Hits & Misses – 2009/2/13

RaceSuccess can be an addiction.

Like a drug, professional success can induce a feeling of ecstasy that quickly feels essential. Recapturing that feeling can require greater and greater feats, a phenomenon that – more than simple greed – explains the drive for ever-larger bonuses and conquests.

Rethinking chicken soup and colds.

The fact that there was no measurable improvement in nose stuffiness is "pretty powerful evidence that there is no objective effect" of a hot drink.

Overweight and obese women live an average of three years or more with health problems.

Heavy men live an average of one more year with health problems than those who maintain a healthy weight.

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  1. Tom H. says:

    Sorry to see the u-turn on chicken soup.

  2. Bret says:

    On success as an addiction, it sounds like Bill Clinton.

  3. Bart says:

    I prefer chicken vindaloo. If sufficiently spicy, it works pretty well at breaking up a late-stage cold.