Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Aug 23, 2011
August 23, 2011
Health and Medical Briefs:
Women get wider waistlines after they get married. And men are more likely to pile on the pounds after a divorce.
A new study out of Ohio State University says there's an increased risk of weight gain in the two years following a "marriage transition." Researchers also found that people over age 30 were most likely to gain weight after marriage or divorce, and the risk grew stronger as people grew older.
The study looked at more than 10-thousand people in the U-S and their weight gain after a marriage or divorce in the years between 1986 and 2008. Researchers also said that, in most cases, the weight gain was minor and not life-threatening, though newly-married women were at greatest risk of "large" weight gains --a 48 percent higher risk. (Bartha)
Editor's note: As a man, I respond "NO COMMENT" to this story. (Maiman)
A musical based on the 1990 PATRICK SWAYZE/DEMI MOORE movie, "Ghost," is coming to Broadway. The show has been running in London since June, and previews will begin in New York in March 2012. Casting hasn't been decided yet. The songs for the musical were written by former EURYTHMICS leader DAVE STEWART and GLEN BALLARD who produced ALANIS MORISSETTE's breakthrough album, "Jagged Little Pill." (Marino)
Another day, another rumored cast member for the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars." Over the weekend, E! Online reported that GEORGE CLOONEY's ex-girfriend, ELISABETTA CANALIS, had signed with the show, and now PureDWTS.com claims CHAZ BONO has recently started following professional dancers KARINA SMIRNOFF and MARK BALLAS on Twitter, and cites this as evidence that he'll be on as well.
Researchers' attempts to get partying undergrads to drink less don't work.
That about sums up a new USA Today report, which details researcher efforts to curtail excessive student drinking. Researchers even tried using Breathalyzers at parties and bars to show students their blood alcohol content. They ended up drinking even more. (Maiman)
Trash talk and satellite dish:
Today's "Diva du Jour" award goes to JENNIFER LOPEZ. Sources on the set of "What to Expect When You're Expecting" say the "American Idol" judge isn't making any new buddies, particularly because she's only speaking to people through one of her assistants. (Lee)
Is Princess KATE MIDDLETON looking for a job? Star magazine reports that the new royal is bored to death as an Air Force wife to PRINCE WILLIAM and is talking to her sister, PIPPA, about starting a fashion line. (Myers)
Looking for excitement? Why not lean over the edge of a 12-hundred-foot tall building?
Orange.co.ukreports, for 160-dollars, visitors to Toronto, Canada can hang off the edge of the city's C-N Tower. The attraction is called the EdgeWalk. Daredevil visitors wear special jumpsuits and strap on safety harnesses attached to an overhead trolley system. A spokeswoman says: "Guides are there to encourage participants to push their personal limits, allowing them to lean back over Toronto with nothing but air and breathtaking views of Lake Ontario beneath them."
The new attraction operates from May through October in all weather except for lightning storms or high winds. (Still)
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