Media Mash: Tree museums, brain freeze, edible bottles & ear lifts


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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.



  • Here’s one way to reduce waste: Edible bottles and bags. Harvard scientists have developed a material that can be used to wrap, bottle and package food — and it tastes like the food it contains. [Huffington Post]


  • Men aren’t always attracted to super-skinny supermodel types. It turns out that their environment can change that — a new study shows that men prefer heavier women when they’re stressed. [Time Healthland]


  • We all know where we were on 9/11 — most people have vivid memories of traumatic events. But a handful of people have extraordinary autobiographical memories that allow them to retain details of nearly every day of their life. And researchers recently discovered clues that could help explain why. [National Public Radio]


  • Fewer people are choosing circumcision for their boys, and new research indicates this could lead to dramatic increases in lifetime medical expenses because of sexually transmitted diseases and related cancers. [Los Angeles Times]


  • The U.S. Army is looking into a nasal spray that could lower suicide and depression rates among members of the U.S. military. [CNN]


  • Question: Should we be washing organic produce? The answer: Absolutely. [Mother Jones]


  • A 17-year-old girl builds an artificial “brain” to detect breast cancer. [NBC News]


  • As if solving the problem of childhood obesity wasn’t hard enough, a new study has found a link between giving antibiotics to children younger than 6 months and weight gain in later years. And here we thought it was all that junk food and soda causing the problem. [BBC]


  • Think all of those dreaded piano lessons were a waste of time? Even if you didn’t become the next Mozart, those early music lessons may have improved your brain function, a new study reveals. [ABC News]


  • The mystery of the dreaded brain freeze has been solved! New research identifies the mechanisms at work when you chug ice water (or, let’s be honest, get a little too carried away with a milkshake) and get punished with a throbbing head pain. Find out how to prevent it. [NBC News]


  • Apparently the “tree museum” from Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” is located in Switzerland. The museum was created by landscape architect Enzo Enea, who instead of disposing of all of the trees he excavated over the years, used them to create a collection, and thus the Tree Museum was born. [Grist]




  • Cosmetic surgeon offers “ear lift” for sagging lobes due to clunky earrings. [Chicago Sun-Times]