Media Mash: Impending Arctic disaster, hiccups explained & White House food


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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.


  • Ever wonder how McDonald’s manages to sell its dollar menu offerings for so cheap? The fast-food chain — and others that offer similar deals — are banking on you buying more than you planned. [Huffington Post]


  • Need a new windpipe or bladder? Scientists can now create a custom-made organ for you with your own cells! [New York Times]


  • Acknowledging that you’re in control of your own life can help you achieve a healthy lifestyle. A new study shows that those who have a greater faith in “luck” or “fate” are more likely to live an unhealthy life. [Science Daily]


  • Hiccups and twitches and tics, oh my! Find out what your body might be telling you with these five bodily quirks. [Oprah]


  • An interview with White House chef Sam Kass reveals simple changes people can make for a healthier diet, what the United States is doing right in terms of healthy eating and what he’s growing in the White House garden. [Time Healthland]


  • Tea is not just for soothing sore throats anymore. Here are seven clever ways to reuse your tea bags. [BrightNest]


  • BPA, a common chemical used in food packaging, metal can linings and medical goods, has been linked to childhood obesity, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [U.S. News and World Report]


  • High-fructose corn syrup has been public enemy No. 1 in the fight against obesity. But a news study found no evidence to suggest that this oft-criticized sweetener is to blame for the current obesity problem in the United States. [Sacramento Bee]


  • Arctic expert professor Peter Wadhams has made a scary prediction regarding global warming, claiming that the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in the summer months will occur within four years. [The Guardian]


  • Bigger doesn't mean sicker. Researchers delve deeper into the "obesity paradox." [New York Times]


  • Urban areas are growing at a rapid pace around the world. Expansion this large will be detrimental to the environment and endangered species. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Consumer Reports is urging the United States to limit levels of arsenic — a known carcinogen — in our rice products. [Reuters]