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What's Happening Now: This Week's Top Must-Reads In Health + Wellness

Every Wednesday, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!

 

TOP STORY!

Toxic chemicals in common household products, cosmetics and other items are costing the U.S. $340 billion per year in medical treatment and lost productivity. Chemicals like BPA, pesticides and flame retardants have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system and are linked to a number of diseases and conditions. If you haven’t gone clean and green yet, maybe now’s the time!

 

MORE GOOD STUFF…

Once again, science has shown that a) the microbiome is EVERYTHING and b) it starts on day one. The latest study in this fascinating field found that if the infant microbiome is disrupted in the first five weeks of life, babies face a greater risk of developing allergies and asthma. Experts point to the inextricable link between gut bacteria and the immune system.


Get ready for the Human Cell Atlas, a groundbreaking scientific endeavor that aims to map all 37 trillion cells in the human body.


Need more calcium in your diet? Skip the supplements, which research suggests could increase your heart disease risk, and up your intake of leafy greens instead.


Scientists have used skin cells from mice to create mature eggs, a development that could pave the way for groundbreaking human fertility treatments.


Trying to cut down on sugar? So is Pepsi, believe it or not. The soda giant has announced a plan to reduce the sugar in its products over the next ten years. Some beverages will be reformulated to contain less of the sweet stuff, while others will be sold in smaller sizes. The brand also plans to round out its assortment with more calorie-free options.


Americans are stressed out…and blaming this year’s contentious election cycle. An American Psychological Association study found that more than half of U.S. adults are feeling anxious or stressed as a result of the current political climate. Just a few more weeks, guys!


If you’ve had the HPV vaccine, you may be able to get away with less frequent cervical cancer screenings.


You probably know you should keep your fresh, juicy tomatoes on the countertop—not in the fridge—to preserve their flavor. (Didn’t know that? Now you do!) But scientists didn’t know exactly why refrigeration affected the flavor of tomatoes until recently. According to a new study, temperatures below 68 degrees “turn off” the genes that give tomatoes their flavor.


You can now add liver cancer to the long and ever-growing list of diseases you’re more likely to get if you’re overweight.


Let’s end on a weird one—apparently, hope for the fight against drug-resistant superbugs may be found in the milk of the Tasmanian devil.

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