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Musical training helps treat autism: Study

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : Experiencing music at an early age can contribute to better brain development and may as well be useful in treating autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

According to a new study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), taking music lessons increases brain fiber connections in children and may be useful in treating autism and ADHD.

"It's been known that musical instruction benefits children with these disorders, but this study has given us a better understanding of exactly how the brain changes and where these new fiber connections are occurring," said Pilar Dies-Suarez, M.D., chief radiologist at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez in Mexico City.

American Music Awards 2016: See winners complete list

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 22 : The 2016 American Music Awards saw stars and hitmakers like Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber set the stage on fire as model Gigi Hadid and comedian Jay Pharoah hosted the event.

Welcoming music's best and brightest artists on November 20, to the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the winners list, as obtained from billboard.com, is finally here.

Along with the nominated artistes, check out the 2016 AMAs winners list below:




Justin Bieber


Selena Gomez

Ariana Grande - WINNER


Twenty One Pilots

Carrie Underwood

The Weeknd


Alessia Cara

The Chainsmokers


Shawn Mendes


After surprise rant about Jay Z and Beyonce, Kanye West cancels L.A concert

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : Kanye West, who is currently in the midst of his Saint Pablo Tour, canceled his concert planned for Sunday evening in Los Angeles just a few hours before it was set to begin, the venue confirmed on Twitter.

The announcement came after the 39-year-old outspoken rapper shocked his fans in Sacramento on Saturday night by leaving the stage after only 30 minutes, reports People Magazine.

The 'Stronger' rapper also delivered an unexpected rant about Beyonce, Jay Z, politics and the radio industry.

In a clip posted to social media, West was heard talking about the 2009 incident when he interrupted Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech to say that Beyonce deserved to win.

"I went down seven years on behalf of you," he said.

Researchers convert waste carbon dioxide into biofuel

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : Carbon dioxide , the most troublesome greenhouse gas, cannot harm the climate anymore as a recent study uncovers new ways to turn the gas into biofuel.

The article has been published in Applied Catalysis B Environmental journal.

Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. With the effectuation of the Paris Agreement, there has been a rising interest on carbon capture and utilization (CCU).

The study, led by Professor Jae Sung Lee of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST uncovers new ways to make biofuel from carbon dioxide (CO2).

Study traces origin of respiratory muscle

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : A recent study published in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences journal throws light on mammal-like reptile s, Caseids and their breathing pattern.

"Evolution has brought up some weird animals, such as the caseids." says Dr. Markus Lambertz, zoologist at the University of Bonn and the Museum Koenig.

Caseids are "mammal-like" reptiles that lived about 300-250 million years ago.

The barrel-shaped trunk got Dr. Lambertz' attention. How did these reptiles breathe? Exceptional joints impeded rib motility and allowed for only limited inhalation. Calculations revealed that the ventilatory system was not that effective, but still sufficient for a sedentary grazer.

Sponge-like bones as in osteoporosis

Drake bags his 1st American Music Awards

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 21 : The 2016 American Music Awards will always be an unforgettable evening for Drake.

The Canadian rapper, who got a leading 13 nominations, won his first ever AMAs on Sunday. He took home the awards for best rap/hip-hop artists and album for his best-selling 'Views'.

"I want to thank everybody that helped me make this album, especially 40, [Noel Cadastre], all the producers on the album. And of course, I want to thank the fans. And my parents, my dad is here tonight," said the 'One Dance' artist while collecting his award from 'Degrassi' co-star Nina Dobrev, reports E! Online.

"Thank you so much. It means a lot," he added.

No weight loss surgery for Blac Chyna post Baby Dream K's birth

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 21 : No, Blac Chyna is in no mood to undergo weight loss surgery, after giving birth to her first child with beau Rob Kardashian- Dream Kardashian.

The topic started when the 'Rob & Chyna' star shocked her fans with a small waist snap on social media on Saturday, a week post delivery via C-section, reports E! Online.

