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Sally Field and James Spader win top honours at Emmys

Washington, Sept 17: Two-time Academy winning actress Sally Field won the award for best actress in a dramatic series for her role in ‘Brothers and Sisters’ at the 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Best actor in a dramatic series went to James Spader for his role as a lawyer in ‘Boston Legal’.

Field’s comments had to bleeped since she started talking about the war in Iraq.

She later told reporters that she wanted to say something about mums whose son’s aren’t coming home.

Keira Knightley’s jinxed when it comes to props!

Washington, Sept 17: Actress Keira Knightely failed to overcome her habit of breaking important props while filming, for she recently broke two crucial items on the set of period drama ‘Atonement’.

The 22-year-old actress, who faces difficulty in keeping film props intact, broke an exclusively designed Chanel necklace and a lighter while filming ‘Atonement’.

"I was wearing a Chanel necklace and it got stuck,” Contactmusic quoted Knightely, as saying.

‘I'd love to perform on the same stage as the Spice Girls’, says JLo

Washington, Sept 17: Hispanic star, Jennifer Lopez wants to be a part of the Spice Girls’ impending world tour.

The singer/actress wants to join the band on their reunion gigs, which will begin in Los Angeles later this year in Los Angeles.

"I'd love to get back out there on tour and I'd really like to perform on the same stage as the Spice Girls,” Contactmusic quoted her, as saying.

Posh Spice Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez are very good friends, and incidentally, JLo’s favourite Spice Girl is also Victoria.

Updated GOLD report underlines new recommendations to prevent COPD

Washington, Sept 17: New recommendations for the diagnosis, management and prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been made by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

The latest standards lay stress on the importance of proper diagnosis, evaluation of the disease’s severity, and better understanding of co-morbidities to improve treatment of disease.

Organ transplantation for HIV patients still a question mark, says study

Washington, Sept 16: A new report has summarised new developments in organ transplantation for patients with HIV.

Modern treatments—especially the anti-HIV drug combinations known as highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART)—have greatly decreased the risk of death from AIDS and other causes in patients with HIV.

‘I'm not adopting four blonde babies,’ says Paris Hilton

Washington, Sep 16: Socialite Paris Hilton has denied reports that she is to adopt four blonde babies.

In a recent interview, the hotel heiress revealed that at the moment, kids were not on her priority list.

"Someone just said that I'm adopting four blonde babies. That's retarded. No, I'm not,” People quoted her, as saying.

When asked if she’d like to adopt, Paris said, “Maybe, but I want to have my own children.”

Electrons conduct electricity like bouncing balls in Graphene ‘billiards table’

Washington, Sept 16: Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have found that electrons conduct electricity in Graphene the same way balls bounce back from the walls of a billiards table.

Graphene is a two-dimensional honeycomb lattice of carbon atoms, and, structurally, is related to carbon nanotubes (tiny hollow tubes formed by rolling up sheets of graphene) and buckyballs (hollow carbon molecules that form a closed cage).

Financial incentives could promote employee weight loss

Washington, Sept 16: Researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that moderate financial incentives could promote employee weight loss.

In the study, more than 200 participants were recruited from the employees at one university and three community colleges in North Carolina.

Participants were arbitrarily assigned to be given no money, 7 dollar per percentage point of weight lost or 14 dollar per percentage point of weight lost, during the first three months.

Cell phone users suffering from ‘ringxiety’

Washington, Sept 16: A new survey has found that about two thirds of the people suffer from the phenomenon of "ringxiety” – hearing the mobile phone ring or feeling it vibrate when it is not actually ringing.

The study, conducted by David Laramie of the Wright Institute in Los Angeles, found that the more frequent a person used phone, the more often, he or she reported hearing a phantom ring.

Kylie Minogue ready with new album

Washington, Sept 14: Australian singer Kylie Minogue has confirmed the release of her first new single ‘2 Hearts’ since being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Aussie singer’s latest single is scheduled to release on the Parlophone record label on November 12th.

