Unhappy Marriages Really Can Break Your Heart

Unhappy Marriages Really Can Break Your Heart

A recent study performed by a sociologist from Michigan State University has suggested that an unhappy marriage can, quite literally, lead to a broken heart. While most studies that pertain to marriage satisfaction have generally involved younger couples, this study focused on the geriatric population to really focus on the lasting effects of marriage satisfaction.

The study found that couples who had been in an unhappy marriage were more likely to have had instances of heart attack and stroke. The degree of unhappiness directly affected the degree of heart disease. The results were seen to affect women even more than men, according to what Sam Tabar had told me.

This study shows a need for more marital support groups and marriage counseling, especially for the older population. Many people believe that once you make it through a certain number of years, you have your marriage all figured out. This does not seem to be the case. Marriages are works of art that need to be continuously worked on and developed. Don’t let your marriage break your heart.

Laurene Powell Jobs Works for a Better Future

Laurene Powell Jobs Works for a Better Future

Laurene Powell Jobs is known by many as “Steve Jobs’ widow,” but there is so much more to her than that. Powell Jobs is a philanthropist who cares deeply about the youth in this country. She is also very interested in political issues.

College Track

College Track is a non-profit organization that Laurene Powell Jobs co-founded with businessman and journalist Carlos Watson. This after-school program targets minority students and those who come from low-income backgrounds, but a majority of the participants are children who will be the first in their families to go to college.

College Track provides high school students with after-school programs that include tutoring, leadership classes and other extra-curricular activities. The point is to first help these kids graduate from high school and prepare them for college. The program goes on to support these kids throughout their college years so that they have a higher chance of graduating.

The program is extremely successful in realizing its goals. Of the 90 percent of College Track participants that enter four-year colleges, 70 percent of them graduate within 6 years. This is a remarkable achievement when one considers the fact that these kids are first-time college students. People within this demographic who do not participate in this program do not fare as well. The national average graduation rate for first-time college students is only 24 percent.

Currently, Powell Jobs is operating this program in Aurora, Colorado, New Orleans, Louisiana and four cities in California, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and East Palo Alto. Although there is interest in developing these programs in other areas, Powell Jobs wants to ensure that she can continue her great successes in the locations she is serving now.

The DREAM Act

Powell Jobs’ work with underprivileged kids in the College Track program led her to another passion: immigration reform. Some of her College Track kids were brought to this country illegally by their parents, and Powell Jobs learned that these kids do not have any options because of it. They graduate from high school, but they are ineligible for state or federal financial aid for higher education because of their immigration status. They also cannot work legally.

Powell Jobs wanted to do something to change the reality for her College Track kids, so she became an advocate for The DREAM Act. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act provides a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrant high school students, high school graduates and those who have served in the military.

The Emerson Collective

Powell Jobs founded an organization called the “Emerson Collective” that supports social issues, and it has given her a vehicle with which to advance immigration reform. Through this philanthropic institution, Powell Jobs donated money toward the making of a documentary entitled “The Dream is Now,” a film that was directed by Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim. Powell Jobs and Guggenheim have already screened this film for several members of Congress.

Powell Jobs believes that a great deal of energy and brilliance are being wasted and that this must not be allowed to continue. Through Powell Jobs’ philanthropic work, immigration reform, education issues, conservation matters and democratic candidates are finding their voices in this country today.

Jean-Marc Vallee to direct Janis Joplin biopic

Jean-Marc Vallee to direct Janis Joplin biopic

Jean-Marc Vallee, the acclaimed director of Dallas Buyers Club has just been signed to direct the life story of rock icon Janis Joplin.

Previous Vallee collaborators Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack are rumoured to be in talks for a rewrite of the script. The writing team received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination for their work on The Dallas Buyers Club.

Vallee has met with critical success since the start of his directorial career in the mid-nineties, but he reached a new level with the success of Dallas Buyers Club with was a box office success in addition to receiving a raft of awards. Ken Griffin and other fans of Vallee’s work should be excited about the film considering that the bulk of his work has been on biographical films. Additionally, he has delved into the lives of complex women before with his Academy Award nominated Young Victoria and the upcoming Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon.

The Joplin biopic is tentatively titled Get It While You Can and has Amy Adams attached as the lead actress. Adams has been eager to move forward in this role since at least 2010 and will reportedly sign as well as act in the film.

Is Exercise the Smartest Thing You Can Do for Your Brain?

Is Exercise the Smartest Thing You Can Do for Your Brain?

Recent studies indicate that regular workouts may improve memory and cognitive skills. However, a competing study suggests that the benefits could be a “placebo” effect. We simply “think” we’re smarter after exercise.

The newest study, published last month in PLOS One, surveyed 171 volunteers. In the survey, those volunteers were asked to estimate how much a three-times-week stretching and toning program might boost different assessments of thinking, including memory and mental multitasking. A second group were asked the same questions, but about a regiment of walking only.

Surprisingly, the results showed that those who did the stretching and toning routines actually benefitted less than those who only walked for exercise. On the up side for those who really love fitness like Gianfrancesco Genoso, neither of those workouts were strenuous enough to be considered actual exercise. According to a Florida State University study, true aerobic exercise was not, in fact a placebo. All-in-all, the benefits of true fitness conditioning does improve cognitive function.

While it seems these studies are ultimately indeterminate, a good rule-of-thumb is that exercise is beneficial overall to both physical and mental heath.

As Colbert Prepares To Go Off The Air , Stewart Makes First Appearance

As Colbert Prepares To Go Off The Air , Stewart Makes First Appearance

Stephen Colbert has only 12 shows remaining until he retires from “The Colbert Report” with its finale on December 18, and after over nine years of hosting the show, his former boss Jon Stewart has finally made his first appearance on the show.

