Blog Posts by Shereen Dindar

  • Yogurt may help prevent diabetes, study shows

    Good news, yogurt fans! Your love of the creamy, rich snack may be cutting your risk of diabetes.

    A new Cambridge University study suggests those who eat low-fat fermented dairy products -- such as yogurt, cottage cheese and fromage frais -- may have a lower risk of developing Type-2 diabetes.

    While it is unclear why, researchers found that people who ate yogurt and certain cheeses cut their risk of developing diabetes by about 25 per cent compared to those who had none.

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    To achieve this lower risk of diabetes, a person would need to eat about four-and-a-half servings (about 4.4-oz each) of low-fat fermented dairy products per week.

    "At a time when we have a lot of other evidence that consuming high amounts of certain foods, such as added sugars and sugary drinks, is bad for our health, it is very reassuring to have messages about other foods like yoghurt and low-fat fermented dairy products that could be good for our health," lead

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  • The Shine’s top holiday gift picks for 2012: video

    Toy expert and Chief Toy Office of, Laurie Schacht, breaks down the best gifts for the family for this holiday season including the new Wii U system from Nintendo, DJ Rock Dock, Boost Plus, iPhone case and bottle opener by iFrogz, and the Peek Plus baby monitor system. All gifts make family time fun.  

  • The best toys for every age: video

    Toy expert and president of Toy, Laurie Schacht, reveals her top toy picks for 2012. Laurie and her team have tested, reviewed, and played with hundreds of toys, gadgets, and games, and selected the best toys for very age. Top toys include: Lil Princess 3 StoryEnchanted Castle, HEXBUG Warriors Battling Robots, and Skylanders: Giants for Nintendo Wii.  

  • Worst Fast Food Kids' Meals: Video

    A new study by The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine finds that some fast food kids' meals listed as "healthy" are not at all. The researchers looked at high fat content, sodium, cholesterol, red meat, and processed meats to determine the most unhealthy "healthy" fast food kids' meals. The list includes the cheeseburger happy meal from McDonald's, the Burger King hamburger kids' meal, and Denny's Build Your Own Jr. Grand slam.

  • Barack and Michelle Obama discuss their first date: video

    In this charming video, Michelle Obama talks about how Barack Obama showed all the right facets of his eclectic personality on their first date. They spent the whole day together having lunch at the Art Institute in Chicago, then taking a long romantic walk, and to end the date, they saw the movie "Do The Right Thing" by Spike Lee -- which Michelle claims showed he was hip and cutting edge.

    Barack appears proud of his suave moves, almost like a gloating school boy. At one point, he addresses the camera with a smirk on his face, "Take tips gentleman."

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  • Cancer symptoms you might be ignoring, according to Dr. Oz

    Watch the educational video below by Dr. Oz that tells you what symptoms might be an indication of cancer. Did you know the way your nails look could indicate a form of cancer? Be careful to note the symptoms mentioned could represent a multitude of different illnesses.

  • Vengeful dentist yanks ex-boyfriend’s teeth story is a hoax

    Update May 9, 12:33 p.m.

    It has been revealed that a previous story circulating around the internet and blogged about by Shine On was a hoax. The story ran with the headline Dentist yanks ex-boyfriend's teeth as revenge; now faces jail time

    MSNBC contributor Erin Tennant dug further into the story to reveal:

    • The Polish police agency in the region where the incident reportedly took place is not investigating any such case.
    • Poland's Chamber of Physicians and Dentists is not investigating any case like the one reported. Nor, is a dentist named Anna Maćkowiak listed on its professional register.
    • News outlets in Poland did not report the story. Some, however, reported the foreign media's coverage of what they called a "prank."
    • The original story was traced back to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper. The writer Simon Tomlinson,  says he does not know where the story originated, despite its bearing his byline. "I've drawn a bit of a blank," he told MSNBC.
    • American Dental Association's  national
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  • Men who paid for ‘Pick-Up Artist’ services lash out against unfulfilled promises

    Men who have paid for help from "dating gurus" are lashing out online for failed services. (Credit: Thinkstock)If you're a guy who has ever considered paying a self-described Pick-Up Artist (PUA) two thousand dollars for a weekend seminar on how to score with chicks, you may want to put away your pocket books and pay attention.

    Jezebel writes about how a website called PUA Hate is electronically lashing out against the leaders of the "seduction community" -- those self-described dating gurus who help sexually underprivileged men to meet, neg, charm and subsequently bed as many women as possible.

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    But instead of hating on the dating gurus for their genuinely misogynistic viewpoints and overall sleaziness, the PUA haters are ticked that they dropped a couple of thousand dollars in a PUA class and are not getting the results they were promised -- meaning easy sex with any woman of their choosing.

    One disgruntled PUA Hate user writes: "Guess what? [Speed Seduction] doesn't work, so I'm back to where I along with

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  • Mother’s Day: Tell us the most important life lesson your mom taught you

    What is the most important life lesson you learned from your mom? (Thinkstock)Hello Shine On readers!

    Recently, we brought you stories about What not to say to a mother and What not to say to your child, but now we are wondering about the best things moms have said to us?

    In honour of Mother's Day, we would like to get your feedback to this question. We will select some of your answers to be compiled into a blog story written by our editor. Think long and hard!

    What is the most important life lesson your mom taught you?  Tell us your lesson in the comments section below.

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  • Video: Dita Von Teese, burlesque dancer and model, and her jaw-dropping shoe collection

    Check out the video below where sexy burlesque dancer and model, Dita Von Teese, takes us inside her home to show off her impressive shoe collection, many of them custom made. For more video episodes of Yo Show click here.