Media Mash: Symptom-checking tattoos, postpartum OCD & giant mosquitoes


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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.



  • Floridians, beware! Experts are expecting an increase in #gallnippers, mosquitoes 20 times the standard size, in the state. And supposedly their bites REALLY hurt. [Huffington Post]


  • Evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk confirms what we already knew: The science behind the Paleo diet is complete nonsense. [Slate]


  • Gwyneth Paltrow — the woman who last month stated that she knows it’s time to detox when she can feel her “adrenal cortex being really high” — has published a cookbook. This should be good. [Business Insider]


  • Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is pushing a new bill that would crack down on fish fraud, after multiple studies found that a shocking amount of fish sold in U.S. markets and restaurants were mislabeled. [Grist]


  • Researchers have developed an electronic tattoo that can track a person’s symptoms and send the information back to his or her doctor. [Guardian]


  • Every new mom worries — it’s what moms do. But when is it a serious medical condition? New research suggests there might be such a thing as postpartum obsessive compulsive disorder. [Discovery]


  • Whole Foods may be paving the way for the food industry. In 2018, it will require labeling of all genetically modified foods sold in its stores. [New York Times]


  • This hockey team proves that “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But a Number.” [Washington Post]


  • Could bee venom really kill HIV? It may, but scientists say it’s too early to tell. [Washington Times]


  • Thank goodness we live in the age of computers. Since the Food and Drug Administration is slow-moving, scientists are gathering drug side-effect info from search engines like Google. [New York Times]


  • Money in exchange for weight loss? Yeah, that would work for us. [Time Healthland]


  • Hardened arteries in mummies could change how we view heart disease and diet. [Forbes]


  • Got a sweet tooth? Make over your dessert with these four health tips from a nutrition specialist. [Women’s Health]


  • A group of researchers has created the most comprehensive map of the human metabolism, which details how the body converts food into energy. Think Google Maps for the body. [CNN]