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Grey’s Anatomy Exclusive: Meredith Refuses to Be Bailey’s "Yes Man" – TV Guide (blog)

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Now Playing Grey’s Anatomy Sneak Peek: Meredith Won’t Be Bailey’s “Yes Man”

How quickly will Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) return to Grey Sloan on Grey’s Anatomy?

Bailey (Chandra Wilson) is ready for her chief of general surgery to come back to the hospital after serving a suspension, but as this exclusive clip from Thursday’s episode shows, Meredith isn’t so ready to consider everything that’s happened water under the bridge.

With Eliza Minnick (Marika Dominczyk) and her new teaching methods causing dissent among the ranks of Grey Sloan staffers, Meredith is sticking to her guns and standing by Richard Webber (James Pickens Jr.). To put it bluntly, as Meredith tells Bailey, she’s happy to be Bailey’s right-hand woman, but isn’t prepared to be her “yes man.”

Check out the sneak peek to see how Bailey responds to Meredith’s declaration. It looks like these two are going to continue to butt heads when Dr. Grey returns… or should we say if?

Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.

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‘Vagina Monologues’ fights stigma linked to female anatomy – The Ithacan

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

An older woman hesitantly shares her experiences of sexuality after recovering from cervical cancer. A lawyer-turned-prostitute intimately tells of her passion for other women. A young homeless woman recounts a memory of a traumatizing childhood rape. These are just a few of the many emotional and powerful monologues presented within playwright and activist Eve Enslers award-winning The Vagina Monologues.

The Vagina Monologues discusses the stigma around womens sexuality and spurs dialogue about women, violence against women and the push for equality. Through monologues compiled by Ensler, such as My Revolution Begins in the Body, My Short Skirt and My Vagina Was My Village, the play shares personal accounts of womens experiences and emotions on this topic. All proceeds from the play, presented by IC Players at two show times Feb. 19 in the Emerson Suites, benefited V-day, a global activist movement dedicated to increase awareness of violence against women. The performances drew in about 150 people for both shows and IC Players raised about $815 for the advocacy center.

After three years of acting in The Vagina Monologues, senior Jessica Braham, a theater arts management major at Ithaca College, directed the play. Braham said the play is especially relevant now because of the current political climate and that she strived to use her power to address these political issues.

I felt like I could bring my vision to life, and I could finally be the one to inspire other women to voice these stories, Braham said. Theres a lot of criticism about the show because people are asking, Why are we still doing this? Women have rights. But I felt like this year was the time. This is when we need it now more than ever.

Braham said a key theme in the play was to stress the importance of women supporting and empowering other women. She said that while directing the play, she especially encouraged the cast members to empower one another.

Women empowering other women is something that is so important and something that we dont really have a lot of, Braham said. This isnt the time to segregate ourselves and separate from the issues. This is when we all need to come together and rally and fight for what is right for our rights and equality.

True to the message of women supporting other women, sophomore Hannah Paquette, assistant director of the play, said she aimed to create a sense of community among the women whose stories they were telling in the play.

These dialogues and conversations and sometimes these thoughts dont even happen unless theres a community of women where those things can come out, Paquette said.

Another important part of the play, Paquette said, is that it changes each year. This year, the spotlight monologue, a piece written by Ensler and selectively added to the performance, was I Call You Body, a monologue demanding safe and violence-free workplaces. The spotlight monologues each year highlight specific issues that are stressed in the yearly campaign for One Billion Rising and, two organizations established by Ensler to combat violence against women. The additions help keep The Vagina Monologues relevant, Paquette said, allowing for the play to be a living body of work.

Its a really important point of activism for me being able to do this show, especially in this time period, Paquette said. It [shows] defiance and resistance.

Erin Lockett, a freshman acting major and the narrator of the play, said the show is an important feminist piece because it addresses the stigma face-first, without any shyness.

I think that if not everyone, a lot of people are very uncomfortable talking about vaginas because of the stigma that surrounds it, she said. I think The Vagina Monologues brings up the stigma. It names it, and it addresses it, and it analyzes it.

Lockett said the play commands attention and respect because of its direct style of addressing touchy subjects.

I think thats just a way more powerful way to address [the stigma], she said.

Without powerful, artful statements such as this play, Braham said, none of the universal problems referenced would be resolved. Braham recommends that people who fear the stigma see the performance.

