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How technology has changed our health issues October 02, 2013 17:09

Technology is omnipresent. From business to fitness and from shopping to our personal relationships, technology has become centrifugal to human existence. While it  is certainly a boon, on the flipside, it's fast adding up to our physical woes. Let's find out how. Text Neck If you are gleaning through this write-up slumped in a chair or leaning on to your desk - your head  craned, your shoulders  curved and arms bent by your extreme side - then beware! Termed as a ‘text neck’ problem, physical therapists, doctors and chiropractors opine that carpel tunnel syndrome is a passé, and ‘text neck’ is the new tech-induced body ailment. Sleep Disorders Over exposure to the artificial light from TV and computer screen affects melatonin production by toppling circadian rhythms and thwarting deep and restorative sleep. Every day, late night computer usage, without any frequent breaks  can trigger sleep disorders, stress and depressive symptoms. Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) If you are someone who is glued to laptop for 6 to 7 hours daily and often complain of mild to moderate dry or watery eyes, then possibly you are suffering from computer vision syndrome. To speak like a layman, if your eyes tear often or you suffer from blurred vision, double vision, dry, red eyes, eye irritation, headaches and neck or back pain, then you need to minimize your usage. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome If you shrug off a slight cramp as a muscle pull or a muscle spasm, then know that carpel tunnel syndrome is not a thing to be overlooked. “Numbness in the fingers (especially thumb, index and middle finger), burning, tingling sensation in the palm, pain radiating in upward direction of the hand, tightening of joints and fingers and poor grip while holding objects are a few lethal symptoms of carpel tunnel syndrome.” (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Salma Hayek watches Mirranda Kerr in sexy lace September 30, 2013 18:38

Miranda Kerr, an ex-Victoria's Secret model, made an appearance at the Paris Fashion week in sheer lace. Walking to Stella McCartney's creations, she was a pretty sight for sore eyes. The show, which displayed sheer and opaque s/s14 collection for spring/summer 2014, was watched by Salma Hayek. McCartney's signature style of masculine tailoring was updated with feminine, floral dresses that had cliched waists and transparent lace. Her collections are said to be easy-to-wear clothes that embody the empowered Brit girl. 'An accent on understated seduction. Fluid silhouettes play on transparency and opacity in line with the body,' read the show notes. {besps}stories/slideshow/ParisFashionWeekSpring2014{/besps} Source: Dailymail (AW: Sruthi)

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Couples in the act, on your TV September 25, 2013 19:28

Accompanied by an intention to keep inmates under camera surveillance intending to live matchmaking today's reality shows are becoming courageous and daring day by day.  At the same time during present time they intend to grab even larger audience attention. Interestingly, there is a new and courageous concept by Channel 4 where lovers will have sex in front of the camera. In this new programme named as Sex Box the couples will be covered from view in an opaque, sound-proof room attached to a studio, and they will come out and discuss their experiences accompanied by a panel of sex experts. The idea according to the channel is quite 'noble' as the objective is to promote honest and open discussion around real sex in light of the violent outburst of online porn. It seems there will be gay and heterosexual couples as well. Subsequent to their erotic session in the sex box, the couples will talk to emotionally exciting aunt Mariella Frostrup, psychotherapist Phillip Hodson, sex and relationship expert Tracey Cox and US sex columnist Dan Savage. The erotic programme will form part of Channel 4's Campaign for Real Sex Season. (AW:SB)

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Victoria Beckham posts awesome coffee portrait September 24, 2013 17:45

Victoria Beckham, one of the most popular fashion trendsetters, posted an awesome portrait of herself on Twitter. The image displays coffee art at its best with New York ‘latte artist’ Michael Breach creating her essence in a cup of hot coffee. A mum of four, Victoria follows her heart with her career while still managing to be the best mother in the world to her kids. When she shared the coffee portrait, the picture was applauded by all for its sheer creativity. Breach created this little piece of heaven for a fundraiser named Macmillan’s coffee morning fundraising campaign. The coffee, sadly, lasted only 3 minutes. The artist's coffee art is famous all over the world and Victoria lent a picture of herself to draw this steaming portrait. Mrs Beckham, a coffee lover, is also in the news for being voted as UK's most inspirational mother. Responding to questions on how she manages both kids and a fashion designing career, she said that it is a juggling act. “It’s no different for me than any other mum. I’d do anything for them. But I also love what I do. I think anyone who says it’s easy is lying,” she noted. Source: Dailymail (AW: Sruthi)

