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Chewing gum may adversely affect digestive system

Posted on 25 February 2017 by admin

Chronic exposure to a common food additive found in everything from chewing gum to bread can decrease the ability of small intestine cells to absorb nutrients and act as a barrier to pathogens, warns a study.

Ingestion of the compound, known as titanium dioxide, is nearly unavoidable. It can enter the digestive system through toothpastes, as titanium dioxide is used to create abrasion needed for cleaning. The oxide is also used in some chocolates to give it a smooth texture.

“Titanium oxide is a common food additive and people have been eating a lot of it for a long time — don’t worry, it won’t kill you! – but we were interested in some of the subtle effects, and we think people should know about them,” said one of the authors of the study, Gretchen Mahler, Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

For the study, the researchers exposed a small intestinal cell culture model to the physiological equivalent of a meal’s worth of titanium oxide nanoparticles — 30 nanometers across — over four hours (acute exposure), or three meal’s worth over five days.

Acute exposures did not have much effect, but chronic exposure diminished the absorptive projections on the surface of intestinal cells called microvilli, showed the findings published in the journal NanoImpact.

With fewer microvilli, the intestinal barrier was weakened, metabolism slowed and some nutrients — iron, zinc, and fatty acids, specifically — were more difficult to absorb.

Enzyme functions were negatively affected, while inflammation signals increased, the study said. “To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” Mahler said.

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‘Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ Teaser Posters Will Definitely Make You Curious

Posted on 25 February 2017 by admin

Akshara Haasan and Vivaan Shah will be seen in upcoming family entertainer ‘Laali Ke Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ and the teaser posters of the film featuring the fresh jodi, were released recently.

In the poster featuring Akshara, the lighteyed beauty is seen in bridal wear and a mischievous expression on her face as she clutches a piece of tamarind, hinting at the possibility of a pregnancy before marriage.

The other poster featuring Vivaan shows him holding a bouquet of wilted roses and a forlorn expression on his face. Needless to say, the teaser posters have made everyone curious to know more about the storyline and we guess the secret will be out as and when the film releases.

Written and directed by Manish Harishankar and produced by TP Aggarwal and Rahul Aggarwal under the banner Star Entertainment Worldwide Pvt Ltd., ‘Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana’ also features Gurmeet Choudhary, Kavitta Verma, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Mishra,Darshan Jariwala, Ravi Kishan, Suhasini Mulay, Navni Parihar, Kishori Shahane, Jyoti Kalsh and Ehsan Khan. This film is a family entertainer which revolves around a royal marriage and quirky characters, who are hilariously trapped in their own tragedies.

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Find out what made Sonam famous?

Posted on 25 February 2017 by admin

Remember Sonam Kapoor swaying to the tunes of Oscar-winning music composer A.R. Rahman’s “Masakali” with a pigeon on her head in “Delhi-6″? The actress says the song made her famous.

“Delhi-6″, which tells the story of an NRI, who returns with his ailing grandmother to his homeland and gets caught in a bizarre temple-mosque dispute arising out of monkey man menace in the heart of Delhi, clocked eight years of its release on the siver screen on Monday.

“The song that made me famous! I remember this so well, I was young joyful with no worries in the world,” Sonam tweeted on Monday.

The “Neerja” actress also said that the song was a symbol of freedom. “‘Masakali’ was a symbol of freedom and love… Abhishek Bachchan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra… Eight years of ‘Delhi-6′,” she added.

The actress will next be seen in “Veere Di Wedding”. She will be seen sharing screen space with actresses Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar.

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Very difficult to get good films: Taapsee Pannu

Posted on 25 February 2017 by admin

Taapsee Pannu has Running, Naam Shabana, The Ghazi Attack and Judwaa 2 lined up.

Actress Taapsee Pannu is on a roll. She has at least four films lined up for 2017, and she is loving her busy phase. She has Running, Naam Shabana, The Ghazi Attack and Judwaa 2 in her kitty.

