Martha Stewart to launch signature wine brand

Washington, Sept 19 : Lifestyle queen Martha Stewart is set to give her name to a new range of wines.

The star has finalized a deal with Californian wine company, Ernest and Julio Gallo, which will make 15,000 cases of wine under the ‘Stewart’ brand, reports Contactmusic.

As per her company, ‘Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’, the wine cases will be initially made to be shipped to a limited number of cities which includes Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado, and Ohio.

Vanessa Hudgens has a secret crush on Matt Damon

Washington, Sept 19 : Actress Vanessa Hudgens’ has revealed her secret crush on actor Matt Damon.

In a recent interview on The Tyra Banks Show, the High School Musical star avoided questions about her relationship with costar Zac Efron by asserting that she "loves" Damon.

"I was 14 years old and I met him," People quoted Hudgens, as saying.

"I completely freaked out. Like, I did to him what my fans do to me. I was like, 'Ohmigosh, I love you so much, can I have your autograph,'" she added.

Stem cell transplant for cancer patients linked to decreased sexual function

Washington, Sept 19 : A long-term study has revealed that that a type of stem cell transplant used for patients with life-threatening diseases, such as leukaemia and lymphoma, results in decreased sexual function and activity for recipients.

The study also found that males are likely to recover from these changes over time, while the sexuality of female patients remains compromised. In addition, neither male nor female long-term cancer survivors regained levels of sexual activity and function equal to those of their peers who have not had cancer.

Second-choice mate can still ensure viable offspring

Washington, Sept 19 : A new research that crossed several species boundaries has shown that the cardinal rule ‘if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with’ can be applied to the animal kingdom too.

The new research that crosses several species boundaries reveals that when animals choose less-than-preferred (to them) mates, females and males apparently have ways to compensate that increase the chance their offspring will survive.

Bumper pads more hazardous than beneficial for infants

Washington, Sep 19: Bumper pads meant to prevent babies from bumping or trapping their heads against the hard bars of a crib, can actually increase the risk of accidental death or injury to an infant, a study says.

According to paediatric researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the hazards of using crib bumper pads outweigh their benefits.

Children with cancer are emotionally resilient

Washington, Sept 19: A new study by St. Jude psychologists has revealed that children with cancer are emotionally well adjusted and most do not suffer depression or anxiety.

The study that analysed depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress and quality of life also found that children with cancer do as well as, and often better, than their healthy peers.

“We see them as a flourishing population that has adapted to the stress of having cancer and undergoing treatment,” said Sean Phipps, Ph.D., a member of the St. Jude Division of Behavioural Medicine.

Smoking may damage long-term stability of some oral surgeries

Washington, Sep 19: A new study has found that smoking could harm the long-term stability of certain oral surgical procedures.

The study, from the American Academy of Periodontology, showed that smokers had less advantageous long-term results following periodontal plastic surgery than non-smokers.

For the study, the researchers followed 10 smokers and 10 non-smokers for two years to assess the effects of cigarette smoke on the long-term outcomes of a treatment to help soft tissue reattach to the root surface of the teeth.

O. J. Simpson’s robbery tape leaks on the internet

Washington, September 18: An audiotape featuring former American football star O. J. Simpson’s alleged armed standoff in a hotel room in Las Vegas has been leaked on the internet.

The 60-year-old was arrested on Sunday in connection with an armed raid at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino.

According to reports, Simpson and his five associates are thought to be part of a group interested in purchasing memorabilia items from collector Alfred Beardsley.

The tape has been recorded by Thomas Riccio, co-owner of the auction house Universal Rarities.

"Think you can steal my s**t and sell it?" Contactmusic quoted Simpson as being heard in the tape obtained by TMZ.com.

Fans make Clooney feel his good looks won’t last forever

Washington, September 18: Hollywood hunk George Clooney has revealed that time and again his fans make him realise that his good looks will not last forever.

Clooney revealed that each time he encounters a fan, he feels as if he were not present there.

"All those things are going to disappear one day and I know that every time I get confronted by fans. They'll talk about me as if I am not there. Like how much older I look in person or have all this grey hair," he said.

Statin drug helps unclog blood vessels from excess cholesterol, fats

Washington, Sep 18: Scientists have shed more light on the use of statins, by discovering how a statin drug used against heart disease helps to unclog blood vessels from an excess of cholesterol and fats.

Canadian researchers say that the results help explain how the drug works and may provide ways to improve similar drugs in the future.

