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Later bed time may ease heartburn

NEW YORK, New York

If you suffer from acid reflux disease, you may be going to bed too soon after your evening meal.

A shorter dinner-to-bed interval is significantly associated with an increased risk of gastro-esophageal reflux disease, or GERD, according to researchers in Japan.

"It is generally recommended that patients with GERD refrain from eating within three hours of going to sleep," Dr. Yasuhiro Fujiwara and colleagues from Osaka City University note in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

However, they point out, "In addition to a remarkable lack of supporting clinical evidence, whether GERD patients have shorter dinner-to-bed time is unknown."

Vitamin helps vision

CHICAGO, Illinois

A vitamin-rich diet lowers the risk of contracting macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in developed countries, researchers said yesterday.

The antioxidant properties of Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and zinc were found to ward off macular degeneration, in which abnormal blood cells grow in the eye and leak blood and fluid that damages the center of the retina and blurs central vision.

Sufferers are often debilitated and unable to read, recognize faces or drive, and the condition worsens with age. It is the leading cause of severe vision loss in Americans 60 and older.

There is no cure, although an earlier study found taking high doses of vitamin supplements could slow the condition's progression.

The end begins

Harry Potter fans knew it was coming, and now the author of the popular series, J.K. Rowling, has made it official. Next month, she begins work on the seventh and final Potter tome.

"I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (Will I ever answer all of the questions? Let's aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can't quite imagine life without Harry," Rowling said in a post on her Web site.

Given the secrecy in which Rowling shrouds her Potter projects until the last minute, this last book has yet to be titled, let alone given a release date.

Federline's Web site

NEW YORK, New York

Kevin Federline, aspiring rapper and husband of Britney Spears, has unveiled his own Web site.

Federline, whose new hip-hop album, "The Truth," is due out in 2006, appears to expect big things in the coming year.

The Web site begins with an introduction of Federline rapping, "Keep messin' with my family and you're through," played over various tabloid articles about the couple.

Eventually, the screen dissipates to announce: "Now that I have your full attention, never judge a book by its cover." This is followed by, "I'm coming ... 2006."

In a note on the Web site, Federline says he hopes "this will provide you with the opportunity to get to know who I really am."

Tori finds love, again

LOS ANGELES, California

Months after splitting from her first husband, former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star Tori Spelling is engaged to her new boyfriend, actor Dean McDermott, celebrity magazines Us Weekly and People reported yesterday.

Us Weekly said McDermott, 39, proposed to Spelling, 32, on Saturday.

"We have searched our whole lives for each other and can't wait to now start our lives as one," the couple said in a statement issued to Us Weekly. "We both finally found our soulmate and we are beyond in love."

A similar statement was given to People magazine. Both magazines reported that McDermott presented Spelling with a diamond-and-sapphire ring. No wedding date was given.

Updated : 2021-08-01 17:34 GMT+08:00