Kate Dailey

Stories by Kate Dailey

  • Double X Takes On Kate Gosselin's Hair

    Yesterday, the gang at Slate launched a new website,  Double X,  described as, "mostly by women but not just for women." The online magazine-sized version of Slate's incredibly popular XX Blog is already full of thoughtful and entertaining content: discussions on the state of modern feminism (or, conversely, why modern feminism can suck it), astonishment at the mystery that is "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" star Kate Gosselin's hair, and a fantastic essay by blogger Marie Myung-Ok Lee, who writes about the decisions and difficulties associated with using marijuana to medicate her autistic son. (I'll have some more to say on that later.) It's enough to make any other newly-launched website feel a little intimidated. More importantly, it's enough to keep you reading, thinking, and laughing for a good, long, time. Welcome, Double X!
  • The Five Worst Gym Machines: Top Trainers Tell What Doesn't Work

    When it comes to the pursuit of a better body, image isn’t everything. That’s because the shiny, intimidating, powerful-looking machines cluttering up your gym floor aren’t nearly as good a workout as the one you can get with some dumbbells, your own body weight and a mat. “Machines are eventually going to be obsolete in major gyms,” says Patrick Murphy, an L.A.-based celebrity trainer. That’s because while your body is built to use lots of muscles in lots of ways, most machines isolate single muscle groups and work them in a static up-and-down, forward-and-backward regime. They also provide the opportunity to take a load off, preserving precious calories that you might otherwise be burning.     It’s time to wean yourself off your machine routine and start building a workout designed around dynamic movements that incorporate several muscle groups at once. You’ll not only build a better body, you’ll do it faster. “When you train in an integrated way, you can cut workout time in half...
  • Taco Town: A Meditation

    Raina Kelley, who will soon be making her first blog post on the Human Condition, wonders:  Are Pizza Hut and Domino's in a race to give the most Americans heart attacks?  In a response to Pizza Hut's new pasta bakes, Domino's has come out with baked pasta in bread bowls.  A serving of Pizza Hut pasta plus one piece of garlic bread averages about 1000 calories (over 400 calories from fat) while Domino's entry into the pasta market is about 700 calories per serving with an entire bread bowl ringing in at about 1400 calories (500 from fat.)  Are they perhaps, not aware, that America is facing an obesity epidemic? Which calls to mind this. True confession: I was on board until about the 1.05 mark. 
  • The Consult: The Soft Bigotry of Camel Lights, and Other News From The Web.

    Another Reason to Hate Cigarettes. They're kind of racist. The darker your coloring, the more likely you succeptible to smoking addiction. That's what Penn State researchers found when they studied the connection between melanin, responsible for skin and hair pigmentation, and nicotine dependency in African Americans. Scientists already knew that nicotine liked to bind with melanin on a cellular level; this study shows that darker skin color is also related to the amount of cigarettes smoked and the level of carcinogens absorbed from those cigarettes.  (Science Daily)Flat Tax?  The Senate is considering a tax on soda and other sugary drinks to help fund President Barack Obama's health care plans. If approved as-is, the tax could generate 24 billion dollars in 4 years. At three cents a can - an extra 36 cents per FridgePak - the tax won't likely dissuade soda consumption (and the weight gain it may cause) so much as capitalize on the popularity of sugary drinks....
  • Reading List: More Accolades for NEWSWEEK Health Journalists

    This has been a fantastic week to start blogging - my co-workers keep winning awards for their work, which means I have lots of excuses to link back to great content. On Monday, it was Dina Fine Maron's piece on mental illness getting all the attention. Now, reporter staff writer Jessica Bennett, senior video producer Jennifer Molina, and senior writer Mary Carmichael are all raking in recognition from the Newswomen's Club of New York. Bennett and Molina won the Front Page Award in the online multimedia category for"Invisible and Overlooked," an in-depth look into the challenges facing gay senior citizens. Carmichael received the Front Page Award for medicine/health coverage in a magazine for her article "Growing up Bipolar" (That piece also has an amazing video component worth watching). Check out their articles if you're looking for an excuse to take a little break from work. It's so much better for you than binging on Perez.  
  • Public Feedings: The Strange Food Confessionals Inspired By "The Biggest Loser"

    Has anyone else noticed a strange phenomenon on Tuesday nights, right around the time NBC's "The Biggest Loser" airs? It seems like a noticeable amount of my friends and family start running to their computers to post about what it is they're eating-- or planning to eat-- while watching the show. For some reason, two hours of weigh-loss-focused reality television seems to encourage a kind of public feeding. And despite the copious and heavy-handed product placement on the show, there's not a Subway sandwich or stick of Wrigley's Extra Sugarfree gum in sight.  Instead, it's less wholesome fare: one Facebook friend admitted that she "just walked to the grocery store in her pjs to buy cookie dough to eat during The Biggest Loser."  A coworker just received an e-vite for a “Biggest Loser” finale/pizza party. What's the deal? While there have been lots of studies that indicate TV tends to make you hungrier, and that you're more...
  • Farrah's Fight

    There's no such thing as a "fun" cancer. But anal cancer has got to be one of the worst in terms of ravaging the body, robbing one of dignity, and making life all-around uncomfortable. That's why it was so sad to learn that Farrah Fawcett is in the final stages of her battle against anal cancer. News reports indicate that she's declined to continue fighting the disease through aggressive medical treatment, and is instead seeking comfort and (relative) peace in the days to come. NEWSWEEK profiled Fawcett and her cancer fight in 2007; the accompanying gallery shows the star in happier times.
  • A Fine Reporter

