Media Mash: iPads for apes, influenza sorbet & solar-powered planes


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Photo: Elliott Fabrizio, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, LiveScience.com

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.



  • Aside from how insane they are, one must also ask: Are polar bear plunges OK for your health? [Time Healthland]


  • Put down your fork and step away from these calorie bombs at your favorite restaurant chains. [CNN]


  • Your day is about to get exciting: here’s a year’s worth of healthy dessert recipes! [FitSugar]


  • Zookeepers at the Smithsonian National Zoo are handing out iPads to orangutans to keep them busy. We wonder what they will be tweeting about. [Live Science]


  • Influenza sorbet? We’ll take two, please. [ABC News]


  • Feeling sleep deprived? Relationship feel strained? There could be a connection. [Huffington Post]


  • There is now a “Fifty Shades of Bacon Cookbook” — believe it or not, there was already a “Fifty Shades of Gravy,” “Fifty Shades of Chicken” and “Fifty Shades of Kale.” [Eater]


  • How much faith do you have in solar energy? The engineers on the Solar Impulse plane are chock full of it. They plan on flying across the U.S. this summer. [GOOD]


  • There might be an app for everything, but that doesn’t mean they should be used for everything. A new study found that smartphone apps that diagnose skin cancer missed 30% of cancers. [DotMed News]


  • The things you don’t think about until you have to. We love that NPR thought to come up with tips to help a foodie get through chemo. [National Public Radio]


  • The calorie count for the inauguration lunch: about 3,000, according to the “Today Show,” which also has the menu if you’re interested. [Today Show]


  • Gardening offers more than stress-relieving benefits. You can turn your garden or backyard into a fitness haven. [Daily Freeman]


  • A chemical found in everything from food to couches may contribute to obesity, according to a new study in mice. [New York Times]


  • Ever wake up wishing someone had told you to stop after your second drink? These ice cubes can do just that. [The Week]


  • You’ve probably never imagined an all-vegan cafe being part of a hospital, but it’s now a reality in Portland. [DotMed News]


  • A new study has found that car crashes are more deadly for obese drivers. [NBC]


  • Scientists are looking to golden retrievers as the key to understanding dog cancer. [Associated Press]


  • A new study suggests that those who take large doses of antipsychotic medication over a long period of time had the greatest loss in brain volume. [Los Angeles]