Media Mash: Animals doing yoga, fad diets as photos & best hard ciders


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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.



  • Short bursts of high-intensity exercise are great for aerobic fitness, but they may also aid in weight control. [New York Times]

  • Get your daily dose of cuteness with these photos of animals mastering yoga poses. [Greatist]

  • Was your dad a jerk? Blame it on his big balls. A new study reports that men with smaller testicles make better fathers. Now we've heard everything! [Forbes]

  • Would you take a one-way trip to Mars? A lot of people have already applied for the chance through a nonprofit set to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023. [NBC News]

  • Dieting and heavy drinking don't mix, says experts. "Drunkorexia" is a routine that involves skipping meals in order to save calories for a night of boozing in order to stay slim — and the college crowd is into it in a big way. [Los Angeles Times]

  • If you're trying to lose weight but not shedding any pounds, you might be making one of these three morning mistakes that slow down your metabolism. [FitSugar]

  • In case you needed another reminder of how crazy diets like the Master Cleanse really are, these photos provide shocking visual representations of fad diets. [NPR]

  • Want to welcome fall with some hard cider? Imbibe magazine created an excellent list of the 12 best apple ciders out there. [Imbibe]

  • Think you're keeping things healthy with that fruit smoothie? Think again, say scientists. [Guardian]

  • A study finds a link between hyperactivity and — get this — inner ear disorders. [BBC]

  • Check out this hidden gem in Vietnam. Declared the world's largest cave, Son Doong is preparing to welcome its first public tours. [Huffington Post]

  • We keep urging you to read those nutrition labels! Turns out labels keep using some common words that may not mean what you think they mean. Inconceivable. [Mental Floss]

  • Think mathematical chemistry is boring? Well, it can unravel the origins of life. How cool is that? [ArsTechnica]