Gwyneth Paltrow's Dubious Hangover Cure

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Jan 022012

Paltrow offers readers of her lifestyle newsletter GOOP some insight into what causes us to feel so ill the morning after drinking too much and suggested some tips to prevent and cure it.

But Dr. Michael Lucchesi, chief medical staff at SUNY Downstate Medical Center found some of her tips awful.

Lucchesi was not impressed with Paltrow’s endorsement of the health “elixir” Mercy, despite her disclosure that she’s an investor in the company.

While Paltrow swears by the “amino acids, vitamins, minerals and herb” drink and even suggests mixing it with booze for “hangover-preventing cocktail,” Lucchesi gave the whole idea the thumbs down.

“Something like this is no more beneficial than water or maybe even Gatorade. It’s the salts and electrolytes that provide relief,” the New York Daily News quoted him as saying.

Lucchesi found her suggestion of dragging one’s hung-over carcass into a hot steam room, even more baffling.

“Alcohol is a diuretic. Why would you want to engage in an activity that would cause you lose more water and salt?” he said.

Anything involving more sweating when you’re in tough shape is just a bad idea.

Lucchesi dismissed all the pricey vitamin supplements and herbs that she and celebrity M.D. Dr. Oz suggest.

“Most of these are totally water soluble. If you’re drinking water through out the evening, you’ll just urinate them out,” he claimed.


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Patients Relieved As Rajasthan Doctors End Strike

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Jan 022012

The deadlock was resolved at a late-night meeting on Saturday after the Rajasthan government agreed to revoke Rajasthan Essential Services Management Act (RESMA) and promised to release the arrested doctors.

The doctors felt that the situation would be normal in a day.

“There is an emergency case here so almost all doctors have turned up.

Everyone will come on duty today. The situation will turn normal from today itself, there is absolutely no problem. Doctors are feeling more independent and free with the government’s decision to remove RESMA,” said Trivendra Kumar Meena, one of the doctors.

At least 54 ailing patients died over the past week following the mass strike and non-availability of the medical help.

The patients and their relative expressed their happiness at the news of doctors calling off their strike Of course, it is very good news on the eve of New Year’s Day. Everybody is thankful to doctors and the government, “said B. Singhal, a patient’s relative.

Nearly 9,000 doctors from government hospitals of Rajasthan began the strike on December 21, demanding higher wages and perks at par with their counterparts employed by the central government.

The state government has promised to review the demands of the doctors, and has set up a three-member committee to look into the matter.


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Social Activist Anna Hazare Hospitalized in Pune

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Jan 012012

Anna Hazare was brought to the hospital after his close associate and personal medical consultant Dr. Kantilal Sancheti voiced concern on the health of the anti-graft crusader saying he needed to be hospitalized at the earliest.

The 74-year-old activist looked weak and fragile as he was taken inside the hospital on a stretcher.

Dr. Parag Sancheti, Chairman of Sancheti Hospital told mediapersons that his situation was not critical and he would recover in few days.

“Mr. Anna Hazare has been admitted and we have sent him for blood test and ECG is done. No major problems but he requires rest. He has been given antibiotics. We are sure that his condition will stabilize in four to five days time,” said Parag Sancheti.

Concerns over Anna’s health have been mounting ever since he went on a three-day fast to press his forum’s demand for a strong and effective Lokpal (Ombudsman) body at Mumbai recently.

The 74-year-old activist was forced to cut short his hunger strike after a team of specialists advised him to start eating again on the second day of his fast, citing low blood pressure, weakness and threat to his kidneys.

Ever since he ended the fast, an ailing Hazare has been recuperating and resting in Ralegan Siddhi and this was after weeks and months of intense traveling, public speeches, press conferences and meetings in his crusade against corruption.


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Finally! Saudi Women Free to Vote in 2015 Municipal Elections Without Male Approval

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Jan 012012

The announcement that was published in the state-run newspaper al-Watan signifies a step forward in relaxing the country’s restrictions against women, the Daily Mail reports.

King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz had revealed the future amendments to the current state law during a speech in September, marking the start of a new term for the Shura Council, the formal body advising the king.

He said that women will be able to run as candidates in the municipal election and will even have a right to vote.

“Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia, we have decided, after deliberation with our senior clerics and others… to involve women in the Shura Council as members, starting from next term,” the king had said at that time.

