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JLo’s lays down her diva demands!

London, Sept 21 : Even before Jennifer Lopez landed in London for a
two-day promotional tour for her new album, she had staff at luxury
hotel The Dorchester running ragged to comply with the two-page list
that reached before she did.

Among the items that the star needed be present in her room, apart from
the usual bottled water, soft drinks, lilies or red or white roses,
were the Grapefruit and Lime Blossom candles from her favourite beauty
guru, Jo Malone.

Also on the list was plain M&Ms, as well as baked cookies, reports the Daily Mail.

JLo has also asked that no alcohol, apart from a request for
low-calorie beer, be present in her room – something that is sure to
spark of more reports of a pregnancy.

Britney Spears’ new party chum is Avril Lavigne

Washington, Sept 21: Britney Spears has found a new ‘party’ pal in pop rival, Avril Lavigne.

The two met when Britney joined pals at Hollywood hotspot Hyde, and after hitting it off, they even shared a ride to another hotspot, Winston's, reports Contactmusic.

Avril and Britney’s partying comes just months after the former c criticized Spears for being too weedy to handle the demands of stardom.

Diets rich in carbohydrates linked to fatty liver

Washington, Sept 21 : A new study has revealed that along with expanding waistlines, diets rich in rapidly-digested carbohydrates may also cause fatty liver, a condition that can lead to liver failure and death, a new study in mice has revealed.

If confirmed in humans, the findings suggest that fatty liver disease that is rampant among Americans as a by-product of the obesity epidemic may be avertable and can be treated through dietary changes.

Britney Spears to star in sitcom?

Washington, Sept 21 : It seems that Britney Spears is the hot favourite for playing a role in a new sitcom opposite ‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry.

Perry plays a businessman who asks a girl to pretend to be his wife to give his career a boost.

According to reports, NBC TV network heads want Spears to play the girl’s role.

A TV source said that Spears has the appeal that connects with the audience.

Katherine Heigl to bring "Lost & Found" to the big screen

Washington, Sept 21 : Actress Katherine Heigl will be bringing ‘Lost & Found’ to the bring screen after securing the film rights to the bestselling dramatic novel.

Though it’s not as yet known whether Heigl will star in the movie, she will be producing it along with her mother and producing partner Nancy Heigl through her new production banner Abishag.

The book, by Jacqueline Sheehan, is based on a widowed psychologist who moves to a remote Maine island and works in an animal hospital after her husband dies, reports Variety.

Harnessing cell death protein may help prevent cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer’s

Washington, September 21 : A new study has shown that harnessing a powerful protein called SRP-6 that can potentially halt necrosis —a chaotic, irreversible pathway to cell death — may prevent cancer, stroke, and other neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

While scientists have for long believed that cell death related to stroke or heart attack cannot be repaired, the study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has found evidence to the contrary.

Smart insulin nanostructures pass feasibility test on animal models

Washington, September 21 : A smart particle insulin release system that detects spikes in glucose and blood sugar levels, and releases insulin to counteract them has shown promising results in feasibility tests on animal models.

Researchers at The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston have announced the findings of the pre-clinical test in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

New target to axe heart problems triggered by air pollutants

Washington, September 21: An animal study at Northwestern University in Chicago has shown how exposure to particulate matter leads to accelerated blood clotting and thrombosis, which can in turn cause heart attacks and stroke.

Particulates, chemical or biological agents that change the natural characteristics of the atmosphere, cause air pollution.

Mechanism that helps in coping with stress also boosts cancer

Washington, Sept 21 : A new research has revealed that heat-shock factor 1 (HSF1) that helps in coping with environmental stresses, including heat and toxic exposures, also gives cancerous tumors a boost.

This finding has researchers excited as targeting this mechanism could help treat cancer, and may also have implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative and other diseases.

Washing hands with soap and warm water is the best way to fight C.difficile

Washington, Sept 21: According to a new study, the most effective way health care workers can eliminate Clostridium.difficile bacteria, one of the most difficult bacteria to combat, from their hands is by washing them with soap and warm water.

Dr. Michael Libman, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) carried out the study to find the most effective method to control the infection caused by this bacteria, and found that cleaning hands with soap and warm water was the best way.

Anna Faris to play porn queen Linda Lovelace in biopic

Washington, Sept 20 : Anna Faris is gearing up to play porn queen Linda Lovelace in a forthcoming biopic titled ‘Inferno’.