When Jolie went to Disneyland while high on LSD

Washington, Sept 18: Angelina Jolie once took LSD, one of the most potent drugs, just before she took a trip to Disneyland.

The ‘Lara Croft’ star certainly felt the drug’s effects, for once at the theme park, she started imagining that Mickey Mouse was a ‘short, middle-aged man in a costume who hates life’.

"I remember taking LSD before I went to Disneyland. I started thinking about Mickey Mouse being a short, middle-aged man in a costume who hates life," Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.

Magellanic clouds are recent visitors to our Milky Way galaxy

Washington, Sept 18: Astronomers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have shown that the Magellanic Clouds are recent arrivals to our galactic neighbourhood.

The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) are two of the Milky Way's closest neighbouring galaxies. A stunning sight in the southern hemisphere, they were named after Ferdinand Magellan, who explored those waters in the 16th century.

For hundreds of years, these galaxies were considered satellites of the Milky Way, gravitationally bound to our home galaxy.

Reduced serotonin levels make women more depressed, men more impulsive

Washington September 18: Scientists have found that women and men respond differently to manipulation of serotonin levels, a biochemical whose reduced transmission has been implicated in major depressive disorder (MDD), a common mental disorder.  

The study published in Biological Psychiatry involved a technique called acute tryptophan depletion to decrease serotonin levels in the brains of healthy participants.

Cyprian honeybees kill invading hornets by smothering them

Washington, Sept 18: Cyprian honeybees kill their archenemy, the Oriental hornet by smothering them, a new study by entomologists in the recent issue of Current Biology, has revealed.

“Here, for the first time we detail an amazing defence strategy, namely asphyxia-balling, by which Cyprian honeybees mob the hornet and smother it to death. The domestic bee has never ceased surprising us,” said Gérard Arnold of CNRS in Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

ER episodes improve viewers’ health information

Washington, Sept 18: A new study has revealed that medical dramas on TV such as ‘ER’ are an influential medium for health communication.

Researchers at the University of Southern California found that the primetime NBC network drama had a positive influence on the attitudes and behaviours of viewers, particularly among men when it dealt with issues like teen obesity, hypertension and healthy eating habits.

Astronomers successfully launch ‘Life on Mars “Pregnancy Test”’ probe

Washington, Sept 18: Astronomers have launched into space the key components of a new approach to discover life on Mars.

The test is part of a 12-day low Earth orbit experiment to assess their survivability in the space radiation experiment – a prelude to future journeys to Mars, and is based in technology similar to that used in pregnancy test kits.

The so-called immunoassays are embodied in the “Life Marker Chip” (LMC) experiment, which has the potential to detect trace levels of biomarkers in the Martian environment.

New criteria may help detect Alzheimer’s early

Washington, Sep 18: Researchers have proposed a new diagnostic criteria which will enable physicians to detect and treat Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in its earliest stages, when patients are experiencing only mild degrees of cognitive impairment.

The research, which was co-led by Dr. Howard Feldman, head of the Div. of Neurology in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, included investigators from countries like Japan, the U.S. and England.

Britney's manager gives her the boot

Washington, Sept 18: Britney Spears has just been dealt with another blow, for her manager has announced that he is parting ways with her.

Manager Jeff Kwatinetz of the Firm confirmed that the management company would no longer be repping Britney, after being on the job for just one month.

"It saddens us to confirm media reports that we have terminated our professional relationship with Britney Spears," E! Online quoted him, as saying.

Douglas’ son’s pee soothed his jellyfish sting!

Washington, September 17: Actor Michael Douglas has revealed that he asked his seven-year-old son to pee on him, after being stung by a jellyfish this year.

He said that he was stung on the back while scuba diving off the coast of Spain, and was left writhing in pain.

"My son was there... I said, 'Dylan, please pee-pee on daddy's back.' He kinda thought it was a trick question,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

The ‘Brave One’ tops weekend box office

Washington, Sept 17: Jodie Foster starrer ‘The Brave One’ topped the weekend box office with an estimated earning of 14 million dollars.

The film was followed by Russell Crowe and Christian Bale starrer ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (9.2 million dollars), reports E! Online.

Mr. Woodcock (9.1 million dollars) and Dragon Wars (5.4 million dollars) were ranked third and fourth respectively, according to estimates compiled by Exhibitor Relations.

‘Superbad’ completed the top five at the fifth spot with 5.2 million dollars.

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