Actress Jodi Sta. Maria won the Best Foreign Actress category in Vietnam for her role as Maya in the recently-concluded ABS-CBN drama series "Be Careful with My Heart". She was given the award during the 2014 Face of the Year Award given by Today TV, one of the largest Vietnamese TV networks that air Filipino dramas. The former SP cover mom won by public votes and results were announced December 22. Her co-star Richard Yap, who's also a dad, won Best Foreign Actor, and the show "Be Careful With My Heart" won Best Foreign Drama Series. Both Jodi and Richard personally accepted their awards. (pep.ph)
2. "Sparks fly" when making a baby A new study published in Nature Chemistry explained how sparks literally fly when a couple makes a baby: sparks result from thousands of sacs containing a million zinc atoms each exploding when sperm meets the egg. The sparks erupt the egg's surface, which is what helps transform an egg into an embryo. The study helped researchers at Northwestern University have a better understanding of how zinc variations affect egg development, which helps them select the best eggs for in vitro fertilization. (ryot.org)
Actress Cameron Diaz and musician rocker Benji Madden are engaged, according to Benji's friends. Benji reportedly asked Cameron's mom for his future's wife's hand in marriage, and she gave them her blessings. The couple had been rumored to be engaged as Cameron wore what looked like an engagement ring to events. (people.com)
4. Pregnancy weight gain a baby-gender indicator? According to a study published in PLOS One, the amount of pregnancy weight gained could possibly predict a baby's gender. The study, which analyzed data on more than 68 million births over 23 years, found that the less weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the less likely she is to have a boy. More pounds means more chances of having a boy. Researchers believe it's because male embryos and fetuses have higher metabolic rates that may require more nourishment. (nytimes.com)
5. Eating fast food may lead to lower grades It's a known fact that fast food can have all sorts of negative effects on the human body, but it turns out that it can also affect a child's performance in school. A new study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that students who eat fast food every day had slower growth in academic achievement. The researchers recommend for families to lessen intake of fast food and not incorporate it into their daily routine. (huffingtonpost.com)
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