Media Mash: Food scents for iPhone, funeral selfies & python massages


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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.




  • Women with larger rumps are increasingly smarter and less likely to have diabetes or heart problems, according to a new study. [Elite Daily]

  • Potent antibodies wiped a hybrid of human and monkey immunodeficiency viruses from the bloodstream of monkeys within days, which means we may be the closest we've ever been to curing HIV. [BBC]

  • Love. How sweet it is, or so goes the saying. But really, if you're in love, you may notice that your glass of water really tastes sweeter. [Popular Science]

  • All those food photos your friends post on Instagram may be killing your appetite. A new study found that over-exposure to images of food decreases a person's enjoyment of food. Put the camera down, people! [Medical News Today]

  • Ever said, "I don't want to live on this planet anymore?" Well, check this out. [Guardian]

  • A new iPhone attachment releases different food smells, such as coffee or steak, and can be synced with your alarm. [NPR]

  • Selfies At Funerals is a new Tumblr blog that illustrates why certain people shouldn't have smartphones. [Atlantic]

  • If you’re looking to adopt a healthier diet, look no further than your health-minded friends. [Time Healthland]

  • It is possible to be “almost depressed.” Find out how to keep your low mood from becoming full-blown depression. [CNN]


  • In honor of Halloween, here’s a lake in western Australia that looks like a ghost. You’re welcome. [Slate]

  • A new study shows that relationships are being ruined by over-texting. Texts could get lost in translation — better to work out a problem with your significant other face-to-face before it gets worse. [Daily Mail]

  • "Scared Straight: Weight Loss Edition:" An Indonesian spa will let a wriggling python "massage" your back. The theory is it will boost your adrenaline and metabolism because you'll be so freaked out! [Counsel Heal]