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Kate Mooney

Associate Features Editor, National Health Editor

kate.mooney@metro.us

Snooze or sweat: Is it better to exercise or get a good night’s sleep?

Sometimes the only fix for a shoddy night of sleep is to pull yourself out of bed and suffer through that early morning trainer sesh or spin class. You’re gonna feel like crap anyway, but maybe the endorphins from a workout will give you that boost to get through the day, right?  Well,...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 12:35 PM

5 things you didn't know about endometriosis

You might have heard about endometriosis from celebrities like Lena Dunham and Padma Lakshmi, who have been outspoken about their struggles with the seemingly obscure, yet extremely painful condition. But do you know what it actually is and if you might be at risk? We spoke with Dr. Kathy Huang, OB...

Monday, December 11, 2017, 6:28 PM

10 Christmas Tree Alternatives for Yuletide Rebels

Christmas trees, who needs ‘em? Whomever you blame for the arbitrary tradition of propping up dead trees in our homes, like the deranged plant version of “Weekend at Bernie's” — was it the Pagans? Christians? Germans? Vikings? — as adults, there’s really no...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:03 PM

Your guide to seeing the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Every year during the holidays, Dyker Heights transforms into the most lit neighborhood in New York City. Literally. Once Thanksgiving is toast, the residents of the south Brooklyn enclave go all out with festive lights, blow- up Rudolphs, life-size nativity scenes, Christmas music on blast and...

Friday, December 8, 2017, 5:06 PM

Does birth control increase your risk of breast cancer?

You’ve likely heard that birth control pills, namely the type packed with estrogen from your mother's generation, can increase the risk of breast cancer. But in more recent years, a slew of new formulations combining lower doses of estrogen with progesterone became the new norm, providing...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:50 PM

Stop telling runners to smile

Today in the NYTimes, wellness writer Gretchen Reynolds asks the question that’s on everyone’s minds: Does smiling while working out improve performance? Apparently this is compelling enough of a topic that some scientists took the time to research it. Granted, I’m not a...

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:30 PM

These are the top dog names of 2017

As the year-end lists begin rolling in, can’t forget about the annual roundup of the most popular dog names! Rover.com released data culled from hundreds of thousands of pet parents across all 50 states and found that this year, dog owners drew inspiration from hit TV, the ‘90s and, uh...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:19 PM

7 gifts to get your friends healthy and fit in the new year

Jump Rope It’s the perfect stocking stuffer and it costs less than a bespoke cocktail. Ten minutes of skips burns 125 calories on average, which is roughly equivalent to running an 8-minute mile, except this is low-impact. And you can do it anywhere! (Except maybe not in your apartment, if...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:41 PM

Alex Guarnaschelli on how to throw a hit holiday dinner party

One of the best parts about the holidays is sharing food and drink with close friends and family, but it’s all too easy to let the stress of hosting overshadow the good times. We asked Alex Guarnaschelli, executive chef at Butter restaurant in NYC, “Next Iron Chef: Redemption”...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 5:28 PM

Adopt a family’s Christmas wish list with USPS Operation Santa

Shopping for gifts has to be one of the most stressful parts about the holidays. What are you ever supposed to get your dad? How do you balance making the holidays memorable for your kid and not spoiling her? What’s a suitable gift for the boyfriend you’re planning to break up with in...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 3:13 PM

Odie gets the last laugh: Dogs revealed to be smarter than cats!

You’ve always known it to be true but you never had proof, until now: A new study has determined that dogs are in fact more intelligent than cats. The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroanatomy, found that dogs have more neurons located in their brains’ cerebral cortex...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:54 PM

Applebee’s denies BK, Manhattan $1 Long Island Iced Teas

Today, Applebee’s launches its latest promo, which you can enjoy if you’re lucky enough to live in the chosen zip codes. The chain is now offering $1 Long Island Iced Teas through the end of the year AT SELECT LOCATIONS only, and Manhattan and Brooklyn did not make the cut.  For...

Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:41 PM

More than half of American kids will be obese by age 35

The future of America’s children is looking bleak, healthwise: A new study found that more than half of them will be obese by the age of 35.  To arrive at these conclusions, researchers at Harvard University’s TH Chan School of Public Health compiled height and weight data...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6:02 PM

Giving your dog bone treats is dangerous, FDA warns

A good bone makes any dog’s day, but turns out the pupper pastime might not be safe for Fido.  After receiving around 68 reports of dogs getting sick and 15 dying after eating “bone treats,” the FDA has released a statement advising pet owners not to give their dogs these...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 11:31 AM

Holiday gift guide: 5 ideas for NYC pet lovers

For many pet owners utterly smitten with their furry dependents, a gift for their dog or cat may as well be a gift for them. Here are five ideas, all available via NYC-based pet retailers, that will bring joy to your favorite city-dwelling animals and their humans. A month or more of Barkbox...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 5:52 PM

Genevieve Gorder's DIY holiday hacks

You may still be working through your Thanksgiving leftovers, but Turkey Day is deader than, well, your Thanksgiving turkey and now we’re onto the next commercial holiday. Time to purchase a dead tree for your home, if you’re so inclined, drink some hot alcohol, stream some holiday...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 4:58 PM

A 'Jersey Shore' reunion no one asked for is coming to MTV

When the original “Jersey Shore” cast caught wind of “Floribama Shore,” the down-south spin-off that premiered Monday night on MTV, they threw shade online. “You heard the people @MTV just bring back the real #JerseyShore RT if you agree,” tweeted Mike “The...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 1:23 PM

Furry good news: Science says dog owners live longer

In extremely validating news for dog owners — and compelling evidence for anyone who’s been thinking about adopting a pup — a new study has found that owning a dog can prolong your life.  The study, published in Scientific Reports, comes out of Sweden, where folks are...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:06 PM

Check your gut: Is it Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or IBS?

For many Americans, intestinal discomfort is a routine affliction. But how do you know if you ate the wrong thing, have a case of irritable bowel syndrome, or you’re suffering from a more serious condition, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis?  Ahead of Crohn’s and...

Friday, November 24, 2017, 10:59 AM

7 progressive causes to donate to on #GivingTuesday

Once you’re done stuffing your face on Thanksgiving and chasing deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, resolve to spend Tuesday thinking about others for a change. It’s called #GivingTuesday, and it’s an opportunity to contribute to a good cause. Here are seven, all tax-...

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 4:54 PM