Thursday, February 08, 2007

RIP Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith has died in Florida, her attorney, Ron Rale, confirmed to MSNBC Thursday. Sources say Smith was rushed to the hospital after being found unresponsive in her hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., where she was staying with her companion, Howard K. Stern. Her 5-month-old daughter, Dannielynn Hope, was not with them, sources say, but is being cared for in the Bahamas by the mother of Shane Gibson, a high-ranking Bahamian official who is a close friend of Smith's. Before learning of Smith's death, Rale told People magazine, "She hasn't been well the past few days, she's had cold and flu symptoms." According to Access Hollywood, she was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital shortly after 2 p.m. ET on Thursday. On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge had ordered Smith, 39, and her 5-month-old daughter Dannielynn Hope to submit to a DNA test by Feb. 21. The test is tied to a paternity lawsuit filed by photographer Larry Birkhead, who claims he is Dannielynn's father. Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern, is listed as the infant's father on her birth certificate. Source

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Marcia Cross Seen in Public

Marcia Cross made an appearance in public while making her way to her doctor's office for a checkup in Los Angeles. We haven't seen her in sometime since she was ordered for bedrest in January. It's nice to see that she is doing well. She is expecting twins with husband Tom Mahoney in April. source: People

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mood Swings May Help Women To Get Pregnant

Monthly mood swings may help women to get pregnant, according to a new study.

A team of US scientists have discovered that fluctuations in levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen affect the responsiveness of the brain's "reward system", with a peak in the first part of the menstrual cycle.

This reward system dictates the amount of pleasure attained from various activities, whether it be from having sex or from eating chocolate.

"Increased activity of the brain's reward system at this time could boost anticipation and enjoyment of sexual activity," said Dr Karen Berman of the US National Institute of Mental Health, who worked on the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"This demonstrates for the first time that female hormones affect the reward system in very specific ways during particular parts of the cycle," added Dr Berman, who went on to stress that the results did not mean that women are more emotional or vulnerable to hormones than men.

The study looked at women playing an imaginary slot machine game, and showed their brain responses changed in anticipation of a payout depending on the phases of their menstrual cycles.

For instance, four to eight days after menstrual bleeding started, the orbiofrontal cortex and amygdala of the brain were more active.

This might help explain other studies that show women get a bigger kick from cocaine and amphetamines during the earlier stage of their fertility cycle, the researchers added.

In addition, it may lead to insights into why women are less vulnerable to schizophrenia than men.

Source

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