Media Mash: Kissing allergies, crazy healthcare facts & treehouse elevators


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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.



  • After a 61-year-old man complained about getting drunk without drinking any alcohol, medical professionals found that his intestinal track was acting like his own internal brewery. [NPR]

  • What this guy has to say on healthcare costs will blow your mind. [Upworthy]

  • Someone build us a treehouse with this bike-powered treehouse elevator! [Grist]

  • If you have food or medication allergies, kissing someone could be risky business. [Everyday Health]

  • Brain-eating amoeba, like the kind that killed a little boy, may have come from Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana says the water is safe, but try not to get it in your nose. Um, they may want to stick with Poland Spring. [CNN]

  • Scientists have found a connection between rhythm, language and reading skills. Those who can keep a beat were better readers and had better language skills than those who had no rhythm. [CBS News]

  • After losing his leg in a snowmobile accident, an X Games athlete invented the moto knee and versa foot. Now he makes prosthetics for other amputee athletes. [CNN]

  • Is Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History of Time" not brief enough for you? Check out this 2.5-minute animation. [Guardian]

  • Think that bottle of red tastes the way wet dogs smell? The cork may be to blame. [BBC]

  • More than just one of the delicious ingredients in guacamole, this herb may also be able to purify your water. [Time Healthland]

  • Next time you’re at the local drug store picking up some tissues and gum, be on the lookout for these great fitness finds. [Health.com]