Media Mash: Egyptian mummies, on-the-go beer & power-generating viruses


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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.


  • If you’re a hiker or a camper, there’s a good chance you’ve wished for a way to enjoy a refreshing soda or beer when you reach your destination without having to haul the extra weight (and shake up the beer) along the way. Good news: Portable, on-the-go soda and beer now exist. All you need is this special plastic bottle and the drink mix. [Gizmodo]


  • Swine flu is back. A new strain has infected at least 145 people, mostly children, since July 12. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Celeb trainer Jillian Michaels shares how she’s getting her kids on the healthy eating track. [Fitness Magazine]


  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture sparked uproar among the meat industry when it voiced support for the Meatless Monday campaign. Turns out the statement was “made without proper clearance.” [Food Politics]


  • A 2,200-year-old mummy has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. [Everyday Health]


  • Go green with these 19 household items you probably didn’t know you could recycle. [Go Green America TV]


  • Scientists have found a way to replace the cocoa butter and milk fats in chocolate with juice to make low-fat chocolate. But does it taste good? [Science Daily]


  • Turn to these ancient grains to help prevent cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. [Washington Post]


  • Johnson & Johnson plans to remove harsh chemicals from products by 2015. [Yahoo News]


  • Bill Gates is on a mission to transform the toilet. The billionaire’s foundation is seeking ways to make going to the bathroom more productive, including turning human waste into electricity. [CBC News]


  • Butterflies in Japan have seen a higher rate of mutations since the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Hmm, isn’t this how comic books start? [Fox News]


  • Coinciding with “Shark Week,” environmental groups have advocated for the listing of the great white shark (from off the coast of California) as an endangered species. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Charging your cell phone could be much different in the future. Scientists at the University of California have discovered that bacteria-eating viruses can be used to generate power. [Inhabitat]