Feb 29 2012

Uma Having a Baby

Pulp Mommy

by: Mummy Buzz

Breaking bambino news for the leading lady of Tarantino.  

The 41-year-old Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction actress is expecting her third child, her first with business type Arpad Busson. She already has two children with her ex-hubby Ethan Hawke—daughter Maya, 13, and son Levon, 10.

Even though her bump went unnoticed when she hung out at New York Fashion Week earlier this month, her source finally broke the news to People.com.

Uma and 49-year-old Busson have been together since 2007, though they did have a brief split in 2009.  The couple attended a lavish charity gala at Kensington Palace for Prince William and Kate, to raise money for Busson's Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) charity. 

Will Uma, who is set to appear in the five-episode NBC drama Smash, have the stamina to a newborn requires?  
I certainly know fifty-year-olds who are more sprightly than those half their age...In praise of older moms, or is age just a number?   
Feb 28 2012

RECALL: Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps

Lamps Not SafetyTested

by: Mummy Buzz

Health Canada has recalled the lamps with model numbers 1641522-23, as they haven't yet been tested for compliance under current standards and may pose a safety hazard. 

Although neither MerchSource, LLC nor Health Canada has received any reports of incidents or injuries, customers are advised to return the lamps to any Bed Bath & Beyond store in Canada for a full refund. 

For further information, customers may contact MerchSource, LLC toll-free at 1-888-232-1535 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday. 

Between October 2009 to January 2012, approximately 6,006 units of the affected lamps were distributed to Bed Bath and Beyond stores in Canada.
Feb 28 2012

Why World of Warcraft is Good for You

Improved Cognitive Functioning

by: Mummy Buzz

Ok, I'll admit it: it's physically hard for me to write this post. I have a friend whose husband sits in front of a computer screen every evening, slaying various mythical goblins.  And even as I stare the results of this study in the face, I can't quite shake this proscribed image of Tolkienesque geekiness.  I feel for her.  I would rather be a hockey widow any day of the week.   

But it seems I stand corrected.  For many grownups the online video game World of Warcraft (WoW) can actually boost cognitive functioning.  

"We chose World of Warcraft because it has attributes we felt may produce benefits - it is a cognitively challenging game in a socially interactive environment that presents users with novel situations," says co-author of the study, Dr. Anne McLaughlin, an assistant professor of psychology at North Carolina State University. "We found there were improvements, but it depended on each participant's baseline cognitive functioning level."

Just so we're clear, we're not talking about my friend's husband or even your husband.  The study's participants, aged between 60 and 77, were tested on cognitive abilities such as spatial ability, memory and attention for approximately 14 hours over two weeks.

"Among participants who scored well on baseline cognitive functioning tests, there was no significant improvement after playing WoW—they were already doing great," McLaughlin says. "But we saw significant improvement in both spatial ability and focus for participants who scored low on the initial baseline tests." 

None of the participants showed marked improvements in memory.

So as if it isn't shocking enough to see your parents curl up with an iPhone, expect to see them embracing the wacky world of online warfare.  Worse still, this is something you should encourage, as it may well help them ward off dementia.  

Excuse me while I swallow my pride and preconceptions with a little sugar on top.


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