Media Mash: Snail spas, a knife that smells cancer & McDonald's wages


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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.




  • First Lady Michelle Obama hosted young chefs at the White House’s Kids’ State Dinner. Here are some dishes that were on the menu. [Time]

  • Don’t just blame the chips. Find out what else can lead to obesity in adulthood. [MedPage Today]


  • Ever wonder why mosquitoes love you so much? Here’s why. [USA Today]

  • NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a take-the-stairs crusade asking residents to take the stairs more, and even requiring city agencies to incorporate "active design" strategies in new construction. [New York Daily News]

  • Scientists have created the iKnife, an instrument that can identify tumors, in hopes that it will prevent surgeons from potentially leaving cancerous tissue behind. Wait, that happens? Scary! Let's hope this baby works. [BBC]

  • A spa in Tokyo insists there's nothing as invigorating as the cool ooze of a snail sliding across your face — and people are paying good money for them to do so. [Wall Street Journal]

  • A group of scientists cracked the genetic flaw that greatly increases the risk of obesity in one in six people. Drugs targeting the hunger hormone might help contribute to weight loss. [BBC]

  • OK, so it might make you a little gassy, but kale is one of those leafy greens that you really should consider introducing in your diet. It can help make your brain all kinds of sexy. [Huffington Post]

  • Wanna lower your risk of a heart attack? Be happy. [Prevention]

  • This innovative smartwatch for kids has built-in Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS capabilities to help parents keep tabs on their little ones. [Gizmodo]

  • McDonald's drew attention to its employees' seriously low wages with a new website meant to help them properly budget their salaries. [Death and Taxes]

  • Kids had a much different take on the controversial Cheerios commercial. [Daily Dot]