“It’s very difficult to get good films for us, so I am very much excited about all my films,” Taapsee said here on the sidelines of a special screening of Running Shaadi, which is releasing on Friday.

The movie, debut directed by Amit Roy, also features Amit Sadh.

Talking about the romance comedy, she said: “I am little nervous and excited as well. ‘Running Shaadi’ is very special to me and because of this film, I got to work in Pink. I am looking forward to seeing the audience’s reaction.

“Until now you have seen me doing rough and tough roles, so now I want to see if I can also make the audience laugh. I am pretty sure this film will be able to bring a smile on everyone’s face.”

Running Shaadi revolves around a unique concept of helping people run away with the love of their life to get married.

In The Ghazi Attack, where Taapsee plays a prominent role, is based on the mysterious sinking of PNS Ghazi during India-Pakistan war of 1971.

Her Naam Shabana is an action spy thriller and a spin-off of the 2015 film Baby. Taapsee is reprising her role as Shabana along with the previous star cast Akshay Kumar and Anupam Kher.

Besides this, she has started shooting for Judwaa 2, in which she will be seen playing Varun Dhawan’s love interest.

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Immigration fuels Canada’s population growth of 1.7 million in five years: latest census

Posted on 15 February 2017 by admin

Immigration, urbanization and a burgeoning west.

That’s the story of the nation, revealed Wednesday as Statistics Canada began its year-long roll-out of data collected in the 2016 census.

Statistics Canada counted 35,151,728 people in its May 2016 census, a 5 per cent increase over the 2011 national count, and 14 million private dwellings, up 5.6 per cent.

Toronto held its title as Canada’s largest city, with 2,731,571 residents, 7.8 per cent of the country’s population. That’s one million more than Montreal, the second-place city, with 1,704,694 residents.

Four cities in the Golden Horseshoe — Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton — ranked among the top 10 largest Canadian cities.

The new numbers reveal that Canada’s population grew by 1.7 million people since the last census in 2011. Immigrants accounted for two-thirds of the increase and the so-called natural increase — the difference between births and deaths — accounted for the rest.

Over the coming years, newcomers to Canada will account for more and more of the country’s population growth due to low fertility and an aging population.

Canada’s population growth slowed in the last five years, compared to the previous census period when the country grew by 5.9 per cent, but still led all G7 nations.

In the census done five years ago, the story was of a nation growing and going west. That’s the story this time around too, with Canada’s surging western provinces all recording above-average increases in population.

Population growth accelerated in both Manitoba, up 5.8 per cent, and Alberta, which led all provinces with an 11.6 per cent increase, despite the oil patch slowdown that has slowed its economy.

Urban areas in the west were also fast-growing with Canada’s fastest growing urban areas were in the west with Calgary leading the way (up 14.6 per cent), followed by Edmonton (13.9 per cent), Saskatoon (12.5 per cent) and Regina (11.8 per cent).

Ontario — Canada’s most populous province with 13.5 million people — grew by 4.6 per cent. It’s the second census in a row that the province’s growth rate has been below the national average.

“Are we seeing a new pattern for Ontario where growth will be slightly lower than the national average? Who knows,” Martel said.

Still, Guelph, Oshawa, Toronto, Barrie, Ottawa and the Kitchener-Waterloo region were among the larger Ontario centres that saw above-average growth.

Immigrant settlement is behind much of the regional differences in population growth.

“We know that the geographic distribution of immigrants has changed slightly over the last few years. More are going towards Saskatchewan and Manitoba and less to Ontario and that explains in large part why the population growth in Ontario has decreased,” he said.

New Brunswick was alone in seeing its population actually drop, falling by 0.5 per cent. The population of Saint John fell by 2.2 per cent, blamed on people moving out of the province.

Indeed, Atlantic Canada’s share of the population has dropped over the years because of lower population growth. In 2016, 6.6 per cent of Canadians lived in the region, compared with 10 per cent in 1966.

