6 Things You Need To Know Today (April 5, 2018)
1. Studies show that yoga is a helpful practice for cancer patients.
While necessary, there's no question that cancer treatments are hard on patients' bodies. But recent research shows that the level of emotional stress a patient experiences can enhance or reduce pain, and the breathing exercises and calming effects of yoga can help with this. Additionally, yoga improves blood flow, strengthens the core, and is great for reducing feelings of pain and fatigue in patients. (The Sumter Item)
2. Brexit spells trouble for the U.K.'s environment.
It turns out, leaving the European Union could lead to environmental disaster for the United Kingdom, since so much of its clean air and water policy was monitored by the European Union. This means that a future government could essentially get rid of these safeguards entirely. (The Guardian)
3. Segregation is hurting us in more ways than one.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that remaining divided by race hurts us all. He was right for so many reasons, but a new study shows that people living in areas that are racially divided are exposed to more pollution than those who live in more integrated cities and towns. This held true for people of all races. (NYT)
4. It's official: Bananas are better for energy than sports drinks.
A study found that the natural nutritional profile of bananas provided greater benefits for fighting inflammation than sports beverages, particularly for athletes. Researchers at the North Carolina Research Campus of Appalachian State University summarized their findings as such: When athletes consume fruit like bananas, they have lower levels of inflammation than when they consume simply water or a sports beverage post-performance. (NYT)
5. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are more ubiquitous and stronger than ever, but there's a way to contain them.
The main problem with superbugs—another name for antibiotic-resistant bacteria—is that healthy people often spread them to vulnerable populations like the elderly, newborns, and cancer patients without knowing. Although the cost of antibiotic-resistant infection treatment has exceeded $2 billion annually, the CDC says we can control it with more rigorous testing in health care facilities. (NBC News)
6. A new study suggests pasta can help you lose weight.
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto say it comes down to the fact that pasta has a low glycemic index (GI). Analyzing 2,500 participants, they found that those who ate 3.3 servings of a half cup of pasta per week lost an average of 1 pound. Researchers say the results could be because of greater satiation, which prevented overeating. (Business Insider)