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Top of the Morning: Anti-bacterial Soaps Don't Really Clean Better, Study SaysPlus: Watch The New "Mockingjay Part 2" Trailer here!
1. Anti-bacterial soaps cleans just as effectively as regular soaps
Soaps that have the chemical triclosan are not any better at killing germs than regular soaps, according to a new study which was published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. It reports that there is no significant difference between using plain soap and an antibacterial one when it comes to normal hand-washing. Triclosan, which has also been linked to antibiotic resistance and hormone problems, only becomes effective after the microbes had been soaked in the suds for nine hours, researchers found. (gmanetwork.com)
2. New "Mockigjay part 2" trailer is out
Katniss Everdeen has come a long way since we first met her in “The Hunger Games.” A new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” was released via Twitter, and it chronicles the journey of our heroine, as if preparing for the big finale. It’s not only Katniss who grew up, her sister Prim has also matured and is following the steps of her big sister in ways she knows best. It’s really a fitting tribute to their bond as sisters. The fourth installment of the franchise will be in theaters this November. Watch the trailer below. (huffingtonpost.com)ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
3. Kids who spend more time outdoors are less likely to be nearsighted
Researchers looked at about 1,900 children in China, and found that those kids who spend more time playing outdoors over a period of three years were 23 percent less likely to develop nearsightedness than those kids who mostly stayed indoors. The study also showed that kids who spent more time outdoors and developed nearsightedness had a slightly less degree of worsening than the other kids. Previous research has suggested the “protective effect of outdoor time.” The study, which was published in the journal JAMA, is crucial, as kids who develop nearsightedness at a young age are at an increased risk for “pathological myopia,” a severe form of vision impairment. (yahoo.com)
4. More and more kids are vaccinated in the U.S.
This is good news: more children in the U.S. are being vaccinated despite the anti-vaccination campaign. According to a recent estimate released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 90% of children under age 3 were vaccinated against polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and chickenpox last year, and 71% of kids received combo vaccines. However, experts say that in order to protect the majority, 90 percent of kids should be vaccinated. Also, experts are urging parents to follow the schedule of vaccination to the letter. (yahoo.com)ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
5. The Rock and girlfriend are expecting their first child
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting their first little pebble, reports Us Weekly. A soure confirms that the two are so excited. They have been together for nine years. The Rock is already a dad to his 14-year-old daughter Simon with ex-wife Dany Garcia. It will be a full house for the pro wrestler-actor when their new bundle of joy comes—he just rescued two adorable French Bulldog puppies last May. (usmagazine.com)