Merry Christmas, SHAPErs! We hope you're having a fun and food-filled holiday with friends and family. In case you need something to discuss around the dinner table tonight, we've rounded up some of the most noteworthy health stories of the week. While a few fall on the more serious end of the spectrum (maybe save those ones for a later date?), they're all important topics ranging in topic from freezing your eggs to HPV to Ryan Gosling.
Scroll down to read them and then tell us: What did we miss? Tweet us @Shape_Magazine or let us know in the comments below!
1. Some Gardasil is being voluntarily recalled. Oh hey. This recall is no big deal really, it's just that there may be some extra glass in your vaccine! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that Merck, the maker of Gardasil, is asking offices and clinics who received lot JOO7354 to return their vaccines because a small number of the vials may contain glass shards. While a total of 743,360 vials were distributed, Merck states that only about 10 should contain the shards.
2. The deadline to sign up for health insurance was yesterday. Technically anyone who missed the deadline won't have health insurance come January 1. However, if you missed it, don't panic: Most people don't know that open enrollment doesn't end until March 31 under the Affordable Care Act, so if the holidays got in the way, mark this date on your calendar and make sure to sign up before then.
3. Freezing your eggs may not buy time on your biological clock. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a warning this week cautioning women against freezing their eggs as a go-to method to guarantee pregnancy, instead recommending it only be used for women who are facing cancer or other medical issues that could delay or destroy fertility. Although the "experimental" label was removed from the procedure last fall, the technology is still very new, and most doctors don't feel comfortable recommending this as a way to delay motherhood for their patients, NBC reports.
4. Your chicken may contain bacteria. It might be time to swap out your trusty baked chicken for another protein. A new report from Pew Charitable states that more than half of all raw chicken sold in the U.S. contains disturbing amounts of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, such as salmonella. After looking at two recent outbreaks from Foster Farms that sickened more than 400 people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Pew Charitable is now calling for stronger food safety regulations.
5. A Hey Girl Ryan Gosling weather app exists. Now you can take Ryan Gosling with you wherever you go, courtesy of the Hey Girl Weather app. Enjoy soothing messages from everyone's favorite heartthrob such as, "Hey girl, I like your rainboots," and "Hey girl, you're totally beach-body ready." Merry Christmas!