Situational awareness: The Super Bowl ratings were as bad as the game, with the lowest preliminary household ratings since 2009, Variety reports.
1 big thing: Adult allergies
Groundbreaking new research has found that nearly 11% of U.S. adults have a food allergy, more than many expected, with a substantial number acquiring the allergies as adults.
Why it matters: Allergies force major accommodations to protect the vulnerable. This is a problem you'd expect to lessen with modern medicine, but it seems to be getting worse.
The WSJ recaps some theories behind the rise:
- "[I]ncreasing use of antibiotics"
- "[R]ising rates of C-sections"
- "[I]ncreasingly sterile environments"
Between the lines: Researchers don't know if this problem is new, because it's never been studied like this before.
- But doctors told the WSJ that, anecdotally, they're seeing more adult-onset patients.
- Flashback to WSJ in 2017: "The rate of reports of severe allergic reactions to foods like peanuts has increased by nearly five times over the past decade, according to a new analysis of private insurance claims."
By the numbers, per the Journal:
- Nearly twice as many Americans think they have a food allergy and have symptoms consistent with a diagnosis.
- 7.2% of women reported an adult-onset allergy vs. 3% of men, per the JAMA study the WSJ cites.
- "[A]bout half of adult shellfish and wheat allergies developed after age 17, while fewer than one in five peanut allergies first appeared during adulthood."
The bottom line: These adult-onset allergies can be life-changing, affecting far more people than just the diagnosed.
Bonus: Pic du jour
Tourists lie on the glass skywalk on the 78th floor of the King Power MahaNakhon skyscraper highest observation deck, in Bangkok, Thailand.
2. What you missed
- Climate change is likely to melt at least one-third of the glaciers in the region where Mount Everest is located. Go deeper.
- A long list of politicians and organizations who have called for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's resignation after he was revealed to have worn blackface in the 1980s. Full list.
- One intriguing thing to look for in Uber's S-1, whenever it arrives, is how much information it provides about the other ride-hail companies in which it holds shares. Go deeper.
- Local media conglomerate Gannett Co. rejected a takeover bid from MNG Enterprises, which does business as Digital First Media. Go deeper.
3. 1 historian thing
Scholars and historians have a problem with "Hamilton," and they're speaking out in stark fashion, the AP notes.
- Ishmael Reed, a poet, scholar and playwright, has published a play called "'The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, ... reminding viewers of the Founding Father’s complicity in slavery and his war on Native Americans."
- "Perhaps the true villain of the piece is historian Ron Chernow, who wrote the award-winning biography of Hamilton that Miranda relied upon. ('You should have read books by black people,' a slave tells Miranda in Reed’s play.)"
- "'It’s a fictional rewrite of Hamilton. You can’t pick the history facts that you want,' said Nancy Isenberg, a professor of American history at Louisiana State University."
- "Miranda has said in interviews that he felt a responsibility to be as historically accurate as possible but that 'Hamilton' is necessarily a work of historical fiction, including dramatizations and imprecisions."