Washington [US], February 19 (ANI): American reality TV star Khloe Kardashian recently spoke out about Basketball player Tristan Thompson’s past scandal with former family friend Jordyn Woods.
According to People Magazine, in 2019, Tristan was accused of cheating on the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star with Jordyn, who was a close friend of Khloe’s youngest sister, Kylie Jenner.
Khloe and Tristan, who share 3-year-old daughter True, broke up shortly after but have since gotten back together.
The 36-year-old reality TV star has previously said that she has forgiven Jordyn and moved on but doubled down on that sentiment this week after a fan asked in an Instagram comment if Kylie is “allowed to be friends with” Jordyn again.
“I’m so sick and tired of this narrative that I control my sister or I dictate who she chooses to surround herself with,” Khloe wrote in reply, according to Instagram account ‘Comments By Celebs’ that captured the comments.
She continued, “Never once have I ever and I mean EVER told my sister who she can be friends with. She is an adult, who can do whatever she wants to do. I will support her in anything and everything she wants to do!”
“I love my sister unconditionally! That means regardless of who she chooses to be friends with, I will always love, respect and value my sister unconditionally!! She is my life partner and I will always respect what she chooses!!!” added Khloe.
As per People Magazine, at the end of her lengthy clap back, the ‘Good American’ mogul seemed to reference Jordyn when she said she doesn’t harbour any resentment regarding the scandal.
“By the way, I have no ill feelings towards ANYONE!!! Truly. My heart carries no hatred at all. Unless you actually know what you’re talking about, respectfully SHUT THE F*** UP,” she wrote.
As reported by the publication, Khloe and Tristan have been going strong since getting back together last summer. The duo self-isolated together with their daughter during the coronavirus pandemic. (ANI)
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Night shift work may increase cancer risk, says study
Washington [US], March 8 (ANI): A new study conducted by researchers at Washington State University has found new clues as to why night shift workers may be at increased risk of developing certain types of cancer compared to those who work regular daytime hours.
Findings suggest that night shifts disrupt natural 24-hour rhythms in the activity of certain cancer-related genes, making night shift workers more vulnerable to DNA damage while also causing the body’s DNA repair mechanisms to be mistimed to deal with that damage.
Published online in the Journal of Pineal Research, the study involved a controlled laboratory experiment that used healthy volunteers who were on simulated night shift or day shift schedules.
Though more research still needs to be done, these discoveries could someday be used to help prevent and treat cancer in night shift workers.
“There has been mounting evidence that cancer is more prevalent in night shift workers, which led the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer to classify night shift work as a probable carcinogenic,” said co-corresponding author Shobhan Gaddameedhi, an associate professor formerly with the WSU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and now with North Carolina State University’s Biological Sciences Department and Center for Human Health and the Environment.
“However, it has been unclear why night shift work elevates cancer risk, which our study sought to address.”
As part of a partnership between the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Gaddameedhi and other WSU scientists worked with bioinformatics experts at PNNL to study the potential involvement of the biological clock, the body’s built-in mechanism that keeps us on a 24-hour night and day cycle.
Though there is a central biological clock in the brain, nearly every cell in the body also has its own built-in clock. This cellular clock involves genes known as clock genes that are rhythmic in their expression, meaning their activity levels vary with the time of day or night. The researchers hypothesized that the expression of genes associated with cancer might be rhythmic, too, and that night shift work might disrupt the rhythmicity of these genes.
To test this, they conducted a simulated shift work experiment that had 14 participants spend seven days inside the sleep laboratory at WSU Health Sciences Spokane. Half of them completed a three-day simulated night shift schedule, while the other half were on a three-day simulated day shift schedule.
After completing their simulated shifts, all participants were kept in a constant routine protocol that is used to study humans’ internally generated biological rhythms independent of any external influences.
As part of the protocol, they were kept awake for 24 hours in a semi-reclined posture under constant light exposure and room temperature and were given identical snacks every hour. Every three hours a blood sample was drawn.
Analyses of white blood cells taken from the blood samples showed that the rhythms of many of the cancer-related genes were different in the night shift condition compared to the day shift condition. Notably, genes related to DNA repair that showed distinct rhythms in the day shift condition lost their rhythmicity in the night shift condition.
