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Drinking coffee can decrease risk of heart failure: Study

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Washington [US], February 13 (ANI): Good news for all the coffee lovers out there! A clinical study drove by three renowned teams of researchers claimed that regular consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of heart failure.
The findings published in American Heart Association, however, found that drinking decaffeinated coffee did not have the same benefit and may be associated with an increased risk for heart failure. There is not yet enough clear evidence to recommend increasing coffee consumption to decrease the risk of heart disease with the same strength and certainty as stopping smoking, losing weight, or exercising.
Coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke are among the top causes of death from heart disease in the U.S. “While smoking, age, and high blood pressure are among the most well-known heart disease risk factors, unidentified risk factors for heart disease remain,” according to David P. Kao, M.D., senior author of the study, assistant professor of cardiology and medical director at the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, Colorado.
“The risks and benefits of drinking coffee have been topics of ongoing scientific interest due to the popularity and frequency of consumption worldwide,” said Linda Van Horn, Ph.D., R.D., professor and Chief of the Department of Preventive Medicine’s Nutrition Division at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and member of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Committee.
To analyse the outcomes of drinking caffeinated coffee, researchers categorised consumption as 0 cups per day, 1 cup per day, 2 cups per day, and 3 cups per day. Across the three studies, coffee consumption was self-reported, and no standard unit of the measure was available.
In all three studies, people who reported drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee had an associated decreased long-term heart failure risk.
In the Framingham Heart and the Cardiovascular Health studies, the risk of heart failure over the course of decades decreased by 5-to-12 per cent per cup per day of coffee, compared with no coffee consumption.
In the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, the risk of heart failure did not change between 0 to 1 cup per day of coffee; however, it was about 30 per cent lower in people who drank at least 2 cups a day.
Drinking decaffeinated coffee appeared to have an opposite effect on heart failure risk — significantly increasing the risk of heart failure in the Framingham Heart Study. In the Cardiovascular Health Study, however; there was no increase or decrease in risk of heart failure associated with drinking decaffeinated coffee.
When the researchers examined this further, they found caffeine consumption from any source appeared to be associated with decreased heart failure risk, and caffeine was at least part of the reason for the apparent benefit from drinking more coffee.
“The association between caffeine and heart failure risk reduction was surprising. Coffee and caffeine are often considered by the general population to be ‘bad’ for the heart because people associate them with palpitations, high blood pressure, etc. The consistent relationship between increasing caffeine consumption and decreasing heart failure risk turns that assumption on its head,” Kao said.
“However, there is not yet enough clear evidence to recommend increasing coffee consumption to decrease the risk of heart disease with the same strength and certainty as stopping smoking, losing weight or exercising.”
According to the federal dietary guidelines, three to five 8-ounce cups of coffee per day can be part of a healthy diet, but that only refers to plain black coffee. The American Heart Association warns that popular coffee-based drinks such as lattes and macchiatos are often high in calories, added sugar, and fat.
In addition, despite its benefits, research has shown that caffeine also can be dangerous if consumed in excess. Additionally, children should avoid caffeine. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, in general, kids avoid beverages with caffeine.
“While unable to prove causality, it is intriguing that these three studies suggest that drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of heart failure and that coffee can be part of a healthy dietary pattern if consumed plain, without added sugar and high-fat dairy products such as cream,” said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D.N., immediate past chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council Leadership Committee, Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences and distinguished professor of nutrition at The Pennsylvania State University, College of Health and Human Development in University Park.
“The bottom line: enjoy coffee in moderation as part of an overall heart-healthy dietary pattern that meets recommendations for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat/non-fat dairy products, and that also is low in sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars. Also, it is important to be mindful that caffeine is a stimulant and consuming too much may be problematic — causing jitteriness and sleep problems.”
Study limitations that may have impacted the results of the analysis included differences in the way coffee drinking was recorded and the type of coffee consumed. For example, drip percolated, French press or espresso coffee types; the origin of the coffee beans; and filtered or unfiltered coffee were details not specified.
There also may have been variability regarding the unit measurement for 1 cup of coffee (i.e., how many ounces per cup). These factors could result in different caffeine levels. In addition, researchers caution that the original studies detailed only caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee, therefore these findings may not apply to energy drinks, caffeinated teas, soda, and other food items with caffeine including chocolate. (ANI)

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‘Transformers’: Nickelodeon, Netflix to stream new animated series