However, despite the historic decision by the king, male guardian laws in Saudi Arabia remain largely unchanged.

Saudi Arabia woman are still not allowed to travel, work, study abroad, marry, get divorced or gain admittance to a public hospital without permission from a male guardian.


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Cheryl Cole Launches Lipstick For A Cause

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Jan 012012

The lipstick goes on sale from Wednesday and a pound from every sale will go to the The Cheryl Cole Foundation in aid of The Prince’s Trust.

Cole said that she was ‘thrilled’ to be able to not only create her own lipstick but to help charity at the same time.

“I love wearing lipstick as it is makes me feel glamorous whatever the occasion. I chose this iconic luxurious, red shade as it is the perfect dramatic accessory,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

“I am so thrilled the funds raised from my L’Oreal Paris lipstick can make a difference to people’s lives through my foundation with The Prince’s Trust,” she said.

Cheryl said that a lot of thought had gone behind choosing the shade of the lipstick as she wanted to pick one that would suit everyone.

“When selecting the shade I chose one I felt would flatter most hair and skin types, and is the red that everyone wants in their make-up bag,” she added.


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Bus Driver In China Succumbs To Bird Flu

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Jan 012012

The man, surnamed Chen, died in Shenzhen — a boomtown that borders Hong Kong where thousands of chickens have already been culled after three birds tested positive for the H5N1 avian influenza virus in mid-December.

He developed a fever on December 21 and was taken to hospital four days later, and diagnosed with severe pneumonia, said the health department in Shenzhen, a city of more than 10 million people.

The 39-year-old then tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the department said, adding he had apparently had no direct contact with poultry in the month before he was taken ill, nor had he left the city.

The H5N1 virus is fatal in humans in about 60 percent of cases.

However, it does not pass easily among humans, and the World Health Organization says it has never identified a “sustained human-to-human spread” of the virus since it re-emerged in 2003.

The health department in Guangdong province, where Shenzhen is located, announced Saturday that the bus driver died after his lung, heart and liver functions deteriorated.

“So far, 120 people who have had close contact with him have not presented abnormal symptoms,” it said in a statement.

An official at the Shenzhen agriculture and fisheries bureau, surnamed Jiang, told AFP the bus driver had had no contact with birds.

“So far, we have not received any reports of any birds being infected,” he said.

“It is unclear where the patient got the flu from. We will not make any plans to kill domestic birds unless we know that was the source, or if there is any sign of birds being infected.”

Chinese and Hong Kong authorities have been working closely together since December 21 after live poultry supplies were suspended to the glitzy financial hub following the discovery of infected birds.

A spokesman for the Hong Kong health department said in a statement authorities would heighten their vigilance “and continue to maintain stringent port health measures in connection with this development”.

Health authorities in China have also vowed to stay in “close contact and work together” with Hong Kong and “jointly step up measures in controlling the epidemic”, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China is considered one of the nations most at risk of bird flu epidemics because it has the world’s biggest poultry population and many chickens in rural areas are kept close to humans.

In the last reported human case in China, a young pregnant woman died of bird flu in June 2010 in the central province of Hubei.

The bus driver’s death brought to 27 the number of people who have died in China since 2003, out of 41 reported human cases.

Authorities in Hong Kong have raised the bird flu alert level to “serious” since they discovered infected chickens, resulting in major disruptions to poultry supplies over the busy Christmas period.

The avian influenza virus has killed more than 330 people around the world, with Indonesia the worst-hit country. Most human infections are the result of direct contact with infected birds.

Scientists fear H5N1 could mutate into a form readily transmissible between humans, with the potential to cause millions of deaths.

Highlighting those fears, the World Health Organization said on Friday it was “deeply concerned” about research into whether H5N1 could be made more transmissible between humans after mutant strains were produced in labs.

Two separate research teams — one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States — separately found ways to alter the virus H5N1 so it could pass easily between mammals.


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Maldives Orders Closure of Spas After Protests

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Dec 312011

The tourism ministry instructed all resort hotels across the nation’s 1,192 tiny coral islands to shut their spas and health centres offering beauty treatments and massage with immediate effect.

The opposition Adhaalath party, a conservative religious movement whose website features an article criticising “lustful music,” staged protests in the capital Male last week accusing spas of being used as brothels.

