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Kate Mooney

Associate Features Editor, National Health Editor

kate.mooney@metro.us

This new memoir on crafting will convince you to get a hobby, stat

You don’t have to actually care about knitting to be completely engrossed in “The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater,” Alanna Okun’s new book of essays on crafting. When I tell the Brooklyn-based author how much I relate to her debut, despite being incapable of making anything...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2:18 PM

Being in great physical shape is good for your brain, too

Beyond the physical benefits, regular exercise does wonders for your mental health, too. And according to a decades-long study, those benefits may extend to brain health, memory and cognitive function.  Research published in the journal Neurology finds that women who were highly fit at middle...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:38 AM

This is how much Americans binge drink in a year

Drinking alcohol in moderation may have some health benefits, like lowering blood pressure and the risk of heart disease, although studies have shown that as little of one glass of wine a day can increase the risk of breast cancer in women. But we know that binge drinking is unequivocally...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 5:02 PM

Chip shortage strikes NYC bodegas. Salty!

If you’ve recently hit up your neighborhood bodega on the hunt for crunchy munchies and found the shelves suspiciously barren, know that this is not a hallucination induced by junk food withdrawal. Indeed, there is a city-wide shortage of Frito-Lay products — Doritos, Cheetos, Tostitos...

Monday, March 19, 2018, 1:20 PM

How to get enough Vitamin D in the winter

In the winter months, it’s tempting to forgo all health efforts (physical or mental) and give in to sloth-like inactivity — binge watching, eating too much, drinking too much, skipping workouts — and leaning into a sedentary, indoor existence. “I’ll feel better when...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 5:30 PM

On St. Patrick’s Day, turn your beer a healthy green with matcha

If drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s Day is important to you, you can do so easily: just add three drops of green food coloring to the oat soda of your choosing.  But if you’re curious about other options — perhaps something with more nutritional value than artificial dye...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 1:39 PM

Urbanspace NYC's latest food hall is coming to Midtown

Food halls are at once a culinary dream and nightmare. With so many delicious options to choose from, I’ve spent hours wandering Smorgasburg or Dekalb Market Hall, only to find myself discouraged by the long lines and fear of too-small portions for steep prices. Paralyzed by indecision, I...

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 12:55 PM

Here's how to fall back asleep when you have insomnia

We’ve all been there. It’s 2 a.m., you’re lying awake in your bed in the dark, staring at the ceiling, bored out of your mind and unable to get back to sleep. Or worse, despite getting to bed at a reasonable hour, the zzzs just aren’t coming.  Enough time goes by and...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 5:00 PM

Is empathy genetic?

Not to give you an easy out for why you couldn’t relate to your friend’s latest sob story, but according to a new study, the ability to empathize with others might be slightly out of your control. New research published in the journal Translational Psychiatry finds that some people have...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 4:57 PM

Trying to be happy is a waste of time, can make you miserable

Who’s happy? I don’t know anybody off the top of my head. If there were a tried-and-true path to contentment, we’d all hop on it (or we’d at least like to think so). But perhaps all this worrying about how to acheive happiness is where we go wrong. Or so posits a new study....

Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:30 AM

Baking pies is actually the best way to celebrate Pi Day

Pi Day is as much a holiday for the math nerds as it is the baking enthusiasts (and pizza lovers, for that matter). What better way to celebrate the natural wonder that is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its radius by creating your own perfectly round and edible version? Here are a...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 3:00 PM

Sharing the bed with your dog actually helps you sleep better

Dog owners get it — letting your dog sleep in your bed with you is one of the joys of cohabiting with a scruffy, cuddly creature. But (jealous) haters will make the argument that it’s just not proper, or that it’s unhygienic, or it can disrupt your sleep. As for it being unhealthy...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 11:45 AM

Aspiring comedian Selma Blair was doing a bit when she said Cameron Diaz is retiring from acting

Update: LOL, Selma Blair was just kidding about Cameron Diaz retiring from acting. Monday afternoon, Blair took to Twitter to correct the misconception reported by Metro UK Monday morning: 📠📺☎️👩🏻‍🏫 BREAKING NEWS 🚨🚨🚨. Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT...

Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:10 PM

Is stress contagious?

No matter how lowkey you are, hang around a nervous nelly and it's likely to put you on edge yourself.  Stress-by-proxy definitely feels real, at least anecdotally. But a new study suggests that being around an anxious type may actually alter your brain, inducing the same stress response...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 4:55 PM

'Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2 teases darker days ahead

A moody, chilling teaser for Season 2 of “Handmaid’s Tale” on Hulu has dropped, enticing us back into the world of Margaret Atwood’s harrowing dystopia. The 13-episode second season airs on Hulu on April 25, which gives us roughly six weeks before we pick up where we left...

Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:59 PM

You’re most likely to get injured from these workouts

An unfortunate side-effect of working out regularly is injury. Sometimes, this happens because you’re overdoing it without properly stretching first, cooling down after, giving yourself ample rest days or getting enough sleep the night before. Using weights and other gym equipment...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 3:38 PM

Style your dog as a Wes Anderson character for a chance at movie stardom

We can’t wait to see Wes Anderson’s latest. "Isle of Dogs," the stop motion animated tale of a dog gang (voiced by Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and more favorites) banished to a trash island in Japan, comes out on March 23, and tickets ...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 12:20 PM

Astor Place pizzeria will host free weddings on Pi Day

“Goin' to the pizza parlor and we’re gonna get married,” is not how the classic Dixie Cups song goes. But that’s exactly what six NYC couples are going to do next Wednesday, March 14 — Pi Day! — when &pizza converts its pizzeria (located at 740 Broadway,...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4:33 PM

Deadbeat dads more likely to hang with their kid if it looks like them

Attention, in utero readers: If you’ve got a single mom, but you come out of the womb looking a lot like daddy, you have a better shot at the dude spending time with you – and you’re more likely to be the picture of health by your first birthday.   Sorry, we don’t make...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:17 PM

David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption is coming to Brooklyn Steel this May

David Lynch fans were in for a treat this summer when “Twin Peaks: The Return” — the 18-part, utterly bonkers and beautiful sort-of sequel to cult 90’s favorite “Twin Peaks” — aired on Showtime. Now, East Coast Lynchians can get another dose of the director...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 2:56 PM