Working out before bedtime won’t mess with your sleep.
Good news for the busy fit man (or bad news if all you want to do is sink in a couch and zone out at the end of a hard day), a new study says that gut-busting workouts late in the evening won’t affect how well you sleep that night. Typically, “sleep recommendations suggest avoiding exercise prior to bed,” Matthew Buman, the study’s lead author told Reuters. “We found evidence to the contrary suggesting that individuals need not avoid exercise at night.” The researchers collected data from the 2013 National Sleep Foundation Sleep in America Poll, and found that people who exercised right before bed reported that they had slept just as well as those who didn’t. [Reuters]
Trending now: beard implants for baby-faced hipster hopefuls.
For the meager sum of $7,000, you too could have the furry face of a lumberjack. Keying into the popular Brooklyn-sheik hairy-man style, a growing number of scruffless men have opted to undergo a very pricey facial hair transplant to cover up their insecurities and become savvy with the in crowd. Once in place, the new hair is said to grow like a normal beard—you can even shave. [MedicalDaily]
Outcry erupts as FDA approves dangerous painkiller.
The new pill in question, Zohydro, is catching flak for containing absurdly high quantities of the addictive drug hydrocodone. A coalition of health advocacy groups and doctors directly implored the FDA’s commissioner Margaret Hamburg to protect the public from the dangerously addictive effects of the drug. “In the midst of a severe drug addiction epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid,” said the coalition in a letter to Hamburg. Zohydro is said to be 5 to 10 times more powerful than Vicodin and Lortab, and has scant abuse-deterrent technology to prevent overuse of the drug. [CNN]
Finally, a little clarity comes to food labels.
They might have unleashed a frightening monster of a painkiller onto the market, but at least they’ve got their priorities straight when it comes to nutrition. After two decades of doing nothing to change the black and white nutrition labels we all know well, the FDA is finally making strides to make the information intelligible. Among the revamp, serving sizes will have to reflect what’s actually in the package, calorie counts will be in large bold print, and—controversially—labels will have to note added manufactured sugars separately from natural ones. [NYTimes]
Researchers say they might be able to predict the flu.
The mercurial nature of the flu has long been its most dangerous and irksome trait. The virus mutates from season to season, confounding both the human immune system and medicine, enabling it to successfully spread and infect anew from year to year. Now, a research team from Columbia University and the University of Cologne say they’ve potentially created a model that could predict what next year’s flu strain will look like. By studying the virus’ genome, they say they might be able to predict how the flu will evolve using methods adopted from physics and computer science. A killer of nearly half a million every year, understanding how the flu mutates could be a medical breakthrough that would benefit countless lives. [EurekAlert]
Democrats introduce bill to ban e-cig marketing toward children.
Five senators brought the legislation forward on Wednesday. The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would let the Federal Trade Commission define what such marketing would be, and give it the power to work with state attorney generals to enforce any subsequent laws. [FoxNews]