Media Mash: Why dogs yawn, rich people's toxins & man-made flu strains


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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.


  • Cooking at home can often be a healthy choice. But sometimes it isn’t. Here’s how your home cooking could be sabotaging your diet. [Health]


  • A luxury spa in Manhattan is using a very strange ingredient in its facials. [Washington Times]


  • Use this ingredient to make energy drinks at home and save yourself money — and a potential heart attack. [Yahoo]


  • A new study finds that dogs yawn after seeing their owners yawn. Is it contagious yawning or are they just really bored with us? [Nature World News]


  • Scientists are drunk with power! A group of flu researchers plan on creating a stronger, deadlier flu strain. (Yay.) [Forbes]


  • It may be time for an attitude adjustment. According to a new study about evolution, being mean may pay off in the short term, but not so much in the long term. Looks like it’s survival of the nicest for the win. [Independent]


  • Researchers say that our eyes may have taken 100 million years to fully develop. Pretty cool, huh? [Medical News Today]


  • Terribly clever actor David Mitchell breaks down the difference between global warming skeptics and normal people. [Upworthy]


  • Good news and bad news about video games: They apparently boost visual attention but reduce impulse control. [Eurekalert]


  • Rich people carry different toxins than us lowly plebeians, thanks to lots of seafood consumption and beach visits. [Grist]


  • Here is a rap about veganism to Eminem's "Lose Yourself." [Huffington Post]