Media Mash: Telepathic rats, skydiving accessories & HIV cures


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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.



  • It can be hard to cut back on drinking while maintaining a social life. One sober girl shares her secrets. [XO Jane]


  • There is now an actual gazelle — as in the animal — named Tony Little. [Esquire]


  • On Sunday, March 10, more than 100 New York City restaurants will be participating in the 10th annual Time Out For Hunger. Each restaurant will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to the Food Bank. [Food Bank NYC]


  • Thinking getting a juicer? Check out this list of things to consider first. [Summer Tomato]


  • Trying to kick a snack craving right now? We have the perfect immediate solution: Just look at this list of the 8 most disgusting old food recipe ads. [Buzzfeed]


  • HUGE medical development: On Sunday, a baby was cured of HIV — a medical first. [New York Times]


  • File this one under things we wish we didn’t know. Apparently pregnancy can cause feet to grow permanently. [CBS News]


  • Looking to improve your sleep? Try this healthy solution. [Boston]


  • If lack of time is keeping you from the gym, try these six tips to speed up your workouts. [Health]


  • You want extreme? The next time you leap out of an airplane, bring along this folding bike so you can hit the ground cycling. [Atlantic Cities]


  • Your smartphone may have traces of feces on it. Yup, you read correctly. Here’s some tips on keeping your phone squeaky clean. [FitSugar]


  • We are so busy that it’s easy to forget that sleep is actually a necessity. Here’s why you need more of it. [Greatist]