This picture prompted many to speculate that she had undergone weight loss surgery. But, on Sunday, Chyna set the record straight.

"So I posted a picture of my belly yesterday and the only reason it got that flat, you guys, is from breastfeeding and breast pumping and from my body already being small before my pregnancy," Blac Chyna said in a Snapchat video while pumping breast milk.

Ariana Grande "too attached" to 'Hairspray Live' musical family

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 20 : Ariana Grande has been busy treating and teasing fans with sneak peaks from her upcoming live musical 'Hairspray Live' which the audience will witness this December.

The 23-year-old singer took to social media to post a short video of her dancing along with the cast.

"i am far too attached to this family already. what a blesssssssssing. forreal. such love !!!!! @nbchairspraylive #Dec7," she captioned the Instagram post.

The 'Side to Side' singer is seen wearing a printed oversized sweatshirt teamed with her usual high ponytail and going around the dancing group.

'Hairspray Live' is an upcoming live musical adaptation of the 2002 Broadway musical 'Hairspray', which in turn is based on the 1988 film of the same name.

Bruno Mars thanks James Corden for 'Carpool Karaoke' lift

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 20 : Bruno Mars, who recently landed his single '24K Magic', is the latest celebrity passenger to ride with James Corden for 'Carpool Karaoke'.

The 31-year-old crooner gave fans the good news by posting, on Instagram, a selfie with the 'Late Late Show' host posing inside the too familiar car, and thanking him for "the lift".

"When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object," the 'Just the Way You Are' singer captioned the selfie. "@j_corden Thanks for the lift."

This news comes a few days after Madonna revealed that she will also appear as a guest on the sing-along segment, following recent appearances by Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and more.

Kylie Jenner launches pop-up shop for her cosmetics line

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 19 : Looks like Kylie Jenner's beauty tips is coming right in time for winter.

'Kylie Cosmetics', which existed solely online up until now, will open on December 9 at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, Calif, reports E! Online.

The 19-year-old reality star's first ever pop-up shop for her wildly popular cosmetics line will, however, only stay open until supplies last after its grand opening.

Jenner also shared the news on social media by creating her very own Instagram page @thekylieshop, which links to accompanying website.

Jenner strikes a sultry pose, wearing nothing but a black lacy bra, thigh-high stockings and a leather trenchcoat as she puffs on a cigarette while relaxing on a couch.

It's "always gonna be Justin Bieber" for Serena Williams

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 19 : Tennis champion Serena Williams recently had a hard time choosing men listed by the host on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'.

During a game of 'Who'd You Rather?', the 35-year-old tennis champion burst out laughing when asked to choose between few Hollywood actors and Justin Bieber, reports E! Online.

"I am definitely going with Justin Bieber!" she gushed, pumping a fist in the air.

"Justin Bieber. You know what, it's always gonna be Justin Bieber," she affirmed as the pictures went on comparing the 22-year-old singer with Prince Harry and Bradley Cooper.

DeGeneres asked, "Are we stuck on Justin now?"

" Justin Bieber," Williams replied.

Obesity increases risk of blood cancer: Study

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that obesity increases the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood.

The study, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, found that being overweight or obese has been known to increase the risk of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood and bone marrow that develops more often after age 60.

Multiple myeloma is preceded by a blood disorder called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) in which abnormal plasma cells produce many copies of an antibody protein. This precancerous condition does not cause symptoms and often goes undiagnosed.

Marc Anthony, wife Shannon De Lima split post 2 years

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 19 : Marc Anthony and his wife Shannon De Lima recently called it quits on their romance after two years of marriage.

The couple, who wed in 2014 in the Dominican Republic, is separating after two years of marriage, according to E! Online.

The 48-year-old singer recently attended the ' Latin Grammys' solo, where he performed a duet of 1984 Spanish classic hit 'Olvidame y Pega la Vuelta' with ex-wife Jennifer Lopez.