Nothing will ever get solved by shying away and not addressing the situation or the problem at hand, Braham said. So to someone who is not going to come because of the title Why not give it a shot? Have an open mind. Maybe youre uncomfortable, but isnt that the theater that matters and provokes conversation? I want people to leave, go have dialogue and take action about what they just saw.

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Jimmy Kimmel vs. Matt Damon: Anatomy Of An Epic Hollywood Feud –

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm

In an interview with NPR, Kimmel explained the origins of his signature signoff. We had a bad show The guests were bad, and I was feeling pretty bad about myself at the end of the program. And I decided to say, for the amusement of one of our producers who was standing next to me I want to apologize to Matt Damon. We ran out of time. And he got a kick out of it, the producer, so I just started doing it every night to amuse him. Matt Damon was just the first name that popped into my head. I was trying to think of an A-list star, and somebody we absolutely would not bump if he was on the show. The legs on this bit are unbelievable to me. I mean, people laugh every time I say it. Repeating the same joke every single night, youd think eventually people would get tired of it, but they dont.

While the show-ending line kept getting laughs, Damon himself got into the act when Kimmel’s then-girlfriend, Sarah Silverman, enlisted the “Bourne Identity” star to appear in the video for her self-explanatory 2008 song, “I’m F***ing Matt Damon”.

Kimmel turned the tables on Silverman and Damon in 2009 when Damon’s old pal Ben Affleck appeared in Kimmel’s response song video, “I’m F***ing Ben Affleck”.

This was followed by Kimmel sidekick Guillermo appearing on the set of “The Bourne Ultimatum” only to get beaten up by Damon, who was not too thrilled to see Kimmel’s show promoting the upcoming movie as “The Guillermo Ultimatum”. Says a ticked-off Damon: “I mean, are you f***ing kidding me?”

Damon got his revenge when Kimmel’s fake lover Affleck was joined by John Krasinski, Matthew McConaughey, Patrick Dempsey, Keith Urban, Sting, and Rob Lowe to eject Kimmel from the Handsome Men’s Club with the big twist that it was Damon who engineered the entire thing.

In Kimmel’s trailer for “Movie: The Movie”, a dejected Matt Damon (inexplicably costumed as a bunch of grapes) winds up being cut from the star-studded faux-movie, leading him to send out this pithy response.

In 2013, Damon finally managed to get revenge on Kimmel for all those bumpings, kidnapping the host and hijacking the show, with the help of Andy Garcia and the late Robin Williams.

Kimmel fired back by sending Guillermo to crash the junket for Damon’s sci-fi flick, “Elysium”, which he took over by promoting a movie HE made, called “Estupido.” As Guillermo explains (in Spanish, via subtitles), his film is “about a stupid man who has a friend named Ben, who is also stupid. And he’s from Boston. He is very stupid.”

Kimmel made Damon pay for his takeover when he and the rest of the cast of “Monuments Men” visited the show, with Damon shuttled off to the side to sit in a tiny stool while the rest of the cast sat in couches.

Finally, the pair decide it’s time to try to repair their relationship when Damon visits the show wearing a Dr. Phil disguise. The whole thing, however, is a setup to show a clip of what happened when Kimmel and Damon attended couples counselling. Try to contain your shock, but it did not go well, especially when Damon reveals that he lives “at the show, in a dressing room,” in perpetual hope of not being bumped.

When Ben Affleck returned as a guest, he took to the stage wearing a ginormous suit that surprise! actually contained Matt Damon, smuggling him onto the show until Kimmel figures out the pair’s scheme.

Kimmel was incensed when he cut to a remote in Vegas, where his Aunt Chippy was playing blackjack until she was accosted by “Matthew from South Detroit,” who was actually, as Kimmel described, overrated actor and simpleton Matt Damon.

Damon and Kimmel attempt to give couples counselling another go, but Damon’s feelings are hurt when Kimmel is dismissive of his idea for promotional “Bourne” bumper stickers, such as the one that says “Honk if you’re Bourney.”

When Kimmel decided to run for vice-president, Damon took the low road in a faux political-style attack ad designed to trash-talk the host. Declares Damon solemnly: “If Jimmy Kimmel f***ed Ben Affleck, who’s he gonna f*** next? America?”

