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Top of the Morning: Ehra Madrigal is Engaged!Plus, Pinay wins annual pageant for grandmothers, and more!
1. Ehra Madrigal is engaged!
Sexy actress and former FHM Philippines cover girl Ehra madrigal is set to tie the knot with Chinese businessman boyfriend-now-fiancé Tom Yeung. Tom went down on one knee and popped the question to Ehra on January 24 while they were on vacation in Dubai. Celebrity and lifestlye columnist and eventologist Tim Yap captured the moment and posted a photo of it on his Instagram account. "“So this happened last night in the middle of the Arabian desert: @tomyeung_ got down on his knees and asked @iamehramadrigal to marry him. Happy to be an accomplice to this engagement. Congratulations Tom and Ehra!!!!” he wrote as caption. Congratulations! (pep.ph)
2. The Vampire Diaries star welcomes first child
Candice Accola, who plays Caroline in the hit TV series, has given birth to her first child. She took to Instagram to announce the baby's arrival. Candice and husband, The Fray guitarist Joe King chose to name her Florence May. Candice and Florence (while she was still in her mom's womb) were blessed by Pope Francis during His Holiness' U.S. visit, when Joe performed for the Pontiff and she tagged along. The two are already parents to Joe's daughters Ava and Elise from a previous relationship. Congratulations! (people.com)
3. Pinay wins pageant for grandmas!
Babylyn Decena Newfield took the crown at the annual Grandma Universal 2016 pageant held in Bulgaria. Newfield, 48, is a widow, a mom of four, and a grandmother to four young ones. She's the first Filipina to compete and win the beauty title held on January 21, Grandma's Day in Bulgaria. "It is an honor. This is the first Grandma Universal title for the Philippines. It is a privilege that, at this age, I can still win a title," Newfield told the Inquirer. Congratulations! (inquirer.net)
4. GlaxoSmithKline evaluating vaccine technology to combat Zika
Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline is currently conducting feasibility studies to see whether their vaccine technology is going to be a perfect platform to work on producing a vaccine for the Zika virus, which presents similar symptoms with dengue. Another pharmaceutical company had said last week that its current experimental dengue vaccine cannot be used for Zika virus, which presents almost the same symptoms as dengue. The ongoing outbreak of Zika virus in the Americas is reportedly linked to a surge of microcephaly cases in babies of infected mothers. (gmanetwork.com)ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
5. Deliveries not to blame for newborn brain damage
A new report published in the Journal of Perinatology found that full-term infants who developed severe cerebral palsy and mental retardation may have had an underlying condition that led to their neurological condition--and not because of delivery or birth. Of the infants included in the small study, more than half had had an infection called chorioamnionitis and another half had severe anemia. Chorioamnionitis attacks the amniotic fluid and membranes that surround the baby in utero, while anemia results from low blood levels following birth. The study calls for more scrutiny during the first two hours after birth to determine possible causes of preventable neurological conditions. (yahoo.com)