Media Mash: Bond's drinking problem, pregnancy myths & why willpower fails


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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.


  • People who drink booze in moderation live longer than those who abstain from the stuff, a new study finds. Perfect news for the holidays when alcohol is flowing like the Mighty Mississippi. Cheers. [Huffington Post]

  • A daily dose of exercise can stave off the negative health effects holiday gorging can have on your body. Better yet, try not to stuff your face. [Health.com]

  • Santa may be a little more than merry. The writers at LiveScience list eight ways hallucinogenic mushrooms help explain the story of Santa and his reindeer. [LiveScience]

  • Turns out that the Milky Way has four spiral arms and not two, according to a recent study. It illustrates one of myriad factors that makes science so fantastic — namely, we should always keep questioning and investigating. We might just find something amazing. [NPR]

  • Feeling guilty about indulging throughout the whole of the holiday season? Well, don't be too hard on yourself. Even the healthiest people slip up this time of year. [Time Healthland]

  • Spending all your hard-earned cash on a battery of vitamins and minerals? Well, put your wallet away. [Atlantic]

  • This optical illusion will blow your mind. You’ve been warned. [Slate]

  • A new study reveals that Bond has a drinking problem. [CNN]


  • Willpower is an important tool in keeping healthy. So why does it fail us so often? [Psychology Today]

  • Apparently there are some crazy myths floating around about pregnancy, including warnings not to cut your hair or raise your arms above your head while pregnant. You'll be stunned by these 12 terrible pieces of advice for pregnant women. [Mental Floss]

  • A new study shows that humans that tend to lie a lot also admit to their lies. So at least everyone's honest about their dishonesty. [EverydayHealth]

  • It's not uncommon to hear complaints about technology's negative effects on society and the way people interact, but it's doing some really amazing things too! Check out the nine ways technology's creating real solutions for hunger and obesity. [Food Tank]