Media Mash: Spiderweb-inspired medical tape, Monster drink risks & vegetarian cold remedies


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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.


  • Many people swear by chicken noodle soup to help alleviate a cold — those people aren’t vegetarians. For the vegetarians out there, try these soup alternatives to suppress those sniffles. [Blisstree]


  • While this New York Times blog post, titled “Why women can’t do pull-ups,” made some of us feel a little better about ourselves, it angered plenty of others. What’s your reaction? [New York Times]


  • A not-so-well-executed announcement of a recent study linking diet soda to cancer has many experts exasperated, saying the science was weak and falls into a “gray area.” [National Public Radio]


  • The latest oral contraceptive to hit the market reportedly comes with a "possible minimally increased risk" of blood clots. [Reuters]


  • If you can’t help yourself but indulge in some Halloween treats, check out these tips before you overdose on sugar. [Time Healthland]


  • Researchers are looking into a redesign of medical tape. Their inspiration? Spider webs. [CNN The Chart]


  • Looking to give your bedroom a fresh coat of paint? Read this first to see how much you should be paying for each gallon-bucket. [BrightNest]


  • Lighting up on a regular basis is not only harmful to your health; it can also make you less productive. According to a British study, smokers are more likely to miss work for being sick than their nonsmoking colleagues. [The Guardian]


  • Whether it’s the seemingly higher number of extreme weather incidents or simply a shifting attitude, it appears more Americans believe global warming and human activities are mostly to blame for climate change. [The Energy Collective]


  • Animals have their own ways of coping with the elements. Did you know orangutans make hats and canopies out of leaves? [Discovery]


  • Oysters could've saved downtown Manhattan from the storm. Too bad we took away their homes. [New York Times]


  • Superstorm Sandy had some skeletons in her closet. An uprooted tree revealed human remains, which may have been there since colonial times. [Associated Press]


  • Caffeinated killer? The FDA links five deaths to a popular energy drink. [Time]