The researchers then looked at what the consequences of the changes in the expression of cancer-related genes might be. They found that white blood cells isolated from the blood of night shift participants showed more evidence of DNA damage than those of day shift participants.
What’s more, after the researchers exposed isolated white blood cells to ionizing radiation at two different times of day, cells that were radiated in the evening showed increased DNA damage in the night shift condition as compared to the day shift condition.
This meant that white blood cells from night shift participants were more vulnerable to external damage from radiation, a known risk factor for DNA damage and cancer.
“Taken together, these findings suggest that night shift schedules throw off the timing of expression of cancer-related genes in a way that reduces the effectiveness of the body’s DNA repair processes when they are most needed,” said co-corresponding author Jason McDermott, a computational scientist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Biological Sciences Division.
The researchers’ next step is to conduct the same experiment with real-world shift workers who have been consistently on day or night shifts for many years to determine whether in night workers the unrepaired DNA damage builds up over time, which could ultimately increase the risk of cancer.
If what happens in real-world shift workers is consistent with the current findings, this work could eventually be used to develop prevention strategies and drugs that could address the mistiming of DNA repair processes.
It could also be the basis for strategies to optimize the timing of cancer therapy so that treatment is administered when effectiveness is greatest and side effects are minimal, a procedure called chronotherapy that would need to be fine-tuned to the internal rhythms of night workers.
“Nightshift workers face considerable health disparities, ranging from increased risks of metabolic and cardiovascular disease to mental health disorders and cancer,” said co-senior author Hans Van Dongen, a professor in the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and director of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center.
“It is high time that we find diagnosis and treatment solutions for this underserved group of essential workers so that the medical community can address their unique health challenges.” (ANI)
‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’: New trailer to unveil fresh insights into crazy adventures of characters
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): Known for pushing quirky content in Indian cinema, filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee is all set to release a new trailer of his upcoming movie ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ (SAPF) tomorrow that will unveil more insights into the crime thriller.
The nail-biting thriller features the ‘Ishaqzaade’ duo of Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in the lead. While Kapoor plays an undercover cop in the film, Chopra will be essaying the role of a corporate employee who is absconding.
The first trailer of the flick was released in March, last year. Now, with a new trailer release tomorrow the director of the film is gearing up to tease the audience with more glimpses into the raw and real-world of the crime thriller.
Dibakar said, “SAPF has taken so long to come to the screen that it has become my other Khosla. Audiences and filmmakers all over the world have had an eventful past year. It’s only when something is taken away from us do we realise the true value of it.”
He added that he wanted ‘SAPF’ to be a film that couples, families, gangs of friends would watch in the theatres and then go out for dinner to argue about it.
“Now, that we will be one of the first films to open theatrically I’m waiting to watch if that happens (with masks on!) or the audience passes the genre-bending and independent-minded to go for the summer blockbusters that are waiting for us to be the cannon fodder and then come in and wave their victory flags!,” he continued.
‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ was supposed to release last year. Due to the COVID-19 induced pandemic, Dibakar is hoping that the film will entertain audiences as they return to normalcy after living a year in isolation.
He said, “We are the only film in history perhaps to run a trailer for a year before the release! But there’s a second trailer for those who want fresh insights into the crazy adventures of Sandy and Pinky”.
“And I still want couples, families and friends fighting about who’s film it was – Sandy aur Pinky – with masks on – at a theatre next door. I want all of us to be safe, be entertained and reclaim a bit of our lost lives – like Sandy and Pinky in the film,” he added.
The upcoming film will see Arjun play the role of a Haryanvi cop quirkily named Pinky, while Parineeti will essay the role of an ambitious girl from the corporate world named Sandeep, whose lives suddenly intertwine.
Dibakar is presenting Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra in an all-new avatar and today revealed a massive secret that Arjun’s character is called Pinky and Parineeti’s Sandeep! Audiences have so far definitely thought otherwise and this reveal sets the tone for the trailer and the film which will see numerous and totally unexpected edge-of-the-seat twists.
Produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar will be released worldwide by Yash Raj Films. (ANI)
Life as a member of the royal family affected mental health: Meghan Markle tells Oprah
Washington [US], March 8 (ANI): In an interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle said that her life as a member of the royal family had affected her mental health and she had thoughts of self-harm but her senior aides declined to help.
According to People Magazine, the 39-year-old disclosed that she had thoughts of self-harm while being a part of the royal family.
During her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Meghan Markle said, “I was ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry. But I knew that if I didn’t say it then I would do it,” she said.
She continued, “I just didn’t want to be alive anymore! That was clear and real and frightening and constant thought.”
She also reminisced about how her husband Prince Harry cradled her and they went to the institution to seek help, but the senior aides refused to do so.
“I told them that I have never felt this way before, and I need to go somewhere. I was told that I couldn’t, that it wouldn’t be good for the institution,” she told.
Meghan also recalled a January 2019 outing to see a performance at Royal Albert Hall after she had opened up to Prince Harry about her thoughts. “I remember him saying, ‘I don’t think you can go,’ and I said, ‘I can’t be left alone,’ ” she added.
People Magazine also reported that the Duchess of Sussex also revealed that every time the theater’s lights went down, she was “weeping”.
“And that’s I think so important for people to remember is you have no idea what’s going on for someone behind closed doors. Even the people that smile and shine the brightest lights, you need to have compassion for what it actually potentially going on,” she said.
The interview also revealed that the soon-to-be-mom was “ashamed” of admitting her situation to Harry because, “because I wanted to be strong and not put more pressure on him”.
“It takes so much courage to admit that you need help,” she told. (ANI)
‘Rani Mukerji inspired me to become an actor’, says ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ star Sharvari
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): To mark International Women’s day, Bollywood debutant Sharvari, who will be seen opposite Siddhant Chaturvedi in ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, has posted a heartfelt wish for her screen idol Rani Mukerji on Monday.
Sharvari credited Rani for giving audiences, including her, some of the most memorable women role models through Rani’s choice of characters.
The 24-year-old took to her Instagram story and posted a picture with the ‘Mardaani’ star. Alongside the picture, she wrote, “I have idolised a lot of women characters who I have seen on the big screen and invariably most of those women have been played by none other than Rani ma’am! So, on women’s day this is my appreciation post for her. Thank you for inspiring me to be an actor.”
“It was such a dream come true for me! Happy women’s day to all the babli’s out there!,” she concluded.
Sharvari’s debut is touted to be one of the biggest launches in Bollywood this year. ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, produced by Yash Raj Films, is set to release on April 23. Sharvari and Rani will share the screen together in the film as well.
The film, in an exciting casting coup, also reunites Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji and will present them as the original ‘Bunty Aur Babli’ in the film. (ANI)
Is online dating effective or just superficial
Washington [US], March 8 (ANI): The findings of a study by Pew Research Center suggest that 1 out of 10 adults living in America have found a long-term relationship from online dating apps, such as Tinder, OkCupid, and Match.com. But what is it in people that compels them to “swipe right” on certain profiles and reject the rest?
New research from William Chopik, an associate professor in the Michigan State University Department of Psychology, and Dr. David Johnson from the University of Maryland, finds that people’s reason for swiping right is based primarily on attractiveness and the race of a potential partner and that decisions are often made in less than a second.
“Despite online dating becoming an increasingly popular way for people to meet one another, there is little research on how people connect with each other on these platforms,” said Chopik. “We wanted to understand what makes someone want to swipe left or swipe right, and the process behind how they make those decisions.”
Chopik’s research, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, used two studies to measure how dating app users from different walks of life interacted with available profiles. The first study focused on college students, while the second focused on middle-aged adults, averaging 35 years old. Participants were given a choice to either view profiles of men or women, depending on their dating preferences.
Male participants, on average, swiped right more often than women, and it was also found that individuals who perceive themselves to be more attractive swipe left more often overall, proving to be choosier when picking out potential partners.
“It’s extremely eye-opening that people are willing to make decisions about whether or not they would like to get to another human being, in less than a second and based almost solely on the other person’s looks,” said Chopik.
“Also surprising was just how little everything beyond attractiveness and race mattered for swiping behavior – your personality didn’t seem to matter, how open you were to hook-ups didn’t matter, or even your style for how you approach relationships or if you were looking short- or long-term didn’t matter.”