2 Hearts will be Minogue’s first album in more than two years and follows her breast cancer surgery.

The 39-year-old songstress revealed that she had been working on the record for one and half year and was struggling to cut down a wealth of songs she had put together for it.

Courtney Love turns to fans for inspiration

Washington, Sept 14:  Rocker Courtney Love is now counting on her fans to provide inspiration for the lyrics of a new track after suffering a bout of writer's block.

The rocker is looking to her fan following as she is finding it difficult penning a new song.

Love posted a message on her MySpace blog inviting her fans to help her write some fresh material for a new album.

Chronic fatigue syndrome and stomach virus linked

Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): A research has revealed that there is a link between chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic enterovirus infection of the stomach.

The conclusion was based on the findings of the research and the study is published in Journal of Clinical Pathology

Researchers analysed the cases of 165 patients suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME (myalgic encephalitis), all of whom were subjected to endoscopy because of longstanding gut complaints.

Pregnant women with HIV have lower risk of progressing towards AIDS

Washington, Sept 14(ANI):  Researchers, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, reported that HIV infected women, who become pregnant have a lower risk of progression to AIDS and death.

Their findings suggested that “the complex set of immunologic changes” that occur during pregnancy may be interacting as a benefactor with the combination drug therapy.

New mechanism that helps fight inflammatory diseases identified

Washington, Sept 14(ANI): Scientists have identified a new mechanism that may help fight inflammatory diseases.
It has been discovered for the first time that the platelets which are the cells needed for blood clotting, help white blood cells called neutrophils in fighting inflammation.

The finding was done by Ralph Kettritz, Professor of Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the Charite and investigator at the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany, and colleagues.

Eva Longoria hates locking lips with co-stars

Washington: Ever since Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria got married to basketball player Tony Parkeron, she has started hating kissing her co-stars.

The actress asserted that she was never comfortable locking lips with anyone other than boyfriends and husbands, and the feeling has only gotten worse after she and Parker wed.

Divorcing Pamela was the best thing I ever did: Kid Rock

Washington: Kid Rock doesn’t regret divorcing Pamela Anderson after realising that he didn’t love her.
While appearing on a U.S. radio show in order to come clean about his fight with Pam’s ex-husband, Tommy Lee, he also commented on his divorce.

"The best thing I ever did," Contactmusic quoted him, as telling.

"I went through what I went through, and there's no doubt it wasn't love - we went through all these things, but then coming out of it pretty much unscathed,” he said.

Elizabeth Taylor finds new love at 75!

Washington, Sept 14: Hollywood’s veteran actress, Elizabeth Taylor, 75, has a new man in her life - the one who introduced her to Hawaii.

Taylor ended all the speculations about her relationship with African-American businessman Jason Winters by admitting to New York gossip columnist Liz Smith that the reports were indeed true.

"Jason Winters is one of the most wonderful men I've ever known and that's why I love him,” Contactmusic quoted her, as telling

Zebrafish may give insight into human mitochondrial diseases

Washington, Sep 14 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a new application for tropical and popular aquarium fish, Zebrafish – it can now be used to study COX deficiencies in humans.

Researchers at the University of Oregon claim that their finding has opened an unparalleled pathway to examine the earliest stages of mitochondrial impairments that lead to potentially fatal metabolic disorders.

French maritime pine bark extract may help reduce ADHD in children

Washington, Sep 13: A new study has revealed that a pine bark extract reduces Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

The study, by researchers at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Germany’s University of Munster, suggests that Pycnogenol, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, balances stress hormones, which lowers adrenaline and dopamine, resulting in a decrease of ADHD.

Artificial sweetener safe for humans: review

Artificial Sweetener
Washington, Sept 12 : A new review has revealed that there is no proof that Aspartame, a non- nutritive sweetener, has adverse effects on health or that it causes cancer, neurological damage or other problems in humans.

The safety of Aspartame for people of all ages, and with a variety of health conditions, was evaluated by an international expert panel from 10 universities and medical schools.

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