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Sugar for newborns does not relieve pain, says study

Contrary to international guidelines, sugar given to newborn babies does not ease pain, according to a study published on Thursday by The Lancet. In 2001, doctors published recommendations, based on a series of trials, that oral sucrose be administered to newborns to help relieve pain from invasive procedures. But a new look suggests that sucrose …

AFP

The mosque and its enemies

WASHINGTON, DC: Opposition to plans to build a mosque near “Ground Zero,” the spot where the World Trade Center’s twin towers fell on September 11, 2001, comes in various shades. To their credit, many of the project’s opponents have avoided the crass bigotry that is becoming a standard trait of right-wing discourse in the United …

Daily News Egypt

Barcelona reaches deal to sign Mascherano

BARCELONA: Barcelona won the race to sign Javier Mascherano from Liverpool, announcing on its website Friday that Argentine midfielder had agreed a four-year contract. The transfer fee for Mascherano, who must first pass the obligatory medical test, was undisclosed. Reports had said Liverpool demanded a fee of around 25 million pounds (€30.5 million; $38.8 million). …

AP

Lebanon tries to retain Arabic in polyglot culture

Maya Sabti’s children were born and raised in Lebanon but they speak only broken Arabic and cringe when presented with an Arabic book to read. "I try to get them interested, but I don’t blame them that they’re not," said Sabti, whose children are 8 and 10. "Mobile phones, Facebook, movies — all that’s important …

Daily News Egypt

Video game lets players be ‘Bad’ to Jackson hits

An upcoming video game starring Michael Jackson is set to be "Bad." Video game publisher Ubisoft announced Wednesday its dancing-and-singing "Michael Jackson The Experience" game will feature such Jackson hits as "Bad," ”Beat It" and "Billie Jean." The title is scheduled to be released later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii, …

AP

The cholesterol-statin conundrum

Have you heard your doctor speaking of statins, cholesterol reducing drugs, as if they were a universal panacea and a harmless substance? For several years now statins have been prescribed pervasively by doctors, to anyone having high cholesterol, without any careful attention to important individual physiological differences. Your doctor may have even been surprised, uncomfortable, …

Daily News Egypt

Elvis Week hits stride as buyout talks heat up

Elvis Presley is in play. CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85 percent of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the American music icon’s life …

AP

Travel industry courting ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fans

In Bali, they’re seeking guidance from a spiritual healer. In Rome, they’re lapping up gelato. And in India, they’re visiting temples. Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir "Eat, Pray, Love," have been following in her footsteps ever since it was first published in 2006. The book describes a year Gilbert spent living in Italy, India …

Daily News Egypt

Who is Rory McIlroy?

Ask any golfer. Rory McIlroy is the hottest sensation in professional golf since Tiger Woods came on the scene more than a decade ago. He currently ranks seventh in the world golf rankings, his best rating ever. An Irishman from near Belfast, he began playing at a young age and was quickly recognized as a …

Daily News Egypt

Lebanon’s Bank Audi posts 21 pct rise in H1 profit

BEIRUT: Net profits at Lebanon’s Bank Audi rose 21.4 pct to $161.4 million in the first half of the year, the company said on Wednesday, boosted by positive economic conditions in the countries where it operates, including Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and Jordan. The bank’s 2009 H1 net profit was $132.9 million. Its deposits rose by …

Daily News Egypt

Yurman approaches jewelry as master craftsman

David Yurman lacks a certain polish, and that is his charm. As one of the world’s few household-name jewelers, Yurman could have his feet up on the desk, wear the finest suit and flashiest gems, or be too slick to say anything juicy in an interview. But on this day, at least, that is not …

AP

THE REEL ESTATE: The last Egyptian action hero

Amid all the doom, gloom and insufferable direness that defined last summer’s film crop, Ahmed Mekki, Egyptian cinema’s hottest young comedy star, emerged almost out of nowhere to deliver a knockout with “Teer Enta” (Fly Now): the funniest, zaniest comedy of 2009. An original take on Stanley Donen’s 1967 comedy classic “Bedazzled,” “Teer Enta” was …

