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Botox And The End Of Dramatic Nuance; A Pro-Soda Tax Stance; And More…


The latest issue of New York magazine explores how plastic surgery—which runs rampant in Hollywood circles—may actually be affecting actors’ ability to, well, act. There are certain disadvantages to Botoxing your way to diminished expression lines, especially when, say, frowning and furrowing your brow on cue are part of your job description. [NY Mag]

The popularity of these line-filling injectables may explain why nonsurgical procedures have managed to weather the economic storm, according to new statistical data, while surgical procedures have experienced a 17 percent drop. That figure does not include butt lifts and augmentations, however, which have increased 25 percent. Some things, apparently, are nonnegotiable. [WSJ]

Chewing gum now joins cigarette smoking as a presumed cause of premature wrinkles. Tough luck for those of you with an oral fixation. [MSNBC]

Hard scientific evidence is emerging to support the common-sense idea that if junk foods such as soda and pizza were subjected to a tax, people would consume them less and be healthier as a result. Hopefully, this will help convince the shockingly large number of people protesting New York State’s proposed soda tax to abandon their picket lines and put down the pop. [L.A. Times]

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