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Middle-aged at risk of death from rows with family, neighbours

Posted: 12 May 2014 04:00 AM PDT

Study finds clear link between mortality and disputation.

Think again before you pick another fight with your tearaway daughter or go head-to-toe once more with the people next door over their late-night parties.

Danish researchers say people who argue constantly with relatives, friends or neighbours are more than twice as likely to die in middle age.

Men, and those who are unemployed, seem to be especially at risk, they add.

In 2000, investigators enrolled nearly 10,000 Danes aged 36-52 in a long-term study about their health and lifestyle, and followed them for the next 11 years.

By the end of this period, 4% of the women participants, and 6% of the men, had died – and the researchers found a clear link between mortality and disputation.

Those who had reported they argued frequently with anyone in their social circle, from partners and relatives to friends and neighbours, were between two and three times more likely to die from any cause compared with counterparts who had said these incidents were rare.

The probe took into account a range of factors that could potentially skew the findings, such as symptoms of depression, but it did not incorporate personality traits.

Also revealing, but less significant, was the link between early death and worries or demands generated by partners or children.

Learning how to handle relationship stress could be a lifesaver, says the paper, led by Rikke Lund of the University of Copenhagen.

"Skills in handling worries and demands from close social relations, as well as conflict management within couples and families and also in local communities, may be important strategies for reducing premature deaths," it says.

Previous research has confirmed that strong friendships and a stable partnership are beneficial for health, but there have been few attempts to delve into the reverse side.

The study appears in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. – AFP

First e-cigarettes, now an 'e-hookah'

Posted: 11 May 2014 08:25 PM PDT

Here's a device to transform your ordinary hookah into an electronic version.

Though many users see them as a way to quit smoking, e-cigarettes are generally marketed as a pleasurable activity on their own. So it's no surprise that the concept has been applied to other forms of more occasional tobacco consumption: cigars, pipes, and hookahs. The Chinese manufacturer Kelvin has even come up with a solution for turning a traditional hookah into an electronic one.

Like e-cigarettes and the very similar "portable e-hookahs", the Kelvin H1 is used with e-liquid, which is available in several flavours and with varying degrees of nicotine. The difference, however, is that the device can be used with a standard hookah.

Users simply remove the bowl of their hookah and replace it with the device. Next, just choose your favourite flavours of e-liquid to fill the two tanks provided. Each tank can hold up to 2ml of liquid, which is the equivalent of around 1,000 puffs.

Sold wholesale by the manufacturer, the electronic hookah kit is beginning to make its way to resellers under different brand names. In France, for example, sells the device as the "Oz Chicha" for 75 euro (RM334).

According to the reseller, smoking a traditional hookah bowl delivers seven times more carbon monoxide than smoking 15 to 25 cigarettes. Worldwide, an estimated 100 million people are fans of this Middle Eastern tradition. – AFP Relaxnews

Boost Your Run: A website for runners

Posted: 11 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT

NOW runners can visit a special website and create a tracklist based on the route they're taking, their taste in music and just how much they want to feel the burn.

The Boost Your Run site is simple to use, offering a selection of well-known existing running routes to choose from, based on your location, and the playlist is created by entering your ultimate running song.

All you need to get started is a Spotify account. The created playlist will show up in it marked as #boostyourrun: then it's just a matter of saving it for later use.

Unfortunately, the created playlist, which can be saved, won't reflect the relief of the road or track in question – it's more about motivation, staying upbeat and keeping a rhythm.

However, there is one cool feature. Currently a web portal, it will also be coming to Adidas's Smart Run smartwatch before the end of the year.

The playlist will still be created in the same way but the tracks will be accessible via Spotify offline playback on the watch, meaning that there'll be no need to take your phone on your run to listen to music. – AFP Relaxnews


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