Media Mash: Futuristic hospitals, Chipotle's tofu burrito & the stress molecule


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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.



  • Would you trust a doctor who used a smartphone for your physical? Sounds ridiculous but some argue that smartphones have the potential to save patients — and doctors — time and money. [Washington Post]

  • Move over, Jawbone. Apple is developing a fitness band called the iWatch. Slaves to the brand will worship it, competing brands will cower in fear. [The Active Times]


  • NASA released photos of Earth taken almost 900 million miles away, reminding us how insignificant we are in the universe. If you look closely, you can see HellaWella headquarters. [Los Angeles Times]


  • In Toronto, where temperatures have recently climbed to 104 degrees F, animal activists gave water and fresh watermelon pieces to pigs being transported to a slaughterhouse as trucks waited at traffic lights. [Ecorazzi


  • In yet another win for science, scientists have identified the molecule responsible for feelings of stress, anxiety and even depression. [Independent]


  • Ready for your moment of "awwwww!?" Dog finds kitten. Dog nurses kitten. Dog makes sure it is rescued with kitten. Good dog. [Buzzfeed]



  • Could reminding fast-food patrons how many calories they should consume in a meal persuade them to order a healthier option or smaller portion? [Los Angeles Times]


  • Long-distance relationships may prove to be more meaningful than conventional ones, according to a new study. [Mother Nature Network]


  • Executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said, "The marketing of Vitaminwater will go down in history as one of the boldest and brashest attempts ever to affix a healthy halo to what is essentially a junk food, a non-carbonated soda." [Jezebel]


  • Is this what the hospital room of the future may look like? We hope so. [Wired]


  • Attention, vegetarians: Chipotle is introducing a tofu burrito. [GrubStreet]