Yesterday, Angelina Jolie revealed that she'd had a double mastectomy as a preventive measure against a family history of breast cancer, amidst worldwide kudos and admiration. But on Facebook and other places, some were not convinced. "Her breasts were sagging," said one ex "friend" of mine, "so s ... More >>
No, she wasn't being rude. According to promoter Daniel Nardicio, "Last Wednesday, during Liza and Alan Cumming's show, one of Liza's band members went into cardiac arrest on stage, didn't know it, and continued to play till the end.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed super-sized soda ban isn't the only controversial topic that is going to be discussed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene this week. Today, the Department is talking about the metzitzah b'peh -- a circumcision practice during which ritual practitioners ... More >>
A better option than chasing the truck
Over at Eatocracy, the thoughtful Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern shares a beautiful essay about how he was affected by his recent open-heart surgery.
The Knicks' absolute bipolar, roller-coaster of a season took yet another turn with news today that Jeremy Lin will undergo knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The surgery will sideline him for six weeks, and while most media, whether out of optimism or caution, are reporting that Lin's finished ... More >>
So many stars say they haven't had surgery that I actually expect Barbara Walters to come out and say it too. It's the oldest cliche in the book. An older actor--looking remarkably line-free--says, "I haven't had surgery, but I wouldn't rule it out in the future." But I worship Diane Keaton and s ... More >>
When the Brooklyn District Attorney's office announced that it would investigate the death of an infant who got herpes during a controversial circumcision practice, many decided to revisit the tradition, and ask whether it still has a place in modern society. Now, this particular case deals with a ... More >>
This is reason #137 that we don't quite trust Pilates. (Yes, we know, some swear by it, but when we work out, we want to do more than make those weird little flappy motions with our hands, and "make a corset with our ribs," not to mention, there's the distinct sense that we're doing it all wr ... More >>
If you're too skinny, you have a better chance of dying after surgery than obese patients, according to new research. A U.S. National Surgical Quality Improvement Program study found that individuals with more meat on their bones had an easier time surviving 30 days after an operation.
On Monday night at the Sheraton Ballroom, onetime Abbot of the West Coast Friars Club Larry King gets a Friars Testimonial dinner, emceed by Katie Couric and featuring testimonials from the likes of Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, and Donald Trump. I called Larry to toast the TV legend on his a ... More >>
New Jersey Devils battle the San Jose Sharks
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Pam Murphy kicks cancer where it hurts
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 29, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 43 Deposits & withdrawals: the finances of sperm By Ellen Frankfort In 1866 an Italian scientist, working by himself, wondering how he could preserve human sperm cells, placed a single tube of semen in t ... More >>
In the year 2011 . . . Weinberg goes solo
Bye-bye, Jerry. Lost so far in the blizzard of post-Omar Minaya commentary is real discussion about whether or not Jerry Manuel should also have been fired. For those of us who like and respect Manuel and think he did a good job of keeping a potential circus atmosphere under control, the ques ... More >>
The battle is on for which Hollywood icon can show less expression on their faces: Is it Oscar winner Cher, who against all odds believes in life after surgery? Or The Owls of Ga'hoole, who also don't seem to give a hoot about registering a whole bunch of facial realness?
So a hospital in South Miami made an oopsy. Instead of leaving Vera Delgado's eight-day-old baby Mario intact and with-foreskin, they took the very moment that Mom went home to shower and change clothes to do the old snip-snip. Er, imagine her horror/surprise when she returned.
When is a controversy not a controversy? Offhand, we'd say when it hasn't stirred up any controversy. Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly Wednesday gave the Mets a 3-2 win over the Nationals, and you'd think that in a season of such unrelenting disappointment that might be a high note. But fo ... More >>
For those seeking proof that people are stupid, there is this: Cosmetic foot surgery, a/k/a, the "Cinderella procedure," the absolute latest in ridiculous plastic surgery trends. If you have ugly, questionable, too fat, too skinny, wrinkly, or otherwise compromised feet, you can fix them perm ... More >>
The world's first full face transplant patient appeared on TV today for the first time since surgery to thank the donor's family and his doctors. His name is Oscar, and "he spoke with difficulty," which is only to be expected considering his extreme surgery, which took 24 hours during which d ... More >>
The Oscar winnining singer/actress says she's "a jeans size smaller" thanks to counting food points and also working on her exercise routine. But do you always believe all those commercials for Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig?
The TV legend who can ask you what kind of tree you are and make you cry is here for the even longer haul. She's recovering from heart surgery and will no doubt be back on her feet and interviewing and lisping and cocktail partying just like before, if a tiny bit weatherbeaten by the experie ... More >>
"Rap star Lil Wayne has gotten a temporary reprieve from jail," reports the Associated Press: "for dental surgery." His lawyer apparently told the judge that Wayne needed to finish a string of procedures on/in his mouth prior to heading to Rikers. The rapper's new date with destiny is March ... More >>
Back in the Chicago Bears' 80s heyday, there was a story (now debunked, alas) that quarterback Jim McMahon fed his offensive line dinner every weekend as a gesture of appreciation toward the people who kept him from getting killed. Former Mayor Ed Koch seems to have heeded that apocryphal exa ... More >>
"Reduction" is an ominous word in the food world, redolent with euphemistic starvation regimens and shadowy surgical weight-loss procedures. So it's difficult to shake off feelings of imminent doom when the word is applied to food magazines that are already facing financial difficulties. Case ... More >>
Partly Private, "the first funny film on the topic of male circumcision," is premiering on April 25 at the Tribeca Film Festival. How's that for a tip, ba dum pum? I bet they serve head cheese at the premiere party. Sorry for the jokes, folks, but as you can see, circumcision makes me a tad uncom ... More >>
A Newark funeral director has lost his license after being caught in a scheme to harvest the body parts of his clients and sell them to organ tissue banks. Stephen K. Finley, who owns Berardinelli Forest Hill Memorial Home, Cremation at a Low Cost, and Funeraria Santa Cruz, all located in Newark, ha ... More >>
"Cell Phone/Brain Tumor Connection Remains Inconclusive," announced the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, "But They Pose Neurological Health Risks." With trembling hands we ripped this out of the telex machine and read the AANS' examples: "A 29-year-old male was talking on his cell phon ... More >>
I got stuck outside a fashion designer's soiree the other day waiting with a throng of fashionistas for the elevator, and in the daylight realized something extremely shocking: The people who decide all the trends in beauty and style are absolutely hideous! Looking around at the sea of editors, desi ... More >>
Brad Jacobs went from shaping Playboy bunnies to defending himself against charges of butchery
Fundraising parties for trans surgery are all the rage, but don't tell Kerry Downey that.
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Prognosis negative: Hospital farce papers over the quacks
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Panel Says Breast Implants Safe
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Brooklyn girl grows hair on her chest
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