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Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): The American multinational conglomerate Entertainment One- the production arm of toymaker Hasbro, is aiming to produce ‘Transformer’, ‘My Little Pony’ animation series and aiming to air it on the video streaming platform giant- Netflix and Nickelodeon.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment studio has decided to land the new ‘Transformers’ animation series at both Nickelodeon and Netflix. Entertainment One is also producing ‘My Little Pony’ which is set for a release on the streamer later this year.
Sources reported that the entertainment studio is targeting younger audiences for the new series.
The show comes from executive producers Ant Ward (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Nicole Dubuc (Transformers: Rescue Bots) and developer and co-exec producer Dale Malinowski.
The series will be based on new species of ‘Transformers’ who are looking for their place among the Autobots, Decepticons and the human family that adopts them.
Nickelodeon Animation president, Ramsey Naito said, “As soon as I read the creative concept, which at its core is about family, I knew we absolutely had to tell this story with our good friends at eOne and Hasbro.
“The series will tell a reimagined story featuring both original characters and fan-favourites for a whole new generation of kids and families. The creative team at Nick, overseen by Claudia Spinelli, senior VP animation development, can’t wait to get started on building this new world.”
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has ordered 20 episodes of ‘Transformers: BotBots’, based on the toy line of the same name.
Olivier Dumont, president of family brands at Eone said in an official statement that,”We are delighted to partner with Netflix to bring an all-new Transformers story to life and explore a whole new universe with BotBots,”
“Transformers storytelling has expanded into so many new avenues, and we can’t wait to surprise both existing fans and new fans coming to the franchise for the first time with these fun bots who are definitely more than meets the eye,” he added.
‘Transformers: BotBots’ is reportedly, the second original animated series in the franchise to land on Netflix, following the anime-inspired ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’. The streamer also carries several other animated shows in the franchise.
Whereas, ‘My Little Pony’ series will expand on the occasions of the film, wherein the pony world of Equestria loses its wizardry. The show will follow the further adventures of Sunny Starscout, an optimistic Earth Pony, and her companions.
Meanwhile, the studio is also looking forward to acquiring the kid’s favourite shows like ‘PJ Masks’ and ‘Peppa Pig’. (ANI)

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Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley starrer ‘Chaos Walking’ all set to release on March 4 in India

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Mark your calendars as the much-awaited Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley starrer sci-fi adventure film will be released in Indian theatres next month on March 4.
Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the release date on Instagram on Friday.
“IN CINEMAS, 4 MARCH 2021… #Lionsgate’s sci-fi action-adventure film #ChaosWalking – starring #TomHolland and #DaisyRidley – to release in #India on [Thursday] 4 March 2021… Cinepolis India and PEN-Marudhar release,” he wrote alongside the official poster of the film.

The flick will also feature American pop star Nick Jonas in a pivotal role.
Helmed by Doug Liman, ‘Chaos Walking’ is an American science fiction action-adventure film based on the sci-fi trilogy Chaos Walking, adapting its first book, 2008’s ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ by Ness. The screenplay has been written by Patrick Ness and Christopher Ford.
The story revolves around a tragic reality where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a surge of pictures, words, and sounds called Noise. (ANI)

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‘G.I. Joe’ live-action series focused on lady Jaye in the Works at Amazon

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Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): The fans of the much-loved science fiction action series – ‘G.I. Joe’ now have a reason to rejoice as a live-action ‘G.I. Joe’ TV series is in the works at Amazon, confirmed Variety on Friday.
The outlet reported that the series will be a standalone story centered around ‘G.I. Joe’ undercover operative, Lady Jaye, with the series also connecting to the larger ‘G.I. Joe’ universe. The series hails from Paramount Television Studios, eOne, and Skydance Television.
Erik Oleson created the series and will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Lorenzo DiBonaventura will also serve as an executive producer.
Per Variety, Oleson is currently the show-runner and executive producer on the second season of Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row.’ He was also the head writer and executive producer of Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ and was previously the show-runner and executive producer on ‘Daredevil’ Season 3 at Netflix. He will work on the ‘G.I. Joe’ series as part of his overall deal with Amazon.
The series started out as a line of popular figures by The Hasbro toys, which then expanded into other media, including an animated series in the 1980s.
There was also a series of animated films set in the ‘G. I Joe’ universe released over the years.
Most recently, the franchise was revived with a pair of live-action films. The first, ‘ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,’ was released in 2009 and starred Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Christopher Eccleston, and Joseph Gordon Levitt. A sequel, ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ was released in 2013. Dwayne Johnson joined the franchise as Roadblock in that film, with Adrianne Palicki taking on the role of Lady Jaye. (ANI)

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Shahid Kapoor treats fans with stunning picture resembling ‘Kabir Singh’ styled aviators

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New Delhi [India], February 26 (ANI): Hoping that everybody had a good day, Bollywood’s handsome hunk Shahid Kapoor on Friday treated fans to a stunning close-up picture sporting his ‘Kabir Singh’ style aviators.
The ‘Ishq Vishk’ star took to Instagram and shared a selfie in which the actor can be seen showcasing his chiselled jawline with a well-groomed beard.
In the picture, the ‘Padmaavat’ star looks stunning as he sports a grey vest, and accessorised his look with the ‘Kabir Singh’ styled aviator glasses.

