Monday, July 30, 2007

Why fit people dislike the obese

Overweight people are often bullied and discriminated against because ancient fears that fat humans may be diseased causes their thinner counterparts to dislike them, say scientists. In a study, reported in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, the researchers have found that the mere sight of someone who is overweight can trigger feelings of disgust and nausea similar to encountering rotten food. Since bacteria and viruses are invisible, human brains have evolved to react to outward signs of disease like rashes and wounds, and these signs also include excessive body fat, suggests the study. "Antipathy towards obese people is a powerful and pervasive prejudice in many contemporary populations," the Daily Mail quoted the team from the University of British Columbia as saying. "Our results reveal, for the first time, that this prejudice may be rooted in multiple, independent mechanisms," the research team added. The study showed that feelings of disgust towards the obese were strongest in people with the greatest fear of disease. Participants who agreed with comments like "it really bothers me when people sneeze without covering their mouths" in the questionnaires given were found to be more likely to agree with statements such as "if I were an employer looking to hire, I might avoid hiring a fat person". "The research sounds reasonable enough I suppose; obesity is unhealthy and if there is something in us that helps us avoid ill health I can understand that," television presenter Anne Diamond, who helps people conquer obesity after briefly ballooning to 14st 9lb herself, said. "But I don't believe that in the 21st century we can use it as an excuse for prejudice. Obesity is an illness, but something becoming so common that it will soon be the norm," she added.

Monday, July 23, 2007

To realize the value of ?...?..?.

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone
Who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of a ten years:
ask a newly
Divorced couple.

To realize
The value of a four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who
Has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother
Who gave birth to a still born.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother
Who has given birth to
A premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one second:
Ask a person
Who has survived an accident......

To realize
The value of one millisecond:
Ask the person
Who has won a silver medal in the olympics.


Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when
You can share it with someone special.

To realize
The value of a FRIEND
Lose one.

Thursday, July 19, 2007



Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Have milk for a longer life

Scientists in Britain have found that drinking approximately half a litre of milk every day can keep the heart healthy by protecting it against a range of serious conditions, including heart disease, stroke and type-2 diabetes.

The findings are the latest to emerge from a 25-year study of 2,400 men aged between 45 and 59 in Britain.

One in six who took part in the study was diagnosed with metabolic syndrome - a combination of medical disorders that increases one's risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

All the men filled in a food questionnaire, kept weekly food diaries, and recorded the amount of dairy products they ate.

Those who regularly drank milk and ate dairy products were far less likely to have the syndrome than those who drank and ate little or none, reported the online edition of the Daily Mail .

They were also 62 percent less likely to have the syndrome if they drank approximately half a litre or more of milk a day, and 56 percent less likely if they regularly ate other dairy foods.

The more dairy products a man consumed, the less likely he was to suffer from symptoms of the condition, which includes excess fat around the stomach, the scientists said.

Regular consumption of any type of milk, yoghurt or cheese halves the chances of developing metabolic syndrome, the study showed.

The condition - sometimes called insulin resistance - affects the body's metabolism by increasing cholesterol, blood glucose levels, body fat and blood pressure.

Sufferers have almost double the risk of coronary artery disease and four times the risk of diabetes than those without. They are also almost 50 percent more likely to die early.

Head researcher Peter Elwood of Cardiff University said milk consumption has plummeted over the last 25 years amid concerns about the effect its high saturated fat content may have on health and the heart. But growing evidence suggests this idea is false.

"We are reviewing worldwide studies on the link between dairy (product) consumption and effects on vascular disease, including rates of heart disease and stroke, and there is no doubt in my mind of the benefits.

"The evidence shows a very powerful effect that is totally against public perception that milk and other dairy products are bad for your heart," said Elwood.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Humans remember 4 things at a time

Psychologists that the University of Oregon say that the capacity of short-term memory is a strong predictor of an individual's IQ level and scholastic achievement. A study conducted by them has shown that an average person can think only about four items at a time, but people with high IQ levels can remember more articles. Professor Edward Awh and Professor Edward Vogel of the university conducted laboratory experiments to test their hypothesis that the memory capacity might be influenced by the complexity of items being stored, something that might cause a four-item limit for most people. The study showed that even when very complex objects had to be remembered, the participants who ranged in age from 18 to 30 years still were able to hold four items in active memory. However, the clarity of those items was not perfect, points out Professor Awh. It was also found that some people had much clearer memories than others. "While it seems reasonable that people who think about more things at once might also have clearer memories than average, we found that this assumption was not the case," Professor Vogel said. Professor Awh, the lead author of the study published in the journal Psychological Science, also says that the same people who can remember a lot of objects at one time do not necessarily have clearer memories of those objects. "Knowing the number of things a person can remember tells you nothing about how clear a person’s memory may be," said Professor Awh. "So even though people with high IQs can think about more things at once, there are not guarantees about how good those memories might be," the researcher added.