“An Islamic party has been agitating against spas hoping to embarrass the government,” a senior government figure told AFP by telephone, confirming Thursday’s ministry order but asking not to be named.

The tourism industry is a vital foreign exchange earner and employer in the Maldives, a popular high-end destination for well-heeled honeymooners and celebrities where luxury rooms can cost up to $12,000 a day.

The Indian Ocean country this year received more than 850,000 tourists, drawn to its secluded islands known for turquoise blue lagoons, as well as corals and reefs filled with multi-coloured fish.

The government bowed to the pressure less than a week after President Mohamed Nasheed called for a “tolerant” form of Islam in his nation of 330,000 people, who by law are all Muslims.

He urged Maldivians to reject religious extremism and support the more liberal “traditional form” of Islam that has been practised in the Maldives for centuries.

Despite the Islamic republic’s reputation as a laid-back holiday paradise, burnished by frequent international marketing campaigns, there is growing concern about the influence of a minority of religious fundamentalists.

There have been anti-semitic protests recently about the transport ministry’s decision to allow direct flights from Israel, while a restaurant that hung up Christmas decorations last year was also targeted.

In 2010, a marriage celebrant was filmed abusing a Western couple as “swine” and “infidels” in a religious-tinged hate speech during a ceremony conducted in the local Dhivehi language.

Most recently, UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay has sought to highlight the plight of Maldivian women who can be publicly flogged for having extra-marital sex.

Industry sources said they expected the government to revoke the decision on spas considering the huge revenue earned from the business.

The deluxe Huvafen Fushi, where an ocean view room can cost $10,440 per night, told AFP Friday that their spa was open on Friday and they were accepting bookings for the New Year.

“We have heard of this report, but our spa is open,” a Huvafen Fushi manager said. The hotel boasts the world’s first underwater spa treatment rooms where guests have a close up view of marine life.

The government move to shut spas will directly affect an opposition leader, Gasim Ibrahim, head of the Jumhoory Party, who owns five, the independent Minivan news website reported.


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Gardens of Time Tops Facebook's Most Popular Game List

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Dec 312011

Facebook has asserted that it gave priority to games with the highest satisfaction scores.

The TechCrunch blog described the move as a ‘snub’, but other analysts said the site might have wanted to promote its recommendation tools, the BBC reported.

Gardens of Time has been praised for its design and addictive gameplay in the reviews, however quite a few of internet bloggers are surprised that the game topped Facebook’s list.

Reacting to the questions being raised on its methodology to compile its list, Facebook amended its company blog to explain its decision.

“This list was compiled by looking at the top games on Facebook with more than 100,000 monthly active users and giving priority to those games with the highest user satisfaction scores,” Facebook said.

“The result is a list of the games that received the most user recommendations in 2011,” it added.

Facebook’s top 10 games of 2011:

1. Gardens of Time (Playdom)
2. The Sims Social (EA)
3. Cityville (Zynga)
4. Doubledown Casino (Doubledown Interactive)
5. Indiana Jones Adventure World (Zynga)
6. Words With Friends (Zynga)
7. Bingo Blitz (Buffalo Studios)
8. Empires and Allies (Zynga)
9. Slotomania-Slot Machines (Playtika)
10. Diamond Dash (Wooga)


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Girls Do Better in Studies During Single-sex Lessons at University

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Dec 312011

At the end of the year, the marks of the girls-only class were eight per cent higher than either of the other groups. The split, though, had no effect on the boys’ only or mixed classes, the Independent reported.

The researchers have insisted that the findings could help determine policies regarding the way students are taught in future – both at university and in schools. It may lead to higher demands for single-sex teaching.

“I would like to see policy makers think about this,” Patrick Nolen, who conducted the research with Alison Booth – both from the university’s economics department, said.

“This finding is relevant to the policy debate on whether or not single-sex classes within co-ed schools could be a useful way forward,” the study concluded.

The study has been published in the New Economic Journal.


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Red Meat Increases the Risk of Kidney Cancer

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Dec 312011

People who eat lots of red meat may have a higher risk of kidney cancer, according to researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Researchers found that middle-aged adults who ate the most red meat (about 4 ounces of red meat a day) were 19% more likely to be diagnosed with kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma i.e. RCC) than those who ate the least (less than 1 ounce a day). Higher intake of chemicals found in grilled or barbecued meat was also linked to increased risk of the disease.

The study is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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