Bollywood star Sridevi dies in Dubai

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Sridevi Kapoor. (AFP)
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Sridevi died of a heart attack in Dubai. (AP)
Updated 25 February 2018
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Bollywood star Sridevi dies in Dubai

JEDDAH: Bollywood star Sridevi died on Saturday after a heart attack, a relative confirmed to Indian media.
The 54-year-old actress, who was in the United Arab Emirates for a wedding, was with her husband and daughter at the time of death.
“Yes, it is true that Sridevi passed away. I just landed here, I was in Dubai and now I am flying back to Dubai. It happened roughly around 11.00-11.30. I don’t know more details yet,” her brother-in-law Sanjay Kapoor told The Indian Express. Srideva is described in Wikipedia as one of Bollywood's most popular actresses, having starred in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada films.

Her acting career started at the age of four, debuting in the 1969 Tamil devotional drama film Thunaivan. In 1975, she had her first Bollywood film as a child actress in the hit movie Julie, and for the first time played a lead role in Bollywood in the film Solva Sawan in 1978.

Wikipedia's list of some of her successful Bollywood movies included Himmatwala (1983), Mawaali (1983), Tohfa (1984), Naya Kadam (1984), Maqsad (1984), Masterji (1985), Nazrana (1987), Mr. India (1987), Waqt Ki Awaz (1988) and Chandni (1989), some of which won her five Filmfare Awards and 10 nominations.

She was honored in 2013 by the Indian government with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honor, and was voted 'India's Greatest Actress in 100 Years' in a CNN-IBN national poll conducted in the same year during the 100th anniversary celebration of Indian cinema.


Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

Updated 19 June 2018
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Marriage is (literally) good for the heart: study

  • The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke
  • The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results

PARIS: Even if marriage is sometimes more a bed of nails than roses, living into old age with a partner may help ward off heart disease and stroke, researchers said Tuesday.
A sweeping survey of research conducted over the last two decades covering more than two million people aged 42 to 77 found that being hitched significantly reduced the risk of both maladies, they reported in the medical journal Heart.
The study examined ethnically varied populations in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, adding weight to the results.
Compared to people living in spousal union, the divorced, widowed or never married were 42 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16 percent more likely to have coronary heart disease, the study found.
The risk of dying was likewise elevated for the non-married, by 42 percent from coronary heart disease and by 55 percent from stroke.
The results were nearly the same for men and women, except for stroke, to which men were more susceptible.
“These findings may suggest that marital status should be considered in the risk assessment for cardiovascular disease,” concluded a team led by Chun Wai Wong, a researcher at Royal Stoke Hospital’s department of cardiology, in Stoke-on-Trent in Britain.
Four-fifths of all cardiovascular disease can be attributed to a proven set of “risk factors“: advanced age, being a man, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, and diabetes.
Marriage, in other words, could be an important share of the missing 20 percent.
More precisely, living together — with or without a wedding band — is probably the operative factor, if indeed conjugal status has any impact at all.
But most of the 34 studies reviewed by Wong and colleagues did not identify couples out of wedlock or same-sex unions, so it was not possible to know whether, statistically, such arrangements were the equivalent of being wed.
Because the study was observational rather than based on a controlled experiment — something scientists can do with mice but not humans — no clear conclusions could be drawn as to cause-and-effect.
That leaves open the question of why marriages may be “protective.”
“There are various theories,” the researchers said in a statement.
Having someone around to take care of one’s health problems and keep track of one’s meds is probably a plus, as are two incomes or pensions instead of one.
More intangibly, not living alone is thought to be good for morale, and for neural stimulation. People living in couples, earlier research has shown, also have lower rates of dementia.