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U.S. reaffirms its support for deepening engagement with Cuba

U.S. reaffirms its support for deepening engagement with Cuba

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov. 27 : The United States has extended condolences to the Cuban people, where certain factions are mourning the death of revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro, who died yesterday at the age of 90.

The United States reaffirmed its support for deepening their engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement issued," As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past, we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples."

'Castlevania' creator Koji Igarashi doesn't feel he is 'a big deal'

'Castlevania' creator Koji Igarashi doesn't feel he is 'a big deal'

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : Video game designer Koji Igarashi (aka IGA), who is best known for the 1997's dark fantasy-themed video game series 'Castlevania', recently expressed that his presence in the gaming industry is not a "big deal" at all.

With his recent public appearance at an indie game festival, Rolling Stones caught up with IGA at his Tokyo office to talk about where his latest upcoming 'Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night' will take him in the future.

"People list me as one of the triple-A producers in the game industry, like I'm a big shot, but I honestly don't feel that I'm a big deal at all," he said.

"I feel like I'm just a creator, trying to make the best game I can with everybody else," he added.

In path breaking discovery, scientists develop vaccine against opioid overdose

In path breaking discovery, scientists develop vaccine against opioid overdose

Washington D.C [US], Nov.26 : According to a recent study, scientists have developed a vaccine that blocks the pain-numbing effects of the opioid drugs oxycodone (oxy) and hydrocodone (hydro) in animal models.

Published in the journal ACS Chemical Biology, the vaccine also appears to decrease the risk of fatal opioid overdose, a growing cause of death in the United States.

"We saw both blunting of the drug's effects and, remarkably, prevention of drug lethality," said researcher Kim D. Janda.

Adding, "The protection against overdose death was unforeseen but clearly of enormous potential clinical benefit."

The new oxy/hydro vaccine takes advantage of the immune system's ability to recognize, seek out and neutralize invaders.

Does stress destroy person's ability to recall memory?

Does stress destroy person's ability to recall memory?

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : Does stress impair memory retrieval ?

Though it's widely assumed that stress zaps a person's ability to recall memory, it doesn't have that effect when memory is tested immediately after a taxing event and when subjects have engaged in a highly effective learning technique, a new study reports.

In the last decade, the studies done on memory and stress have largely involved the participants, who were not guided in how to learn new material -- often simply attempting to memorize it by rereading or restudying, strategies known to build weak recollections.

Anxiety disorders could lead to skin diseases in teenagers

Anxiety disorders could lead to skin diseases in teenagers

Washington D.C [US], Nov.26 : According to a recent research, scientists have identified temporal patterns in young people. Arthritis and diseases of the digestive system are more common after depression in teenagers while anxiety disorders tend to be followed by skin diseases.

Published in Plos One, the research examines how physical diseases and mental disorders affect a person's quality of life.

If physical and mental disorders systematically co-occur from an early age, there is a risk that the sick child or adolescent will suffer from untoward developments.

The research group led by Marion Tegethoff in collaboration with Gunther Meinlschmidt examined the temporal pattern and relationship between physical diseases and mental disorders in children and young people.

Katie Holmes spends Thanksgiving fun with daughter Suri Cruise in Ohio

Katie Holmes spends Thanksgiving fun with daughter Suri Cruise in Ohio

Washington D.C, [USA], Nov. 26 : This year's Thanksgiving probably came with extra dose of fun for Katie Holmes, who headed to her home state with her only child Suri Cruise, for a family time in Toledo, Ohio.

The 37-year-old actress took to her Instagram handle to post many pictures and updates from the mother-daughter duo's day out.

Holmes stepped into 'Dave & Buster's' for some holiday games with 10-year-old Cruise, who was ready to win.

"She beat me," Holmes captioned a picture of herself and Cruise facing off at an arcade game.

Previous posts showed the 'Pieces of April' star reuniting with her family and near ones for Turkey day.

"Great times @daveandbusters with my family #toledo #family #love #gratitude HAPPY THANKSGIVING!" she wrote on the social media site.

Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro no more

Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader Fidel Castro no more

New York [United States], Nov. 26 : Cuba's revolutionary leader and former president Fidel Castro passed away at the age of 90.

The news of his death was announced by Cuban President Raul Castro, who took over from his ailing brother more than eight years earlier, Cuban state media reports.

Robert Pastor, a former national security adviser for president Jimmy Carter, had said in 2012 that there are few individuals in the 20th century who had a more profound impact on a single country than Fidel Castro had in Cuba.

