Media Mash: Tattoos at church, BlackBerry allergies & Oprah-brand food


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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.


  • Out of all the smartphones on the market, the BlackBerry is the itchiest, according to a new study. [Popular Science]


  • Can't sleep? Instead of counting sheep, try these yoga poses before you climb into bed. [FitSugar]


  • Get saved — and inked — at this Flint, Mich., church. The reverend opened an in-house tattoo parlor to attract members. [Huffington Post]


  • Would you buy Oprah-brand food? The media mogul is getting an organic food business. [New York Post]


  • Got a little fall-happy at the grocery and bought more apples than you can munch on? Here are 55 surprising ways to use those leftover apples, including one we're going to try tonight: sautéing them with onions. Yum! [Greatist]


  • iPhone users can monitor what they eat by asking Siri specific dietary questions. Is there anything it can’t do? [OSX Daily]


  • Ever wondered what your brain looks like on a date? Researchers have located the place in the brain where your dating decisions are made. [Time Healthland]


  • If you’ve been holding onto a secret and aren’t sure whether to divulge it or not, this advice might surprise you. [CNN]


  • Going away for the holidays? Find out how to keep your home safe from burglaries. [BrightNest]


  • We know, we know. You're tired of politics and can't imagine reading one more article about any of it. But liberal, conservative or none of the above, you should read this op-ed about the politics of climate change. [New York Times]


  • Despite studies linking nature to happier patients, flowers aren't allowed in psychiatric facilities. Artist Anna Schuleit touched on this by commemorating the closing of a historic psychiatric hospital with the installation of 28,000 potted flowers throughout the building to represent the 28,000 patients it had treated. The story and accompanying photos will give you goosebumps. [The Atlantic]


  • Commence eye-rolling: Pepsi has introduced a new “fat-blocking” soda. [Blisstree]