    It's a pleasure to report that the National Alliance on Mental Illness has awarded Dina Fine Maron, a NEWSWEEK intern, their 2009 Outstanding Media Award for News Reporting. Maron, a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University,  won for "TV's Split Personality," her insightful piece detailing how mental illnesses are portrayed in pop culture. We could go on and on about how much we like this article - it embodied the spirit of Human Condition  before Human Condition even existed - but since NAMI went to the trouble to write up such a nice tribute to Maron's work, we'll post that instead (and encourage you all to check out her story): "TV’s Split Personality” represents some of the best reporting NAMI has seen about television entertainment and its impact on stigma—or public education—surrounding mental illness. Using Showtime’s “The United States of Tara” as the immediate story, the article put the show in perspective relative to a longer history of...
  • Surviving a Layoff: You Kept Your Job. Now Keep Sane.

    Survive the latest round of layoffs? Congratulations! Unlike your previous co-workers, you have both a job and higher rates of depression, more psychosomatic illnesses like headaches, ulcers and insomnia, and a nasty case of survivor's guilt. You've got more work and fewer co-workers, as well as the lingering suspicion that you might be next. "The anticipation of something is often worst than finding out you've been laid off," says Leon Grunberg, professor of comparative sociology at the University of Puget Sound. "No one wants to be living in a constant state of insecurity." Grunberg and his colleagues spent 10 years studying current and former employees at Boeing during several cycles of layoffs, mergers and companywide change. (His book about the research, Turbulence: Living Through Workplace Chaos, will be out in 2010 from Yale University Press.)While getting a pink slip may be an initial shock, it's one from which you can recover and move...
  • The Consult

    Your morning health highlights from around the Web: Polio Personnel:  As polio survivors age, they face new complications - but the doctors who understand the complexities of the disease are aging, too. (NPR)A Malignant Growth:  One third of major cancer studies have a conflict of interest; researchers say the ways studies are funded and organized need to be re-evaluated. (MSN)Swine Flu Still Squealing The H1N1 virus hits China. In the US, there have been 2500 cases and three deaths. Don't freak out: all US fatalities had underlying health conditions. Most American cases are mild, and respond well to treatment. (AFP via Google) Premium Savings: President Obama seeking to save trillions in healthcare by encouraging efficiency; health trade groups will present him with a plan to reduce costs by 1.5 percent annually. (Reuters)Ladies Sing the Blues: A new government report highlights gender differences in mental health—women are twice as likely to be depressed and three times more...
  • Manga Publishers Look to Hollywood

    Japan's newly elected prime minister, Taro Aso, is mad for manga, the comic books that embody Japanese pop-culture cool. Analysts say Aso's been playing up his passion in order to woo young voters. Bad news for Aso then that manga sales in Japan are down for the first time in 12 years, indicating waning interest.A decade ago, manga was a surefire cash cow for Japanese publishing houses. But as consumers turn increasingly to the Internet and mobile phones for entertainment, manga publishers are having to find new ways to compete. They've expanded to mobile platforms like a manga channel for Verizon phones. And they'realso eyeballing Hollywood, which has produced blockbuster hits like "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" at a time of resurgent interest in American comics. Whether such success will translate to manga remains to be seen—even though the U.S. constitutes the largest manga marketplace outside Japan, growth of manga sales is outpaced by growth of their American counterparts...
  • European Films Find Less American Distribution

    Global forces are trapping Americans at home this summer, and those who hope to escape in foreign films are out of luck, too. The same reasons that have Americans taking "staycations"—high gas prices and a weak dollar—are also making it difficult to acquire and distribute European movies. The 14 percent fall in the greenback since last August has taken much of the appeal out of American bids for film rights. "Typical minimum guarantees begin to look sort of measly for foreign sales agents, so it's much harder—meaning it takes more money—to acquire them," says Nancy Gerstman, copresident of Zeitgeist Films.Winning rights is usually the easy part. Reprinting is mainly done in European labs, and the exchange rate combined with increased shipping fees have sent prices soaring. "The cost to order film prints has gone up so substantially in relation to the dollar versus the euro that we're ordering about half as many 35-millimeter film prints as we used to," says Jon Gerrans, whose...
  • United States HIV Travel Ban Overturned

    Until recently, the United States was one of just a dozen nations that still barred HIV-positive foreigners from entering the country. The U.S. rule—passed in 1993 when the virus carried a heavy stigma—meant that to get into the States, HIV-positive tourists had to lie about their health and hope Customs didn't find AIDS drugs in their luggage. And such measures didn't help those seeking work permits or citizenship (a positive result on a mandatory HIV test usually nixed hopes of a visa).The ban became increasingly awkward as the U.S. positioned itself as a world leader on HIV aid. Now, a $50 billion AIDS package passed in the Senate last week will rectify matters. Once enacted, the plan will ensure that HIV-positive travelers are treated in the same manner as tourists with other communicable diseases: the CDC, not Congress, will decide whether HIV is a current public health threat, and monitor travel accordingly. One hypocrisy down—will the next one please step up?