Media Mash: Weight-loss tongue patches, soy sauce overdoses & futuristic foods


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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.




  • Researchers have developed a more accurate test for Down's syndrome that can be given earlier in pregnancy than current tests. [BBC]


  • A 19-year-old man went into a coma after drinking a quart of soy sauce, making him the first person known to have deliberately overdosed on salt and survived with no long-term neurological problems. [Discovery]


  • Ever heard of Soylent? Yeah, us neither, but apparently it could be the “food of the future.” [Time Healthland]


  • Even though the Institute of Medicine says there is no safe level for trans fat intake, a new paper in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease shows some manufacturers are still sticking with the dangerous ingredient. [Huffington Post]


  • How badly do you want to lose weight? If you're willing to have a patch sewn onto your tongue and limited to a liquid diet, you're in luck! A Beverly Hills plastic surgeon will do it for you for only $2,000. [Metro]


  • No sport is safe. A new study shows that soccer players who routinely use their heads to hit the ball are at risk for brain damage. Yikes! [Science Recorder]


  • An invasive giant mosquito is emerging in Florida. It can weigh up to 20 times the size of a typical mosquito be even more aggressive. [Time]


  • Cocktail waitresses are fighting to not have to wear heels. Just for the record, we are totally on their side. [The Daily Meal]


  • You’re doing it wrong. Here are seven mistakes you’re making at the gym. [Health]


  • Strawberries are delicious, but if that's not a good enough reason to load up on them, here are five more. [Cooking Channel]


  • You may have already heard that a warm nose does not necessarily mean that a dog is sick, but you may be surprised by this other dog-nose fact. [Doginton Post]


  • Actor Stephen Fry, who suffers from bipolar disorder, discusses his 2012 suicide attempt in an effort to get people to understand the illness. [BBC]