Media Mash: Monkey mid-life crises, how to make it to 100 & monogamy drugs


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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.  Don't forget to check out our monkey orchid type post in the spirit of monkeys.

  • Scientists may have found the key to making monogamous men more monogamous. If they could just figure out how to make them love cleaning too. [Discovery]


  • Back pain therapy can be deadly, and overprescribed steroids are to blame. [New York Times]


  • Apes have issues, too. A study found that great apes suffer mid-life crisis just like humans. [Los Angeles Times]


  • Want to live to 100? Take some health advice from these centenarians. [Yahoo]


  • Recent research suggests parents are less likely to get mental health treatment than adults because parents assume their kids will just grow out of it. Learn the warning signs of childhood mental illness with this article. [Everyday Health]


  • A company is developing a new line of wetsuits with a plant-based alternative to neoprene. [Tree Hugger]


  • In case you hadn't heard yet, Twinkies probably won't be at your local 7-11 — or anywhere — much longer. Can't say we're devastated by the news, but we wish the best for the workers. [ABC News]


  • Some companies are using Obamacare as an excuse to cut employees' hours, roll back their benefits, slash their wages or even fire them. Check out this list of companies to avoid because of this kind of treatment. [Salon]


  • Five major U.S. airports still allow indoor smoking in designated public rooms. While this may sound innocuous, a new study found that secondhand smoke levels directly outside those areas were five times higher than those in smoke-free airports. [Reuters]


  • The largest OB-GYN organization has issued a statement calling for birth control pills to be over the counter. The group argues that making them easier to acquire will lead to fewer unwanted pregnancies. [Los Angeles Times]


  • A scary new study found that every successive job loss is associated with a higher chance of heart problems. [Chicago Tribune]



  • Tend to get a case of the winter blues? Try these 10 ways to fight seasonal affective disorder — naturally. [Hive Health Media]