MOST VIEWERS FOCUS ON THE SMILE. BUT WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN DRAWN TO HER GLOW

Researchers studying 3-D images of the “Mona Lisa” say she was probably either pregnant or had just given birth when she sat for Leonardo da Vinci’s 16th-century masterpiece. The clue was something she wore. Scans turned up evidence of a fine, gauzy veil around Mona Lisa’s shoulders — a garment women of the Italian Renaissance wore when they were expecting. . .

WE MAY HAVE TO WORK ON HARNESSING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT BROUGHT MOONLIGHT GRAHAM BACK FROM THE DEAD

America will start running out of family doctors in earnest by 2020, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. The shortage will be most acute in Nevada, although that state is expected to retain its national lead in crime-scene investigators.

This article paints a bleak picture for the future of medical care in the Southwest and other growing states, but really, by 2020, won't most of our primary-care physicians be imported from Mumbai and Tianjin anyway? So what's the problem?

SKINNY-BUT-DIETING MOMS THROUGHOUT THE UPPER EAST SIDE AND PARK SLOPE WILL BE TAKING PART IN AN "I TOLD YOU SO" RALLY AT CITY HALL PLAZA THIS AFTERNOON

Researchers from Harvard and the Swedish Institute of Misogyny are reporting that when a woman gains as little as seven pounds between pregnancies, she could be jeopardizing the health of her later fetus:

Researchers found that gaining weight during that interval — not during the pregnancy itself — raised the risk of such complications as diabetes and high blood pressure during the second pregnancy, and even stillbirth.

In the study, researchers including Sven Cnattingius (he won't be on the quiz, we just really dig the name) examined the body-mass index of more than 150,000 Swedish women who delivered two children between 1992 and 2001, and found that increases in BMI between pregnancies -- even when the woman's BMI remained in a healthy, non-overweight zone -- led to a sharp rise in the second fetus' risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and stillbirth.

Follow-up research will be needed, but a variety of experts told the AP that women ought to start acting on this research today:

“For anyone who’s ever thought that gaining or losing 7 pounds didn’t make a difference, this should make them think twice,” [Dr. Daniel Herron, associate professor of surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York] said.

Ladies, start your Zone diets.

AND YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT GIRLS WITH LONG FINGERS

Well, sure, they say they're potentially great athletes. In a British study,

. . . the largest study of its kind, hand measurements of 607 female twins aged 25-79 from the UK were compared with the women’s lifetime sporting achievements. The findings. . . found that women with ring fingers longer than their index fingers had performed better at running and associated running sports such as soccer and tennis.

We'll take a measure of Tiny Girl's fingers tonight, but we're not hopeful: We bought her a bright yellow 3-to-5-year-old baseball glove yesterday, and she wasn't exactly filling it out.

YES, OF COURSE WE FEEL BAD FOR THE TROUT, BUT FELLOW JUST WANTS TO KNOW WHEN THE STATE'S PLANNING TO SEND SLEEPY BEAR BACK TO US

A teddy bear has been implicated in 2,500 deaths. Of trout, that is. State officials say a teddy bear dropped into a pool at a Fish and Game Department hatchery earlier this month clogged a drain. The clog blocked the flow of oxygen to the pool and suffocated the fish.

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