Media Mash: London’s potential burger ban, cancer Breathalyzers & walking meditation


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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.


  • Can a breath test detect cancer? A small study published in the British Journal of Surgery found a profile of breath-based chemicals that are linked to colorectal cancer. [Time Healthland]


  • New applications of a genetic test could discover more about the genetics of unborn children, including potential intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, autism and congenital abnormalities. [CNN The Chart]


  • There’s always a new diet out there claiming to help you lose those stubborn pounds. But what are the best foods to help ease chronic pain? [Health]


  • Holiday time means a lot of mess. Check out these grease-cleaning tips to prepare for the splatters. [BrightNest]


  • Light smokers, listen up: A new study has found that women who smoke just one cigarette a day double their chance of sudden death. [BBC]


  • It’s significantly easier these days to track down your ancestry, thanks to more affordable and sophisticated DNA tests. [Wall Street Journal]


  • Of the 53,364 people ages 100 and older, 80% of them are women, according to a 2010 Census. [Jezebel]


  • If you’ve been under the impression that today’s teens are popping pills right and left, think again. A new survey from the National Institute of Mental Health found that American teens are not being over-medicated for mental health disorders. [Time]


  • When he couldn’t afford the expensive health care for his rare cancer, one ex-convict stole $23 worth of items from a Wegmans so he could be sent back to jail and get the treatment he needed. [Huffington Post]


  • German architects have constructed a 2,000-square-foot office building made entirely out of recycled paper. [Grist]


  • London is considering outlawing rare and medium-rare burgers because of the E. coli risk. [Grub Street]


  • Your brain on spinning looks a lot like your brain on a heart attack, according to new research. [Everyday Health]


  • Your lack of sleep could be responsible for your failure to lose weight. A new study found that too little sleep spurs appetite-boosting hormones. [MSN]


  • A 6-year-old girl dying from leukemia was saved when doctors tried a new technique using a disabled form of the virus that causes AIDS. [New York Times]


  • Being mindful of how much you put in your mouth is even more important then ever. A new study revealed that how much we remember eating could predict our appetite. [Time]


  • This chick uses the indoor and outdoor labyrinths at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco as a form of walking meditation. Who has time to sit cross-legged anyway? [San Francisco Chronicle]


  • A new form of contraceptive is in the works. Researchers are designing an electrically spun cloth that will prevent pregnancy and STDs with a combined physical and chemical barrier. Whoa! [Takepart.com]


  • Bombs away! Mexico’s drug cartels are using handheld shooters — originally designed to launch T-shirts into crowds — to shoot drugs across the border.  [Yahoo News]