Population growth slowed in Ontario and Quebec but the two provinces still accounted for 61.5 per cent of the Canadian population.

Nunavut took top spot as the fastest growing province or territory, seeing its population jump by 12.7 per cent, to 35,944 residents, thanks to the highest fertility level in the country. Women in Nunavut give birth to 2.9 children on average, compared to the national average of 1.6 children.

The census numbers track the changing fortunes of towns and cities across the nation. Warman, Sask. took the prize as the country’s fastest growing town or city with a 55 per cent jump in its population to 11,020. Shelburne, Ont. saw its population jump by 39 per cent.

At the other end of the scale were towns like Bonnyville, Alberta, Flin Flon, Manitoba, and the Ontario communities of Espanola, Kirkland Lake and Elliot Lake, which all lost residents.

Still, the latest census data confirms the continuing urbanization of Canada with 83 per cent of its population now living in cities. And the large urban areas grew by 7.9 per cent, faster than the overall growth in population.

“Canada was a rural country 150 years ago at Confederation. Now, we’re among the countries in the world with the largest proportion of the population living in metropolitan areas,” Martel said.

The census data also shows that population growth was higher in so-called peripheral municipalities (up 6.9 per cent) compared with central municipalities (5.8 per cent). “This is very valuable information for those who are planning public transportation,” Martel said.

Canada had just 3.9 people per square kilometre in 2016, compared with 35.3 people per square kilometre in the United States. But the country’s population is highly concentrated with two out of three people living within 100 kilometres of the U.S. border.

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Amy Jackson to resume shoot for ’2.0′

Posted on 15 February 2017 by admin

Actress Amy Jackson on Monday said she is set to rejoin the shoot of superstar Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil science-fiction action-thriller “2.o”, a sequel to 2010 Tamil blockbuster “Enthiran”.

“Thanks Kerala! Next stop Chennai for ’2.o’ shoot,” Amy tweeted on Monday. Amy was in Kerala to perform at the Vanitha Film Awards.

At the event, she performed to a song from her Tamil film “Ai”, which has music by A.R. Rahman. “It was a privilege to dance to your magical music A.R. Rahman,” she wrote.

In “2.0″, being directed by S. Shankar, she is paired with Rajinikanth.

Nearly 80 per cent of the film which also stars Akshay Kumar, Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey – has already been completed and the makers are gearing up for its release this Diwali.

The film marks the Tamil debut of Akshay, who will be seen playing the prime antagonist.

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Yami’s family to throw a party to celebrate her success

Posted on 15 February 2017 by admin

Yami Gautam, whose performance as a visually impaired person in ‘Kaabil’ has been appreciated and applauded, is ready to receive a lot of love and warmth from her family and relatives.

The actress’s family is proud of her achievements and they are throwing a party to celebrate her success at their Chandigarh house, this month.

Yami has made a good name for herself in Bollywood, in spite of having a non-film background. Her performances have always been praised by the audience, be it in ‘Vicky Donor’ or ‘Badlapur.’

The actress has achieved success on her own merit and her proud parents have decided to celebrate their daughter’s hard work and accomplishments.

Yami is on cloud 9 as she has been receiving positive feedback for her pairing with Hrithik Roshan in ‘Kaabil,’ where she essays the role of a visually impaired woman with utmost conviction. When she heard of her parents wanting to throw her a bash, she was quite surprised and emotionally moved by this gesture.

The actress has also expressed that her parents have always supported her in all her endeavors and have stood by her like a rock.

Yami is all set to begin her action-packed shoot on ‘Sarkar 3′ soon, but before that she is looking forward to taking a short trip back home and having a nice time with her family and close relatives at her Chandigarh house.

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I’ve luxury of healthy body, great job, amazing family: Ileana

Posted on 15 February 2017 by admin

Actress Ileana D’Cruz, last seen on the big screen in Akshay Kumar-starrer “Rustom”, says she is most thankful to her family for her successful life.

