Media Mash: The new Captain Planet, the happiest state & why dinosaurs died


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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.



  • Would you eat a quinoa cookie ice cream sandwich? [MyVega.com]


  • If you’ve ever gone on a diet and actually gained weight, read on to find out why. [Health]


  • This is why we love science: Scientists are researching mussels’ adhesive ability to use for surgery. [Guardian]


  • The first FDA-approved bionic eye won’t completely restore sight, but will allow the individual to detect light and dark. [Time Healthland]


  • Scientists are investigating the effectiveness of artificial platelets that could potentially reduce blood loss in people suffering from life-threatening injuries, such as those sustained on the battlefield. [Huffington Post]


  • The science of fabric: What materials should you be wearing to keep you warm this winter? [YouBeauty]


  • Monster Energy drinks will now disclose caffeine content on the label. [ABC News]


  • Will your long-term relationship last? These seven predictors will give you a good idea. [Psychology Today]


  • Twitter data has found that Hawaii is the happiest state (no, really?) and Louisiana is the saddest state. [Atlantic]



  • A Texas mom on Valentine’s Day gave birth to two sets of identical twins. [CBS News]


  • New statistics reveal that plastic surgery for the face among baby boomers is now more popular than breast implants. [CNN]


  • Green is cool, kids! The Green Ninja fights global warming through education and social change. We want to be like him when we grow up. [Good Magazine]


  • Go easy on the calcium supplements. A new study linked excessive calcium intake to possible future cardiovascular disease. [Jezebel]


  • Nothing is safe! A new report by the World Health Organization says that common chemicals are linked to cancer, asthma, birth defects and reduced fertility. [Telegraph]