FDA extols virtues of fish for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

nndanko/iStock(NEW YORK) — Fish can be an essential part of a balanced diet, and nowhere are they more important than during pregnancy and breastfeeding, according to updated guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Fish and shellfish are an important part of a well-rounded diet. However, we know many consumers worry about mercury in fish and even choose to limit or avoid fish because of this concern,” Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said in a press release. “In fact, we have seen that women in the U.S. who are pregnant are consuming far less than the recommended amount of seafood.”

Prompted by evidence suggesting that mothers were limiting their fish intake over concerns about mercury levels, the FDA said its revised advice has two goals: to focus on the myriad of health benefits provided by many different types of fish, and to inform women about which fish are safe to eat.

The update is based on the government’s the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding consume eight to 12 ounces of a variety of seafood per week. However, fish that are high in mercury, such as king mackerel, shark and swordfish, should be avoided.

Data from the FDA revealed that over 20% of pregnant women reported eating no fish in the previous month. Half of those who reported eating fish ate less than two ounces – equivalent to just half a cup of tuna. These women are missing out on a food source with many nutritional benefits, according to the agency.

The macro- and micronutrients contained within fish — including protein, minerals and high levels of vitamin B12 and vitamin D — are critical for development during pregnancy and in early life. Fish are also a rich source of iron to help prevent anemia, a common complication of pregnancy and the post-partum period.

The benefits of fish aren’t just limited to pregnancy, according to the FDA. Fish are known to improve cardiovascular health, and can contain high levels of healthy omega-3 fats (called DHA and EPA) which protect blood vessels and decrease the risk of heart attacks.

To summarize their guidance, the FDA have published a handy one-page guide for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers, and mothers with young children. The guide includes over 60 types of fish classified into “best choices,” “good choices,” and “choices to avoid” based on mercury levels.

“Our goal is to make sure Americans are equipped with this knowledge so that they can reap the benefits of eating fish, while choosing types of fish that are safe for them and their families to eat,” said Mayne.

However, developing and improving guidelines is only one step to improve the health of pregnant and breastfeeding women in the U.S. Raising public awareness about the advantages of consuming fish is key.

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‘Hunger Games’-themed attractions coming to China, but plans scrapped in NYC

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Murray Close(NEW YORK) — Sorry, Hunger Games fans. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lionsgate, the movie studio that released the hit series of films, has scrapped plans to bring an indoor entertainment center to New York’s Times Square.

The so-called Lionsgate Entertainment City was supposed to open this year, with attractions and restaurants based on the studio’s properties, including The Hunger Games, Divergent, John Wick and Mad Men.

There would have been a Hunger Games-inspired Peeta’s Bakery and The Capitol Confectionery, a Divergent-themed obstacle course, and a John Wick: Chapter Two shooting ride, among other things.

But while the project may have been abandoned in New York, you can still experience something similar if you’re willing to book a trip to China.

Lionsgate also announced this week that its new indoor theme park, Lionsgate Entertainment World, is set to open Hengqin, Zhuhai on July 31.

The park will feature 25 attractions based on The Hunger Games, Twilight, and the Divergent series. It will also feature retail stores and restaurants.

As previously reported, The Hunger Games book series is also getting a prequel. Author Suzanne Collins plans to release the currently untitled book on May 19, 2020.

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Stromboli volcano in Italy, near Sicily, erupts, killing 1 and injuring 2

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MaRabelo/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Stromboli volcano on an island off the southern coast of Italy erupted violently with little warning Wednesday, sending an enormous cloud of ash two kilometers high and volleys of small pieces of lava across its slopes. Two eruptions were reported, followed by 20 smaller seismic tremors.

A hiker who was walking on one of the mountain’s many trails was killed, and two other people were reported injured, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.

Frightened tourists threw themselves into the surrounding waters to escape the flying debris, the Italian news agency, ANSA, reported. The national fire department was dispatched to help bring stranded hikers down.

Two lava flows were also created on the side of the volcano, but there was no reported threat to any structures.

The hot lava pebbles flung from the crater set off fires on the slopes of the volcano. The Civil Protection Agency and Fire Department were hampered by the thick smoke while trying to fight the fire.

Marco Giorgianni, the mayor of the island’s principle town, Lipari, said there was little damage to the residential areas of the island and no need for evacuation, but offered assistance to anyone wishing to leave, according to Italian paper La Repubblica. The island is only accessible by ferry.

