Media Mash: Superbug-sniffing beagles, caffeinated food & Asperger’s


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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.


  • Dutch doctors are trying to train beagles’ sensitive sense of smell to sniff out deadly bacteria in hospitals. And researchers say it’s working. [Time Healthland]


  • And the age-old debate continues. A new study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that cardio burns more fat than weight lifting. [CNN The Chart]


  • Now here’s some research we can get behind. A new study has found that saving carbs for dinner might help control weight. [Health]


  • Despite the concerns raised about mental health care after the Newtown tragedy, it’s important to realize that only 4% of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness. [New York Times]


  • Have a holly, jolly hipster holiday, courtesy of this guide tailored specifically to the skinny jean-wearing bohemian. [BrightNest]


  • Brown fat transplant for weight loss may become a possibility in the future. In the meantime, ramp up your exercise! [Los Angeles Times]


  • Stress and lack of sleep affects your skin’s ability to protect itself. Not looking your best? Get some sleep! [NBC]


  • Whether you’re OK with eating horses or think it’s appalling, there are undeniable problems with American horse meat: The trade route from the U.S. to Europe is riddled with fraud, lax enforcement and meat tainted with drugs. [The Week]


  • From Cracker Jacks and jerky to mints and gum, caffeine is finding a place in plenty of food products besides coffee and tea. [National Public Radio]


  • A new study says your preference in wine (and drinks) says a lot about your personality. [The Daily Meal]


  • Forty percent of U.S. food is wasted somewhere between the farm, the table and the trash can, according to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council. [Grist]


  • Three wildly unethical scientists in China were fired last week for testing genetically modified rice on children. [The Daily Meal]


  • “Some biologists have suggested that the energy demands and complexity of a human brain are nearing the endpoint of what is biologically possible.” [Brain Pickings]


  • In the wake of the Newtown shooting, experts stress that there is no link between Asperger’s syndrome and violence. [Huffington Post]