America Has Been Diagnosed

cityfile · 12/10/09 03:45PM

The reason so many Americans are overweight: It's because they spend 56 hours a week on average sitting on their fat asses, that's why. But what you may have assumed in the past was simply laziness is actually a certifiable medical condition. It's called "sitting disease" or "over-sitting," say health experts. Now we just need a kindly pharmaceutical company to develop a drug for it and we'll be all set, won't we? [NYDN]

Overcoming Depression in Two Easy Steps

cityfile · 10/06/09 04:30PM

According to a new study in the medical journal Addiction, abstaining from alcohol will not only make you a lot less fun to go out to a bar with, it will also leave you at a greater risk for developing depression and anxiety. Meanwhile, a study in the Archives of General Psychiatry indicates that those who stick to a "Mediterranean diet" and don't overdo it with the booze are 30 percent less likely to develop symptoms of depression. Needless to say, if you find yourself feeling a little bit down today, it's nothing a trip to Italy or Greece and a visit to a local wine bar can't fix. [Time, Guardian]

My Plastic Surgeon Is Also My Neurologist

cityfile · 09/03/09 10:31AM

You now have a fabulous new excuse to offer up the next time one of your annoying friends gives you a hard time about all the money you've been spending on Botox injections and facelifts. It isn't because you're vain or anything. It's because you're looking for a cure for your migraines and you just want to God-awful pain to stop. Who could argue with that? [NYT]

McCourt Not Expected to Survive

cityfile · 07/16/09 12:43PM

Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes, is said to be "on death's doorstep" as he battles meningitis. He is not expected to survive, according to his brother. [NYDN]