15 Eylül 2013 Pazar

Scarlett Johansson Stuns At New York Premiere Of 'Don Jon'

It's good to be Scarlett Johansson, if red carpet photos from Thursday night's New York premiere of "Don Jon," the directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, mean anything. The newly engaged actress was positively glowing as she posed in a sea-green dress and nude platform stilettos, and wore her hair swept back in a high ponytail. Her engagement ring was also on full display as she smiled for cameras.

Johansson stars alongside Gordon-Levitt, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza in a film about a man who is addicted to porn.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old star spoke out about her engagement to French journalist Romain Dauriac, whom she had been dating since at least November 2012. "My friend was like 'congrats on timing,'" she told "ET Canada," in reference to the added publicity while touring for a movie. "Things work out the way they do. Maybe it's better just to get it out the way."

Julianne Hough's Stylish Shorts Make Yet Another Appearance

Aside from Miley Cyrus, Julianne Hough is the queen of short shorts.The stylish star rocked another pair of cutoff shorts while out and about in New York City yesterday (Sept. 13). Donning a colorful scarf, sandals and a hobo bag, Hough looked carefree and fashionable as she made her way down the street.

The 25-year-old dancer-turned-actress was in town for fashion week, but also attended the Estee Lauder Modern Muse Fragrance Launch Party on Sept. 12, where she wore a sheer white dress.

"My style has completely evolved from when I was first on 'Dancing with the Stars.' I can actually see the real color of my skin now," Hough recently told ET Online of her changing style. "I think it was a lot more glitz and glamour and costume, and I think now I'm trying to be a little bit more natural and understated -- but still fun -- but definitely a bit more everyday. I don't think I could walk down the street with some ballroom shoes on, and a little glitzy outfit, and feel comfortable. I think this is way more me now." THIS probably meaning short shorts and t-shirts.

John Kerry Warns Syria: 'Threat Of Force Is Real' If Chemical Weapons Deal Not Followed

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday sent a strong warning to Syria, saying 'the threat of force is real' if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons.

Kerry issued the warning during a stop in Jerusalem, where he briefed jittery Israeli leaders on the new U.S.-Russian plan to rid neighboring Syria of its chemical weapons by the middle of next year. In comments aimed at his hosts, Kerry said the deal also served as a "marker" for the international community as it deals with Iran's suspect nuclear program.

"We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs," Kerry said.

The U.S. has been formulating its response to an alleged chemical attack carried out by Syrian forces that killed hundreds of civilians last month. "These are crimes against humanity and they cannot be tolerated," Kerry warned.

In a deal meant to avert a threatened U.S. military strike, U.S. and Russian officials reached an ambitious agreement over the weekend calling for an inventory of Syria's chemical weapons program within one week. All components of Syria's chemical weapons program are to be removed from the country or destroyed by mid-2014. The Syrian government has yet to issue an official statement on the agreement.

The deal was greeted with cautious optimism in Israel, where leaders expressed satisfaction that Syria, a bitter enemy, could be stripped of dangerous weapons but also pessimism about whether Syrian President Bashar Assad will comply.
Israel has repeatedly voiced concern that Assad, locked in a two-year-old civil war, may fire his chemical weapons at Israel in a bout of desperation or that the weapons could fall into the hands of Hezbollah or other hostile groups fighting in the Syrian civil war.

Perhaps more critically, the Israelis also fear that a tepid international response to Syria could encourage Iran to press forward with what is widely believed to be a nuclear weapons program. Iran denies its nuclear program has a military purpose and says it is pursuing peaceful applications like cancer treatment and power generation.

Standing alongside Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the U.S.-Russia deal and stressed his belief that it would have deep repercussions on Iran, Syria's close ally.

"The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we have learned in Syria if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction they will use them," Netanyahu said.

"The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continued defiance of the international community by its pursuit toward nuclear weapons," he added.

He said the deal proved that "if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat."

With a nod toward these Israeli concerns, Kerry stressed that the deal with Russia was merely a "framework," and much would depend on Syria.

"The threat of force is real and the Assad regime and all those taking part need to understand that President Obama and the United States are committed to achieve this goal," Kerry said.

He also said the agreement, if successful, "will have set a marker for the standard of behavior with respect to Iran and with respect North Korea and any rogue state, (or) group that tries to reach for these kind of weapons."

Ahead of Kerry's arrival, some Israeli politicians voiced skepticism, saying Assad cannot be trusted.

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said the plan was more "substantive" than earlier proposals, but warned the agreement's deadline was not speedy enough and Assad could try to hide weapons.

"We know Assad. All kinds of things could happen," he said, adding that an agreement on chemical weapons should not absolve Assad of punishment for the acts he has committed against the Syrian people.

