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Kate Mooney

Associate Features Editor, National Health Editor

kate.mooney@metro.us

Erin Gore is making cannabis a women's lifestyle product

When Erin Gore first turned to cannabis, it was for the health benefits more than wanting to get stoned. The former collegiate athlete had undergone multiple hip surgeries, and was seeking an alternative from the opiates doctors had prescribed, so she began to explore how medical cannabis could...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:27 PM

There’s a fertility crisis in America and millennials aren’t getting it

In June, the CDC issued a report revealing that birth rates in 2016 had hit an all-time low. The reason behind the decline is somewhat surprising: while the birth rate for women under 30 dipped, it actually increased in women ages 30 and older, particularly ages 40-44.  But that doesn’t...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 4:38 PM

Jessica Williams on dating: 'There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's'

Jessica Williams is kind of a big deal. You already know the actress and comedian from her tenure on “The Daily Show” and her WNYC podcast “2 Dope Queens,” which she co-hosts with Phoebe Robinson. And now she’s getting her first starring role in a feature film, “...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:42 PM

Money really can buy happiness, ‘if you spend it right’

Would you rather have a new shirt, or an hour to yourself? A new study finds that paying people to run your errands brings you more happiness than if you spent the same amount on material goods.  Being able to cross off the boring, time-sucking items on your to-do list without actually making...

Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12:44 PM

'Room 104' has something for everyone

Mark and Jay Duplass are a prolific duo. The sibling writer-director-actor-producer pair have put out more than 25 shows and films together, including HBO's "Togetherness" — not to mention the projects they’ve helmed individually.  Up next, they have a new show on...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 5:53 PM

Stay away from this papaya, it could make you sick

In the summer, we’re all excited about eating more fruits and veggies, but watch out for one type in particular: Maradol papayas. The CDC reports that it’s likely that eating the tropical fruit has caused salmonella outbreaks in 12 states since July 21. 47 people have been infected with...

Monday, July 24, 2017, 12:09 PM

Trying to lose weight? Time of day you eat may matter more than calorie count

It’s not just what you eat, but when. According to new research, the time of day that you eat could have more of an influence on weight loss than calorie count.  We all get late night cravings sometimes, especially if we’re working longer hours than normal or staying up later than...

Friday, July 21, 2017, 11:05 AM

Should you be drinking alkaline water?

You might have heard the buzz around alkaline water. The mineral-rich, low-acidic water is said to give you energy, balance the pH levels in the body and even slow down aging and prevent cancer.  First, a bit of chemistry. Alkaline means “having the properties of an alkali,” which...

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 4:17 PM

It’s not just Lyme disease you have to worry about

Tick season has been so severe this year that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wants to make it a federal issue.  On Monday, Gillibrand announced that the US Department of Health and Human Services had begun taking nominations for the Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group. The federal...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 4:50 PM

British surgeon finds 27 contacts stuck in patient’s eye

Are you 100 percent sure you’re only wearing one pair of contacts on your eyeballs right now? How can you be certain? Maybe you should go check it out real quick, just in case?  In today’s nightmare news, a British eye surgeon discovered 27 missing contact lenses lodged in the eye...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:07 PM

Artificial sweeteners won’t make you thin

Last week we learned that the powdered cheese mix in blue box mac and cheese contains high levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals. Science has come for Diet Coke now, too. Basically, just don’t eat or drink anything. Oh, except coffee — lots of it — which could make you live...

Monday, July 17, 2017, 3:03 PM

'Girls Trip' breakout Tiffany Haddish is about to blow up

Tiffany Haddish answers the phone “HELLO KATE” in a scary monster voice, then immediately cracks up laughing. The 37-year-old comedian is calling in from New Orleans, where she’s doing press for “Girls Trip,” Malcolm D. Lee’s latest that is going to cement her as...

Friday, July 14, 2017, 4:37 PM

This company in India lets employees take a paid sick day on their period

This week is restoring our faith in bosses. On Tuesday, when a woman tweeted out her boss’s empathetic response to her request to take a mental health day, it went viral. And now, we’re learning that a company in India gives its employees a paid day off if they’re having a...

Friday, July 14, 2017, 11:42 AM

The healthiest summertime foods

Summer is a time to wander farmer’s markets, have picnics in the park and relax at barbecues. What do all three of those activities have in common? Eating. While everybody knows burgers and hot dogs aren’t the best for you, when it comes to other culinary options we associate with the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 5:52 PM

Buy your daughter a roofie-proof flask to protect her from campus rape

Today, my inbox was violated by a press release for a new product that will allegedly keep college-bound daughters of America safe from date rape. It’s called the Drink in the Box Unique, and it basically looks like a flask with a straw.  It was pitched as a personalized “drink...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 4:01 PM

Mac and cheese reportedly full of chemicals and the internet is not having it

Every week is a bad week, but at least we have certain creature comforts to keep us going — until now. Just this working week, a massive iceberg broke from Antarctica because global warming is soon to end us all, if we don’t first die on the subway; the idiot president's idiot son...

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 1:31 PM

Summer forever: A giant water park is coming to the middle of Manhattan

Depending on your perspective, donning a bathing suit to splash around in the streets of Manhattan either sounds like a dream or a public health hazard. The tenth annual Citi Summer Streets festival returns this August, and this year, it’s installing a giant water park shaped like a...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 5:24 PM

Cobie Smulders likes playing a dysfunctional 30-something on ‘Friends from College’

Cobie Smulders is back on a TV comedy, this time, playing a xennial whose life is about to blow up.  On Netflix’s new eight-part series, Friends from College, the 35-year-old actress plays Lisa, the most sympathetic in a group of immature old college friends who never really got over...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 3:44 PM

The best free fitness classes in NYC

In New York City, you don’t need to pay for a gym membership or Class Pass to stay fit. There are more than enough free exercise classes across all five boroughs, you just have to know where to find them. From fencing in Bryant Park to jumping rope at Brooklyn Bridge Park, here are some of...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 5:41 PM

Jennifer Garner is nobody's fool, knew about Ben Affleck and Lindsay Shookus

Just three months after Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner filed for divorce in April, not-as-sad Batman has a new, er, Lady Robin. Last week, People reported that the 44-year-old actor and Saturday Night Live producer Lindsay Shookus are officially an item. The two were seen out on the town in LA,...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 1:55 PM