Anthony dedicated the honor to his children saying, "You have sacrificed more than anyone to see daddy standing here after 30 years."

"You guys are living this moment with me. Alex, Arianna, Christina, Ryan, Max and Emme - I am yours," he said on stage.

Food with avocado extract could prevent bacterial illness

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : A recent study has found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria.

The study has been published in the Journal of Food Science.

Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems.

Food products formulated without synthetic additives can be harmful for health therefore, food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives with natural ones.

Researchers from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico compared enriched acetogenin extract (EAE) from avocado seeds with two name-brand synthetic antimicrobials.

Eat walnuts and be stress-free!

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : Stress is inevitable for a college student following an intense daily routine, but a recent study has come up with a solution to alleviate stress and cheer you up.

In addition to the familiar mantra of healthy food, regular exercise and proper sleep, now a recent study published in the Nutrients journal, has found that walnuts could be a key to a happier state-of-mind.

In this first intervention study in humans, Pribis measured the effect of walnut consumption on mood.

Emilia Clarke to star in Han Solo 'Star Wars' spinoff

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 19 : Looks like the world of seven kingdoms and the galaxies are colliding in style and a twist.

StarWars.com recently announced that Clarke, who is known for her stirring portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in 'Game of Thrones', will join the upcoming untitled Han Solo 'Star Wars' movie.

"Clarke joins Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover in the highly-anticipated film, which is set prior to the original Star Wars trilogy," the website reports.

Reportedly, the 'Terminator Genisys' actress' role will round out a dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.

Scientists find process by which APOL1 gene aids kidney disease

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : According to a paper publishedin the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, a Children's National Health System research team has come up with a novel process by which the gene APOL1 contributes to kidney disease.

Mutated versions of the APOL1 gene render people of African descent at heightened risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

Employing powerful genetic approaches, the researchers were able to mimic APOL1 renal cell pathology in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

This opens the door to pinpointing other proteins that interact with APOL1, a vital first step toward identifying medicines to treat renal diseases that currently have no drug therapy.

Children admitted to ICUs develop acute kidney injury

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : A study published online in The New England Journal of Medicine has found acute kidney disease developing in children admitted to pediatric intensive care units.

One of every four children admitted to pediatric ICU's around the world develops acute kidney injury (AKI), which increases the risk of death, as well as longer and more intensive hospitalizations.

Moreover, the nearly 12 percent who develop more severe AKI have a further increased risk of death within 28 days, according to lead author Stuart L. Goldstein, MD, director of the Center for Acute Care Nephrology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Saliva test may help diagnose kidney disease: Study

Washington D.C [USA], Nov. 19 : Kidney disease can now be diagnosed with a simple saliva test which will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2016 November 15¬-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The test may also help in predicting patients' risk of early death.

Simple and inexpensive tools for the diagnosis of kidney disease are lacking. Viviane Calice-Silva, MD, PhD (Pro-Kidney Foundation, Brazil) and her colleagues evaluated the diagnostic performance of a salivary urea nitrogen (SUN) dipstick, in Malawi, a low resource country in Africa.

Among 742 individuals who were studied, investigators diagnosed 146 patients with kidney disease using standard tests. High SUN levels were associated not only with the standard diagnostic tests, but also with a higher risk of early death.

Angelina Jolie makes first public appearance post split from Brad Pitt

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 19 : Angelina Jolie recently appeared in a recorded a video for the 'International Criminal Court' marking the first time she is back to the public eye since her divorce from former husband Brad Pitt.

The 'ICC' tweeted about the 41-year-old actress' response to a recent policy regarding children.

"#AngelinaJolie welcomes #OTP policy: Mankind owes to #children. We know we aren't giving the best to children. #ICCProsecutor4Children #ICC," read the caption.

A clip of the video was also captured by several Twitter users and shared on the social media site.

Jolie is seen donning a black blazer and a neat hairdo as she addresses the audience from the video.

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