11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Dogs that roll over and expose their bellies to another dog are not being submissive. (Learn more at Huffington Post) 2. It takes 15 million tons of salt to melt ice and snow on U.S. highways, roads and sidewalks each winter. (Learn more at Vox.com) 3. Babies remember new accomplishments if they soon fall asleep. (Learn more at BBC) Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 to help make your dreams a reality! See official rules …

Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?

If you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

Carnitine: A New Reason to Cut Back on Red Meat?

Maybe it’s not really cholesterol from that big, juicy steak that’s linked to heart disease. Instead, it could be a compound in red meat called carnitine, which does a number on our gut bacteria if we eat too much meat too often, suggests intriguing new research. Carnitine seems to have a profound effect on certain bacteria in the intestine; these in turn produce a chemical linked to clogging of the arteries and heart disease. The more meat we eat, the …

The Takeaway: Insomnia Sabotages Our Productivity, Gut Bacteria Sabotage Our Diets

Counting Sheep (and $$ Lost): Heading into this long weekend, I have one piece of advice for you: Get some sleep. Lost sleep costs the average American worker 11.3 days in lost productivity, a new study from Harvard Medical School reports. Of the 7,428 workers who took part in the study, nearly a quarter had a hard time falling or staying asleep. It’s an underappreciated problem,” said lead author Ronald C. Kessler. Americans are not missing work because of insomnia. …