Taking to the caption, the 40-year-old actor wrote, “Ae ae ae. . Hope you all had a good day.”

With the post hitting the photo-sharing platform, it garnered more than 3 lakh likes and many adorable comments from his fans within a few minutes of being posted.
This picture marks the first post of Shahid on social media after the actor ringed in his 40th birthday on Thursday. Scores of Bollywood stars including Kiara Advani, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and many more celebrated the star’s birthday by sending him good wishes on social media.
Meanwhile, on the professional front, Shahid, who had started his acting career with romantic movies, has been taking up intense roles in the past years. Lately, he has starred in movies like ‘Haider’, ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Rangoon’, and others, which highlighted his versatility as an actor.
Kapoor will be next seen in the remake of the sports film ‘Jersey’. The 39-year-old star will be seen essaying the role of a cricket player in the movie. He had recently wrapped up shooting for it. It also features actors Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur, among others.
He is also set to star in filmmakers Raj and DK’s upcoming OTT project which will also feature actor Raashi Khanna. (ANI)

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Madhuri Dixit charms fans with stunning pictures in ‘blue hue’ ensemble

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 26 (ANI): Personifying beauty dressed in a traditional avatar, Bollywood’s ageless beauty Madhuri Dixit Nene on Friday treated fans to stunning all smiles pictures.
The ‘Devdas’ actor hopped on to Instagram and shared some beautiful pictures posing in traditional attire.
The pictures featured in the post see Madhuri sporting an ink blue saree with accentuated designs towards the plates. With her luscious locks open, the actor mesmerised with a minimum make-up look, the actor accessorised her glamorous avatar with heavy diamond and stone studded earrings.
The ‘Hum Aapke Hain Koun’ star’s million-dollar smile seemed enough to make the fan’s heart skip a beat.
Taking to the caption, the ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ star captioned the post as, “Blue hue,” and added a blue heart.
Celebrity followers including Lara Dutta Bhupathi and more than 1.9 million fans liked the post with scores of them leaving adorable comments.
Nora Fatehi left heart eyes and smiley face emoticon while others left heart and fire emoticons over the post.
Quite an active social media user, the ‘Dil’ star keeps on sharing intriguing videos and photos over the platform. Earlier, the ‘Dhak-Dhak’ girl of Bollywood treated fans to a dreamy picture of herself and termed smiling a ‘superpower’. (ANI)

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‘Coming 2 America’ will get drive-in premiere in ‘Film’s Backyard’ of Queens

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Washington [US], February 26 (ANI): ‘Coming 2 America’, – the sequel film, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, will be screened to 200 cars at Flushing Meadows Corona Park on March 5, the same day it begins streaming on Amazon Prime, according to multiple outlets.
“Coming to America is the quintessential, iconic Queens film, and we are beyond thrilled to host one of the only screenings of its sequel, Coming 2 America, right here in the film’s backyard,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr in a press release, reported People Magazine.
The 6:30 p.m. EST screening will include free food and merchandise from Amazon Studios. Tickets are free with an RSVP but already sold out, Deadline reported.
As reported by People Magazine, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the shuttering of movie theaters in most states, drive-in theaters experienced a surge in popularity during last year. At the Queens Drive-In, premieres and special screenings were held in 2020 for films like ‘Borat’, ‘Freaky’, and ‘One Night in Miami’. Screenings at the venue are set to continue through June.
The follow-up to the original 1988 film ‘Coming to America’, ‘Coming 2 America’ will see the 59-year-old actor Eddie, reprise his role of Prince Akeem, and Hall, as his best friend Semmi. The sequel film finds Akeem traveling back to America to find his long-lost son, a Queens native named Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler).
As reported by People Magazine, Bella Murphy, the Oscar nominee’s 19-year-old daughter, also appears in the sequel. On Wednesday, the teen spoke to ‘Good Morning America’ about the first time she saw her dad’s beloved film.
“I think when I watched it the first time, I was really young and it was the first time I had seen Black royalty on the screen, and on top of it it was my dad, so that was really cool for me and very empowering,” said Bella.
As per People Magazine, Eddie added that Bella, who he shares with ex-wife Nicole Mitchell, did not receive special treatment to star in the film. “She had to audition for Craig Brewer, who directed. I was not muscling my kid into the movie, she had to really be able to deliver, otherwise she would not have gotten the role,” he told ‘Good Morning America’.
‘Coming 2 America’ is available to stream on March 5 on Amazon Prime Video. (ANI)

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