television celebrity Jade Goody of Big Brother fame has been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Goody, 27, arrived in London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday night, having cut short her stay in the Indian version of Celebrity Big Brother, known as Bigg Boss. Goody was a controversial character in last year’s Big Brother, sparking over 40,000 complaints to Ofcom, the British broadcasting regulator after she allegedly made racist and defamatory remarks to fellow housemate and Indian celebrity Shilpa Shetty.

Goody has stated she agreed to take part on the Indian version of the show as an attempt to make up for her behaviour last year. Shetty is hosting the show, and has stated that her “prayers are with Jade.”

Goody has been accused of making the announcement as a publicity stunt, but her spokesman has dismissed this as “ridiculous”. Goody has stated she “will worry for [her] boys if [she] get[s] unwell”. She said that she entered the house, despite undergoing medical tests, because she “can’t wait around for the doctors” and that bills need paying.

Goody is said to have signed a contract worth £100,000 with Bigg Boss before her departure from the show. She is expected to undergo medical tests so doctors can see how far the cancer has spread.

Source : wikinews video games improves manual dexterity among surgeons, US researchers have found.

The findings were contained in a raft of research about how video games affect the people who play them, discussed at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in Boston.

“The big picture is that there are several dimensions in which games have effects,” including their content, how they are played and how much,” said psychologist Douglas Gentile of Iowa State University.

“This means that games are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but are powerful educational tools and have many effects we might not have expected they could.”

Dr Gentile presented several studies on video games including one involving 33 surgeons specialising in laparoscopy – the use of a thin lighted tube to inspect and treat various conditions in the pelvic and abdominal cavities.

Laparoscopic surgeons who played video games were 27 per cent faster at advanced surgical procedures, and made 37 per cent fewer errors, compared to their non-gaming colleagues.

Meanwhile, studies involving high school and college students confirmed previous findings about the social effects of playing violent video games.

Students who played violent games were more hostile, less forgiving and more apt to view violence as normal than peers who played non-violent games.

But students who played “pro-social” games got into fewer fights at school and were more helpful to other students, the researchers found.

Yet another study, by Fordham University, measured the effect of learning a new video game on problem-solving skills in middle school aged children. It found that “playing video games can improve cognitive and perceptual skills.”

“Certain types of video games can have beneficial effects improving gamers’ dexterity as well as their ability to problem solve – attributes that have proven useful not only to students but to surgeons,” the researchers found.

Source / AFP

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Dercy Gonçalves: 1907 – 2008

Brazilian comedienne and actress Dercy Gonçalves has died at the age of 101. Gonçalves died of pneumonia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She was born Dolores Gonçalves Costa on June 23, 1907 in Santa Maria Madalena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In her 80-year long career, Gonçalves has worked in the theater, revues, film, radio and television, becoming famous by her humorous use of vulgar language.

Source : Wikinews