6 Things You Need To Know Today (May 17)

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1. Read this before you get extra scans of your unborn baby.

Many moms have started paying extra to get even more scans of their fetuses in utero, even when doctors tell them everything is fine, for their own peace of mind—or for the cool 3-D or 4-D images that aren't commonly covered by insurance. There's a small risk of these scans harming fetuses, though, which is why doctors typically recommend against them. (The Guardian)

2. More evidence that mental health starts in the gut.

Many recent studies suggest a correlation of microbial populations with mental health. New research looks specifically at the origins of bipolar disorder and found significantly different bacterial makeups in the guts of test subjects. Specifically, individuals with bipolar disorder had less Faecalibacterium than healthy individuals. (Journal of Psychiatric Research)

3. Your daily inspo: This 98-year-old doctor is still going strong.

Decades ago, Dr. Brenda Milner’s research on the human brain inspired cognitive neuroscience as we know it. Now, at 98 years old, Dr. Milner continues to do groundbreaking work as a professor at McGill University in Montreal. When discussing why she still works, she says, "People think because I’m 98 years old I must be emerita. Well, not at all. I’m still nosy, you know, curious." (NYT)

4. Lifestyle brand Liberated People has launched a Liberated Women campaign with Planned Parenthood.

The project is focused on fighting limitations to reproductive health care and drawing attention to the welfare of women and people of color. (Teen Vogue)

5. We have a special type of memory for fear.

New research from the University of California found that a specific group of neurons convey information to two areas in the brain responsible for encoding and retrieving fear memory. In other words, they control our fear response. This new knowledge could mean big things for treating PTSD, a condition that affects more than 7 percent of the population. (Science Daily)


6. Might want to rethink that burger.

Eating red meat has been shown to increase risk of death from nine diseases, including cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and liver disease. New research looked at people aged 50 to 71 and found that those who ate the most red meat were more likely to have died from the aforementioned conditions. Red meat can't be isolated as the direct cause as the study was purely observational. (NYT)

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