Media Mash: Contagious clapping, pregnancy app, Shark Week promo


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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.

Tablet owners are a special breed of people: They think they are better informed than their friends and are more likely to hold onto a fad diet longer than non-tablet owners. [Yahoo]

• Vacation time is supposed to be your time to relax and recharge from the daily grind. Not anymore. Research finds that 54% of workers say their bosses expect them to work while they're on holiday. [Live Science]

Clapping is contagious, say researchers. One overzealous clapper at a not-so-thrilling concert can still influence the people around him to clap louder and longer. [Scientific American]

• Oh good, the FDA approved two new cigarette brands. Because we need more ways to get cancer. [The Washington Post]

• If you’re the master of multitasking, try to take it down a notch. Doing more than one thing at once may not be as efficient as you think. [Health.com]

Having trouble getting pregnant? There’s an app for that. [Slate]

Some of your fruits and veggies continue to respond to light a week after being picked. Cue “Twilight Zone” music. [Time Healthland]

It’s almost Shark Week. This should put you in the mood. [Huffington Post]

• While the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s announcement that it would “significantly reduce” the number of chimps it uses in the research it funds, animal advocates are disappointed that as many as 50 chimps will be retained for continued testing. [The Guardian]

• A little girl was losing her second battle with leukemia. The attempt at saving her: Doctors injected an engineered version of HIV that can't cause disease but targets tumor cells. [Upworthy]

• Did you know that dreams can help you learn? Check out that and four other facts about the science of dreams. [Mental Floss]

• Tens of thousands of bees fall out of trees dead in an Oregon parking lot. Pesticides are to blame. [Gawker]