The 30-year-old actress, who has been trying to get the project off the ground for years, asserted that she will go to any extend to play Lovelace.

Faris also admitted that it would be the most difficult thing she has ever done.

"There's a project about Linda Lovelace, the porn star, that we're really hoping to put together soon,” Contactmusic quoted Faris, as saying.

"It's a really deep, dark drama - and it would be cool for me to do. It's called Inferno.

Americans blindly follow health advice from the Internet

Washington, Sept. 20: A large number of US citizens are blindly following health and nutrition advices available on the Internet, according to a new survey.

More than 1,000 adults participated in the study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for The Kellen Company. The researchers found that more than two-thirds of the people polled gathered information from various health and nutrition Web sites.

Timberlake opens up to Oprah about his love life

Washington, Sept 20: Singer Justin Timberlake has finally broken his silence about his romantic life, talking about his past and present girlfriends on Oprah Winfrey’s show on Wednesday.

"I'm dating someone," People magazine quoted him as telling the Talk Show queen.

"But all I can tell you is she smells lovely," added the singer, who has spent most of this year being linked to Jessica Biel.

Justin admitted that he got pretty romantic around her, and that he sang songs to her.

Borse Dubai ready to buy 19.9% stake in Nasdaq; awaiting Cfius Approval

Borse DubaiNew York – The consolidation among stock exchanges continues as Nasdaq and Borse Dubai have agreed to a deal to create a group of exchanges with better reach and future products like easy investments in foreign markets. The deal will help to link the US, European and the Middle East markets. Borse Dubai will buy stake in NASDAQ, but the details of the deal have not been revealed yet.

Permanent Use Of Cellular Phone May Hurt HF Hearing Capacity – A Report

A recent study has revealed that permanent use of a mobile phone may harm a person’s internal ear and high frequency hearing capacity

While presenting the study at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO in Washington, DC, the scientists stated that 100 people who had used cell phones for more than a year experienced increases in the degree of deafness over the period of 12 months.

ACTOS linked with a 38% lower heart attack risk

Washington, Sept 20 (ANI): A new research has revealed that therapies which include ACTOS (pioglitazone HCI) may lower the risk of stroke or myocardial infarction (MI) by 38 pct as compared to non-thiazolidinedione therapies.

ACTOS has different effects from the other anti-diabetic drug thiazolidinedione rosiglitazone due to differences in molecular structure.

The research supports the cardiovascular safety of ACTOS and its benefits regarding improved blood glucose and blood lipid levels for patients with type 2 diabetes.

Effective communication key to keeping up cancer patients’ spirits

Washington, Sept 20 : A new research has found that effective communication is the key factor to keeping the spirits of cancer patients intact.

Keeping this factor in mind, National Cancer Institute has planned to issue a special report by November 1, co-authored by a University of Rochester physician, stating that effective communication is truly essential to good cancer care and deserves more research.

New York rejects Iranian President's bid to directly honour "Ground Zero" dead

New York, Sept.20 : New York City officials have reportedly pulled out all stops to prevent The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from laying a wreath at Ground Zero during his visit here next week.

New York Police Department, Secret Service and Port Authority officials are reported to have told the Iranian Mission that no one is allowed in the pit because it's a live construction site and dangerous. They said that if a wreath was to be laid, it could be "shoved" from a distance.

Some cancer cells ‘mimic’ stem cells to evade chemotherapy

Washington, Sep 20 : A new study has found that in order to survive chemotherapy, some cancer cells mimic stem cells.

The study, from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, suggests that some anti-cancer treatments might have an opposite effect on cancer cells, actually expanding the small population of cancer stem cells believed to drive the disease.

Lindsay Lohan planning post-rehab memoir

 Washington, Sept 20 : It seems that rehabbing actress Lindsay Lohan is planning to pen a post-rehab memoir.

The ‘Mean Girls’ star, who is undergoing treatment in Cirque Lodge facility in Utah, will recount her addiction to alcohol and drugs in the tome.

A source said that the 21-year-old has been reading memoirs written by others and wants to put down her experiences in the form of a book.

“She found solace in reading memoirs of others who suffered to overcome their addictions, and she wants to similarly put her experiences out there," Contactmusic quoted the source, as saying.

Lohan checked into the rehab following her second drink driving arrest in Santa Monica in July this year.

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