Planes were flown from the mainland to try and extinguish the fires that were burning dry brush on the slopes of the volcano.

Stromboli is an active volcano, and the last time was erupted was in the summer of 2014, according to Volcano Discovery. Other lava flow eruptions took place in 2007 and 2002 into 2003.

Stromboli, which is north of Sicily and west of the mainland region of Calabria, is a popular summer destination as part of the Aeolian Islands and is full of tourists at this time of year. Last week, the island hosted its annual candlelight theater festival.

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Beyonce’s protégé Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle to star as Ariel in live-action ‘The Little Mermaid’

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Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Beyonce is set to star as Nala in Disney’s upcoming live-action The Lion King — and now one of her protégés has landed the lead role in the live-action re-imagining of The Little Mermaid.

Halle Bailey, of the Grammy-nominated sister singing duo Chloe x Halle, has officially been cast as Ariel.

The film’s director, Rob Marshall, says in a statement, “After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role.”

“dream come true…” Chloe x Halle’s Twitter page tweeted following the announcement.

Halle currently stars with her older sister Chloe on the Freeform series grown-ish. The two got their start by posting song covers on YouTube. Their rendition of Beyonce’s “Pretty Hurts” caught Beyonce’s attention and she signed them to her label in 2015.
 
Additional announcement regarding The Little Mermaid are expected in the coming weeks. Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play Ursula, while Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina are in talks to play Flounder and Scuttle, respectively.

Production on The Little Mermaid is set to begin in early 2020.

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Brad Pitt on why he’s taking fewer acting roles: “It’s a younger man’s game”

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George Pimentel/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Brad Pitt is set to star in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood later this month, but he admits he isn’t taking on as many acting roles these days.

In a new cover story with GQ Australia, the 55-year-old says he considers acting “a younger man’s game” and prefers producing TV and movie projects via his company Plan B Entertainment instead.

“I’m behind the camera on the producing side and I enjoy that a lot,” he says. “But I keep doing less and less. I really believe that overall, it’s a younger man’s game – not that there aren’t substantial parts for older characters – I just feel, the game itself, it’ll move on naturally. There will be a natural selection to it all.”

He adds that, with the rise of streaming services, he’s “curious” to see what the future of film will be.

“I really appreciate the streaming services because we’re seeing more and more quality projects being made,” Pitt says. “We’re seeing more writers and directors and actors getting a shot. It just tells you how many talented people are out there.”

He adds, “I like to think there’s room for both. But I could be a dinosaur and not even know it, man. And the comet could be on the way.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters July 26.

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Rami Malek had certain conditions before accepting James Bond villain role

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ABC/Rick Rowell(LONDON) — Before Rami Malek accepted the role of the new villain in the upcoming James Bond film, he had some conditions that needed to be met.

The Egyptian-American actor tells U.K.’s The Daily Mirror that he made it clear to director Cary Fukunaga exactly what kind of villain he didn’t want to play in Bond 25.

“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice, then you can count me out,’” he says.

“But that was clearly not his vision,” Malek adds. “So, he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Daniel Craig is back as 007 in Bond 25, which doesn’t yet have an official title. The film picks up with Bond enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica after leaving active service. But of course, he gets pulled back in when an old friend asks for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist.

The film is set to hit theaters on April 8, 2020.

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Alex Morgan’s tea cup World Cup goal pose causes Brits to freak out

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Maddie Meyer – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images(LYON, France) — Another win for the U.S. women’s national team, another round of calls of “arrogance.”

In what has become a theme throughout this World Cup for the defending champions, critics are once again complaining that the American athletes were too celebratory about winning.

This time around, it was a goal scored by captain Alex Morgan in the semifinal match against England Tuesday.

About 30 minutes into the match, the U.S. was tied 1-1. That’s when Morgan ran toward the goal and used her head — literally — to put the U.S. in the lead.

As athletes are wont to do, she celebrated. And as athletes are also wont to do, she celebrated with swagger.

Morgan ran to the sidelines, stood up straight, and mimicked taking a sip of tea, seemingly a dig at her English opponents or a reference to the meme of sipping tea (i.e. shrewdly “rising above” gossip) — or both.

Some weren’t exactly tickled by it.

Lianne Sanderson, a former member of the English World Cup team, called it “distasteful” on an appearance on beIN Sports. She added, “We love our tea in England. I’m not a tea drinker, but that’s what we’re connected with, so I think it’s a little bit distasteful.”

