The XX Factor

We’re Talking About: A New Diet Pill, Helen Mirren, and Anxiety at the Dentist’s Office

- A judge has allowed into evidence a video of an 8-year-old boy shooting himself with an Uzi at a gun show. [ New York Times ]

- Contrave, a new diet pill , is one step closer to being approved; outside advisers to the FDA determined that its benefits outweigh its side effects. [ Bloomberg ]

- Luke Russert, son of the late media superstar Tim Russert, acknowledges that nepotism factored into his job offer from NBC but also says, “I’ve been able to stay here because of me.”  [ Observer ]

- A British survey finds that women are twice as likely as men to experience extreme anxiety when visiting a dentist. [ BBC ]

- During a speech at an awards ceremony honoring the 100 most powerful women in the entertainment industry, Helen Mirren ridiculed Hollywood for worshiping “at the altar of the 18 to 25-year-old male and his penis.”  [ Yahoo ]