Joseph Fahim

Breaking up is hard: Poems a tough fit in e-form

  Billy Collins, one of the country’s most popular poets, had never seen his work in e-book form until he recently downloaded his latest collection on his Kindle.   He was unpleasantly surprised. "I found that even in a very small font that if the original line is beyond a certain length, they will take …

AP

Kamala: Asian food revival delivers

When Kamala opened in the Conrad last May, like many restaurants in Cairo, it claimed to serve “authentic” Asian fare. Such a conviction was forcing me to be quite dubious. Having tried my fair share of supposedly “authentic Asian cuisine” in the city, I’ve accepted one principle when dining: rarely does Asian food measure up …

Heba Elkayal

Garbage? Could be fashion

Even amongst the world’s most inventive runways, recycled garments remain rare. In a pioneering venture in Egypt, Darb1718 invited 16 young designers to take part in a two-month workshop administered by Spanish artist and Cairo resident Ana Maria Seco. What was spurred by an eco-friendly outlook resulted in eight collections of designs weaved from a …

Heba El-Sherif

The Reel Estate: The kid, the picture and the neighborhood

It was supposed to be the biggest, most important evening of his life. Last November’s premiere of the highly touted Egyptian film “Heliopolis” was anything but ordinary. The chaos, scuffles and flying insults couldn’t obscure the fact that the star-studded indie was the most attended film of last year’s ill-fated Cairo International Film Festival. For …

Joseph Fahim

Relax, Scrabble fans: Basic rules aren't changing

Scrabble purists can relax. News of a new version of the classic word game that Mattel plans to sell in the U.K. allowing proper nouns set off waves of dismay across the Internet. But the official rules fans know and love aren t changing. Scrabble Trickster, due out in July in the U.K. only, not …

Daily News Egypt

Muslim fashion label conquers streets of Europe

T-shirts and hoodies declare Terrorism has no religion. A head-covering tunic bears the message: Hijab. My right. My choice. My life. A German fashion label is out to tell the world that Islam isn t just compatible with Western values of tolerance and free expression – it can be hip, too. The project was born …

Daily News Egypt

In Paris, streetwear takes cue from space age

A retro space age mood permeated Paris ready-to-wear shows on Thursday, as Balenciaga and emerging Indian madcap Manish Arora sent out looks perfect for a stewardess on an intergalactic fight. Balenciaga s Nicolas Ghesquiere, who dusted off the storied Paris label and turned it into one of fashion s hottest properties, continued to push the …

AP

Marchesa caters to the high-wattage fashion crowd

Marchesa is a glamorous, movie-star fashion house: Its specialty is the show-stopping red carpet dresses you re likely to see on Kate Hudson, Sienna Miller or Annie, known to the rest of us as Anne Hathaway. The gowns seem a perfect complement to the label s co-founders, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, two Brits-turned-New Yorkers …

AP

Genetic love matches go cheek swab to cheek swab

Looking for love? Try leaning in for a … cheek swab. A couple of genetic testing companies are promising to match couples based on the DNA testing, touting the benefits of biological compatibility. The companies claim that a better biological match will mean better sex, less cheating, longer-lasting love and perhaps even healthier children. “How …

Daily News Egypt

Exploring Marsa Alam

Desert or sea? Both. Car or plane? Car. Hotel reservation? No, tents. Destination? Marsa Alam. Planning my holidays has always been spontaneous. Within Egypt, I consider myself well-traveled. Over the years, along with a few friends, I have developed a penchant for everything that is unconventional, rugged and unmarred by commercialization. Recently, five of us …

Heba El-Sherif

Step into spring with the latest urban wear

This has been a challenging year for fashion. New trends have formed as designers and fashion conscious shoppers take a new approach to dressing. People are dressing in bolder and brighter pieces in defiance of the gloom of the global recession. Many designers have taken into consideration that the days of dressing extravagantly are now …

Heba Elkayal

Mandara Spa: On capturing serenity

From the moment you step into the peaceful serenity of the JW Marriott’s Mandara Spa, your senses are in for a treat. The soothing and almost musical sounds of trickling water, the fresh whiff of lemon grass and the friendly smile of the Thai receptionist are all designed to steal you away from the hectic …

Asmaa El Gammal

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