5 Things You Need To Know Today (May 2, 2018)
1. A fish-heavy diet has been associated with later menopause.
According to a new study out of the University of Leeds that analyzed 14,000 women over a four-year period, eating a diet heavy in oily fish and legumes was associated with a delay of menopause by three years. Those who ate lots of refined carbohydrates (think pasta and rice) experienced menopause sooner. While this is just an association and not a proven cause, it can't hurt to start loading up on that chickpea pasta! (Independent)
2. In NYC, electric buses are the future.
NYC Transit president Andy Byford recently announced his city’s plan to convert its current public bus system to an all-electric fleet by 2040. The city hopes this change will improve service, reduce greenhouses gas emissions, and improve air quality for residents. With over 5,000 buses, NYC has the largest transit fleet in the country. (Inside Climate News)
3. Depression is in some people's DNA.
A new study that analyzed over 450,000 people revealed 44 genomic variants that can be linked to depression. Fourteen of them were uncovered in previous studies, but 30 of them are completely new discoveries and will bring us one step closer to understanding the debilitating condition that affects so many. (Science Daily)
4. Looking for a new hangout spot? Try under your roof's solar panel.
Brooklyn SolarWorks is working to bring sun-powered energy to New Yorkers through a new panel design that looks more like an awning. These new panels provide green energy and are great for the environment, but they can also serve as a canopy for building residents to relax under in the hot summer months. (Inhabitat)
5. Chronic loneliness is more pervasive among America's young people than ever before.
A new report released by insurance provider Cigna surveyed more than 20,000 adults nationwide. More than half of respondents classified themselves as lonely. While it's common to think older adults may feel lonelier than young people, results showed that the youngest generations also feel the loneliest. The study will hopefully help us quantify how social and emotional health can affect overall health. (NPR)