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Before her death, the late Justice asked not to be replaced "until a new president is installed."
By the time she sat on the Supreme Court, she had already wiped over 200 discriminatory laws off the books. As one of the nine justices, she wrote majority opinions in the most significant rulings of our time.
"Her legacy will live on in the progress she created for our society," Cuomo said, "and this statue will serve as a physical reminder of her many contributions to the America we know today."
Takeout food, leftovers, and other storage containers come in handy for keeping all kinds of food fresh. But what you're using could contain the most toxic thing in your fridge — bisphenol A.The chemical is more commonly known as BPA. Manufacturing companies began using it to create plastic back in the 1960s. But it's still used in many plastic materials today. Many of these are food industry favorites like water bottles, Tupperware, and other plastic. It also can be used to "coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines," says the Mayo Clinic.When food comes into contact with the plastic, metal, or another material, there is a chance that it picks up some BPA. While the FDA reviews food before it is put into stores and online, they say a small amount is safe for consumption. (Related: 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)Yet, in 2012 and 2013 the FDA amended regulations regarding BPA-based polycarbonate resins in certain plastic products. These included baby bottles, sippy cups, formula, and other baby food containers. They didn't do it because of safety, though.The amendments were enacted because "that use has been permanently and completely abandoned," the FDA says. BPA exposure in unborn babies, infants, and children can affect the prostate gland and the brain says the Mayo Clinic. However, research says that there could be a link between BPA and a rise in blood pressure in adults.Doctors at Harvard suggest that you should be cautious about BPA consumption by using less canned food and opting for fresh produce. Another tip is to buy BPA-free items like water bottles and containers. Avoid putting plastics in the microwave or dishwasher, "because the heat may break them down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods," the Mayo Clinic says. Finally, there are other materials that don't contain the most toxic thing in your fridge. Glass, stainless steel, and porcelain are great alternatives.New research also shows You're Eating Plastic in Every Bite of This Food, New Research Finds.
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Do you ever wish you could sleep in or go to bed earlier? According to the CDC, 1 in 3 adults is sleep deprived and not getting the proper amount of sleep every night. So if you answered yes, you're not alone. Less sleep could also be hurting weight loss. The CDC says that if the body mass index (BMI) is above 30, the person is considered to have obesity. And according to a new study, people with a BMI above 30 slept only 15 minutes less than those with a BMI under 30.The research was published in JAMA Internal Medicine in mid-September and looked at two year's worth of sleep for over 120,000 people. It found that the average night's sleep lasted for around 6 hours and 47 minutes. However, it also found that "shorter sleep duration and greater sleep variability were both associated with higher BMI." (For more on healthy eating, while awake of course, check out the 21 Best Healthy Cooking Hacks of All Time.)Participant's sleep patterns were tracked on apps and fitness trackers like the Apple Watch and Fitbit. Naps were not included in the study, and height and weight was self-reported. Other health conditions weren't considered, either. The study notes that people who wear tracking watches or devices tend to be "of higher socioeconomic status, younger, and healthier, and these our results might not generalize to other populations."The authors also say that "While we cannot determine the direction of association from our study result, these findings provide further support to the notion that sleep patterns are associated with weight management and overall health."There is another reason why sleeping even just 15 minutes less a night can have negative effects on weight loss. Simply being awake longer means you could consume more calories. Getting fewer zzz's is also linked to a ghrelin hormone spike and a leptin hormone dip, which causes hunger. It's also harder to reject cravings when we're tired, according to CNN.For more weight loss news delivered straight to your inbox every day, sign up for our newsletter!