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Posted Feb 07 2010 9:25pm

Boredom shortens life expectancyscientists say

It would be more reasonable to conclude from the findings that less healthy people have fewer options and are hence more likely to be bored

Boredom could be shaving years off your lifescientists have found. Researchers say that people who complain of boredom are more likely to die youngand that those who experienced "high levels" of tedium are more than 2½ times as likely to die from heart disease or stroke than those satisfied with their lot.

More than 7000 civil servants were studied over 25 years – and those who said they were bored were nearly 40 per cent more likely to have died by the end of study than those who did not. The scientists said this could be a result of those unhappy with their lives turning to such unhealthy habits as smoking or drinkingwhich would cut their life expectancy.

Specialists from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London looked at data from 7524 civil servantsaged between 35 and 55interviewed between 1985 and 1988 about their levels of boredom. They then found out whether they had died by April last year. Those who reported feeling a great deal of boredom were 37 per cent more likely to have died by the end of the study.

Researcher Martin Shipleywho co-wrote the report to be published in the International Journal of Epidemiology this weeksaid: "The findings on heart disease show there was sufficient evidence to say there is a link with boredom."


Forget drugsa jab of water helps ease birthing pain

This sounds like very good news

INJECTIONS of tiny amounts of water into the lower back are giving women drug-free pain relief during childbirth. Reynieze Petersen Leota17who delivered her first baby Geoita at the Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane yesterdaysaid an injection of sterile water during labour relieved her back pain for about six hours. "The pain was really bad. I couldn't handle it and then the midwife told me about the water injections," she said. "The pain went away straight away."

The Mater Mothers' Hospital has offered the injections since last year and has launched a study to investigate the most effective technique for delivering them. Midwife Nigel Leeof the Mater Mothers' Research Centresaid the treatmentinvolving less than 1 ml of water being injected just under the skinprovided fast relief from back pain to about 85 per cent of women who received it.

He said the injections worked by stimulating nerve transmittersblocking pain signals being sent to the brain. Mr Lee said they had benefits over traditional drug treatmentssuch as epidurals and laughing gasalthough he stressed the water injections only worked to relieve back pain.

"The woman can still walk around. She doesn't have to stay on the bed," he said. "We can repeat itas needed. There's no side effects because it's effectively just water. There's no effects on the baby at all." He said they had been available for years in Northern Europebut the Mater Mothers' Hospital was one of the few facilities in Australia offering them on a routine basis to expectant mothers.

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