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Drinking more coffee associated with decreased heart failure risk

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Dallas [US], February 9 (ANI): Coffee lovers now have a strong reason to rejoice. The dietary information from three large, well-known heart disease studies suggests drinking one or more cups of caffeinated coffee may reduce heart failure risk, according to novel research.
The new research was published today in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal.
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.
“Studies reporting associations with outcomes remain relatively limited due to inconsistencies in diet assessment and analytical methodologies, as well as inherent problems with self-reported dietary intake.”
Kao and colleagues used machine learning through the American Heart Association’s Precision Medicine Platform to examine data from the original cohort of the Framingham Heart Study and referenced it against data from both the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study to help confirm their findings. Each study included at least 10 years of follow-up, and, collectively, the studies provided information on more than 21,000 U.S. adult participants.
To analyze the outcomes of drinking caffeinated coffee, researchers categorized 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.
The analysis revealed:
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 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% 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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6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’: Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya talk about winning National Film Award

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New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): As ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ clocked six complete years on Saturday, the films’ producer-director duo Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya opened up about their sheer disbelief that their movie won the prestigious National Film Awards for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
On the sixth release anniversary of the cult classic, starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar, the dynamic duo Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya talked about their journey into making this fresh, timeless romance.
Q: DLKH was your first film as a producer at YRF. What made you take the plunge as a producer?
Maneesh: Some take the plunge, others are tripped into the pool. I am definitely the latter. Producing films was nowhere in my scheme of things but I had not anticipated the plans of one Mr Aditya Chopra. Shuddh Desi Romance had just released and I was prepping for Fan. One fine day, a conversation initiated by Adi led to me becoming a producer pretty much overnight. C ‘est la vie!
Q: You broke through in Bollywood with DLKH – did you expect this reaction when you were writing the film?
Sharat: No, one is not thinking any kind of (such thing), one is always unsure and is always trying to write with the best possible ideas one can have while writing. There was no expectation if you’re asking, I was overwhelmed by the reaction but never expected it like that.
Q: As a producer, what are the kind of stories that you want to tell?
Maneesh: Irrespective of which role I am engaged in a movie with – producer, director or story writer – I rely a lot on my instinct. It’s a lot to do with what feels right at that stage of life and you click with a narrative or a character or a genre and you back your instinct and commit to investing your time and energy to the process. So far, that’s mostly worked for me, I guess.
Q: What do you think is the USP of DLKH that it has achieved a cult status?
Sharat: I really don’t know, I honestly don’t know. I saw the film a year after it was released, again, at a film festival with the audience, and later on also, a couple of years later, again I saw it. I still don’t know what worked with the audience, but I’m assuming that it still is a hypothetical answer from my end, maybe the comedy, the characters, or I don’t know what really worked, or what was new in it, because when I hear the word ‘fresh’, I don’t know what was fresh in it? I really have no idea, I can’t break it down for myself. If I could, I would do that again.
Q: When you and Sharat were teaming up for DLKH – did you expect the film to reach where it has now?
Maneesh: All we really hoped for was for the audience to connect with the grounded and nostalgic quality of the narrative. The love and warmth the film has received over time, does validate our conviction. Each film has its own measure of ambition. This one did tick many of the boxes.
Q: You gave India a fresh, new and exciting pairing of Ayushmann and Bhumi who have now had a hattrick of hits. What do you think made these two so endearing in DLKH that people have loved them ever since?
Sharat: It’s just their talent nothing else! It’s their talent of getting into the skin of the character and becoming the characters they’ve asked for, for any film that they do. And I’m sure that is why their films work and their performances work and so ya, it is purely their own talent.
Q: What was the first thing you and Sharat said to each other when you won the National Award for the film?
Maneesh: Kya baat kar raha hai !!
Q: What was your reaction when you won the National Award for the film?
Sharat: I have very fond memories. One thing was that I got to know of it from a friend’s tweet. I didn’t know about it when it was being announced, so one of my friends tweeted it and I got to know and I was like ‘really?’ I was not expecting it and I was not even aware that awards were announced or (the film was) submitted for the awards. I’ll tell you bit by bit what had happened, my first reaction was like Oh God! I won’t be able to work the whole day now. First, it wasn’t sinking in but it sank in when there were multiple phone calls after that and I remember calling Maneesh. I told him that the film has won a National Award, not just for the film but also for the best singer (Monali) and Varun (Grover) for the best lyrics as well. So, he was also equally surprised and he said, what are you saying! And then phone calls started coming and the phone was ringing non-stop. This has never happened to me, in my life, there were so many phone calls, it was really overwhelming, a very overwhelming experience. (ANI)

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Bhoomi Pednekar celebrates 6 years of ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’

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New Delhi [India], February 27 (ANI): Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar on Saturday celebrated the six-year anniversary of her debut movie ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, which released back in 2015.
The ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’ actor was catapulted to stardom with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ (DLKH), in which she played the role of an overweight girl who stands up for her rights.
Bhumi believes that her debut film, directed by Sharat Katariya, was a milestone moment that paved her path to glory.
She was recently shooting in Rishikesh for her next movie ‘Badhaai Do,’ in the same house where ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ was shot. Overwhelmed by the coincidence, she took to Instagram and shared a video.
She captioned the post as, “A trip down memory lane, as I visit the place where it all started 🙂 #6yearsofdumlagakehaisha #gratitude #livingthedream.”
Bhumi added, “Thank you @yrf @sharatkatariya #ManeeshSharma @shanoosharmarahihai for making my dream come true. @ayushmannk for always being my Hero No. 1 in every way possible.”