“I wish I was on the pitch to put in a tackle,” former English captain Faye White put it more bluntly on Good Morning Britain.

Meanwhile, the country that gained independence from Britain 243 days ago this Thursday seemed pretty proud.

Even Hillary Clinton got in on the fun, congratulating the team “for earning that tea.”

For her part, Morgan, who also celebrated her 30th birthday Tuesday, had her tea and sipped it, too.

“This team is special. Thanks for the bday love. Thanks for the rocking stadium. Thanks for continuing to believe with us. And that’s the tea,” Morgan tweeted (here, “the tea” refers to “the gossip”).

This was far from the first time the Americans have been criticized for having too much fun winning.

Before Tuesday’s match, they faced calls of “arrogance” from British tabloids, and before their June 28 match, the president of the United States had accused star Megan Rapinoe of overconfidence.

Rapinoe responded to that by scoring the U.S.’s two goals in the June 28 game, celebrating the second one with a pose in which her arms were defiantly in the air. Again, critics cried arrogance.

In the U.S.’s first match of the tournament, they scored 13 goals over Thailand. People criticized them for continuing to celebrate after each goal.

“It’s like, we’re at the World Cup. What do you want us to do?” Rapinoe said in response to the outcry over Morgan’s tea cup pose, according to Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Bachman. “We work hard, we like to play hard.”

The athletes play in the finals on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

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A smart drug implant – controlled from a smartphone – could treat chronic disease

Halfpoint/iStock(NEW YORK) — Arthritis. Diabetes. Heart disease. Over 130 million Americans deal with the burden of chronic disease every day. But there’s a tiny new hope to get drug treatments in a big new way.

Though everybody is different, conventional treatments have a one-size-fits-all approach: pills or injections day in and day out and complicated regimens. A lot depends on the patient’s ability to reliably keep up.

“There is a need for long-term, reliable and convenient drug delivery systems to treat chronic diseases,” Alessandro Grattoni, Nanomedicine department chair at Houston Methodist, told ABC News. “Many patients have to take several drug doses each day and it can be easy to get confused.”

Grattoni and researchers at Houston Methodist have created a small implantable device – called a nanochannel delivery system (nDS) – that can deliver drugs over long periods of time in a very precise, personalized way. And like so many other parts of our lives, the nDS can connect via Bluetooth.

The nDS — no larger than a grape — sits under the skin, powered by a rechargeable battery. An electric field controls the dosage of the drug because electric fields and tiny nanochannels are less likely to fail compared to conventional mechanical devices, such as an insulin pump. A refillable drug reservoir means drugs can be delivered for months before a refill is needed.

“Over long distances, the implant could be controlled via the internet,” Grattoni said. “This gives flexibility to both clinicians and patients because drug doses and timings could be adjusted remotely.”

That means the nDS can deliver drugs as part of an automatic dosing schedule. The patient doesn’t have to remember the schedule, there’s minimal room for confusion and the drugs can even be delivered while they’re asleep.

“Different diseases require drugs to be delivered at various times of the day to have optimal efficacy,” Grattoni said. “This may include the middle of the night, so automating this process with the nDS could be very useful and convenient for patients.”

The innovation is part of a broader drive toward telemedicine, where doctors treat patients without meeting face-to-face. Telemedicine is becoming an important part of American health care, connecting doctors with people living in rural areas far away from large hospitals. The nDS will even be tested on the International Space Station in 2020, part of a collaboration with NASA.

One potential problem: given the recent FDA warning that some Medtronic insulin pump are vulnerable to hacking, future wireless devices such as the nDS will need electronic safeguards. Making sure the device is secure is something the team says is a priority and it may actually save lives.

“Adults and children and even individuals with disabilities who need to take drugs multiple times per day, or people located in remote geographical areas, are those who could benefit most,” Grattoni said. The implant could also be used to administer preventative medications such as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

The device, which took eight years to develop, will enter human trials in the next few years and will ultimately need FDA approval for use within the U.S. Grattoni and his team want to see a world where anyone who needs consistent, reliable medication will have an option under their skin – an option no bigger than a grape.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ breaks a box office record on its opening day

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Zendaya and Tom Holland; JoJo Whilden/Sony Pictures Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — Spider-Man: Far From Home is casting an impressive web over the box office so far.

According to Variety, the film earned $39.2 million on its opening day, Tuesday, setting a new record for Tuesday ticket sales. It surpasses the previous record by 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Andrew Garfield, which took in $35 million.