Avigdor Lieberman, chair of parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, told Army Radio that Israel would compare its own intelligence assessments of Syria's weapons to the inventory Syria submits, which the plan requires him to do in a week.

"After we see the list of what Assad has handed over in a week, we can know if his intentions are serious of if it is just deception," Lieberman said.

After their news conference, Kerry departed for Paris where he was to discuss the Syria plan with his French, British, Turkish and Saudi counterparts on Monday.

2 Nisan 2013 Salı

Music's Biggest Jokes

So here we are: April Fools' Day is upon us. The day where countless "funny" people pull your seat out from under you, tell you that you're fired and joke about being pregnant. Here at HuffPost Entertainment, we'd rather not pull some flashy prank on you. But April Fools' Day is also a time for humor and letting off steam, a time where everything normal pauses and some honest, all-in-good-fun straight talk takes center stage. On that note, the following collection of musicians have earned the dubious honor of landing on our list of Music's Biggest Jokes. Keep in mind that these folks aren't meant to represent all that's wrong in the music business; nor are they meant to be taken as the worst musicians of all time. But for the reasons enunciated in the text accompanying their photos, they do seem to have taken things a step too far.

31 Mart 2013 Pazar

Avoid These 6 Brunch Mistakes

As many of us celebrate Easter with a festive brunch, we may find ourselves staring down a monster buffet table. What should you grab? When is it okay to indulge and what constitutes a major diet setback? We asked our favorite nutrition experts to outline their absolute brunching don'ts as we head into the holiday.What's your strategy for eating healthfully at brunch? Tell us in the comments!

1. Brunching In The First Place

"Honestly, the biggest mistake is going to brunches at all," says Ruth Frechman, M.A., R.D., C.P.T. "It’s calorie suicide. Typically, brunches are expensive. Most people want to get their money's worth. They could easily consume 4,000 calories in one meal. The average person only needs 2,000 calories for the entire day."

2. Choosing Sweet Over Savory

This is the central question of brunch: Do you go sweet or savory? Pancakes or eggs? Now we have an answer: savory (but not too salty!).

"My number one brunch don't would be dishes that are practically made of pure carbs like pancakes or waffles. Because these are digested so quickly they're guaranteed to make your blood sugar spike and then plummet," says Karen Ansel, R.D. "While you might feel fine for a while you're inevitably going to get that carb coma feeling a couple of hours later. Adding sugary maple syrup to these only adds insult to injury. Instead pick something that's more balanced with a combination of protein, complex carbs (preferably from whole grains) and some healthy fat like huevos rancheros with avocado."
3. Confusing Brunch and Breakfast

"One of the biggest mistakes people make, they do before they even get to brunch. And that's not eating anything at all," says Rachel Begun, M.S., R.D., registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. "You need calories to burn calories, meaning you need to eat food to get the metabolism going. If you wait until late morning or early afternoon to eat something, your metabolism is sluggish and not operating at maximum capacity. Plus, going to brunch starving is a recipe for overeating."

Joy Dubost, Ph.D R.D. C.S.S.D. agrees: "We may think because we are combining two meals we can [eat more]," she says. "But if you are not careful on choices and portion-size, brunch can quickly exceed calories consumed in two separate meals."Instead, try to have a healthful snack in the morning before you head out the door -- something that combines fiber and protein, like low-fat cheese with an apple or yogurt with berries and slivered almonds.

4. Ordering From The Drink Menu

Alcoholic brunch drinks like bloody marys and "adult" coffee drinks are an easy way to go overboard on the calories without even realizing it. "Consuming multiple beverages, particularly those that are higher in calories, can end up being a high calorie meal on its own," explains Dubost. "I would recommend keeping it to one 12-ounce beverage. For lighter options you may want to choose mimosas or wine spritzers."

5. Beware Customizable Options

We're looking at you, omelet bar. The egg base might be just fine, but add enough meats and cheeses and you've got a calorie bomb on your hands."Many dishes can be higher in calories because we load them with numerous ingredients," says Dubost. "Try to keep it more basic or include various flavorful vegetables."

6. Thinking About Calories, Fat ... But Not Sodium

Between the bloody mary mix, hollandaise sauce and hash browns, brunch can amount to a salt lick. And while you might choose egg whites for your omelet and salad on the side, it won't do much to lower the sodium of your meal. That means you can easily surpass the government's daily recommendation of 2,300 mg within a matter of bites.

