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Too much TV or sitting can actually kill you

By: Rick Pantaleo Source: VOA News A new Japanese study finds that binge watching television could kill you. Binge watching, or viewing a number of movies or a television program’s episodes in one sitting, has become a popular pastime in parts of the world. This 18 year study, involving more than 86,000 people, revealed that those who sit and watch a lot of television in a day have a higher risk of dying from a pulmonary embolism or PE – a sudden blockage or blood clot in one of the lung’s pulmonary arteries. According to the Mayo Clinic, in most cases a pulmonary embolism is caused by blood clots that travel to the lungs from mostly the legs but also, rarely, from other parts of the body...

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Iranian biopic on the Prophet (pbuh) released to muted response

By: Phil Hoad Source: The Guardian It had the potential to be one of the most inflammatory film projects of recent times. Yet the world premiere of Iranian director Majid Majidi’s biopic of the prophet Muhammad not only passed mostly without incident, but even amicably – with a surprise call for rapprochement between the religion’s Sunni and Shia sects. A small group of protesters gathered outside the Imperial cinema, Montreal, where the premiere was held. Holding signs declaring, “Down with Islamic republic of Iran”, members of the city’s Iranian community objected to what they saw as a glorification of the Islamisation of Iran. The mood inside the press conference for the film – the...

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Muslim comedian addresses anti-Muslim prejudice with show

By: Gregory M. Lamb Source: News Yahoo Aasif Mandvi sounds relieved, pleased – and maybe a little surprised. His web-based sitcom “Halal in the Family” – which centers on an American Muslim family – is being noticed. “I’m excited about the amount of attention it actually has gotten,” says Mr. Mandvi, who spent a decade as the “senior Muslim correspondent” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” “What this has shown us is that there’s an appetite. People want to see an American Muslim family at the center of a sitcom. There seems to be some excitement about that.” Mandvi’s creation, released on the Web April 9, is really a send-up of the sitcom formula that uses humor to...

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