Three diamonds, two heists, four murders, one double-cross, one double-crosser who is triple-crossed, one misunderstanding, one fatal error called trust and beneath it all, friendship and love. Welcome to the world: Of the cash, By the cash, For the cash.
A set of three unique diamonds, mined in India in 1779, almost ruined the career of Divya Gupta (Soha Ali Khan) in 2005. This set of three has travelled around the world over the past few centuries. Sometimes as a set, sometimes as single stones. From India to France in 1881 to England in 1901 to... well, its difficult to trace the exact journey of these three. Two of them surfaced in 1986 and were promptly acquired by the mafia. They are currently with a man who is the undisputed CEO of mafia operations in South Africa. His name, or so his passport says, is Mr. Francis Augustine D'mello (Dan Castellaneta). This man desperately needs the third to complete the set. The estimated price of the set: 100 crores (Rupees 10 million). All his work, dirty or clean, legal or illegal, right or wrong, big or small is done under the supervision of his most trusted man: Vikram Singh Goyal a.k.a. The Mint (Sunil Shetty)(word is that he is one of the coolest around and is actually quite a refreshing personality) Not even Mint knows that his boss has the two diamonds that are etched in history.
When Sanjeev Khanna (Feroz Khan) 79 year old father died, he had no idea hell would break loose. His lawyer called him and told him a short story. A story about how the missing third diamond was always with his father. Sanjeev being an honest citizen decided to give the diamond to the Indian authorities. Being in South Africa, he straight went to the Indian Embassy in Cape Town. He handed over the diamond to the embassy and walked out. For him the chapter was over. But for a wild bunch of people, some in SA and some in India, the story had just began.
The game begins. Now they have to rob the diamond back from Mint and put it in the embassy before the police and Ajay's girl find out the truth. But there is also a lot more that they find out. The fact that Ajay made Sashank and Akshay work together and made Raj do by himself. The fact that they ended up helping each other. The fact that they still were best friends. The fact that Sania actually loved Raj and not Akshay and Sashank. The fact that Sashank now had to get them together. And the fact that Divya was soon finding clues that this robbery had something to do with someone she might know eventually it is Ajay and Raj's Best friend Esha (Dia Mirza). At least till the point the diamond was returned. But Sania didn't. She was kidnapped by Mint.
The three diamonds set out for India. But the guys made sure of one thing: They would not reach India before they completed their respective stories, become heroes and got hot on the heals of the cool Mint. Cash is a forthcoming movie which is scheduled to be released sometime in 2007.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Brain development protein identified

Scientists at Children’s National Medical Center have identified a fundamental protein that is instrumental in the development and repair of the brain. The signalling activity of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) protein is significant for myelination and remyelination, the processes essential to the creation and repair of the brain’s white matter. The groundbreaking discovery in mouse models may lead to inventions for the enhancement of healthy brain development, and improvement in treatments for brain disorders in both children and adults. “By understanding the fundamental mechanisms of brain development, we get closer to finding clear instructions to repairing developmental brain disorders and injuries,” Dr. Vittorio Gallo, Director, Center for Neuroscience Research, Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National Medical Center, was quoted by Nature as saying. “Our breakthrough at the level of laboratory research will soon translate to the bedsides where they care for newborns,” he added. When white matter is injured or defective, the essential functions of information relay are impaired, according to the background information in a paper, to be published in the August issue of Nature Neuroscience. The paper further links underdeveloped white matter or white matter injuries to conditions including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. “If we can marry whole body cooling with new approaches that boost the activity of this essential protein, we may be able to slow down injury and enhance myelination,” said Dr. Gallo. “Some day we may be able to repair brain damage and subsequent affects such as mental retardation, developmental disabilities or other disorders that result from incomplete myelination or white matter damage,” he added. During the study, the researchers found that when enhanced EGFR protein was inserted in mice, they showed enhanced myelination/remyelination. Whereas, upon using an EGFR protein with reduced biological activity they observed a decrease in these processes.


