Oprah Responds To NEWSWEEK's Cover Story

According to Entertainment Tonight, Oprah has responded to NEWSWEEK's cover story this week, "Crazy Talk: Oprah, Wacky Cures & You." Sayeth Oprah: For 23 years, my show has presented thousands of topics that reflect the human experience, including doctors' medical advice and personal health stories that have prompted conversations between our audience members and their health care providers.

Noah Cyrus, Situation Critical: Miley's Little Sis Is 9 Going On 29.

A few months ago, NEWSWEEK published an article called "Generation Diva," about the increased interest tween girls show for things like pedicures, facials, cosmetics and other beauty treatments previously considered grown-up luxuries. (One could argue that "diva" is a pejorative term that puts blame on young kids who don't know any better, kids who are obviously lacking some responsible parental supervision.

Is It Racist To Criticize Oprah? Raina Kelley Responds

Not everyone responded positively to the NEWSWEEK cover story on Oprah's role in promoting questionable medical advice. Several commentors questioned if this article is another example of how, as reader Doris Grayson (graysond) writes, "the media can't accept a powerful, decent Black woman as a role model."  Another reader, pencilcase, thinks, "Oprah's being attacked because the thought of a poor overweight black looking black woman from the ghetto transforming herself into one of the...

Stop Doing Sit-Ups: Why Crunches Don't Work

Everyone knows that the road to flat, tight abs is paved with crunches. Lots and lots and lots of excruciating crunches. Or is it?As it turns out, the exercises synonymous with strong, attractive abs may not be the best way to train your core—and may be doing damage to your back.  "We stopped teaching people to do crunches a long, long time ago," says Dr.

The Consult: Giant Fried Cheeseballs Are Bad For You, and Other News From Around The Web

The Nine Unhealthiest Foods ABC breaks it down, courtesy of Center for Science in the Public Interest. Cheesecake Factory's Fried Mac and Cheese, Chicken and Biscuits, and Philly Style Flat Iron Steak Olive Garden's Tour of Italy Chili's Big Mouth Bites Red Lobster's Ultimate Fondue Chili's Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs Uno Chicago Grill's Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae Applebee's Quesadilla Burger(ABCNews.com)Poor Kids Get No Breaks:  Even children who manage to outlive, flee, or move past a...

Did You Hear We Took on Oprah?

Yesterday, the latest issue of NEWSWEEK hit the stands, featuring Weston Kosova and Pat Wingert's smart, gutsy cover story on what one might call the Oprah Winfrey Medical Misinformation Complex, were one not so afraid of a lawsuit.

Is the Recession Making Americans Fatter?

  Could the plummeting economy be contributing to expanding waistlines? Something is: new data released exclusively to NEWSWEEK from Gallup-Healthways shows that in the past year, the number of Americans considered obese has jumped by 1.7 percent—or almost 5.5 million people—and that the obese report a much lower quality of life than those who are at healthier weights.

Levi Johnston Speaks Truth, Removes Top

In between his media tour and duties as a teenage father, Levi Johnston has apparently been hitting the gym.  Johnston is best known as baby daddy to Bristol Palin's son, Tripp, and author of such MySpace gems as "I'm a f---in' redneck" and "I like to go camping and hang out with the boys, do some fishing, shoot some s--- and just f---in' chillin' I guess." (Kids, please remember that the Internet is forever.

Guy Grooming: The Video Showdown

What's that you say? Pouring over autism research is not how you want to spend the last few hours of the work week? Fine: less medical debate, more videos about male hair removal.

Why Good Parents Believe Myths About Autism and Vaccines

Hot on the heels of Sarah Kliff's insanely entertaining article on why medical myths endure, health blogger Scott Hensley points us toward a new analysis behind one of the most divisive and persistent medical myths of the modern age: that childhood vaccines can lead to autism. (Send angry e-mails c/o NEWSWEEK.) The article is published in the online journal PLoS Biology.

True Dirt: An Artist Looks at Food and Waste

Baltimore-based artist Hugh Pocock's new art exhibit, "My Food, My Poop," attempts to represent the complex relationship between the food we take in, the energy we expend, and the waste we create.

Botox Goes (Even More) Plastic

UPDATE: Trying to figure out if this is a credit card or just a gift card, per the comments below.   Can't afford one of those anti-aging spermin facials?

Good News: Credit Protection Passes. Bad News: Your Brain Doesn't Care

There's lots of blame to go around in this current credit crisis: predatory lenders, borrowers outreaching their grasp, lax government regulators. President Obama and Congress are trying to pass legislation that makes it safer for consumers—and hopefully more stable for the future economy—by putting more stringent restrictions on credit companies.

Good Morning, Takeaway Listeners: Further Thoughts On Medical Neglect

Those of you who caught me on Public Radio International's The Takeaway earlier this morning may want to take a look at these articles, which discuss the issues surrounding Daniel Hauser and Alexander Draper more in-depth. (Those who missed me live can hear the segment by visiting The Takeaway's website: just click the first link).  Towards the end of the interview, host Faria Chideya asked whether those living in poverty were more likely to be singled out for scrutiny by the Department of...

The Consult: A Wilco Tragedy, And Other News From Around the Web

The Less-Than-Magnificent Defeat Jay Bennett, a former member of the band Wilco, passed away in his sleep this weekend. Though much is still unknown about his death (including the primary cause), we do know this: Bennett, who had publicly struggled with drug addiction, was in need of a new hip and without the health insurance to pay for it.

Memorial Day's Super-Cool Origins

 A discussion on the beach about the purpose of Memorial Day lead me to this bit of information, via Wikipedia:  ...the first memorial day {sic} was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic Washington Race Course (today the location of Hampton Park) in Charleston.

Draper Case: What Makes a Parent Negligent?

After courts questioned the way they cared for their sick kids, two mothers in different states ran away with their children. Why 'neglect' is such a complicated concept, and why loving a child isn't always enough.

By The Numbers: The Truth Behind Those Scary Diet-Soda Myths

What is it about diet soda that seems so naughty? Maybe it's because enjoying something without any calories leads people to feel like they're going to have to pay one way or another-if not with their waistline now, then with ambiguous bad health later (a tumor?

Before and After: Both Sides of Face Transplant Surgery

The morning links are coming up in a second, but I wanted to give this it's own post: The nation's second face transplant recipient went public yesterday.  James Maki, the first American man to receive the procedure, was disfigured four years ago in an electrical accident.

The Consult: High Competition at the 2010 Olympic Games, And Other News From Around the Web

Olympic Buzz The Toronto Star asks if the torch designed for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver looks like a marijuana cigarette.  The Stranger's David Schmader thinks it more closely resembles "a pregnancy test that reveals you're having Satan's baby." It reminds me of either an orange-peeling tool that I have in my kitchen but never use, or a fancy new razor that singes off hair in lieu of using blades.