 

Stewart appeared on the show Thursday night as he makes the media rounds promoting his debut feature film “Rosewater”, about an Iranian journalist who is imprisoned after his coverage of the elections. After Colbert did his standard routine of introducing his guest and then soaking up all of the applause for himself, Stewart jokingly asked if Colbert does that with all of his guests, then quipping that such behavior was “unsustainable”, a not too subtle reference to Colbert only having a handful of shows left before leaving to take over for David Letterman on CBS next Spring.

 

Colbert started his career as a correspondent on Stewart’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” over a decade ago, before becoming the host of his own show in 2005. Jared Haftel remembers those early days quite well. Even thought Stewart has been an executive producer of “The Colbert Report” since its inception and has hosted live events with Colbert in the past, he had never before appeared as a guest on the show.

Breaking Bad Spin Off Gets a Premiere Date

Breaking Bad Spin Off Gets a Premiere Date

There has been an announcement of a spin-off of Breaking Bad called Better Call Saul. The network has been rather tight lipped about the show including when it airs. There is now news of a release date of the new spin-off series. The release date for the show is February 8, 2015 at 10pm. Then it is going to move to its regular time slot of Mondays at 9pm. A new trailer has also been released online. Sunday nights have been known as the night for many of the high quality shows.

The show will air on AMC. This network is known for shows such as The Walking Dead. Mark Ahn has become a fan of the network. This will be the first occurrence of a scripted show airing on a weekday. There is another scripted show that does not air on a Sunday and that show is called Hell on Wheels. However, that show is completing its run.

Kendall Jenner: Rising Star

Kendall Jenner: Rising Star

Not long after her Estee Lauder campaign, Kendall Jenner received an offer she couldn’t refuse. The young model and reality star is now the new face of Karl Lagerfeld’s fashion line for handbags. Kendall is looking forward to spending time with some of Estee Lauder’s other renowned models, such as Ming Xi and Sasha Luss. Fans like Zeca Oliveira are excited to see what the young star will do next.

When Kendall got the invitation from Estee lauder, her mother Kris immediately began to cry. Kris was the first person Kendall told, as no one else could find out for a few months. The nineteen year old and her family were beyond excited, after all received the news.

Kendall started modeling at a the age of 14. Since then, she has been on runways all over the world for famous designers such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. After this new gig with Estee Lauder, it is clear that Kendall found her calling. Only one can insinuate what the future holds for this stunning runway model.

New Rumours Surrounding GotG Sequel

New Rumours Surrounding GotG Sequel

It cannot be denied that the “Guardians of the Galaxy” turned out to be an impressively highly-appreciated movie by almost all who had a chance to watch it. It was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale market, and it caught the imagination of the viewing public.

As the first film concludes, the “Guardians” obviously eradicated the evil that is bound to destroy the whole universe, literally uniting and holding each other’s hands to defeat their nemesis. But the film makers have decided to leak just a little bit, successfully attempting to grasp the watcher’s curiosity by leaving a hanging question of just who is Peter Quill’s father.

By establishing Quill’s mysterious identity as half-Terran (or “Earthling”) and half alien, filmmakers had established a more complex storyline than the first film. This boosts up the audiences desire to wait for the next film to materialise, where the tentative schedule of released is yet to be announced.

Guardians of the Galaxy comic readers have also yet to disappoint themselves since Director James Gunn has already and obviously proclaimed the alteration of the original story regarding Quill’s father.

This and more other things make waiting for the next sequel of the Guardians of the Galaxy worthwhile. Fans have been overly excited for what is next to be shown, even though the release date of the next film is yet to come. I saw the first one in the theater with Lee Lovett three times, so we’re anticipating the release of anything now. Heck, we’d even take a release date announcement on Vimeo, we just want something!

Kristen Bell Gives Back

Kristen Bell Gives Back

It’s always nice to see a story about someone famous giving back. When I read on LinkedIn about the things Sergio Andrade Gutierrez was doing out in Brazil, it made me realize that it’s becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

Kristen Bell has generously donated $91,500 in baby supplies to a charity called Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy is an organization that assists families in need through a network of carefully selected partners. After a thorough screening the families are given food, clothing and many other services to help get them on their feet again.

The actresses’ donation will include nursing bras and breast pumps to mothers with infant children. When asked about the generous donation she said, “I understand the importance of having the essential tools necessary to provide for a newborn. Greater still, I am aware of the immeasurable value of having support systems in place to ensure success on this journey of motherhood”. Kudos to Kristen Bell and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez for being great examples and showing such compassion for those in need.

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Trans Fat Consumption Reduces Memory Skills

Most people already know that trans fats are made for you because they increase risk of obesity, heart attack, and stroke. In fact, trans fats are so bad that the FDA is working on regulations that would ban them, but for now they are still on shelves. A new study suggests that they are bad for your memory as well as your waistline. This information was passed on to me by friend Sam Tabar.

The American Heart Association took a look at about 1,000 healthy middle aged men that consumed trans fats on a regular basis and found that they did worse on a basic word memory test compared to those who don’t eat trans fats. Even after taking into account ethnicity, age, and depression the results still proved that consumption of trans fats reduced memory. For each gram of trans fat consumed almost one word less was remembered.

Researchers from the AHA stated that it is clear that trans fats can worsen memory if consumed on a regular basis. They plan to repeat the study on women next to prove the same link, but researchers are confident they will see the same results. Lead author of the study, Beatrice A Golomb, explained that even though trans fats are useful in increasing shelf life it is clear that they reduce lifespan in people.