5 Things You Need To Know Today (June 15, 2018)

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1. Do you rinse your food?

There are a few foods you should rinse before eating to decrease your likelihood of getting sick: rice, grains, beans, and produce. Contrary to popular belief, you should not rinse chicken, as it actually increases your likelihood of getting sick by spreading germs around the kitchen. (NPR)

2. A student with learning disabilities just gave a powerful speech at his high school graduation.

An autistic teen brought the house down when he took to the stage at his high school graduation. Speaking about the power of doing the unexpected, he said the biggest unexpected thing a person can do is to live for themselves. "Ask yourself: Are your next steps where you want to go? If they aren't, step off of that path. Will that be unexpected? It probably will be if you are not sharing your hopes and dreams with your loved ones," he said. (CBS)

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3. Strong muscles may be a girls-only benefit of vitamin D.

A new study found that, after testing muscle strength in children, girls with higher levels of vitamin D were stronger than girls with lower levels of the vitamin. Surprisingly, the same link was not true for boys. The study didn't conclude why, but researchers aren't totally stumped: Other studies have shown that vitamin D increases a hormone that helps build muscle, and those levels are different in boys and girls. (EurekAlert)

4. When it comes to sleep, it's hard to win.

According to a new study, whether you're getting too much or too little sleep, it isn't great for your health. The study, published in BMC Public Health, found that people who slept less than six hours or more than 10 hours had higher risks of developing metabolic syndromes like high blood pressure. The best thing you can do? Get that coveted seven to nine hours. (Business Insider)

5. A new type of depression was just discovered—and it could explain a lot.

According to new research, a type of depression that wasn't known about until now could explain why some antidepressants don't work. A specific protein called RGS8, which is involved in movement and mood regulation, is responsible for controlling the receptor MCHR1. And when MCHR1 doesn't work as it should, it causes depression—and common SSRIs can't help with this type. (IFL Science!)

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