The Tom Holland-led Spider-Man: Far From Home is expected to earn $125 million during its first six days in theaters, though some estimates show it could reach as much as $150 million in that time period.

The film, which picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, also stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio and Zendaya as Spidey’s love interest, MJ.

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Russia says submarine involved in deadly fire is a top secret vessel

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KSENIYA GAPONKO/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — The Russian military submarine where 14 sailors were killed in a fire is a top secret vessel and will not be identified, the Kremlin said.

Russian media reports have increasingly suggested that it was a secretive nuclear-powered submersible used for deep water exploration and perhaps spying.

Russia’s military on Tuesday announced the sailors’ deaths, but said the fire had occurred the day before when one of its submersibles was conducting scientific tests in Russian waters in the Barents Sea. The submarine is now in the Arctic port of Severomorsk.

Russian officials have been tight-lipped about the incident, declining to name the submarine involved or even how many crew were aboard.

Russian media reports, however, citing defense sources, have identified the submarine as the AS-12, a small deep-water submarine capable of operating at extreme depths and nicknamed the “Losharik.”

The Losharik is one the Russian navy’s most secretive vessels and details about its design are hazy. But Russian state media reports over the years have allowed navy enthusiasts to build up a picture over years. Unarmed and nuclear-powered, Russian state media reports have suggested it can dive as deep as 10,000 feet. Relatively small, the Losharik reportedly can hold 25 crew and be attached to the bottom of much larger submarines. Designed in the late 1980s and launched in 2003, Russia has also largely succeeded in keeping the submarine out of view and only a few photographs of what are believed to be the submarine exist.

The newspaper RBC quoted a defense source that the fire had occurred on a lower-able capsule connected to the Losharik rather than the submersible itself.

Russian officials refused to confirm the reports. The Kremlin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Wednesday told reporters that he could not identify the submarine because it was top secret.

“It belongs to the highest level of classified data, so it is absolutely normal for it not to be disclosed,” Peskov said. He also declined to say whether the submarine had a nuclear reactor aboard.

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday also described the submarine as “not an ordinary vessel.”

The secrecy around the incident has fueled speculation that the submarine likely conducts spying missions and details emerging around the crew seemed to support the idea that the submarine was the Loshirak.

Multiple Russian news outlets on Tuesday reported that the vessel’s crew are assigned to a military base close to St. Petersburg. The base, No. 45707, is attached to the Defense ministry’s Main Directorate of Deep-water Research, a top secret department that runs Russia’s deep-sea reconnaissance submarines. The crew was also unusually qualified: seven of the dead were captains first rank, and two had received Russia’s highest military honor, according to Russia’s defense ministry.

Russia’s defense minister, Sergey Shoigu, who flew into Severomorsk on Tuesday to oversee the investigation into the fire, told a briefing that some crew had survived. The Russian newspaper Kommersant reported that 5 sailors were being treated in Severomorsk’s hospital.

Shoigu said the crew had acted “heroically” by saving a civilian aboard and the vessel itself.

“They first of all evacuated the civilian industry representative from the module that was consumed with fire, sealing the hatch behind him in order not to allow the fire to spread around the whole deep-water capsule and themselves fought to the end to preserve the ship,” Shoigu said.

He said that all the dead would be nominated for state honors and that their families would receive all necessary support.

Russian authorities have not yet named the dead sailors, but on Tuesday a church in the nearby city of Murmansk posted the surnames of 14 dead submariners in a notice for a commemorative service.

The submarine’s captain was named in some Russian media as Denis Dolonsky, and memorial posts on social media from Dolonsky’s friends confirmed he had died aboard and was a captain first rank.

Shoigu described the crew as “unique military specialists,” calling them “top-notch professionals conducting important studies of the Earth’s hydrosphere.”

Russia has not given details about the submarine’s mission. The defense ministry said it had been conducting research to study the ocean depths and that the fire broke out when it was carrying out a “bathymetric measurement,” which maps the sea floor. Shoigu said it had been a planned “scientific-research” mission and was in Russian territorial waters when the fire started.

Western naval experts have speculated that the Losharik and other Russian deep-water submarines might be used to tap communication cables on the seabed that carry most of the world’s internet traffic. In recent years, U.S. and British military officials have warned that Russian submarines have been spotted close to the cables.

A large annual NATO naval exercise, Dynamic Mongoose, also began this week off the coast of Norway, involving ships from European countries and the United States.

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