Happy Wednesday, dear readers! If you were hoping the advent of spring meant some relief from the harsh winter we've been experiencing, you may be out of luck. Southern New England is seeing snow fall as I write this, and thanks to the polar vortex (of course!), experts are predicting that allergy season is going to be a doozy this year (click here for nine all-natural ways to relieve allergies).
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1. Peaches may fight breast cancer. Here's a sweet reason to add the summery fruit to your diet: Washington State University scientists found that compounds in peaches can inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and their ability to spread. The researchers recommend eating two to three peaches a day to reap the benefits but also stressed that if nothing else, this study underscores the importance of a healthy, well-balanced diet. So if you're not a fan of peaches, getting enough of any type of fruits and veggies in your diet probably has the same preventative effect, they added.
2. Almost half of young men report having sex against their will. The national conversation on rape and sexual assault tends to center around women, which is undoubtedly important, but often lost in that conversation is talk about sexual assault against boys and men. However, new research reports that 43 percent of high school- and college-aged men say they've had either vaginal, oral, or anal sex against their will, with 95 percent of those men reporting that a woman was the aggressor. The sample size of the study was fairly small, with only 284 men surveyed, but it still serves as a serious reminder that sexual assault and rape are not necessarily gendered crimes—men can be and are victimized as well.
3. E-cigarettes don't help people stop smoking. As experts continue to debate their potential merits, a new study suggests that e-cigs don't help people kick the habit or reduce their use of conventional cigarettes, adding to the growing body of evidence on electronic puffers. Advertising and regulations involving e-cigs should be adjusted to reflect these findings, researchers say.
4. The Supreme Court could be leaning toward Hobby Lobby. Based on the first 90 minutes of testimony in the case of Sebelius vs. Hobby Lobby, the court "expressed skepticism of the legality of the Obama administration’s refusal to accommodate for-profit companies’ religious objections," Politico reports. While this doesn't necessarily predict the Supreme Court's decision (a final decision isn't likely to be handed down until June), this is a worrisome development for those who argue that allowing corporations first-amendment rights could be a slippery slope to go down.
5. Your hamburger habit might be ruining the environment. The vegan vs. carnivore debate continues: The meat industry is responsible for wiping out certain species of animals such as pumas, otters, and lions, a large-scale study suggests. And if you think your organic grass-fed beef is any better or more sustainable, think again: Grazing cattle on grass does more damage to the environment than any other land use, according to the Center for Biological Diversity, who has a new campaign urging people to reduce meat consumption.