The Joy of Soy
In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration approved the health claim that consumption of soy protein (as opposed to animal products) helped protect against heart disease. The agency doesn't do that very often -- only 12 times in fact -- and it has never rescinded an approved claim.
But it's thinking about it now. In recent years, the link between soy consumption and heart health has been challenged and the benefits are no longer so clear-cut. The FDA is launching public hearings on the topic, eventually to decide whether to knock the soy claim status to "qualified," which requires less evidence.
Uber for Birth Control
Nurx is an app that's been called the "Uber for birth control." It allows patients to purchase a variety of contraceptives with the touch of a smartphone button. It also provides access to Plan B and Ella, two forms of the morning-after pill. The app is popular and expanding, but its spread into conservative states has aroused ire from pro-life groups who view morning-after contraception as akin to abortion, though science argues otherwise. Some pro-life groups are lobbying state lawmakers to reduce or eliminate access to the Nurx app and similar services.
Body of Knowledge
The average person can expect to breathe in about 40 pounds of dust over his or her lifetime.
Get Me That, Stat!
A new Lancet Commission report puts numbers to the health toll caused by pollution. The report says diseases driven by pollution, such as cancer and heart disease, accounted for 1 in 6 six deaths worldwide in 2016. The vast majority of these deaths -- more than 90 percent -- occur in low-income and middle-income countries, primarily among minority populations.
A single Johnsonville original bratwurst sausage (112 grams) contains 270 calories, 198 from fat. It has 22 grams of total fat or 34 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.