Media Mash: Why gasoline smells good, ‘popcorn lung’ & healthy video games


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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.


  • Men, you may want to avoid reading this cringe-worthy news: A study of the Korean Chosun dynasty found that castrated men lived up to 19 years longer than their intact counterparts. [Times of India]


  • Forget all those expensive — and often useless — treatments. The answer to your acne problems may already be on your face. Scientists have learned that common, benign viruses living on your skin can be the most effective way to treat acne. [Fox News]


  • Deliberately breathing in high amounts of gasoline fumes can't be good for us, so why is the smell gasoline so intoxicating? The Greatist makes "scents" of it all. [Greatist]


  • Video games often get a bad rep for contributing to more sedentary children, but a new study has found that the more active ones popping up — such as boxing and dancing games for Kinect — can be considered a form of exercise. [Boston Globe]


  • Categorize this under weird but true: A Denver man was diagnosed with “popcorn lung,” possibly from inhaling the artificial butter smell of microwave popcorn, and won a $7.2 million verdict against a number of food companies. [Time Healthland]


  • Energy drink makers are taking the heat in NYC as the safety and quality of their products is questioned. Do energy drink claims stack up against science? [Healthy Eats]


  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the nation's largest cancer center, is launching a "moonshot" effort against eight forms of the disease. [Huffington Post]


  • Is birth control relevant to economic stability? Jezebel's Erin Gloria Ryan wrote: "A woman's ability to control the size of her family is the most important economic issue of all." [Buzzfeed]


  • You’re washing your pillowcases — hopefully weekly — but when was the last time you cleaned your pillows? [BrightNest]


  • People who are teetering on the brink of full-blown alcoholism may have their drinking problem nipped in the bud with brief counseling from their doctor. If you have three drinks or more every day, you qualify! [NPR]


  • Peanut butter is responsible for salmonella poisoning among 30 people in 19 states. Don't worry, the peanut butter has been recalled. [Reuters]


  • October is the unofficial start of the holiday eating season. Food blogger Andrew Wilder asks you to pledge not to eat any processed foods in hopes that you'll keep your appetite in check the rest of the year. [Los Angeles Times]