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Blog Archive for November, 2011

Do bad bosses ruin things at home?

ADRIANA BARTON

Here’s a study to prove what the spouses of beleaguered employees already know

Do Santa and climate change mix?

Wency Leung

The David Suzuki Foundation is warning that climate change is threatening to destroy jolly old St. Nick's home

Yoga-pants uprising: Students protest ban on 'revealing' pants

Wency Leung

There once was a time when yoga pants were for, you know, yoga. But these days, you'll see people wearing the stretchy, form-fitting pants everywhere - on the street, in the malls, in grocery stores and at cafés

The skinny on Victoria's Secret: Are 'Angels' setting a bad example?

Carly Weeks

The annual parade of grown adults clad in lingerie pretending to be angels, fairies and even some sort of reincarnation of a night club, otherwise known as the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, aired last night - but not all the reviews are friendly.

Sorry kids, Santa says you can't have everything

Adriana Barton

The financial picture is so bleak that Santa's shopping mall stand-ins are being told to teach pint-sized admirers about expectations management

Babies are vindictive, study reveals

Erin Anderssen

According to a study led by the University of British Columbia, babies as young as eight months old want a bad guy to get what's coming to him

Did Gretzky tell his daughter to close saucy Twitter account?

Dave McGinn

Some are wondering if Paulina Gretzky shut down her Twitter account because Wayne disapproved.

Don't call it a rebound: Anne Hathaway's uplifting engagement

Tralee Pearce

Many observers are pausing for a moment over news that actress Anne Hathaway is engaged to her boyfriend of three years, Adam Shulman. Why? Mostly because her previous relationship was such a disaster

Did your first kiss look like this?

Adriana Barton

A trailer for the new TLC show Virgin Diaries shows an incredibly awkward wedding kiss

Men don't think about sex every seven seconds: study

ZOSIA BIELSKI

New research finds that men think about food almost as often as they think about sexuality.

Are hospital parking fees a barrier to health care?

Dave McGinn

A new editorial in the Canadian Medical Journal argues that hospital parking fees for patients should be scrapped.

New Jersey nurses claim right to refuse assisting in abortions

Wency Leung

Who's healthier: Women with children or women without?

Tralee Pearce

Researchers have found that childless women appear to be in poorer general health, and think societal pressures may have something to do with it

Want to boost your will power against junk food? Hit the gym

Dave McGinn

A neurology professor found what many of us probably already know: Successful weight loss frequently depends on fighting temptation

You call that a moon? Astronomer trashes Christmas cards

Dave McGinn

Sure, Santa may be involved - but that's not reason to ignore known scientific facts, an astronomer argues

Cardiologist finds link between shovelling snow and heart attacks

Tralee Pearce

Jessica Rabbit lips? Have we crossed a line when it comes to plastic surgery?

Tralee Pearce

Unfortunately for some plastic surgery aficionados, causing gasps on the street is the price they pay for their transformations

Clubbing 101 – Yale offers course in nightlife

Erin Anderssen

The Ivy League school’s curriculum includes lessons on how to get past the velvet rope and a field trip to an NYC hot spot

Do you buy into Cyber Monday?

CARLY WEEKS

As more Canadians plan to holiday shop online, retailers are launching special Internet sales to coincide with the traditional U.S. frenzy

Deep-fried turkey - is delicious worth the danger?

Elli Stuhler

William Shatner and now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security talk turkey on avoiding the dangers of deep-frying a holiday bird

Pepper-spray cop send-ups: good fun or bad taste?

Jaclyn Tersigni

Manipulated images of the California policeman pepper-spraying peaceful Occupy protesters have taken the Internet by storm

Which province spends the least on Christmas gifts?

Madeleine White

On average, holiday budgets are up across the country this year

Hey big spender: Justin Bieber leaves 200% tip

Zosia Bielski

Looking sleepy in some mustard pants, Justin Bieber feasted on fried eggs, bacon, waffles and double blueberry pancakes at a Los Angeles IHOP with girlfriend Selena Gomez after the American Music Awards, where the Biebs was shut out.

Why is GQ's 'Bro of the Year' wearing lingerie?

Jaclyn Tersigni

The men's magazine recently revealed comedienne Kristen Wiig as their "Bro of the Year", but many are chastising GQ for paying tribute to her comedic genius with a pin-up photo

You're now one degree closer to Kevin Bacon

Dave McGinn

A new study of Facebook users has found that every one of the social network's 721 million active users can be linked to any other in just 4.74 steps

How to lose friends and alienate colleagues: Show cleavage, study finds

Erin Anderssen

The scorn of the sexy woman is practically ubiquitous among other women, says a new University of Ottawa study

Economy? Environment? Ignorance is bliss when it comes to complex issues: survey

Zosia Bielski

Sex, love and vampire babies: What is Twilight teaching kids?