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Sri Devi steps into Hollywood with Merly Streep September 21, 2013 16:42

Sri Devi, India's yummy mummy, may act in Hollywood for a film titled Cowboys and Indians. No points for guessing who the Indian is. Meryl Steep is the actress making Sri's journey easier. The two senior actresses are set to blaze the screen together under the direction of Amy Redford. Amy is the 43 year old daughter of Hollywood legend Robert Redford. Jeremy Wall and Jeremy Leider, Hollywood's producer duo will reportedly take up the film. Though nothing has been confirmed and talks are still in the initial stages, all involved parties are displaying palpable interest in the film. That's women power at its best. If and when the actresses get together, the news is bound to send the whole film fraternity into a tizzy, not to mention exciting the Indian audiences to the skies. Two female leads and a female director. What more can a modern women ask for. Cowboys and Indians is one film we would love to watch. (AW: Sruthi)

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3,000 pounds to sleep! Are you game? September 18, 2013 15:00

Couch potatoes rejoice. Nasa is looking for someone exactly like you. The US space agency is looking for willing volunteers who are up to sleeping continuously for over 2 months straight. Hard? Not hard? Well, this program is part of Nasa's special research that focuses on the effects of microgravity on the human body. In addition to the money, couch potatoes can now be a part of something productive without actually being, ahem, productive. Research to document the effects of microgravity on the human body will not require the volunteers to do anything besides watching TV, internet surfing and playing computer games. There is only one catch. The sleeping beauties will be put up in a tilted bed for the duration of the 70-day project, 24 hours a day. No breaks there. According to the space agency's website, researchers and engineers are studying bed rest as an experimental analog for space flight because extended exposure to a head-down tilt position can duplicate many of the effects of a low-gravity environment. “Of all the potential challenges crew members encounter in the space environment, microgravity has proven to be one of the most difficult to mimic in an experimental setting.” Hence the twist. These 'Pillownauts' would get paid £3,000 per month as part of the research, while their mental health, muscle, bone strength and cardiovascular function is monitored. (AW: Sruthi)

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Dusky Miss New York is Miss America September 16, 2013 13:04

An American first and foremost, that's what Nina Davuluri said after her win. She made history at the Miss America pageant, held Sunday as she was not only the first Indian-American to be crowned Miss America, but is also the first Telugu girl to be given the title. She was Miss York at the pageant, which has 50 participants from each state of America vying for the crown. Her crowing has bridged communities further in America, speaking on which, Nina said she is happy that this organization embraced diversity. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America,” she commented from New Jersey's Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. A girl hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Nina had noted that she considers herself an American first, responding to Twitter comments that did not take well to an Indian taking the crown. This year, Miss America was celebrating 'diversity through cultural competency', wherein a range of contestants were encouraged to participate. With her $50,000 winnings, she plans to attend medical college. Nina is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America title after Mallory Hagan. To win the crown, Nina performed to a Bollywood dance fusion and impressed judges with her answer to a question on plastic surgery. As per her answer, she only supports natural, God given appearance. Incidentally, she appeared distracted when her dance routine was announced. She had to be prompted twice. Still, she managed to win their hearts and votes at the Miss America 2014 pageant. (AW: Sruthi)

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Lesser known star affairs confessed September 14, 2013 16:53

