Media Mash: New race security, climate change perks & a pill for perfect pitch


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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.




  • If you’re looking to join the gym this year, read this checklist first to make sure you choose the right one for you. [Health.com]

  • A common psychiatric medication can help adults learn perfect pitch as easily as children. [Gizmodo]

  • This Slate writer might change how you think about exercise. [Slate]

  • How about a magic trick? Scientists use soundwaves to make things levitate. And, oh yes, there IS a video. [Wired]

  • Anyone else depressed that the holidays are over? Here are five ways to combat the post-holiday blues. [Men’s Health]

  • Did you catch our infographic about bugs in your grub? Well, here's a TED-ed animation that argues why we should make bugs a part of our diet. [Laughing Squid]

  • Hey, are you a beer-loving history buff? Well, get a load of this: Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient beer brewer in the city of Luxor that is more than 3,000 years old. [Guardian]

  • At least one place on Earth is benefiting from climate change. [Grist]

  • China has a thriving running scene and some of the worst air pollution in the world — not a good mix. An organization is trying to address the problem. [Inside the Games]

  • Race security is expected to stay tight in 2014. Some things to prepare for: gear check, video cameras mounted along race path, even patrol helicopters. [Runner's World]

  • Thirteen deaths and 54 illnesses later and the Food and Drug Administration has finally issued a warning about the dangers of taking laxatives when improperly taken. [USA Today]

  • A new device called "Mother" can tell you if you're drinking enough water, if your front door is open, if you're brushing your teeth long enough and more. [Wall Street Journal]