it might be best to keep it to yourself! (Quartz)

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6. Indian tribes are suing the opioid industry.

Three American Indian tribes are filing a lawsuit against opioid makers and distributors, claiming that they market their product in a way that minimizes its addiction risks. This is just the latest in a string of similar lawsuits against the industry. (WSJ)

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