Friday, October 10, 2008

Breastfeeding Angelina on cover of W

Like all mammals, Angelina Jolie has hair and warm blood, produces live young, and feeds them with her own milk.

W Magazine can prove it.

Unlike other mammals, Jolie attracts an amazing amount of attention and interest from total strangers. So the magazine features her on its November cover, breastfeeding one of her twins. The photo was one of several taken by her husband, Brad Pitt, while they were holed up in France at the Chateau Miraval.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Kiera Knightley: "I want to get pregnant so people will stop saying I'm anorexic"

The Pirates of the Caribbean’s Kiera Knightley said she’d like to get pregnant - but for a very odd reason: so people will stop saying that she has anorexia.

According to London-based entertainment news agency BANG Showbiz, the actress said, “That’s a good reason to have a kid. They won’t say I’m anorexic anymore ... I’ve got to have a child!”

I hope she's kidding!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Does Circumcision Protect Against H.I.V.?

Male circumcision has been shown to protect men from acquiring H.I.V. infection during sex with women - it has reduced female-to-male transmission rates by 48% to 60% in sub-Saharan Africa - but that protective effect appears less reliable among men who have sex with men, according to a new meta-analysis published Oct. 7 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (J.A.M.A.).

The review is the most comprehensive analysis of the subject to date. It encompasses data from 15 studies conducted in seven countries, involving more than 53,000 men, most of whom were Caucasian and approximately half of whom were circumcised. The authors concluded that being circumcised reduced a man's risk of acquiring H.I.V. by 14%. That finding was statistically nonsignificant, but the authors say it should be regarded as a launching point for future trials. "This study gives us a more complete picture than we've ever had before," says Gregorio Millett, the study's lead author and a senior behavioral scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "The next step is to design better quality studies to see if there is an association we aren't detecting."

Read the full story here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Angelina: "We're Going to Have More Kids"

Just in case you thought that Angelina and Brad, who has joked that he would like to have a full soccer team of kids, would stop at a half-dozen, she says that there's no stopping in the near future.

"We are going to have more kids," revealed the Oscar winner. "One way or another."

And lest you assume that Angie is completely overwhelmed with six rugrats, she says, "I feel great. I feel very happy that they’re healthy... Everybody’s great! The babies are good and getting big and healthy and developing their personalities."

Read the full story here.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Largest study of US children to begin in January

The largest study of U.S. children ever performed — aiming to track 100,000 from conception to age 21 — will start recruiting mothers-to-be in North Carolina and New York in January.

The ambitious National Children's Study aims to learn how the environment and other factors affect youngsters' health, especially development of such conditions as autism, asthma, learning disabilities, diabetes and obesity. Scientists will examine a range of factors, from the diets of pregnant women and young children to the effects of chemicals used in plastics.

Read the full story here.