Media Mash: Realistic Barbie, an end to chemo & the first horse slaughterhouse


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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.


  • Artist Nickolay Lamm used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to show us what Barbie would look like if she were modeled after the average American woman. [Huffington Post]


  • We're losing our butterfly population. While it may not sound like a major problem for us, it may be for our children and their children. Why? It's a strong indicator that we're messing up our environment, big time. [Washington Post]


  • Human head transplants may now be possible, says neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero. That's cool. Now we're just trying to figure out what the circumstance would for someone to actually get this procedure. [Quartz]


  • That caramel color you see in Coke, it was chock-full of carcinogens up until 2011. While the company now provides mostly cancer-free caramel-colored soda, Pepsi won't roll out their new formula until next year. Another reason to lay off the brown stuff. [NPR]


  • Could advances in medicine mean the end of chemotherapy in cancer patients? [Time Healthland]


  • In news that will amaze you — and make you go, “awww” — a duck is getting a new foot thanks to a 3-D printer. [USA Today]


  • If you’re shunning fruit due to its sugar content, read this and rethink your strategy. [Health]


  • Seventeen years after Dolly the sheep was cloned from an adult somatic cell, scientists successfully cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood. How cool is science, eh? [PopSci]


  • We are well aware that by its very nature a phobia is an irrational fear; this article tackles the very rational origin of that fear, and the possibility of overcoming it. [Guardian]


  • Apparently your cutlery's size, shape and color plays a role in how your food tastes. Cheese tastes saltier when eaten from a knife rather than from a fork. But who eats cheese from a knife? [BBC]


  • The guy behind the Kobe Red jerky hoax on Kickstarter is now claiming the crowd-sourced funding campaign was an intentional hoax. [The Daily Meal]


  • A New Mexico company received approval from the USDA to convert its cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse — making it the first meat plant allowed to slaughter horses for export since Congress banned the practice seven years ago. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]