Madeleine White

The latest movie in the Twilight Sage deals with issues of teen sex and abortion

Gymboree pulls 'sexist' onesies

Zosia Bielski

Messages on kids' clothing spark outrage among mommy bloggers

Eating more often helps keep weight down: study

Dave McGinn

A new study suggests that if you want to keep the pounds off, you might consider eating more

All your six-year-old wants for Christmas is...an iPad

Elli Stuhler

44 per cent of kids between the ages six and 12 want an iPad for the holidays

Reading to your kid: even more important than you think

Tralee Pearce

Children who read books with their parents have better life trajectories, according to an international study

Does this spell the end of free bar nuts everywhere?

ZOSIA BIELSKI

New York City health department officials are drawing fire after banning the free communal food from a popular New York pub

Co-sleeping like giving your baby a knife, ad says

Madeleine White

Milwaukee's new safety campaign goes too far, critics say

Have a troubled teen? Why you need treatment, too

Wency Leung

It takes a village to raise a child -- and to keep that child out of trouble.

Ashton unfollows Demi on Twitter. #itsreallyover

Tralee Pearce

It was only fitting that when Demi Moore announced Thursday her marriage to Ashton Kutcher was over, the social media site lit up and the couple became a trending topic

Pizza sauce - the new broccoli?

Jaclyn Tersigni

U.S. Congress says that two tablespoons of tomato sauce on a slice of pizza qualifies as a serving of vegetables in school lunches

Trying to quit smoking? Obama feels your pain

Carly Weeks

The U.S. President talks about his difficulties of kicking tobacco in a new video

How do you define sexy? People's surprising pick for 'sexiest man alive'

Elli Stuhler

"This Georgetown grad can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle and whisper sweet nothings in French (he's fluent!)," says the celebrity rag.

‘Superhero’ vigilantes – applaud or stop them?

ADRIANA BARTON

While RCMP have warned them, thousands on Facebook cheer on the young men who posted ‘gotcha’ videos of alleged pedophiles on YouTube

Benetton's lip-locked leader ads: bad taste?

Jaclyn Tersigni

Retailer says its campaign's aimed at 'unhate'; pulls picture featuring Pope after Vatican complains

Avoid the Venti: Some Starbucks closing toilets to customers

Wency Leung

Several locations in New York have declared their washrooms off-limits to the public

Safe or extreme? Toronto school bans hard balls

Tralee Pearce

A letter issued on Monday from the administration at Earl Beatty Jr. and Sr. Public School states that kids can't bring or play with any kind of hard ball - i.e. soccer balls, footballs, volleyballs or tennis balls, according to a CTV report.

Why having a high IQ doesn't make you smarter about drugs

ADRIANA BARTON

The U.K. study looked at IQ scores at age 5 and 10 and then interviewed the participants at 16 and 30 about drug use.

Cockroaches on a plane? One couple's travel nightmare

Erin Anderssen

Imagine sitting in your too-small seat with no escape while a cockroach and a few his friends crawl out of the overhead vents and carry-on storage bins above your head.

The Giffords vs. Sandusky choice: 'inspiring' vs. 'sickening'?

Zosia Bielski

The 'howdown was much discussed on Twitter last night, with some suggesting the competing interviews served as a kind of moral compass for viewers

Botox approved to treat migraines in Canada

Adriana Barton

Health Canada gives the okay for people who experience at least 15 migraines a month

'Even when your thighs touch:' Miley channels Marilyn in 'fat' battle

ZOSIA BIELSKI

Miley Cyrus took to Twitter over the weekend to shame those who've called her fat in recent months.

Beautiful people earn more, are happier, researcher finds

Wency Leung

It pays to be good looking. Roughly $230,000 U.S. to be exact, according to University of Texas-Austin economics professor Daniel Hamermesh.

Dating profiles, Facebook pages: Fair game for divorce court?

Tralee Pearce

So, while you’re busy telling your teen not to post sexy images or teacher disses on their social media accounts, just how careful are you about what you’re posting?

New weight-loss program lets dieters gamble for a leaner body

Wency Leung

A new, unconventional weight-loss program encourages dieters to gamble their way to a leaner figure.

'Making money off your mistakes:' Meet the creator of 'stalker porn'

Zosia Bielski

Mr. Moore, a 25-year-old former hair stylist from San Francisco, claims his site now enjoys 30 million page views a month.

McDonald's uniform does not include poppies on Remembrance Day

Erin Anderssen

The fast food joint ordered employees not to wear the Remembrance Day symbol for fear it would fall off and the straight pin would get into food.

First it was 18, then 19, now it's 20 kids and counting: Duggars expecting again

TRALEE PEARCE

The ever-expanding clan's matriarch is pregnant with their twentieth child at the age of 45.

Australia takes bold anti-smoking step: Will it deter smokers?

Carly Weeks

Now that Australia will strip cigarette packages of colours and logos and make health warnings the focal point of the label, are other countries obligated to follow suit?

Will Rick Perry's brain fart actually improve his campaign?

Dakshana Bascaramurty

Mr. Perry's campaign managers are real believers in the old adage about making lemons from lemonade

Are doctors' gloves germ factories?

