In the News: Vegan Diet on the Rise in Germany, Espresso May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk, Touch Screens May Disrupt Toddlers’ Sleep

Vegan diet on the rise in Germany. While the German diet typically calls to mind beer, sausages, and fried chicken cutlets, the culinary landscape is swiftly transforming itself into a more plant-based, vegan-friendly space. Last year, more vegan products were launched in this country than anywhere else in the world. To provide context: They took the crown with 18 percent of all global vegan product launches, the U.S. came in second with 17 percent, and third place went to the U.K. with 11 percent. While there is still a desire for sausage and schnitzel, now Germans can enjoy meat-free versions made with soy, wheat, or tofu. Experts believe that health concerns and awareness have led to a rise in vegan and vegetarian fare abroad. Looking to give the vegan diet a try? Take this shopping list to the store with you. (CNN)

Espresso may lower pancreatic cancer risk. Italian researchers have unveiled a study that shows drinking three cups of espresso daily may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Scientists also used coffee extracts to test how prostate cancer cells react to exposure. The results were astounding: These extracts were capable of reducing cancer cell growth dramatically. While this link is very promising, it’s not conclusive just yet. For one thing, participants drank espresso “Italian-style,” which means it was prepared with high water temperature, no filters, and lots of pressure. These findings may indicate that only a certain kind of preparation can be effective in impacting cancer rates; while further research is required, the results underscore the health benefits of coffee. To learn more about pancreatic cancer risks and solutions, click here. (HUFFPO)

Touch screens may disrupt toddler’s sleep. A U.K. study has found that children between the ages of six months to three years are spending too much time using touch screens during the day and taking longer to fall asleep at night as a result. Researchers also found that compared to children who used these devices less frequently, tech-reliant toddlers napped more during the day and less at night. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests limiting use of technological devices and also monitoring what children use these devices for. Another tip: Take away the smartphones and tablets at least one hour before bed to give toddlers a chance to relax and give their brains a break. To further learn how technology may impact children, watch this clip. (LIVESCIENCE)