Less Sleep Puts Women At Risk For Heart Disease

Whether you’ve been out on the town, studying late, or just watching too much telly, now is a good time to start getting the recommended eight hours of sleep. Cause if you don’t, you may be hurting your heart. A new study published in the journal Sleep found that women who reported sleeping less than eight hours had high levels of Interleukin-6, which triggers inflammation and ultimately heart disease. Even those women who sleep seven hours a night are at risk. And as if women didn’t already have it harder than men in a million other ways, add this one to the list because the study didn’t find consistent results with guys. So women, instead of watching another re-run of “Scrubs” or ordering additional drinks at the bar, maybe consider getting some extra shut-eye. [BBC News] Keep reading »

Who Is The Real Bruno?

In four short days, “Bruno” will be unleashed upon innocent moviegoers in the US. Judging from Sacha Baron Cohen’s nakie GQ cover and increasingly hilarious premiere ensembles, this mockumentary is going to blow “Borat” out of zee vater. But is Sacha Baron Cohen’s most outrageous character yet based on a real-life Bruno? In Austria, people’s lederhosen are in a bunch trying to figure out who could be the model. We pit the two lucky Austrian front-runners against each other for the ultimate title of “the real Bruno.” You decide who is zee real deal. Keep reading »

Couture From Around the World

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Forget Grecian dresses, there is so much more out there. Some celebrities have been spotted hitting the red carpet in fashion’s ethnic-inspired couture and we rounded up some of our favorites for you.

Leighton Meester’s Got “Body Control”

Leighton Meester’s foot job sex tape is still under wraps, but we can’t say the same about her new song “Body Control,” which has been leaked on the internet a few weeks ahead of schedule. After her appearance in Cobra Starship’s “Good Girls Go Bad,” we were pumped to hear her solo work. Too bad it sounds like a mediocre Britney Spears track—metallic and overproduced. With lyrics like, “I live to party, party,” and “I’ve become a wild thing/Yeah, uh huh/This music makes my heart sing/Yeah, uh huh,” we just aren’t too impressed. Just goes to show that you can take the headband off the girl, but you can’t take the girl outta the headband. My fingers are crossed that Leighton stays put and soaks up her success as Blair Waldorf while she’s still got it. Just take a little word of warning from the swiftly declining career of that other made-famous-by-Josh-Schwartz girl, Mischa Barton. Keep reading »

Cheers! The Beer Belly Is A Myth

Good news for you. A new study of more than 20,000 beer drinkers has revealed that…(drumroll)…the beer belly is a big old myth. When participants’ hip to waist ratio was measured, researchers noticed that beer doesn’t just make your belly fat. Yes, the people in this study who drank the most beer gained the most weight. But it didn’t settle in any particular area. The beer gut occurred randomly, leading researchers to believe that it’s a genetic factor. Wait, so doing crunches after a night of drinking isn’t going to help!? Crap. [News AU] Keep reading »

Women In Their 40s Dominate Television

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An(other) Excuse To Take Your Clothes Off!

Welcome to day one of National Nude Recreation Week! From skinny dipping to a nice nude bicycle ride, consider this the one week of the year when going full frontal is fully acceptable. But because good old Johnny Law might still consider your exposed breasts and dangling members a bit on the illegal side, you may have to be sneaky about your celebrating.

We’ve got a few ideas about how to let it all hang out without ending up behind bars… Keep reading »

Is “Prospect Park West” The New “Sex And The City”? I Don’t Think So

The book Prospect Park West won’t be released until Sept. 9, 2009, but author Amy Sohn, a former New York magazine columnist, is getting a huge publicity push from a woman who knows a thing or two about making four NYC friends popular worldwide. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches production company, along with HBO, has optioned the novel for a half-hour series. “It’s got sex, parenthood, and celebrity. Brooklyn is about to blow up nationally,” an insider at Simon & Schuster told the New York Post. But after reading a brief description of the characters, I doubt I’ll relate to any of them, and I’m a New Yorker. The four women are yuppies who, like other urban pioneers, are trying to stake their claim on the outer borough of Brooklyn, but only the overpriced neighborhood of Park Slope. They’re “burned out, bitchy, and beyond salvation,” yet they expect to be noticed and loved. Basically they seem like the same women I run into on a daily basis — rude mommies who think everyone’s top priority should be their kid. Reading is an escape for me, but Prospect Park West seems like it’ll be torture. No, thank you! Keep reading »

I Wanna Dress Like: Jem And The Holograms

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Jem” was one of our favorite cartoons growing up because each character had distinct fashion styles and wicked hair. Now that we’re old enough to wear outfits inspired by the “Jem” characters (we weren’t wearing miniskirts and heels back in elementary school), we’ve decided to relive our childhood.

Finally! Uganda Will Outlaw Female Circumcision

Officials in Uganda are finally passing a law outlawing female circumcision, which is prevalent in the eastern part of the country. Uganda’s prez, Yoweri Museveni explained, “There is no part of a human body that is useless.” Not to mention the fact that this “operation” hurts like hell and is very dangerous. Crude tools are used to make the cut and are often shared between girls. Oh yeah, and there’s no anesthesia. This mutilation increases the risk of HIV transmission and can cause excessive bleeding or even death. So, why do tribes force girls to take part in this atrocious practice? Keep reading »

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