Proposed autism diagnostic criteria roils medical community

Proposed autism diagnostic criteria roils medical community

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A proposal to use new diagnostic criteria for autism has roiled the US medical community, with many experts concerned that the move could exclude children affected by some forms of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association recommended last month that a new category called “autism spectrum disorder” be established to incorporate several forms […]

06.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Create your own wine label on Facebook

Create your own wine label on Facebook

(Relaxnews) – If you’ve ever fantasized about becoming a winemaker, a California wine company is launching a virtual contest that gives oenophiles a chance to create and market their own label. Crushpad, a custom crush facility for winemakers in Sonoma, California, announced the launch of a Facebook contest this week that allows ordinary wine lovers in the […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Promotions ·
Queen Elizabeth prepares to celebrate diamond jubilee

Queen Elizabeth prepares to celebrate diamond jubilee

(LONDON-AFP) – Queen Elizabeth II starts five months of diamond jubilee celebrations this weekend with the promise of pomp and splendour despite the British monarch’s wishes for restraint. The queen will make a deliberately low-key visit to Norfolk in eastern England on Monday, 60 years to the day since she ascended to the throne after […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Festivities for British queen’s jubilee, month by month

Festivities for British queen’s jubilee, month by month

(LONDON-AFP) – Britain is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60 years on the throne, with five months of festivities to rival the extravagant wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year. Here are the key events: February 6: The day the queen came to the throne following the death […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Happenings ·
Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

Manga pirates to get own Tokyo exhibition

(TOKYO-Relaxnews) – The adventures of the One Piece manga and animated movie characters are to be displayed at an art exhibition in Tokyo set up by their original creator, Eiichiro Oda. The pirates of the tale, which started out as a comic strip in the Shonen Jumpweekly comic in 1997, have become iconic characters around the world and […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

Brains of addicts are inherently abnormal: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Drug addicts have inherited abnormalities in some parts of the brain which interfere with impulse control, said a British study published in the United States on Thursday. Previous research has pointed to these differences, but it was unclear if they resulted from the ravages of addiction or if they were there beforehand to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

Health benefits of 1,000 bottles of red wine in a pill?

(Relaxnews) – Some experts say that for red wine lovers to see health benefits of resveratrol, a compound purported to add years to your life, they’ll need to guzzle excessive quantities of the stuff. But now a new study suggests that a class of drugs can offer the benefits of mega doses of resveratrol, equivalent […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

For many Indonesians, ‘Fesbuk’ is the only Internet

(JAKARTA-AFP) – Indonesia, a developing Muslim nation which claims the world’s third-largest community of Facebook users, has become a showcase for the social networking site’s global power and reach. Facebook has broken technological and social barriers to connect 40 million users in the sprawling Indonesian archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, some without even landline […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Science & Technology ·
Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

Apps agenda: RBS Six Nations, Sydney Mardi Gras, Grammys

9 photos (Relaxnews) – A roundup of the essential apps needed for keeping up-to-date with major events in art, cinema, music, sport and more for February 6 – 12.   ©Android Arts: Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art (November 13 – May 14, New York) From the Mexican muralist’s one-person show for […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps, Happenings, Photos ·
Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

Queen’s Jubilee and London Olympics to spotlight British cuisine

(Relaxnews) – The celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee and the summer Olympic games in London are poised to reignite national pride in all things British, including a renewed and rising interest in classic British cuisine. That’s the epicurean prognosis of trendspotting agency The foodpeople, which predicts that, like the Royal Wedding which put the UK […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

Healthy snacking is hard to do: survey

(Relaxnews) – According to the results of a market research survey, consumers in the US say it’s hard to find healthy snacks around them. A month into 2012, when resolutions begin to dissolve and fade, a new Mintel survey released last week found that almost half, or 46 percent, of respondents said it’s difficult to […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

Gourmet chocolate maker teams up with writer Nicholas Sparks in love story contest

(Relaxnews) – Like the sweeping love stories Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, inspired by perhaps one of the most mythologized foods in literature, a confectionery brand has partnered with New York Times bestselling novelist Nicholas Sparks in a contest that seeks the sweetest love story. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, when store shelves groan with heart-shaped […]

05.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment, Promotions ·
New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

New app allows hotel guests to control TVs – without touching that filthy remote

(Relaxnews) – TV remotes are reportedly among the dirtiest objects in the average hotel room — but now, hundreds of thousands of travelers will be able to watch television without even needing to touch one. A new app produced by Lodgenet, the firm which provides in-room entertainment for thousands of hotels in the US and […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Apps ·
KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

KLM unveils Meet & Seat for social-network-powered seat mates

(Relaxnews) – KLM has officially launched its ‘Meet & Seat’ tool, allowing passengers to pick a seatmate using social media. The Dutch carrier confirmed February 3 that passengers on select flights are now able to use the tool after linking their Facebook or LinkedIn accounts to the KLM.com website. After ‘sharing’ their profile so that […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

OpenTable releases top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US

(Relaxnews) – New American cuisine came out on top this week in a list that names the most romantic restaurants in the US, in time for Valentine’s Day. According to the five million reviews submitted on user-generated online reservation website OpenTable.com, homegrown American cuisine that uses locally sourced ingredients led a list of the top […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Kitchenomics ·
Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

Ultrasound zaps could be used as male contraceptives: study

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Zapping testicles with ultrasound can reduce sperm counts and might be used in the future as an inexpensive, reliable and reversible male contraceptive, according to US researchers. Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, who conducted experiments on male rats, issued their findings on Saturday in the journal Reproductive Biology […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

US study finds Alzheimer’s spreads like infection

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – A new US study has found that Alzheimer’s disease spreads from one part of the brain to another like an infection, a discovery that could aid the development of treatments to slow its progress. The Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) study on transgenic mice found that the abnormal tau protein linked to the […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Health & Fitness ·
‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

‘Trompe l’oeil’, or the art of deception, on show in Paris

(PARIS-AFP) – “Trompe l’oeil” — or art designed to trick the eye — is the title of a new Paris exhibit exploring the history of illusion and pastiche, from ancient frescoes to fashion and the decorative arts. The first known use of trompe l’oeil, as legend would have it, dates back to ancient Greece, in […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Beauty & Style ·
Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

Pacino, Walken and Arkin to star in ‘Stand Up Guys’

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Three Oscar winners, Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), will star in Stand Up Guys. Previously titled Old Timers, the story follows a pair of aging con men who try to get the old gang together again for one last night of debauchery […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

‘Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard’ at the Phillips Collection

11 photos (Relaxnews) – With more than 200 photographs and approximately 70 paintings, prints, and drawings from renowned international collections, Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard examines how the invention of the Kodak handheld camera in 1888 inspired many post-impressionists. The exhibition runs from February 4 through May 6 at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC. […]

04.02.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, Photos ·