Media mash: Artificial jellyfish, HIV cure, broccoli health care & false advertising


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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.


  • Sports drinks, oral supplements, footwear, clothing and fitness devices make health claims left and right, but a recent survey found that not one advertisement (out of 615!) for these types of products could be supported by rigorous scientific research. [New York Times]



  • Get off your iPad [or Kindle, iPhone, insert tech gadget here] and get to sleep! New research suggests exposure to dim lighting at night could be linked to depression. [Time Healthland]


  • A team of bioengineers has built a living, swimming artificial jellyfish. “Why?” you ask. Because what they learn could save human lives. [Time]


  • Cargill recalled almost 30,000 pounds of ground beef because of possible salmonella contamination. We can't help but wonder if this would have happened if they stopped using pink slime. [National Public Radio]


  • Going on a summer vacation? Here are 10 things to do before you head to your destination. [BrightNest]


  • It's illegal to wash two babies at once in Los Angeles. And don’t sleep in — or on top of — a refrigerator in Pittsburgh, plus other weird laws that affect homeowners. [This Old House]


  • Goodbye to the Big Gulp? An NYC hearing on the proposed soda ban met with strong feelings from both sides. [National Public Radio]


  • A new study finds that YouTube is an effective way to teach sufferers how to combat vertigo. If only there was a study justifying the need to watch stupid videos. [The Atlantic]


  • Broccoli is apparently now a symbol in the healthcare debate. Poor broccoli. For the record, we would have chosen beets to take the heat. [New York Times]


  • If you’ve forgotten what an amazing planet we live on, check out this video of Earth shot from the International Space Station. [Dvice]


  • Forget about buckling under pressure. Olympic athletes may be risking their chances at gold every time they tweet or post on Facebook. [Huffington Post]


  • Are baked potato chips really that much healthier than fried? Yes and no. [Food Network]


  • Find out which U.S. airports are most likely to spread a pandemic. [Yahoo News]


  • Finding a cure for HIV is a more attainable goal in 2012; and scientists are committed to doing just that. [Los Angeles Times]