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Parents: put down your cell phones at mealtime, say researchers

(Relaxnews) – A new study notes that many parents remain glued to their cell phones while dining with their children, and it’s not going unnoticed by kids. Researchers from Boston Medical Center studied 55 caregivers, mostly parents, while they ate at Boston-area fast...
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Singapore world’s costliest city: survey

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world’s most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday. Tokyo’s weakening yen saw it slide to sixth place, the...
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Got lice? Try ordinary conditioner, say scientists

(Relaxnews) – Scientists from Belgium have found that ordinary conditioner is just as effective as special conditioners and treatments for removing lice. Findings have been published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Those who have dealt with lice eggs, or nits, know...
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Michelle Obama unveils new US food label plan

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Calories in bold print, added sugar amounts and realistic serving sizes may soon be portrayed on food labels aimed at fighting America’s obesity epidemic, First Lady Michelle Obama said Thursday. No more would a serving of ice cream be described as...
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New technique boosts broccoli’s shelf life, health benefits: researchers

(Relaxnews) – Broccoli has long been celebrated for its many nutritional benefits, including its anti-cancer properties. In addition to ongoing research involving the veggie’s use in preventing cancer, researchers at the University of Illinois have found a way to...
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Lonely Planet releases guide for spicy food lovers

(Relaxnews) – Travel guide Lonely Planet has released a new book for chili and spice lovers that will allow readers to travel to exotic and remote locales via their taste buds. To be released next month, “The World’s Best Spicy Food,” is a compilation of some of the most...
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Design moves to Asia for the first ever Singapore Design Week

(Relaxnews) – Singapore’s first-ever Design Week (SDW) is approaching, and with the two major trade platforms — theInternational Furniture Fair Singapore and the Paris-based design salon Maison&Objet Asia – hitting the city simultaneously, the Asian...
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Why vacation rentals are growing in popularity in the US

(Relaxnews) – Vacation rentals are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional hotels, with the latest survey out of TripAdvisor showing that more than half of travelers intend to book a private home in 2014. After polling about 1,100 respondents in the...
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LG’s new release confirms it’s the year of the mini-me phone

(Relaxnews) – LG is the latest Android smartphone maker to launch a miniaturized version of its current flagship handset. The Korean company has published an initial teaser image of the phone it is simply calling the MINI, alongside its big brother the LG G2, on its...
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Enrile resurrects bill exempting electricity users from VAT

MANILA  (Mabuhay) – Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile has recently resurrected his pet bill exempting the sale of electricity to residential consumers with consumption not exceeding 250 kWh from the Value Added Tax (VAT). Senate Bill Nos. 2547 and 2159 respectively,...