August 31, 2006

Keep Your Cool to Save Your Lung

You'd better count up to ten before you blow your top. The safety valve for you is to keep your cool. Acccording to research, anger can damage your lung function.

A US team followed 670 male military veterans and found those with high levels of hostility had poorer lung function than their happier peers.

The scientists also found that the angriest men suffered a more rapid decline in lung capacity.

Writing in the journal Thorax, the team said their findings could help develop new ways of targeting lung disease screening and prevention strategies. [
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August 30, 2006

Hearty Cheers To White Wine

White wine may bring cheers to your heart.

All the while, we have been told that red wine is good for the heart. But early this month, a new study has suggested that the lighter wines may be just as good as the red.

This challenges the notion that red wines, like cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and pinot noir, are better for the heart than white wines, such as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, and Riesling.

Until now, research has suggested the bulk of grapes' heart-healthy benefits come from antioxidant compounds primarily found in their skins. These compounds are called anthocyanins and contribute to the red color of the fruit.

In the making of red wines, the grape skins are crushed along with the pulp. But the skins are quickly separated out during the making of most white wines.

That led to the conventional belief that red wines, which contain more of these compounds, are responsible for the drink's beneficial effects in fighting heart disease. [
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August 29, 2006

A Pop Princess' Grand Wedding

It has to be the most celebrated wedding ever in Malaysia. More than 2,000 guests that read like a who's who of Malaysia's glitterati, including the country's royalty, joined in the celebration.

The big-hype wedding of Malaysia's pop princess Siti Nurhaliza to businessman Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa had all the trappings of an exclusive gala event - beautiful people, live TV coverage and entertainment by some of the top artistes in Malaysia and Indonesia.

The burning question that begs for a figure: What's the price tag for such a lavish wedding? According to Malaysia's English-language newspaper New Straits Times, based on information
from reliable sources, Siti's wedding cost several million ringgit (Malaysian currency).

Her diamond-encrusted tiara which she wore at the wedding reception cost RM2 mllion. Her wedding was covered by Malaysia's leading TV stations. The TV3 rights of RM1 million will go to charity. [Read more...]

Photo credit: NST

World's Oldest Woman Dies At 116

Maria Esther de Capovilla's family was expecting to celebrate her 117th birthday but last Sunday she died, aged 116, after succumbing to pneumonia.

Capovilla, who lived in the coastal city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is officially the world's oldest woman.

Born in 1889, the same year as Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler, Capovilla was 22 when the Titanic sank and 79 when astronauts first set foot on the Moon.

Her family said donkey milk might be key to her longevity.

Capovilla was born in Guayaquil to a well-to-do Ecuadorean family which traced its ancestry to the Spanish conquistadores.

She married Antonio Capovilla, an Austrian sailor, in 1917, and was widowed in 1949. [
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August 27, 2006

Just Imagine Sir Elton Hip-Hopping!

Ever thought you'd see the day Sir Elton John goes hip-hop with the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kanye West? Yes, he is planning to record a hip-hop album and he hopes to collaborate with them.

Well, according to the man himself: "I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip-hop beats."

The 59-year-old singer told Rolling Stone in an interview published on their website.

"It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don't know until you try," he said. Sir Elton's latest album, The Captain and the Kid, is released next month.

Sir Elton's Broadway musical Lestat closed prematurely in May. [Read more...]

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