Media Mash: Stress-detecting apps, drunkorexia & obesity breathalyzers


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Vitals_ManWithSmartphoneStressAppHellaWella’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.


  • A study suggests that cold sores may put you at risk for lower cognitive abilities. [CNN]


  • Could this man be a real-life superhuman? He’s won more than 80 races, claimed about 16 titles and set a dozen speed records — in just eight years! [New York Times]


  • Pina colada- and cosmopolitan-flavored yogurt? Yoplait’s new cocktail-inspired flavors freak us out a little — but not enough to not try them. [Drug Store News]


  • We might be seeing obesity breathalyzers in the near future. New research suggests that analyzing the breath we exhale could indicate who’s predisposed to obesity. [Greatist]


  • In case you needed something more hardcore than a Tough Mudder, here’s a challenge some call a “satanic running adventure.” [New York Times]


  • A new study found that women with lung cancer might live a little longer if they ate a lot of soy before the diagnosis. [Reuters]


  • The biggest contributor to over-eating in England: fatty spreads, like butter and margarine — this according to a new study that found some other scary facts about the average Briton’s eating habits. [Food Manufacture]


  • A new health app tells you when you’re stressed. We know what you’re thinking: “I’m pretty sure I don’t need an app for that.” But you might be surprised to learn what’s triggering your daily anxiety. [Slate]


  • This week in links you will probably pin: 3 crazy things to do with old lightbulbs. [Buzzfeed]


  • Turns out there’s a reason our noses are different shapes. [CNN The Chart]


  • If you’re aiming for flat abs for bathing suit season (who isn’t?), check out these 20 secrets to a toned tummy. [FitSugar]


  • Drunkorexia? That’s what researchers are calling a growing trend among college students who skip meals or exercise heavily in order to “save” calories for heavy drinking at night. [Atlantic]


  • A new study suggests that regular daily activities, like taking the stairs, can be just as beneficial as regularly scheduled workouts at the gym. [Everyday Health]