Media Mash: Health benefits of singing, PETA's problem & crowdfunding for adoption


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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.



  • Skip the conflict talk for a healthier marriage? A new study says that might be the way to go. [Time Healthland]


  • The next time you think about skipping the gym, consider this: Ryan Chalmers, who was born with spina bifida, pushed his wheelchair 3,300 miles from Los Angeles to New York City. [CNN]


  • Try this strange trick to stave off junk food cravings. [Men’s Health]


  • According to this article, these 8 snacks are alarmingly unhealthy, but has anyone ever considered a Hostess chocolate anything or Cheetos Puffs healthy? Come on. [Mother Nature Network]


  • Google wants you to have some free summer fun and has developed an app for that. Download it to check out participating museums and zoos across the United States. [Mashable]


  • Despite evidence suggesting it does not cause health problems, the U.K. has banned herbal stimulant khat. The government has criminalized the stimulant to avoid becoming a hub where it could be illegally trafficked onward. [BBC]


  • The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (aka PETA) is getting some serious backlash — even from its supporters — due to the high number of dogs and cats it euthanizes each year and the organization's low number of yearly adoptions. [New York Times]


  • Do you sleep on your side, back or stomach? Find out the advantages and disadvantages of each. [FitSugar]


  • A relatively new crowdfunding site raises money for adoptive families who can't afford the extravagant costs of the adoption process. [CNN]


  • The catering company that runs the various cafeterias on Capitol Hill is ceasing its promotion of Meatless Mondays thanks to an intensive meat industry front group that claims the campaign is an "acknowledged tool of animal rights and environmental organizations." Paranoid much? [Huffington Post]


  • A new study suggests that regardless of their own level of sexual activity, women are generally unwilling to befriend other women classified as “promiscuous” (i.e. having more than 20 sexual partners). [Greatist]


  • A woman in Germany developed symptoms similar to frostbite on her nose, ears and legs — even though she hadn't been exposed to extremely cold temperatures. [LiveScience]



  • Singing in a choir not only lifts your spirits, but it may have health benefits as well, a new study says. Belting one out with others is not only good for your mental and social well-being — it's good for the heart too. [Huffington Post]


  • Men who take omega-3 supplements may be at a greater risk of getting prostate cancer. [New York Daily News]


  • The debate over whether e-cigarettes heats up. Among the issues: Should vapers be allowed to "smoke" in public areas? Are they a health risk? [Los Angeles Times]