Thursday, April 19, 2007

Heidi Klum Goes On A Shopping Spree

People Magazine got a pic of Heidi Klum at Target in Los Angeles on a toy spree. Tuesday, Klum took her children, Leni (who turns three on May 4), Henry 1, and Johan, 5 months, to the huge chain store to get some goodies for them. In case you were wondering, even celebrities go to the same stores we do to shop for their kiddies.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Baby Pearl Plays the Landlord

The Landlord is Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's latest project. [They've worked together since their days on SNL; McKay wrote/directed Talladega Nights and Anchorman.]

In the mean time, they've both had kids, who have obviously provided them with endless hours of entertainment, if not exactly a rich vein of comedic inspiration.

The Slacker Friend is played by McKay, and the Landlord is played by his younger daughter Pearl. The off-camera dialogue coach is apparently McKay's wife Shira. Uncredited so far: the editor, who turned video of a baby repeating words she doesn't know into an actual conversation.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Did someone say Pregnancy and 'Free Ice Cream'?

Today, April 17th, ice cream shops around the world will be hosting Ben & Jerry's Annual Free Cone Day. Visit any participating shop between noon and 8 p.m. and get a free ice cream cone, courtesy of one of America's favorite ice cream manufacturers. Of course, it's also tax day (groan), and what better way to lift your spirits while you're out mailing that return than free ice cream? Yum. Click here to find a participating Ben & Jerry's scoop shop near you!

Apples During Pregnancy Protects Baby From Asthma

A new study suggests that women who eat apples while pregnant may protect their child from developing asthma and related symptoms. n the study, researchers from The Netherlands and Scotland led by S. M. Willers of Utrecht University tracked the diets of nearly 2,000 pregnant women and checked the lung health of 1,253 of their children.

At age 5 years, 162 children (12.9 percent) had a bout of wheezing in the past year and 145 (11.6 percent) had doctor-confirmed asthma.

Among a wide variety of foods eaten and recorded by the pregnant women, only apple consumption showed a consistent protective association with the occurrence of childhood wheeze and asthma, according to the team's report published in the medical journal Thorax. This is a novel finding, Willers and colleagues note.

The researchers found that children of moms who munched on more than 4 apples per week were 37 percent less likely to have a history of wheezing and 53 percent less likely to have doctor-confirmed asthma, compared to moms who ate one or no apples per week while pregnant.

The specific association found with apples, and not with the total amount of fruits eaten or with citrus, fruit juice or vegetable consumption, hints at an apple-specific effect, the researchers say, possible because of its phytochemical content, such as flavonoids, which have been shown to have beneficial effects on adult lung function.

The study also found that eating fish during pregnancy may curb the risk of the allergic skin condition eczema in offspring. Children of mothers who ate fish once per week or more while pregnant had a 43 percent lower risk of eczema compared to children whose mothers avoided fish altogether.

"If these results are confirmed," say the investigators, "recommendations on dietary modification during pregnancy may help to prevent childhood asthma and allergy."