Health News: 3 Things You Need To Know (Right Now)

1. Sure, we all know about home pregnancy tests but did you know a new at-home test can predict the baby’s sex as early as seven weeks into the pregnancy? The tests, which analyze DNA from the fetus found in the mother’s blood, have accuracy ranging from 95 percent at seven weeks to 99 percent at 20 weeks.To learn more, read the full report, “Blood Test Can Tell Fetal Sex at 7 Weeks, Study Says.”

2. Coconut water may not hydrate as well as we thought. It seems pure coconut water contains many electrolytes, like sodium, (the critical one lost during sweating.) But some commercial varieties which boats of hydration benefits actually have less sodium than what’s found in traditional sports drinks. According to the New York Times: “An 8.5 ounce serving of Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water, for example, contains 30 milligrams of sodium and 15 grams of carbohydrates. An eight-ounce serving of Gatorade Pro 02 Perform is equal in carbs (14 grams) but has more sodium (200 milligrams).” The Times also reports that coconut water labels may be a bit off…”A recent study by Consumerlab.com, an independent laboratory, found that two of the most popular varieties, Vita Coco and O.N.E. Coconut Water,contained even less sodium and magnesium than advertised. Only Zico Natural contained the amount of sodium listed on its label (160 milligrams).”

3. Tired of your nasty coworker? You should be–turns out your life span could be shorter because of her/him. According to the Well Blog: “Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that people who felt that they had the support of their colleagues and generally positive social interactions at work were less likely to die over a 20-year period than those who reported a less friendly work environment. Over all, people who believed they had little or no emotional support in the workplace were 2.4 times as likely to die during the course of the study compared with the workers who developed stronger bonds with their peers in other cubicles.”

 

 

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