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November 9, 2018

Weekend reads: After RGB takes a fall, Twitter users offer to donate #RibsforRuth

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Who's who in Who-ville? 23andMe releases the Grinch's DNA test results. Coinciding with the cinematic release of "The Grinch," 23andMe has released the results from a DNA test of the Grinch himself. Overall, the Grinch doesn't have too much to complain about. According to the findings, the Grinch's "fast-twitch muscle fibers that are useful for mischief making likely have the alpha-actinin-3 protein," he's "less likely than average to experience a fear response when scheming from 3,000 feet above Who-ville," and—perhaps unsurprisingly—he's likely to prefer salty snacks over sweet snacks. But there is a bit of bad news: The Grinch is "likely to be lactose intolerant."

    Study: Older dads are more likely to produce babies with health issues. Babies of older fathers are more likely to be born prematurely, have low birth weight, or experience a number of other health issues, according to a study in BMJ. For the study, researchers gathered CDC data on over 40 million live births from 2007 to 2016 and found that babies with fathers aged 45 to 54 had a 15% increased risk of premature birth and an 18% increased risk for seizure when compared with babies of fathers aged 25 to 34. Michael Eisenberg, lead author on the study and director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University, said men "should no longer think their runway is unlimited" for having children.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    #RibsforRuth: After Ruth Bader Ginsburg falls, her fans offer a rib (or several). After news broke this week that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell in her office and fractured three ribs, a band of concerned twitter users tried to come to her rescue—by offering to donate their ribs. "More than half this country is willing to get in line to donate ribs to Ruth Bader Ginsburg," Twitter user Nick Jack Pappas wrote. But the medical community is tamping down would-be donors' enthusiasm: Justin Blasberg, director of robotic thoracic surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, explained a rib transplant might not be the best option for the justice's recovery. "At this time, current practice is to either let the ribs heal, to remove ribs that aren't healing … or to bridge a rib fracture with metal plates," he said. But Bader Ginsburg has already been released from the hospitals, and according to her nephew Daniel Stiepleman, the Supreme Court justice is already "up and working."

    Are superheroes more violent than villains?  According to new research from Penn State University College of Medicine, the "good guys" in superhero films are involved in seven more violent acts per hour than the villains. The results of the research revealed that protagonists in 10 superhero films released between 2015 and 2016 engaged in 1,021 acts of fighting—while antagonists were engaged in a mere 599 acts of fighting. John Mueller, the author of the study, said, since children look up to on-screen heroes, parents should "discuss the themes especially related to violence and how to resolve conflicts." The study did not control for differences in overall screen-time between the heroes and the villains.

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