In the News: Golden Gate Bridge Will Have Suicide Barrier, Trans Fat Bans Lower Disease Rates, Dairy-Free Diet Potentially Dangerous

Golden Gate Bridge will have a suicide barrier. Over the last 80 years, around 1,500 people have committed suicide on the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Just last year, 39 people jumped off the bridge and 184 potential jumpers were stopped by bridge patrol officers. After much discussion, it has been decided that a barrier will be created to prevent further deaths. Slated for completion in 2021, a net will be built 20 feet below the bridge, extending 20 feet out over the water. The hope is that this net will catch and save jumpers from their demise, and also reduce the number of jumpers altogether. If you think a loved one may be at risk of suicide, here are the warning signs to look out for. (HUFFPO)

Trans fat bans linked to lowered heart attack rates. Recent findings show that restricting trans fats in foods have already had a positive impact on heart health. The FDA will continue restricting these fats in the coming years, with the hope that this ban will be in place nationwide by 2018. Fortunately, cardiovascular disease has been on the decline over the last few years, and the hope is that this ban will continue preventing heart attacks and strokes in millions of Americans. If you want to make extra sure you’re not eating hidden trans fats, check out this gallery to learn more. (NYT)

Dairy-free diet potentially dangerous. The National Osteoporosis Society has found that one-fifth of young adults under the age of 25 are eliminating or reducing dairy in their diets. In recent years, going gluten-free and dairy-free has become increasingly popular; however, studies have found that only a small percentage of the population actually has a lactose or gluten intolerance. Researchers suspect that internet influencers are behind the growing trend, since so many readers and viewers take their diet and health advice to heart. However, the best way to ensure you’re following a diet that’s safe and suitable for your unique needs is to speak to a physician first. Not eating enough dairy can cause bone brittleness and may lead to osteoporosis down the road. However, if you are lactose intolerant, you can still eat plenty of other foods rich in calcium and vitamin D. Check out this guide to dairy to find out more. (BBC)