In the video, the actor said, “Dum Laga Ke Haisha is truly a milestone moment of my life and I can’t imagine how my career would have shaped up without it. I was extremely fortunate to get this film and everyone knows how hard I worked to deliver this role.”
“It was such a coincidence that I shot at the same location again for Badhaai Do. The house which was my first ever location, for my first film was used for Badhaai Do. I was so nostalgic. What were the chances that after 6 years, I would be at the same place!” she added.

She further said, “I was super nostalgic that I was actually at the locations where I shot DLKH. I was actually standing at the same spot where I gave my first shot ever in life as an actor. I remember we had done about 11 takes for this and I was so nervous. That is where Bhumi the actor was born.”
The 31-year-old actor feels that she clearly told the industry that she meant business as an actor with her first movie. She said, “DLKH gave me an identity as an actress and enabled me to tell the world that I was different, I was hungry, I was ambitious, and that I would take incredible risks to carve my legacy in the Hindi film industry. Today, when I look back at my debut, I’m filled with gratitude towards everyone who ensured that I do my best.”
Crediting the entire team of her first film for inculcating confidence in her as an artist, she said, “Right from Shanoo, Adi sir, Maneesh Sharma, Sharat Katariya and even Ayushmann – everyone believed in me and that gave me so much confidence to go out there and present myself as an artist. DLKH is and will always be a film from which I harness confidence to take on more risks, to experiment constantly and present myself new on-screen every single time.”
‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, a critically acclaimed movie, received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
The movie also featured Sanjay Mishra and Seema Pahwa in lead roles. (ANI)

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Sofia Vergara raises temperature with throwback photo from 90s

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Colombian-American actor and model Sofia Vergara, heated up Instagram with a throwback picture from the ’90s, which she shared recently.
The ‘Modern Family’ alum recently took to her Instagram handle and shared the picture of her sporting a tiny black string bikini in Miami.

The picture captioned, “#tbt Miami #the 90’s,” proved to be a big hit among her 21.1 million followers. It received more than 280,000 likes.
Vergara is no stranger to strutting her stuff online.
She recently shared several more throwback bikini snaps in late January, donning a white bikini top, a diamond choker and dangling silver earrings. (ANI)

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New Superman movie for DC and Warner Bros. to be written by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Acclaimed essayist and novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been hired to write the script for the feature reboot of Superman, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams.
According to Variety, the new Superman film, which is still in its very early development stages, will also be produced by Hannah Minghella. Presently no director is attached to the project and the search for an actor to portray Kal-El / Superman on the big screen has not yet started.
In a statement, Coates said, “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honour. I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
Coates is no stranger to the superhero realm, as he has previously written the Marvel comic book series for ‘Captain America’ and ‘Black Panther’.
Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group said, “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world. We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
News of Coates’ attachment to the superhero project comes amid a number of recent Hollywood projects and adaptations of the author’s work.
‘Between the World and Me’ was adapted into an HBO film which debuted last November, while ‘The Water Dancer’ is getting a big-screen adaptation from a producing team that includes Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, though this is the first DC feature known to be in development under Abrams’ expansive WarnerMedia deal, he has several DC series in the works for streaming service HBO Max, including Justice League Dark and Constantine. (ANI)

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Kevin Hart, John Hamburg re-team for Netflix comedy ‘Me Time’

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Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): American stand-up comic and actor Kevin Hart has once again teamed up with John Hamburg, for a comedy set up at Netflix. Hamburg has previously written the 2018 hit comedy ‘Night School’ for the comedian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the ‘Get Hard’ star will also be producing it with Bryan Smiley, under the duo’s HartBeat Productions, and Lauren Hennessey will be the executive producer. John Hamburg, best known for writing ‘Meet the Parents’ and directing ‘Along Came Polly’, will direct and produce the Netflix comedy along with scripting for it.
The story will focus on a stay-at-home dad who finds himself with some “me time”, for the first time in years while his wife and kids are away. He reconnects with his former best friend for a wild weekend that nearly upends his life.
The project falls under Hart’s recent deal with Netflix which calls for the actor to star and produce at least four features, while also establishing a first-look deal. The goal is to shoot the project later this year.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Hart is prepping to shoot Lionsgate’s high-profile video game adaptation Borderlands and recently wrapped Sony’s action-comedy Man from Toronto opposite Woody Harrelson. (ANI)

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SARA ALI KHAN VISITS AJMER SHARIF WITH AMRITA SINGH

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AJMER: Sara Ali Khan on Friday paid a visit to holy place Ajmer Sharif Dargah and wished her fans ‘Jumma Mubarak’. The ‘Kedarnath’ actress, who was accompanied by her mother and actress Amrita Singh, took to Instagram and posted pictures from their visit. Sara and her doting mother were seen twinning in green traditional ensembles. In the pictures, the ‘Love Aaj Kal’ actress can be seen sporting designer olive green suit salwar and a matching face mask. Amrita is also seen wearing a similar coloured outfit. The duo can be seen with their heads covered as they wear a holy turmeric yellow dupatta around their necks. Sara captioned the post as, “Jumma Mubarak”.

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