Media Mash: Caffeinated toothpaste, 3D-printed food & safest places in the U.S.


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Vitals_CaffeinatedToothpasteHellaWella’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.


  • A hip-hop mogul plans to supply New Yorkers who live in neighborhoods where healthy food is scarce with nutritious food options. He plans on opening a factory and a grocery chain in a business model mirrored after Trader Joe’s. How’s that for karma points? [NY Daily News]


  • You may be carrying more than just your wallet in your leather handbag. A study revealed that 20% of handbags have more bacteria than a toilet seat. [Medicalnewstoday.com]


  • Caffeinated toothpaste, anyone? A few of the products on this list of “12 things we’ve enhanced with caffeine” are surprising. Sunscreen?? [Mental Floss]


  • In “Breaking Bad” fashion, a retired Taiwanese high school chemistry teacher has been teaching food factories how to make an illegal food additive that can cause kidney damage. [Quartz]


  • An elderly woman who survived the tornado that hit Oklahoma on May 20 was talking to reporters from CBS News where her house once stood. As she told the reporter about her little dog, which she assumed was still trapped beneath the rubble, the reporter spotted the pup, a little worse for wear but very much alive. [Sky]


  • Slate crunched some numbers to determine the best places in the United States to avoid natural disasters. [Slate]


  • The makers of Oxycontin introduced a formula of the painkiller that cannot be crushed to deter drug abusers from snorting or injecting it. [PopSci]


  • Scientists have pinpointed at last the exact strain of the P. infestans pathogen, which caused the Irish Potato Famine. [Smithsonian]


  • Multiple-drug-resistant TB is absolutely no match for a healthy dose of vitamin C. Nutrition scores another win. [BBC]


  • Worried how you look on social media? Some users are turning to plastic surgery to enhance their appearance online. [Time Healthland]


  • A bacon restaurant has been shut down for smelling too much like bacon. Color us shocked. [Fox News]


  • NASA is funding research for 3-D printed food that could put an end to hunger and food waste. [Quartz]


  • A mystery respiratory illness has killed two people and infected five others in Alabama. [Gawker]