ADRIANA BARTON

Health-care workers wearing gloves found to be less stringent about hand hygiene

If your wife's fat, cheat on her, Ashley Madison ad suggests

Jaclyn Tersigni

Plus-sized model calls out adultery website over unflattering use of her image

You may have 250 Facebook friends, but only two are close pals, says study

Wency Leung

A Cornell University shows that on average, people only have 2 close friends

Grandma, stop creeping: Older Canadians use Facebook, study

Tralee Pearce

Behind that increase is a surge in participation by those over the age of 50, reports CP.

What's worse than snakes on a plane? Porn

ADRIANA BARTON

Discount airline Ryanair has come up with a racy way to banish in-flight blahs: pay-per-view porn

Why Burger King is a bad locale for a lovers' quarrel

Erin Anderssen

An ambitious Tweeter named Andy Boyle was sitting in a Burger King when a young couple began to fight loudly. His response? Take to Twitter.

No pop in schools makes no difference: study

Dave McGinn

Banning the sale of pop at schools appears to make no difference on how many sugary drinks kids consume, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Take that, Don Draper: Study says fatherhood curbs smoking and drinking

Zosia Bielski

Tobacco and alcohol go out the window when men become fathers for the first time, as does crime, say researchers

How many licks does it take to get chicken pox? Parents trade vaccines for lollipops

Adriana Barton

Don't want to give your kid the chicken pox vaccine? Some parents are coming up with creative - and dangerous - solutions to avoiding the needle

The Internet: an OK place to mock the kids?

Jaclyn Tersigni

This genre of YouTube video - parents filming their unknowing kids doing silly, potentially-embarrassing things - is not a new one.

Half of U.S. students face sexual harassment: survey

Dave McGinn

Nearly half of U.S. students in grades seven to 12 were victims of sexual harassment last year, according to a new survey

Woman says critics of her IVF treatment - at 57 - were right

Wency Leung

When Susan Tollefsen conceived her daughter through in vitro fertilization in 2008, the then-57-year-old British woman was widely criticized for being too old to have a child.

'Tis the season for family travel horror stories

Tralee Pearce

It's hard not to start worrying about the holiday travel plans we have to make - and the inevitable headaches that entails.

Sandwich arrest sparks debate: Is it OK to eat groceries before paying?

Wency Leung

People have been up in arms over the story of a pregnant woman and her husband being arrested after they were arrested for eating a sandwich in a grocery store.

Too posh to push? Britain looks at making C-sections free for all

Dave McGinn

The British government is looking at picking up the tab for women who choose to have a C-section instead of a vaginal birth.

B.C. to allow workers' comp for stressed employees

Zosia Bielski

British Columbia will soon join other provinces in compensating employees who are victims of workplace bullying, thanks to a new bill that acknowledges the effects of mental stress on the job

Kids in the Hall star's provocative advice to gay teens: 'Grow a pair'

Tralee Pearce

The Canadian funny man has some not-so-funny advice, suggesting using violence is the answer to beating bullying

Is school wrong to cancel veterans' session?

Erin Anderssen

The Ottawa Catholic School Board cites weapons in ending annual event; kids won't get time with soldiers or be able to tour a hands-on exhibit

Formula ads reduce breastfeeding rates: study

Carly Weeks

Women who saw a formula advertisement were twice as likely to bottle feed, research from the Philippines shows

Step away from the hot dog: Should competitive eating be banned?

Dakshana Bascamurty

According to AFP, Control Yuan, a top government watchdog, has said eating contests put a strain on medical resources and put contestants at risk for serious health problems.

Belief in treatment is key when beating depression, study finds

Adriana Barton

A new study suggests that a patient's beliefs may matter more than the treatment itself

Don't it make your brown eyes blue? Doc promises eye colour change

Dakshana Bascaramurty

A California doctor promises he can turn your muddy peepers into sparkling blue gems just like your favourite Disney princesses!

What do high-school grads think they'll be making by 30?

Jaclyn Tersigni

Young people may have unrealistic expectations, a new survey shows

What to do with that mustache? Let readers decide

It's that time of year again. Welcome to Movember, the month where women everywhere try to avert their eyes, and men donate the empty space above their upper lip and grow a mustache - unsightly or otherwise - in the name of fighting prostate cancer. Here are 10 staches to help you get in the spirit

Justin Bieber denies paternity allegations

Tralee Pearce

The 17-year-old is accused of impregnating a fan after a brief sexual encounter backstage at a concert

The secret to living longer: It's not what you eat, but how much

Adriana Barton

According to a study from a Swedish university, a low-calorie diet will not only control your weight but also help you live longer

Dreaded 'freshman 15' is a myth, study finds

Erin Anderssen

Most first-year students gain about three pounds, research shows

Oops! Rick Perry mixes up funny for fact in Globe and Mail article

Wency Leung

Rick Perry correctly quoted a segment of a Globe and Mail article, only problem was the piece was satirical

Are you lonesome tonight? It could affect your sleep

Jaclyn Tersigni

People who feel isolated toss and turn more throughout the night, study finds

Does the Pill make sex less pleasurable?

Zosia Bielski

Hormonal contraception can stifle sexual arousal, limit lubrication and decrease the number of orgasms in women, suggests study