August 21 2014

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Concessions and compromises are being made to get the health-care-reform bill through the Senate, including replacing the proposed five percent tax on elective cosmetic surgery with a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning. Botulinum toxin for everyone! [NYT]

120 hopefuls competed to become the first transsexual Miss India this weekend. No word as to whether similarly barrier-breaking televised pageants are headed to the States, but we would definitely tune in…if you’re listening, Bravo network. [Independent]

Could antioxidants be doing more harm than good? New studies suggest that the free-radical-fighting wonder nutrients might actually counteract the benefits of healthy exercise. Consider the beauty industry rocked. [Independent]

Jillian Michaels, the on-screen trainer for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, is trying to whip the overweight into shape using a new tactic: virtual reality. The latest edition of her Fitness Ultimatum 2010 game for Nintendo Wii comes equipped with an instructional avatar created in Michaels’ likeness that also boasts a repertoire of motivational phrases. There’s nothing like a computer-generated guide screaming, “You’re wasting my time!” to really get your body moving. [WSJ]

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