Media mash: Laughing yoga, avocado dessert, cosmetic toe surgery & sushi on Mars


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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.


  • Avocado ice cream? Mango avocado smoothie? Avocado is not just for guacamole anymore. [Women’s Health]


  • Oh, how we wish we could. A new study finds that sitting less than three hours each day may extend your life. [CBS News]



  • Did you hit the snooze button one too many times this morning? The way you handle your morning alarm can reveal much about your personality. [Everyday Health]


  • As if getting people to quit smoking wasn’t hard enough. A new study reveals smoking cessation leads to greater weight gain than previously thought. [CBC News]


  • The best gift for a new baby may be a dog or cat. New research suggests children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year were less likely to get sick. [LA Times]


  • Attention, ladies: A moderate amount of alcohol may help reduce your risk of osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Just remember the keyword: moderation. [ABC News]


  • Blood sport: This Brazilian soccer team created a clever blood donation campaign. [Good]


  • Although it’s been argued that dieting might not be a good idea for pregnant women, even if they are unhealthily overweight, a new study suggests it could be beneficial if done correctly. [New York Times]


  • Cosmetic toe surgery is on the rise. Are we 'toeing' the line here? [ABC News]


  • Laughing yoga. Don't worry, be happy with this feel-good exercise. [Reuters]


  • Cavity-proof teeth? Wouldn’t that be nice. [Daily Mail]


  • A new study recently made headlines when it challenged the well-established theory that calories — not carbohydrates, fat, protein or glycemic load — are what determine whether or not a person gains, maintains or loses weight. But this writer at Food Politics is skeptical. [Food Politics]