After Emmy host Kimmel lost to John Oliver at the 2016 Emmys, Matt Damon joined Kimmel onstage, crunching an apple while gloating at Kimmel’s loss, reminding him how humiliating it is to have lost “and now you gotta stand out here for the rest of the night in front of everybody.” He asked the crowd to try to make Kimmel feel better by giving “the big loser” a round of applause.

Following the New England Patriots’ stunning comeback at the 2017 Super Bowl, Damon once again tried to sneak his way onto the show, this time disguised as Pats QB Tom Brady. It doesn’t take Kimmel long to figure out Damon’s ruse. As he’s being escorted offstage by security, Damon yells: “I won the Super Bowl and I won your stupid show!’

Jimmy Kimmel and wife Molly McNearney welcomed their first child a few years ago, and the couple are now expecting a second but is Kimmel really the father? Damon believes HE’s the father, and they all appear on Maury Povich’s show (with Maury played by Martin Short) to take a paternity test. “We dont know if you’re a boy or a girl, but you have a choice of daddies,” Damon tells the fetus inside McNearney’s belly. “One daddy could be an Emmy loser the other daddy could be an Oscar winner! Do you wanna play with daddy’s Oscar?” Tracy Morgan drops in for a twist ending to prove who’s REALLY the father.

So will the feud rear its ugly head while Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards. You can count on it. “Im going to do everything I can to make sure that he doesnt win or doesnt know that he won,” says Kimmel of his plans for Damon. “My goal is to keep him offstage.” Responded Damon: “I’m just sad Chris Rock isn’t hosting the show, someone who’s actually funny.”

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Stem Cells Extracted from Human Fat Could be Used in Future Anti-Aging Treatments – Longevity LIVE

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

A research team from thePerelman School of Medicine, Universityof Pennsylvania could be onto the next potential anti-aging breakthrough.A study they did, provedthat stem cells extracted from human fat cells could be effective in future anti-aging treatments.

In time, our bodys cells start to lose their regenerative capacity. This largely contributes to our natural ageing process. Stem cells have the potential to slow down or reverse this process, as they have the ability to regenerate and repair our cells. Currently, scientists are already using stem cells in a variety of anti-aging treatments.

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The stem cells currently used in anti-aging treatments are usually collected from different tissues found in the adult body. However, this recently published study provesthat adult stem cells collected directly from human fat, called adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs), could be more effective

ASCs producemore proteins than they were originally thought to. This is important because it gives them the ability to hold their integrity when they replicate. Unlike most of your other cells.

Ivona Percec, MD, is the director of Basic Science Research in the Center for Human Appearance as well as this studys lead author. She shares the following, Our study shows these cells are very robust, even when they are collected from older patients.

Unlike other adult human stem cells, ASCs continue to replicate at the same pace throughout your entire life. Not only does it benefit possible future anti-aging treatments. But also to help scientists better understand and study natural aging.

As ASCs help regenerate your body from a cellularlevel. They can also open the door to possible help with the prevention or treatment of age-related diseases. This includes conditions such as Alzheimers, arthritis, type II diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Currently, scientists still need to do a lot more research and tests in order to prove the efficacy of ASCs. In order for FDA approval. We look forward to seeing what progress they make throughout theyear.

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Potential of Adipose-derived Stem Cells in Anti-Aging Treatments – Technology Networks (press release) (registration) (blog)

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Adult stem cells collected directly from human fat are more stable than other cells such as fibroblasts from the skin and have the potential for use in anti-aging treatments, according to researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. They made the discovery after developing a new model to study chronological aging of these cells.

Chronological aging shows the natural life cycle of the cells as opposed to cells that have been unnaturally replicated multiple times or otherwise manipulated in a lab. In order to preserve the cells in their natural state, Penn researchers developed a system to collect and store them without manipulating them, making them available for this study. They found stem cells collected directly from human fat called adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) can make more proteins than originally thought. This gives them the ability to replicate and maintain their stability, a finding that held true in cells collected from patients of all ages.

Our study shows these cells are very robust, even when they are collected from older patients, said Ivona Percec, MD, director of Basic Science Research in the Center for Human Appearance and the studys lead author. It also shows these cells can be potentially used safely in the future, because they require minimal manipulation and maintenance.

