Media Mash: 3D-printed Robohands, bug burgers & Disney princesses


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Vitals_3DPrintedMechanicalHandHellaWella’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.


  • If you want ketchup on those fries, you’re gonna have to squeeze your wallets a little harder — at select McDonald’s in New York City, that is. [Huffington Post]


  • The United Nations thinks you should sink your teeth into a, um, crunchier type of protein. Fire up the grill and get ready for some bug burgers. Or give vegetarianism a shot. Bonus? No exoskeletons. [Washington Post]


  • Bacteria that helps you lose weight and reverse Type 2 diabetes in animal test subjects? Oh, science, you are so crazy. [BBC]


  • Who says pancakes can’t be healthy? Here are five protein-packed pancake recipes to get your morning started right. [Health]


  • Planned Parenthood supporters dressed up in 1960s clothing on Wednesday to protest a “vintage” bill that threatens birth control access. [Think Progress]


  • Angelina Jolie has got us all talking about cancer prevention. Here are 20 inspiring celebs who have fought and won the battle. [Time Healthland]


  • If you’ve ever wondered why women tend to live longer than men, here’s a potential explanation. [BBC]


  • Be mindful of what you order! Researchers found that you can rack up to 66% of your daily caloric intake by eating at an independent or small-chain restaurant. [New York Daily News]


  • A 3-D printer changed this little boy’s life forever by printing a mechanical hand. [YouTube]


  • Disney, we want to love you, but sometimes you make it so difficult. The company thought Merida, the heroine in Pixar’s “Brave,” needed a makeover, so they trimmed up her waistline, put her in a glittery dress, added makeup to her face and took away her bow and arrow. [Jezebel]


  • What’s more important to you, a sex life or pain relief? Time to start choosing. A new study found that long-term pain med use is lined to erectile dysfunction. [U.S. News]


  • A CPR machine has successfully brought back to life patients that had been clinically dead for 40 to 60 minutes — with no side effects! [Washington Times]