6 Things You Need To Know Today (November 9, 2017)

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1. Could art be the answer to severe depression?

New research hints at yes. A group of 43 patients with moderately severe to severe depression underwent manual-based art therapy, conducted by a clinically trained therapist. Results showed a significant improvement in symptoms, which is huge since many of the participants' depression was so acute, it was keeping them from work and school. (PsyPost)

2. You may want to put down that glass of wine.

New research points to the connection between drinking alcohol and an increased risk of cancer. The American Society of Clinical Oncology released a statement that says even light drinking can raise risks of certain types of cancers, with heavy drinkers experiencing even more extreme effects. "The message is not, ‘Don’t drink,'" said the lead author of the statement. "It’s, ‘If you want to reduce your cancer risk, drink less. And if you don’t drink, don’t start.'" (NYT)

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3. Neuroscientists may have found a way to diagnose autism earlier.

A new study out of the University of Maryland found a link between sound input and cognitive development. This discovery could mean researchers can detect cognitive defects like autism earlier than ever before. (Science Daily)

4. The World Health Organization advocated against using antibiotics on healthy livestock to keep superbugs at bay.

Farmers have been giving antibiotics to livestock for years to boost their health and size. Unfortunately, research is showing a link between this practice and the superbug epidemic, which poses a danger to human health. The good news is that adherence to the WHO's recommendations would curb antibiotic use drastically, leading to less resistance in livestock—a huge step in the right direction. (Scientific American)

5. Beekeeping is bringing new opportunity to South Africa.

Honeybees pollinate more than 50 of South Africa's most popular crops, and beekeeping is giving formerly disenfranchised people a way to make a good living while helping the local economy. African Honey Bee, founded by social entrepreneur Guy Stubbs, helps locals learn the skills necessary to manage hives, as well as chickens and veggie gardens. (OZY)

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6. Is it time to invest in a health tracker for your baby?

Tired of tracking your steps and sleep? Consider doing it for your baby instead. There are now hundreds of gadgets marketed toward parents, including a smart pacifier and biometric-tracking onesie. Say hello to the future of parenting. (CNN)

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