"He reshaped Cuba in his image, for both bad and good. Cuba will be a different place because he lived and he died," Pastor said.

'The Newsroom' star Alison Pill welcomes baby girl with hubby Joshua Leonard

'The Newsroom' star Alison Pill welcomes baby girl with hubby Joshua Leonard

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : Alison Pill, who is best known for her role as Margaret Jordan in HBO series ' The Newsroom', recently welcomed her first child, a baby girl named Wilder Grace Leonard.

The 30-year-old star, with her hubby Joshua Leonard, shared the exciting news via an Instagram post that features a precious family of three and sweet message for her baby girl.

"So much to be thankful for. Wilder Grace Leonard, born November 19, 2016," she announced.

"Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.... Do human beings ever realize life while they live it?- Every, every minute?' #thorntonwilder @thejoshualeonard," she wrote.

Just in time for Thanksgiving holiday, the proud papa and 'Bates Motel' actor shared the same photo to his Instagram account.

'Kindness always wins': Selena Gomez breaks social media silence with touching message

'Kindness always wins': Selena Gomez breaks social media silence with touching

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : Looks like Selena Gomez is beginning to get back on her feet with her recent return to social media to thank her fans for this year.

The 24-year-old pop sensation, who recently made her first public appearance since seeking professional treatment for health-related issues, returned to Instagram with a touching message for her loyal fan base.

"I have a lot to be thankful for this year.. My year has been the hardest yet most rewarding one yet. I've finally fought the fight of not 'being enough,'" Gomez wrote alongside a black and white snapshot of herself posing with concertgoers.

Scientists find association between memory mechanisms, resistance to epilepsy

Scientists find association between memory mechanisms, resistance to epilepsy

Washington D.C [US], Nov.26 : In a recent study published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, the scientists expose a new biological mechanism that on one hand damages a very specific type of memory but at the same time provides resistance to epilepsy.

Researcher Elham Taha explained: "In both healthy and sick brains, the relationship between the activities of the nerve cells that cause the transfer of information and activities delaying the transmission of information is extremely important. We know that damage to this

relationship forms the basis of various brain diseases, such as neuro-developmental diseases and epilepsy."

'Women will not any longer accept silence': Amber Heard speaks up for victims of domestic violence

'Women will not any longer accept silence': Amber Heard speaks up for victims

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : Amber Heard, whose own abuse allegations against former husband Johnny Depp made headlines earlier this year, recently opened up about her experience and encouraged other victims to "speak up" against domestic violence.

The 30-year-old actress teamed up with the '#GirlGaze Project' to create an emotionally-charged two-minute video, where the actress speaks directly to the camera, urging women to "raise your voice" because it is the "most powerful" thing, reports E! Online.

"Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence," she encouraged.

Icon alert! Nicki Minaj hangs out with DJ Khaled's firstborn

Icon alert! Nicki Minaj hangs out with DJ Khaled's firstborn

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 26 : American record producer and radio personality DJ Khaled recently shared the first glimpse of his newborn son Asahd Tuck Khaled, who is already hanging out with Nicki Minaj.

On Thanksgiving, the 40-year-old deejay took to social media to share a bunch of videos and photographs along with heartfelt messages as to why he is especially thankful this year.

"My son ASAHD KHALED !! Wit @nickiminaj !!!!! ICONS HANG WIT ICONS ! ICON ALERT!" read the caption alongside an Instagram photo post, where the 'Super Bass' singer is holding the adorable sleeping baby.

In the earlier posts, Khaled shared a video of himself playing with his 4-week-old son.

Sarah Jessica Parker's "carcass" nightmare on cooking her first Thanksgiving meal

Sarah Jessica Parker's "carcass" nightmare on cooking her first Thanksgiving mea

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 25 : Sarah Jessica Parker recently opened up about the terrifying experience of cooking her first Thanksgiving meal.

In an interview with 'Bon Appetit', the 51-year-old actress shared her memories of having a dream, the night before the Thanksgiving, that she had only cooked a "carcass",reports E! Online.

"I was so scared. I had never cooked a turkey in my life and I was really, really young and I remember having a dream the night before that I had only cooked a carcass. I pulled it out, revealed it, and it was a carcass."

Despite never having cooked any lone turkey carcasses, Parker admits that she's had varying success with cooking the bird over the years, but her most crowd-pleasing dish is peas.