"Marigold"is being publicized as a romantic musical comedy, which encapsulates the elements of both, Bollywood and Hollywood. The story is that of an American actress (Ali Larter) who gets stranded in India without any money. In order to earn some capital and thus find her way back to her motherland, she opts for a small role in a Bollywood musical. It is then that she comes across the film’s choreographer Prem (Salman Khan) and consequently begins her exploratory expedition as she experiences the filmi world of Bollywood.
Marigold (also known as Marigold: An Adventure in India) is a 2007 romantic musical comedy about an American actress who becomes engrossed in the Bollywood film industry after visiting India. Director Willard Carrol intended the film to brige "the gap between Indian and American cinema."
The film follows the story of Marigold Lexton, an American actress who gets stranded in Mumbai and lands a minor role in a Bollywood musical. She meets Prem, the film's choreographer, and undergoes a personal transformation as she experiences Bollywood firsthand.
Preity Zinta was offered a role but turned it down..

Friday, July 6, 2007


Cubs center fielder Angel Pagan grabs some vine leaves but not the ball


Anil Sharma currently working on 'Apne' which has an ensemble casting of father and sons, Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol. The movie is being shot in India and Thailand and must be ready for release by July this year.
Baldev Choudhary (Dharmendra) is an ex-boxer. He has had a stain in his boxing career. Now he wants to wash it with his son Angad's (Sunny Deol) success.
However, financial crunch and various other obstacles keep on preventing him from attempting to achieve his dream. Angad does excel in his career but somehow Baldev cannot fulfill his dream he faces many obstacles. He knows who is blocking his chances to wash the stain. An opportunity beckons Baldev in the form of a TV. Show. He trains a local boy to get into a grand boxing show. Everything goes well. But, he fails once again. He is ditched for a better coach at the last minute. Baldev's younger son Karan (Bobby Deol) is a musician. He has just launched his first music album. He is closely watching the plight of his father. He knows what his father's dream is.
Karan works hard and wins all through. His hard work and determination fetch him success. He wins the national title and goes on to win many contests all over the world. He faces the test of his life. He is going to fight with the current world heavy champion. The match goes fine. Karan fights hard and heading towards a historical victory. But he is tricked and ends up paralyzed in a hospital bed. Baldev, is now about to loose his son. He feels guilty for bringing him to this stage. He wants to kill himself.
Apne is a story of a struggle of a family. It is expected to be an emotional drama with a lot of action and thrill. Apne is releasing in this June/July.

Monday, July 2, 2007

'Capitalism is bad for men's health'

Communism may be oppressive, but it seems as though capitalism is bad for men’s health, according to a recent study which found significant increases in mortality rates after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The life expectancy for men freed from the Iron Curtain dropped by six years between 1991 and 1994 amid social disruption, physical hardships and economic instability. The degree to which men were affected depended upon how rough the transition to capitalism was and how much income inequality increased, the new study from the University of Michigan found. And they were significantly more likely to be impacted by the transition than women, the study found. “The inequalities in status and resources that can come with capitalism does lead males to behave in ways that are detrimental to men’s health,” lead author Daniel Kruger said. Bamboo socks for smelly feet: Now there is a cure for smelly and pongy feet — special socks made of bamboo fibre. The item is the first eco-friendly sock to go on general sale, and experts have forecasted that it is the sign of one of the biggest revolutions to take place in the world of clothing. The socks are made of the silky material, which is softer, more durable and absorbent than cotton, and contains a natural substance that destroys smell-making bacteria. Supermarket chain Asda plans to sell the socks for less than £2 , and is planning to use it in knickers, T-shirts, sheets and towels. The fabric is made from cellulose produced by boiling or steaming bamboo poles and the smell-destroying agent bamboo-kin is still effective after 50 washes. Hoarding habit a brain disorder: A new study has revealed that hoarders have a brain disorder resulting in an all-consuming compulsion to collect that often cuts them off from society and damages their relationships. A sub-type of obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding is the compulsion to collect and store items considered by most people to be worthless or useless. Little is known about what causes hoarding, but like many mental disorders, it is believed in part to have a genetic cause. In some cases, a significant life event can trigger the behaviour. It may also be present in persons with dementia. In severe cases, it can get so out of control it can endanger lives — as in the case of a Houston woman who died in a 2006 fire as her clutter-filled home hindered rescue efforts.

Beautiful sunset

Tanner Lesco, 15, drives for a lay-up in front of a scenic sunset at United Nations Park in Cheyenne, Wyo.


To realize

the value of