Media Mash: Chocolate toothpaste, new nutrition labels & coffee disorder


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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.


  • Coffee-dependent? There's a disorder for that. A new study shows that people have a hard time going without their daily dose of caffeine. They're calling it a "caffeine use disorder." [CBS]

  • Brands have finally figured it out. Their products don't have to be slaves to the restricted flavors of yesteryear. If consumers want chocolate toothpaste, let it be. In fact, there's a bunch of crazy flavors on the market now. [Time]


  • Our canine friends have been carrying the oldest known form of cancer this whole time and we didn't know it. How old is it? Only a mere 11,000 years old. [National Geographic]

  • A lesson in extremes: Yes, you should wash your hands to prevent germs from spreading, but you don't want to create a germ-free bubble either. Here's why. [ScienceDaily]

  • Want to see a video of a brain making memories? Oh, yes, you read right, and it's pretty awesome. [Gizmodo]

  • Need to build a 2,500-square-foot house in 24 hours? No problem, says the 3-D printer. [Mashable]


  • The man who played the Marlboro man in cigarette ads has died. From a smoking-related disease. [Businessweek]

  • Looking to lose some weight? Try turning down the thermostat. [Health.com]


  • The Food and Drug Administration will be giving nutrition labels a makeover this year. [CNN]

  • New research in mice suggests that a poor diet while pregnant may rewire a baby's brain for obesity. [NPR]

  • This week in cringe-worthy news: Bayer's CEO caused some controversy in a conference last month when he appeared to suggest his company's life-saving cancer drug isn't for poor Indians. [Think Progress]


  • Another way to help you quit smoking: exercise! A new study shows aerobic exercise and yoga help ward off cravings. [NCBI]