Fitmodo: Does Dental Floss Even Work?

Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.

This week:

Lazy Millennials Aren't Even Banging That Much

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all millennials* are lazy, that they are endowed by their Creator Snapchat with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Likes, Listicles and the pursuit of Intercourse.

Well, not any more, haters! Despite their reputation as vagrants who can’t stop screwing long enough to land themselves a job, it appears millennials aren’t actually humping as much as you might think. New research published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour suggests that some millennials — people born between 1981 and 1997 who often show enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders — aren’t porking as much as their parents.

Wait, Does Dental Floss Even Work?

rom a very young age, it’s drilled into us that we need to floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. But as a recent investigation by the Associated Press reveals, the benefits of dental floss are largely unproven.

It sounds blasphemous, but flossing may not yield the protective benefits we’ve been told to expect. Since 1979, the federal government in the US has recommended daily flossing, but by law these dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years, have to be supported by scientific evidence. Surprisingly — and without any notice — the federal government dropped flossing from its dietary guidelines this year, telling the Associated Press that “the government acknowledged the effectiveness of flossing had never been researched, as required”.

Sending Sick Workers Home Makes More Workers Sick

To prevent an illness from spreading around the workplace, some employers will send their sick staff members home and replace them with healthy versions. New research suggests that this practice does the opposite of what’s intended, causing the disease to spread even more rapidly.

A number of workers with essential roles, such as first responders, healthcare workers and teachers, are prone to getting sick and then passing on their infections owing to the intimate nature of their work. To minimise transmission risk, these front-line workers are often sent home when they contract an illness and are temporarily replaced with healthy individuals. This policy makes a lot of sense — but it doesn’t work.

Also catching our eye:

  • f you live in a small space, you may think your at-home exercise options are limited to no-equipment, mostly bodyweight workouts. However, a suspension system or a couple of dumbbells can open the door to a ton of new exercises without taking up a ton of space or stretching your student budget. Lifehacker Australia can help.
  • Business Insider Australia tells us the only steak you should ever order on a plane.
  • When it comes to finding new and exciting recipes — that aren't just chicken soup — the struggle can be annoyingly real. This Winter, we're all about variety, and what's better than a new soup for each day of the working week that will cost you less than 300 calories per serve? Popsugar Australia has all the recipes.

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