Media Mash: Baby walruses, snake venom, ex-con fitness & relationship tips


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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.


  • Pain relief from snake venom? Recent research has found two molecules in mamba venom — one of the world’s deadliest poisons — that can eliminate pain. [Time Healthland]


  • Unexplained weight loss — when it happens in a drastic, consistent and persistent manner — can signal an underlying disease or disorder. Here are some possible causes. [Fitness Republic]


  • Looking for ways to be happier? A new study shows that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables. [Medical Xpress]


  • A company called XRGenomics offers a genetic test in which people can swab the inside of their cheek, send the sample in and find out if they’re the type of people who will really benefit from endurance exercise. [New York Times]


  • Is the way we let our pets die humane? Should we be finding ways to provide them with an end that more closely mirrors our own? [Slate]


  • A new study suggests that media multitasking — using more than one type of media or technology at the same time — may have some positive effects. [Everyday Health]


  • New vending machines with calorie counts and encouraging messages may have you thinking twice about buying that sugary drink. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Doing these 12 things will strengthen your long-term relationship. [Psychology Today]


  • The medicinal value of marijuana keeps growing, this time for multiple sclerosis, according to a new British study. [U.S. News and World Report]


  • And in cute animal news: An orphaned, baby walrus finds a home at the New York Aquarium. [New York Times]


  • A fascinating new study showed that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — meaning antidepressants like Prozac — actually accelerated language development in children when mothers took it during pregnancy. And when depressed pregnant women were not treated with antidepressants, language development in their children was delayed. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Podiatrists probably passed out when they saw these new Scary Beautiful shoes designed by Leanie van der Vyver. Scary, yes. Comfortable? We doubt it. [Yahoo! Shine]


  • Get fit like a … felon. Ex-con creates new fitness regimen based on his time in the slammer. [New York Daily News]


  • Sarah Palin is writing a fitness book. That’s fine. As long as she’s not running for President again. [ABC News]


  • Genetically engineered crops are triggering a rise of “superweeds” and hard-to-kill insects that are forcing farmers to use larger amounts of hazardous pesticides, according to a new study. [Business Insider]


  • Do you throw out your meds when they expire? An analysis of eight prescription drugs that expired between 28 and 40 years ago has found that most have remained just as potent as they were on the day they were made. [CNN]