You may think star flings are as common as muck in Hollywood, and we don't deny that either! But then, there have been surprising celebrity love liaisons that will rock your world as much as it did ours when we first discovered them. Read on for the dope.  TV host and Ozzy Osbourne's better half Sharon Osbourne is believed to have been head over heels in love with “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, when she was 25. The fling, however, was very, very short-lived. During one of the episodes of her talk show, she said "The fling was more fling for me and not fling enough for him." But that isn't all! Did you know that  during the shooting of “Mamma Mia!” Amanda Seyfried  didn't just fall for Dominic Cooper alone. In fact, she was also involved with co-star Alexander Skarsguard. "We dated," she revealed. "He's super funny, but I was too involved with Dom." Now, here is the big one. The “Expendables” actor Van Damme confessed to dating the Aussie songstress Kylie Minogue during the filming of “Street Fighter” some 2 decades back. "I tell you what, you should ask her. She'll have a better memory," he quipped to U.K.'s The Guardian, before later confirming, "Yes. Okay. Yes, yes, yes. It happened. I was in Thailand, we had an affair." But here is the bomber! Arnold Schwarzenegger confessed to having cheated his wife once previously during the filming of “Red Sonja” with Nielsen in 1985. Calling the romance a "hot affair," Schwarzenegger said he was living with Shriver at the time, but that the relationship was not serious for him. A year earlier, Nielsen wrote of the affair in her own autobiography, but said she didn't know he was with Shriver then.    (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Want Kristen Stewart's company? Pay! September 12, 2013 18:46

How much will you shell out to hang out with the "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart? Er...whatever might be your bid, know that there are a handful of people who can fork over a fortune to be with her, even if it's for a mere fifteen minutes. A Middle Eastern prince apparently anted up $500,000 for 15 minutes of Kristen's time! "Mr. Harvey Weinstein described persuading [Kristen Stewart] to accept an offer from a Middle Eastern prince, who said he would make a large contribution to the Sandy relief effort if she would speak with him." "'How much?' Ms. Stewart asked, according to Mr. Weinstein. He checked with the prince, who proposed a figure, which Mr. Weinstein promptly raised to $500,000," a leading US daily wrote. The money was  paid to her in advance, in cash, Mr. Weinstein said. It was kept in safe custody of James Dolan, MSG's chairman, who locked it up in Madison Square Garden. 'And Kristen sits with the guy for 15 minutes'. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Life of Pi, Slumdog actors bond September 11, 2013 17:21

Actors Dev Patel and Freida pinto easily strutted into Hollywood circuits with Danny Boyle's Oscar-winning flick "Slumdg Millionaire". But, things weren't the same for their co-stars who had to wait long  before the West noticed them. For their co-star, Madhur Mittal -- who played the older 'Salim' in the movie -- it's been a long wait that finally got answered now. Madhur has apparently bagged a  lead role along with “Life Of Pi” star Suraj Sharma in Craig Gillespie's "Million Dollar Arm". This sports biopic is based on the real-life story of baseball pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, both of Indian origin. While Suraj will play Rinku, Madhur will assay the role of Dinesh. The film   is being shot in the US, Mumbai and Delhi.vJoining them is “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm, who was in Mumbai some time back for the shoot. Madhur  hails from Mumbai while Suraj  is a Delhi guy. And the camaraderie between both is a sight to see. Says Madhur, "Suraj is unlike a Delhi boy. He is half-Marathi half-Malayali! Besides, we had a lot of things in common." (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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Boyfriend fed up with Miley's antics September 07, 2013 17:06

Actor Liam Hemsworth is miffed with fiance Miley Cyrus and the reason is as good as anybody's guess. Apparently, he is so tired with her weird antics that he has decided to call of their relationship now. Things went uglier between the two after Cyrus hit the headlines for twerking and flirting with singer Robin Thicke during MTV Video Music Awards. "The VMAs is the straw that will break him. He wants out of the relationship," a Life and Style magazine quoted a source as saying. Hemsworth`s family and friends have also advised him against the relationship. "All of his family and management are begging him to break it off and publicly move on," said a source. (AW: Suchorita Dutta)

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NY Fashion Week arrives! September 05, 2013 13:19

There was a prominent announcement that the fashion world focuses on New York from Thursday. That's due to the fact that industry big names along with several newcomers to expose their creations for immediately following spring. One of the designers brings into spotlight the first show for plus-sized women. In the manner the days come into existence getting shortened in the Big Apple, the city can enjoy a pleasant situation a little longer in the warmth as designers look ahead to spring-summer 2014 during Fashion Week. Celebrities as well as fashionistas will gather in large number to the city for some 350 shows that will draw beyond 100,000 guests for the event, which furthers through September 12. The style limelight will then have progression of swinging over to London, Milan as well as Paris. The New York city would be buzzing with fashion....are you ready for it???   (AW: SB)

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