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"Extreme laziness may have a medical basis, says a group of high-profile Australian scientists, describing a new condition called 'motivational deficiency disorder' (MoDeD). The condition is claimed to affect up to one in five Australians and is characterized by overwhelming and debilitating apathy."

From an April 1 report in the British Medical Journal on purported research by neurologist "Leth Argos" and a team at the University of Newcastle. The spoof was created by David Henry, a clinical pharmacologist, to parody what he calls "disease mongering."

A version of this article appeared in the June 2006 issue of Fast Company magazine.