While attractiveness played a major role in participants’ decisions to swipe left or right, the race was another leading factor. Users were significantly more likely to swipe on users within their same race, and profiles of users of color were rejected more often than those of white users.
“The disparities were rather shocking,” Chopik said. “Profiles of Black users were rejected more often than white users, highlighting another way people of color face bias in everyday life.”
Currently, Chopik is researching how people using online dating apps respond to profiles that swipe right on them first. Though his findings are still being finalized, so far, the data seems to show that people are significantly more likely to swipe right on a profile that liked them first, even if the user is less attractive or the profile, in general, is less appealing.
“We like people who like us,” he said. “It makes sense that we want to connect with others who have shown an interest in us, even if they weren’t initially a top choice.” (ANI)
TopYa! spearheading its social impact project NacFun
New Delhi [India], March 8 (ANI): TopYa! India Pvt Ltd (TIPL), which is an Indian Ed-Tech start-up, is now spearheading a social impact project, NacFun, a free e-Learning Program of National Active Championship, in order to build digital components of Co-scholastic, sports, and fitness activities.
NacFun, when appropriately integrated with Scholastic programmes, will lead to a holistic education eco-system for children that will also help them in reducing screen time.
With the spread of COVID-19, the Ed-Tech space is overwhelmed with established and upcoming new businesses offering scholastic programmes online for school and college education, entrance examinations for professional courses, competitive exam preparations for jobs in banks, State and National civil Services among others.
Unfortunately, Co-scholastic activities, such as sports are largely neglected by these new businesses. Due to this, NacFun decided to fill the void to help in building an education ecosystem that will lead to a holistic (academic focus, physical fitness, and emotional balance) development of children.
TIPL – NacFun Chairman, Ambassador A.R. Ghanashyam, said, “NacFun integrates the Co-Scholastic and Sports components with the Scholastic programme of schools making the education ecosystem holistic”.
He further added that they are extremely happy that India’s New Education Policy is in sync with NacFun’s vision of integrating Co-scholastic activities and sports as integral components of the education eco-system.
NacFun program provides over 150,000 Fun n’ Learn activities for students ranging from Nursery to College. Students can even self-learn the activities at their own pace and they can create their own activities too, to share them with their peers.
The NacFun curriculum can be integrated into schools, as a part of their program to digitally assign homework for co-curricular, sports, and other fun physical activities to their students. The students can submit their completed assignments digitally over the NacFun platform for assessment and further guidance.
The platform also provides an opportunity for parents to home-school their children. With the ease of a few clicks, parents can create a daily learning plan for their children, assign it to the child’s account to perform.
NacFun’s program motivates children and youth towards co-curricular and Fun Sports that entice them to take up enjoyable activities away from the screen resulting in reduced screen time and in turn creating a happy and healthy future youth that is physically active, academically focused, and emotionally balanced.
To make learning fun, NacFun has integrated gamification and launched the National Active Championship that since 2018-2019 conducted 1500+ school workshops nationwide benefitting over 2 million children.
Activities performed by the children digitally or in school, allow children to earn points, climb the leaderboard and win certificates, prizes, and scholarships supported by corporations from their branding, marketing, and CSR budgets.
NacFun has caught the fancy of parents, schools, teachers, and children. With participation from 10,000+ Indian schools, spontaneous testimonials have poured in.
Manisha Johri, Educationist and Principal of Asnani School Bhopal, and former principal at Delhi Public World School and Chrysalis High School in Bangalore said, “TopYa’s NacFun vision to provide Co-scholastic, Sports and Fitness programs digitally as part of comprehensive education is revolutionary and helped her design programs digitally during Covid to benefit her students.”
Minakshi, a faculty member from Lotus Valley International School, Noida, said that this endeavour will help students inculcate a healthy lifestyle and become more active.
Kanishtha Goel, who is a 7-year-old child from Shimla, thanked Nacfun for helping children express their talents through various co-curricular activities.
NacFun online traffic continues to grow rapidly and has attained an Alexa Certified Rank of 60K globally and 5K in India. (ANI)
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