Ileana wrote on her Instagram page on Monday: “Although work keeps me away from them, I’m thankful for a beautiful family. There are days I do not want to get out of bed just because I want another hour of sleep, I’m thankful; I have the luxury of a healthy body, a great job and an amazing family.”

Having made her acting debut with 2006 Telugu romantic-drama “Devadasu”, she went on to star in several Telugu hits such as “Jalsa”, “Kick” and “Pokkiri”. In Bollywood, Ileana is currently shooting for Emraan Hashmi and Ajay Devgn starrer “Badshaho”. She also has Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor starrer “Mubarakan” in her kitty.

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I can do any role as an actress: AnuShkA ShARmA

Posted on 15 February 2017 by admin

Actress Anushka Sharma, who has portrayed characters ranging from a betrayed lover to a wrestler in movies, says she can play any role if the right opportunities come her way.

“As an actress, I think I can do anything, but it depends on what kind of opportunities you get. I am lucky in that way. I have been given the kind of opportunities and done those kinds of roles. People have liked those portrayals. I think that is more important,” Anushka said here.

“As an actor, you constantly try to do more diverse work because, ultimately, you can only impress people with your roles. The characters that we portray on screen, people fall in love with that. Therefore, we all look for good and different characters and I am happy that I got those opportunities in my career,” added the actress-producer who will now be seen in ‘Phillauri’.

Her first production was the gritty thriller ‘NH10′, and now she is coming up with her second outing ‘Phillauri’, which is a quirky tale featuring Anushka as a ghost named Shashi.

While asked about choosing an out-of-the-box subject, Anushka said, “I think the idea came out because Karnesh (her brother Karnesh Sharma) and I wanted to tell a different story and present a new idea as well. That is why ‘NH10′ was made, which was well-received by people.”

“Similarly, the ‘Phillauri’ trailer is getting a good response in all aspects. The vision is to create good content and introduce new talent. It’s a very relatable character. I have tried to be honest playing the role. Finally, it depends on the audience how they react to the film.”

The film is directed by Anshai Lal, and also features Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma and Mehreen Pirzada. It is scheduled for release on March 24.

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Childhood Stress: 8 Signs To Watch Out For

Posted on 08 February 2017 by admin

Children don’t even have the language to explain how they’re feeling to their parents. It’s our job to watch for it, and help our wee ones de-stress. Here are some common signs you may be missing:

Hyperactivity: Many children react to a rush of adrenaline or cortisol by becoming hyper. They jump around and wiggle and squirm. Is your kid fidgety? It could be chronic stress-related. Kids actually acclimatize and normalize feeling wound up.

Irritability: Your child’s mood can turn from joyful to grumpy if they are under stress.

Low Frustration Tolerance: If they can’t tie their shoelaces easily and have a meltdown it may stress related. Kids seem to have little capacity for challenges when they are under stress and their bucket is full.

Tummy Aches: Our bodies are affected by stress. Tension headaches are less common in children than adults, but they occur. However, it seems stress prefers to find a home in kid’s tummies. If your child is complaining their stomach hurts and there are no other signs of illness, it’s likely stress.

School Refusal: Children should want to go to school. Kids want to see their friends. But, if something is stressing them there, they may want to avoid the stressor by staying home. Ask your child or their teacher if something is bothering them at school. A bully? An impending test? Fear of changing in the locker room for gym?

Changes in Sleeping Patterns: Stress can interfere with our sleep cycle and create good material for nightmares. Your child may also sleep more under stress. If there are any changes to their sleeping patterns, stress may be the culprit.

Changes to Eating Patterns: Some people eat more under stress and others lose their appetite. Keep an eye open for any changes in the eating habits of your child.

Soothing Behaviours: Children may discover some behaviours that feel soothing, like twirling hair, chewing their nails, bouncing a leg, cuddling a favourite stuffed animal or being more clingy in general. If you notice an increase in these types of behaviours, your child may be attempting to reduce their stress.


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