Stem cells are currently used in a variety of anti-aging treatments and are commonly collected from a variety of tissues. But Percecs team specifically found ASCs to be more stable than other cells, a finding that can potentially open the door to new therapies for the prevention and treatment of aging-related diseases.

Unlike other adult human stem cells, the rate at which these ASCs multiply stays consistent with age, Percec said. That means these cells could be far more stable and helpful as we continue to study natural aging.

ASCs are not currently approved for direct use by the Food and Drug Administration, so more research is needed. Percec said the next step for her team is to study how chromatin is regulated in ASCs. Essentially, they want to know how tightly the DNA is wound around proteins inside these cells and how this affects aging. The more open the chromatin is, the more the traits affected by the genes inside will be expressed. Percec said she hopes to find out how ASCs can maintain an open profile with aging.


Shan, X., Roberts, C., Kim, E. J., Brenner, A., Grant, G., & Percec, I. (2017). Transcriptional and Cell Cycle Alterations Mark Aging of Primary Human Adipose-Derived Stem Cells. Stem Cells. doi:10.1002/stem.2592

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Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men’s memories – The Ledger

Posted: February 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

By Lindsey Tanner, The Associated Press

CHICAGO Testosterone treatment did not improve older men’s memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements.

While testosterone use for one year appeared to strengthen bones and reduce anemia, it also showed signs of worsening artery disease and questions remain about other potential risks. The researchers said more studies are needed to determine long-term effects the kind of research the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already asked supplement makers to conduct.

“I don’t think anybody would interpret these results as saying, ‘Wow, this is a fountain of youth, this is a magical anti-aging potion,'” said study co-author Susan Ellenberg, a University of Pennsylvania researcher.

The results are from the final four studies in a seven-part project mostly funded by the National Institute on Aging, involving nearly 800 U.S. men aged 65 and older with low testosterone levels. The goal was to see if rubbing testosterone gel on the skin daily for a year could treat problems linked with low levels of the male hormone, which declines with age. Half the men in each group used the real thing and half used fake gel.

Results published a year ago from the same research linked testosterone with mostly modest improvement in sexual performance, walking strength and mood.

The key new findings:

Testosterone had no effect on memory or mental function, based on tests given before, halfway and at the end of treatment to nearly 500 men with age-related memory decline.

Among almost 140 men who underwent heart artery imaging tests to see if the hormone slowed progression of plaque, those who used testosterone had more plaque buildup and narrower arteries after a year than the fake gel group. Those changes could signal increased chances for heart attacks although none occurred in the study. Men in this sub-study were already more vulnerable for heart problems because of conditions including artery disease, obesity and high blood pressure.

Among about 200 men given bone imaging tests before and at the end of treatment, those on testosterone showed increases in bone density and strength, especially in the spine, while minimal changes were found in the group that used fake gel. The improvement was similar to bone changes seen with treatment for osteoporosis, although most men studied did not have that bone-thinning condition, which can lead to fractures.

Among 126 men with anemia, a fatigue-linked condition involving inadequate red blood cells, those on testosterone showed substantial improvement. By the study’s end, anemia had vanished in almost 60 percent of men on testosterone compared with 22 percent of the fake gel group. The hormone group also reported having more energy. “The overall health benefits, however, remain to be determined,” the researchers said.

The studies were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association and JAMA Internal Medicine. AbbVie Pharmaceuticals provided its gel for the study and helped pay for the research but had no other role in the study.

The research was not designed to look at risks and does not apply to younger men or those with normal levels of testosterone, said study leader Dr. Peter Snyder, a University of Pennsylvania hormone specialist. It’s also not known if other forms of testosterone supplements would have similar effects in older men with low levels.

Prescription testosterone products including gel are approved only for men with low levels of the hormones caused by various medical conditions. Benefits and risks are unknown in men whose levels are low due only to aging, the FDA says. The agency requires testosterone labels to include possible risks for heart attacks and strokes, based on some previous studies.

A separate study published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine found that men using prescription testosterone gel, patches or injections had fewer heart attacks and strokes during about three years of follow-up than non-users. But this was only observational data in men aged 40 and up, not rigorous research testing the hormone against a placebo.

Clarifying testosterone’s effects on heart problems, fractures and age-related disability will require larger, longer studies, said Dr. Evan Hadley of the National Institute on Aging. He said decisions about whether to use testosterone should take into account men’s individual risks for conditions the hormone could affect.



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