29 Mart 2013 Cuma

No Link Between 'Too Many Vaccines' And Autism Risk

Despite concerns by some parents that their children receive “too many vaccines too soon,” a new study finds that many shots, even on the same day, do not increase the risk of autism. In the first six months of life, children receive as many as 19 vaccine doses of six different vaccines, and by the time they are 6 years old, a total of 25 doses from 10 vaccines. In a 2011 survey, about a third of parents expressed concerns that their child received too many vaccines before age 2, and too many vaccines on a single day. Previous studies have found no link between the number of vaccines a child receives and their risk of several neurological conditions (though these studies did not specifically consider autism). The new study went a step further by looking at the link between a child's total exposure to antigens — the proteins in vaccines that stimulate the body's immune system — and his or her risk of autism. The researchers looked at total antigen exposure rather than the total number of vaccines kids received because, at the root of parents' concerns is the idea that "somehow they provide too much immunological stimulation, more so than a young child's immune system can handle," said study researcher Dr. Frank DeStefano, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DeStefano and colleagues analyzed information from about 250 children with autism and 750 children without autism, born between 1994 and 1999. Children with autism were exposed to about same total number of antigens as children without autism at ages 3 months, 7 months and 2 years. There was also no difference between the two groups in terms of the total number of antigens they were exposed to on a single day. "Parental concerns that their children are receiving too many vaccines in the first two years of life, or too many vaccines at a single doctor visit are not supported in terms of an increased risk of autism," the researchers write in the March 29 issue of the Journal of Pediatrics. Kids are exposed to many viruses and other pathogens that stimulate their immune systems in the same way vaccines do, and it's been estimated that kids could theoretically receive thousands of vaccines at once, the researchers said. Although children today receive more vaccines than children in the mid-90s, the vaccines used today contain fewer antigens. So while children in the mid-90s were exposed to between 3,000 and 15,250 antigens in the first two years of life, children today are exposed to about 315 antigens, the researchers said. Pass it on: The multiple vaccine doses kids receive early in life do not increase their risk of autism.

27 Mart 2013 Çarşamba

Could A Breath Test Predict Heart Failure?

Breathalyzers may soon do a lot more than earn motorists a ticket for drunk driving: they could one day predict and diagnose a wide range of health problems, including heart failure and obesity. In a paper published Monday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Raed Dweik, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, detailed how and his colleagues successfully detected heart failure in patients using breath analysis. "We were actually very surprised by the finding," said Dr. Dweik, who has studied breath testing extensively. He and his team had at first included heart failure patients as a control group for a study analyzing the breath of patients with kidney failure. Then they realized the heart failure patients had their own unique "breathprint." A finding like this is what makes this particular field of research, which in some ways is still in its infancy, so exciting, Dweik said. More from Everyday Health: Cold Sores Could Signal Later Memory Problems, Study Finds Childhood Activity May Prevent Later Bone Problems Putting Cancer Screening to the Test "Breath testing, one can argue, is as old as medicine itself, even though we don't think of it that way," said Dweik.

"A long time ago, physicians noticed that people with certain diseases, like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure, have a different smell to their breath. We knew this, but we didn't have a way to test it." In the last 10 to 20 years, Dweik added, more sensitive technology has allowed scientists to detect specific particles in the breath. These particles have led researchers to identify a number of serious health problems using breath, from digestive issues to colon cancer and even tuberculosis. And the research continues. A study published today in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that breath tests might be able to identify people who are more likely to develop obesity by detecting a combination of gases that signals a specific microorganism living in the gut. For the study, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles analyzed the breath of 792 participants and found that those with high concentrations of the gases methane and hydrogen had significantly higher body mass indexes (BMIs) and higher percentages of body fat than those whose breath had the normal mix of gases or a high concentration of either methane or hydrogen alone.

Elevated concentrations of methane and hydrogen together can be traced back to what's happening in the gut, according to the researchers. Methane is associated with a microorganism called Methanobrevibacter smithii, or M. smithii. Too much M. smithii, according to the researchers, makes weight gain more likely. "Usually, the microorganisms living in the digestive tract benefit us by helping convert food into energy," said the study's lead author, Ruchi Mathur, MD, in a release from Cedars-Sinai, where he is the director of the Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center in the Division of Endocrinology. "However, when this particular organism -- M. smithii -- becomes overabundant, it may alter this balance in a way that causes someone to be more likely to gain weight," Mathur said. Excess M. smithii sets off a reaction that makes a person store more calories from the food they eat, causing them to gain weight. The Cedars-Sinai study is the first to make a connection between gas production and body weight, potentially identifying people prone to obesity via their breath. Not all breath tests can be used predictively just yet, said Dweik, but that is the hope. "These studies you're hearing about are the basis for the future, what we call point-of-care, with testing in the office or clinic and eventually at home," he said. "People would have said that was impossible a few years ago."