Media Mash: Coffee-drinker types, new body parts & chocolate potato chips


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HellaWella’s Media Mash is a weekly feature listing the latest and most interesting health-and-wellness stories we’ve read in the past week, pulled from the Web and linked for your convenience.




  • An increasing number of food and drink companies — including Pepsi and Campbell's — are removing "natural" labels from their brands' packaging amid lawsuits. [Wall Street Journal]

  • Possibly the best and worst news of the week: Lay’s is unveiling chocolate-covered potato chips. [USA Today]

  • These dentists paid their patients money for leftover Halloween candy. [NJ.com]


  • It’s almost the holidays! And in honor of the impending joy, here’s a festive animal that changes eye color for the winter. [Slate]


  • One brave woman confessed her mental illness to her coworkers — and discovered that the world didn't end. [XO Jane]

  • Here's a comprehensive list of 29 of the most common coffee-drinker stereotypes. Which one are you? [Huffington Post]

  • Inhabitable, Earth-like planets may be more common in our galaxy than previously thought, astronomers say. A new study shows that there could be upward of 8.8 billion planets like Earth orbiting around sunlike stars. [i09]

  • Surgeons have discovered a new ligament in the human knee that could help treat ACL tears, a common sports injury. Why did it take so long to make this discovery? Have you ever seen the inside of a knee? It's very complex and there are less-defined areas that still need to be studied. [BBC]

  • New research shows that a second language could stave off dementia later in life. This kind of makes us wish we didn't goof off in high school Spanish class. [USA Today]

  • Check out this latest installment of "Computers Can Do it Better." [Guardian]

  • A waggy tail is not always a happy one, say scientists who are shedding more light on how tail-wagging is linked to your pup's mood. Sweet! Now make them talk. [BBC]

  • Is your home office or office cubicle freezing all the time? Well, check out this neat way to keep yourself warm for just pennies a day, so long as you do it safely, of course. [YouTube]