7 Things You Need To Know Today (September 29, 2017)

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1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Veep and Seinfeld star announced her diagnosis on Instagram with these words: "1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one. The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union. The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality." (Instagram)

2. Why do we love running, even when it hurts?

There's no question that between blisters, injuries, and difficult weather, ultramarathoners experience their fair share of pain. But according to new research, people may actually enjoy the fact that this pain helps them become more connected to their own bodies. And in a world where we're stuck sitting in front of computers for hours on end, we may crave what's called "sensory intensification." (The Guardian)

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3. "How to Get Away With Murder" star Karla Souza shares her triathlon training regimen.

Monday through Friday, she made sure to work out, even if it was for only 30 to 40 minutes. When Saturday rolled around, she would complete a full race. As part of her involvement with the race, she raised funding for cancer patients, which was the ultimate motivation. Go, Karla! (US Magazine)

4. Lady Gaga's fibromyalgia response is exactly what's wrong with the medical system today.

When the pop star revealed that complications with her fibromyalgia led her to cancel scheduled tour dates, followers questioned whether her disease was real, suggesting she "made it up." This is the unfortunate reality for so many women who suffer from chronic diseases like fibromyalgia, and we have a long way to go not only to develop a culture of empathy but in developing integrative, affordable, and personalized treatment as well. (The Cut)

5. What would happen if you never washed your sheets?

The longer you go without washing your sheets, the more dead skin cells will accumulate on them, the more dirt and oil will build up, and the more bacteria will develop there. This increases your risk of triggering a dust mite allergy, increasing breakouts, and heightening your risk of bacterial infections. In other words, keep doing your laundry! (Digg)

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6. How expensive is diabetes? Really expensive.

According to new calculations from the American Diabetes Association, reversing type 2 diabetes in just a portion of those afflicted in Pennsylvania could save the state $2.34 billion a year. (Virta Health)

7. First came the veggie burger. Now, veggie fish has arrived.

Impossible Foods is the company behind an infamous veggie burger that so closely resembles meat, it bleeds. And now, they're onto the next faux animal product: fish made from plant products. CEO Pat Brown says the rollout is all part of a plan to find replacements for all animal-based food products by 2035. (TreeHugger)

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