Lady Rats Can Probably Blame Their Binge Eating on Their Lady Rat Parts

A study (scientific and rat-infested by its very nature) published recently in the International Journal of Eating Disorders is the first ever to establish sex differences in rates of binge eating in animals. Well, not animals, really, so much as the scuttling disease portmanteaus we affectionately call “rats,” but… » 5/02/13 10:00am 5/02/13 10:00am

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Will Get a New Name Because No One Knows WTF…

Yesterday, an panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggested that Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder that affects as many as five million American women, should receive a new name. » 1/24/13 10:00am 1/24/13 10:00am

Nail Biting Will Soon Abdicate Status as Annoying Bad Habit and Be…

Nail biting is serious — even the Berenstain Bears knew so and they're bears. Imaginary bears. It's taken psychiatry almost 27 years to catch up with imaginary bears, but let us not quibble with the slow, ponderous locomotive that is modern medicine. Let's instead learn all about how nail biters might be deeply… » 10/03/12 3:00pm 10/03/12 3:00pm

Lady-Libido Drug Has Horrible Name, Fails Clinical Trials

A medicinal gel that promised to be a sort of Lady Viagra for post-menopausal women has failed to arouse test subjects in two clinical trials. Probably because its manufacturers named it the cringe-inducing "LibiGel" and even reading that made my clitoris retract. » 12/15/11 12:50pm 12/15/11 12:50pm

Shopping Addiction is No Joke

Thanks to Sophie Kinsella, "Shopaholic" sounds relatively harmless, almost cute — sort of like a slightly naughtier chocoholic. But for 6% of the population, Omniomania's a real disease and anything but a laughing matter. » 11/16/10 10:48am 11/16/10 10:48am