Media Mash: Dancing sea lions, bacon mouthwash & gym pet peeves


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Vitals_DancingSeaLionHellaWella’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.


  • Last week, one inspirational teen became the first person with Down syndrome to reach the first base camp on Mount Everest — which required climbing more than 17,000 feet — in Nepal. [Mother Nature Network]


  • Three bills were introduced in Oregon this month that called for genetically modified foods to be properly labeled and for the import and sale of GM salmon to be prohibited. [Natural News]


  • Watch this beat-keeping sea lion dance to “Boogie Wonderland.” You can thank us later. [YouTube]


  • Attention, bacon lovers: You can now rinse with the taste of your favorite food. [YouTube]


  • Some allergy sufferers in Europe are trying a new strategy to ease allergy symptoms: allergy drops. [CNN The Chart]


  • All your gym pet peeves (plus the ones you didn't know you had) have come together on this Buzzfeed list. [Buzzfeed]


  • April 1 wasn't just April Fool's Day — it was also the birthday of Abraham Maslow, the American psychologist who created the famous Maslow hierarchy of needs and whose work gave rise to positive psychology. [Brain Pickings]


  • Obama drew widespread criticism last week when he signed the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act." [CBS News]


  • Scientists from Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have reported that teas, coffees and “smoky flavoring” could damage our DNA. How bad? They compared it to the harm caused by chemotherapy drugs. [Time Healthland]


  • Could it be true? An investigation has found that your favorite restaurant chains sometimes lie about their nutritional information. [Eater]


  • In case you're wondering: Yes, fish have thoughts. Scientists have captured on video a fish thought in action. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Millions of Cicadas will terrorize the east coast of the U.S. this spring. The last time they appeared was in 1996. They probably won't stick around after they find out the surface no longer has Michael Jackson, Twinkies or new episodes of "Friends."  [National Geographic]


  • Electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular. They work up a good sweat when you want some cardio and offer an inexpensive means to commute to work. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Talk about multitasking. Drugs meant to lower cholesterol may also ward off macular degeneration, according to a new study. [CBS News]