Joe Jonas steps out with Sophie Turner in NYC

Joe Jonas steps out with Sophie Turner in NYC

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 25 : Looks like Joe Jonas and ' Game of Thrones' star Sophie Turner are heating up their romance rumours as they are spotted leaving a hotel together.

The two stars were seen stepping out of a New York hotel, all bundled up to keep warm with the cold Manhattan temp, reports E! Online.

The pair was earlier said to reportedly be spending Thanksgiving weekend together. However, it is unclear if the 20-year-old actress joined the Jonas on their family day snow trip.

"He thinks she's a cool girl," a source told People magazine.

"She's always been into him, but he's starting to like her more and more," the source added.

DNA plays a role in selection of partners for educational achievement

DNA plays a role in selection of partners for educational achievement

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to a recent study published in the journal Intelligence, people with genes for high educational achievement tend to marry, and have children with, people with similar DNA.

Humans generally do not choose their partners randomly, but rather mate 'assortatively', choosing people with similar traits.

Among the highest ranking qualities people look for in a potential partner are intelligence and educational attainment.

While it is well known that humans mate assortatively in relation to education - people with similar education levels marry each other - this is one of the first studies to show that this has significance at a DNA level.

High blood alcohol levels suppress appetite and weight gain: Study

High blood alcohol levels suppress appetite and weight gain: Study

WashingtonD.C [US], Nov. 25 : A recent series of studies published in the journal 'Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior', explored the relationship between feeding and alcohol consumption.

Conducted on rats, the studies showed laboratory rats will drink alcohol if it's available, and may even get a little tipsy. However, they won't voluntarily drink until they're drunk. And while ethanol is calorie-rich, rats that drink it eat less food and their total energy intake remains steady.

"I was looking at whether alcohol intake affects overall caloric intake and body weight change," said Nu-Chu Liang, who led the research.

Adding, "And the result, in terms of voluntary drinking, is that it does not - at least in rats."

Parental health behaviors are associated with child sleep duration

Parental health behaviors are associated with child sleep duration

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : A recent research published in journal of Clinical Sleep Medication indicates that children's sleep duration may be influenced by parental sleep duration and confidence.

This further implies that efforts to address insufficient sleep among children may require family-based interventions.

Results of a parental survey show that higher parent confidence in the ability to help children get enough sleep was significantly associated with an increased child sleep duration of 0.67 hours per day, after controlling for potential confounders such as child age, gender, race/ethnicity, and parent education.

Overall, 57 percent of parents reported feeling "very" or "extremely" confident that they could help their child get enough sleep.

Home-based telemental health services help elderly under depression

Home-based telemental health services help elderly under depression

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to the results of a clinical trial in 241 depressed elderly veterans, home-based telemental health for depression is well received by patients and delivers as good a quality of life as in-person visits.

The study has been reported in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry by investigators at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Depression affects 10 percent of Americans and is a leading cause of disability and mortality. And yet, only an estimated 56 percent of patients with depression seek treatment.

Barriers to treatment include mobility issues, transportation costs, missed days of work, geographic isolation and fear of the associated stigma.

Taylor Swift nails beachy 'Mannequin Challenge' on Thanksgiving

Taylor Swift nails beachy 'Mannequin Challenge' on Thanksgiving

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 25 : Taylor Swift recently pulled off a unique 'Mannequin Challenge' on a beach together with her girl pals including Martha Hunt, Lily Donaldson, Leah McCarthy and few others.

According to hollywoodlife.com, the 'Love Story' singer spent ' Thanksgiving Day' November 24 at her Rhode Island estate with her brother and some of her closest pals who rallied around to do an epic beach video.

Recruiting some of her model pals for the job, the 26-year-old pop star later took to her Instagram account to share the video with her fans, just in time for the big day.

Dogs remember events from past, just like humans

Dogs remember events from past, just like humans

Washington D.C [US], Nov. 25 : According to a recent study, dogs have kind of "episodic memory", which gives them remarkable ability to remember and recall events from the past.

The study, published in the Current Biology journal, found that dogs can recall a person's complex actions even when they don't expect to have their memory tested.

"The results of our study can be considered as a further step to break down artificially erected barriers between non-human animals and humans," said researcher Claudia Fugazza.

"Dogs are among the few species that people consider 'clever,' and yet we are still surprised whenever a study reveals that dogs and their owners may share some mental abilities despite our distant evolutionary relationship," she added.




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