Media Mash: Gross gummy bears, Obama’s Voldemort & alcohol’s effect on PTSD


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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.


  • The next Diet Pepsi you drink might have different ingredients. [USA Today]


  • Is buying organic worth the price? New research asked the question: Are organic produce and meats really healthier than conventional choices? [Time]


  • After studying the brains of soldiers who have returned from combat, researchers have found that stress can harm the brain, but these effects largely go away over time. [CNN The Chart]


  • The task of cleaning up the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn has fallen to millions of mollusks. And you thought they were just good for eating. [Curbed]


  • Your mom may have given you tons of advice over the years, but has she shared these 60 food and kitchen tips? [EcoSalon]


  • And best story intro of the week goes to … Grist! "Recently, climate change has been the Voldemort of the Obama administration: the 'threat-that-must-not-be-named.'" Read more about how Obama told college students: "Denying climate change won't make it stop." [Grist]


  • If you still need another reason to drink in moderation, a new study has found a connection between heavy drinking and post-traumatic stress disorder. [NY Daily News]


  • Attention, vegans (and anyone else who might not like eating animals cartilage): Gummy bears contain gelatin, which is made by prolonged boiling of skin, cartilage and bones of animals. Yum! [Fitsugar]


  • Ladies, before you get mad at your man for not being able to tell the difference between egg shell and cream, consider that males of our species are not as good at distinguishing color differences, according to a new study. [The Telegraph]


  • New FDA-approved procedure for severe asthma is not for the weak of wallet. [New York Times]


  • There could be up to 4 billion tons of methane under the Antarctic ice sheet. [Los Angeles Times]


  • A forgiving heart is a healthy heart, studies suggest. [GOOD]