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Beware! Loneliness can lead to stroke
New York : Many of us feel lonely at certain times but loneliness and social isolation for a longer period of time may lead to increased risk of stroke or heart disease, find researchers.
 
The findings showed that loneliness and social isolation was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of a heart or angina attack and a 32 percent heightened risk of having a stroke.
 
"It suggests that addressing loneliness and social isolation may have an important role in the prevention of two of the leading causes of morbidity in high-income countries," said researchers from York, Liverpool and Newcastle universities.
 
The study, involving more than 1,81,000 adults, included 4,628 coronary heart disease "events" -- heart attacks, angina and death -- and 3,002 strokes recorded during monitoring periods ranging from three to 21 years.
 
The results back public health concerns about the importance of social contacts for health and well-being. 
 
"But one of the greatest challenges will be how to design effective interventions to boost social connections, taking account of technology," the authors pointed out in a paper published online in the journal Heart.
 
"Further attention to social connections is needed in research and public health surveillance, prevention and intervention efforts," they noted.
 
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Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago


Being Alone is being with yourself & happy n healthy.

But being Lonely is dangerous as you are more likely to feel low & unhealthy.

In extremely repititive states of Lives of Single persons the situation aggravates due to job or business or love or partner losses as support system is eluding in crucial low moments.

Women are more prone as bilogically they are more emotionally tuned then men.

Loneliness also generates a sense of meaninglessness & emptiness which complicates the physical/emotional/psychological & neural circuits & at times it short circuits the Life thorough THOUGHT & HEART & HEAD ATTACKS.

Counseling & Healthy Human interactions are solace & cure ways.We support Career/Family/Relations/Financial/Psychic enhancements for better living. [email protected].

DONOT DIE ALONE Amen Mahesh Bhatt

Ramesh Poapt

1 year ago

The present situation is tip of the iceberg! Though awareness of the same is increasing now.

Google launches new Chromecast, Chromecast Audio in India
New Delhi : Internet giant Google on Wednesday launched the newest version of Google Chromecast and Chromecast Audio to make streaming faster and easier for the India consumers.
 
Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google. Designed as small dongles, the devices play audio or video content on a high-definition television or home audiosystem by directly streaming it via WiFi from the internet or a local network.
 
With a new design, a wealth of fresh content and an updated app, the new Chromecast is easier to fit into TVs with crowded ports and turn it into a smart TV.
 
"The new Chromecast brings your favourite entertainment from your mobile devices to the big screen with ease. Chromecast Audio, our newest addtition, lets you enjoy your favourite muaic, podcasts and radio from anywhere," Mickey Kim, head of APAC Chromecast Partnerships, told reporters here.
 
Available on Flipkart, Snapdeal and paytm and Reliance and Croma retail stores for Rs.3,399, the new device supports the latest WiFi standards and adapts to changing WiFi conditions in homes, ensuring higher video quality with less buffering.
 
Apart from movies, TV shows and music available through Netflix, Hooq, Eros Now and YouTube, Chromecast also offers a new range of single and multi-player games including "Angry Birds Go" and "Just Dance Now".
 
With Chromecast Audio, it is now possible to create a seamless home audio system with unmatched compatibility and affordability.
 
The small device plugs into existing speakers to stream music, radio and podcasts over wifi, similar to Chromecast.
 
It works with various apps like Saavn and Wynk Music. The multi-room feature makes it possible to connect multiple speakers througout a living space.
 
"The future of entertainment is streaming and Chromecast brings it all to you in a simple and affordable device," Kim added.
 
The updated Chromecast app now provides personalised suggestions as well as functionality for specific searches.
 
The new device works across Android device, Chromebooks, iPhones, iPads and Windows laptops.
 
Google has sold over 20 million devices since the launch of first device in 2014.
 
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Indian virtual reality makers gear up to create 'rift' for the masses
New Delhi : The heat is slowly picking up in the burgeoning VR gaming market and Indian VR players are set to jump on the bandwagon. The $599 Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) device is now being shipped. The $799 high-end HTC Vive is set to hit the global market later this year and Sony's $399 fully-immersive PlayStation VR is scheduled to launch this October.
 
Domestic handset maker Karbonn Mobiles forayed into the VR field with two low-cost VR glasses-equipped smartphones last week. While the Karbonn Quattro L52 smartphone VR device is priced at Rs.8,490, Karbonn Mach Six will come at an unbeatable price of Rs.7490 - in direct competition with the Samsung Gear VR device that currently costs Rs.8,200.
 
While VR technology offers huge growth potential in India with the ever-expanding smartphone market, affordability will be key to encourage mass adoption of the VR experience.
 
"Karbonn's VR glasses available with Karbonn Quattro L52 and Mach Six are an effort to address this challenge by bringing VR technology to consumers across economic spectrum at disruptive price-points in the under Rs.10,000 bracket," Karbonn Mobiles executive director Shashin Devsare told IANS.
 
According to a recent report, the global VR market is expected to touch an estimated $120 billion by 2020.
 
"With low-cost VR devices, at least people will know what VR is. They will be able to experience the immersive VR because Indian devices will prove more cost-effective," Vishal Tripathi, research director at global market consultancy firm Gartner, told IANS.
 
For Tripatrhi, a VR device in the Rs.7000-8,000 range will prove a real gateway for Indian consumers. "The low-cost VR devices can easily reach the large youth population. Had these affordable device not been launched, the Indian masses would not have started experiencing VR," Tripathi added.
 
There is a catch, though. While Oculus Rift and HTC Vive offer better technology and experience, low-cost VR devices will have to come up with improvised versions as global players will soon hit the Indian market aggressively - with freebies, attractive offers, discounts, EMI options and what have you.
 
"If the Indian players later start using a better VR technology then they will be able to create a real 'rift.' In India, VR adoption is in an initial stage and the country has a huge geographical and economical divide. Not everyone is looking to buy a Rs.20,000 VR device," Tripathi said.
 
When we look at Rift, it comes packed with at least 30 VR games, thousands of Facebook 360 videos, film shorts and much more. It has a "Jaunt VR" that features hundreds of cinematic stories. You will also be able to step into "Henry" and "Lost" - the first two real-time animated films from the Oculus Story Studio and free for a limited period on the Oculus Store.
 
With Oculus 360 Photos, you can explore over 200,000 incredible destinations. The VR device also has Oculus Remote - a new input device for non-gamers to help them navigate VR experiences and learn faster.
 
"Stand on a ledge in a 'Rift' and you will instantly understand why VR is fundamentally different. You will, in fact, feel like you're on the edge of a thousand-foot drop - and, if you're like me, you'll instantly take a reflexive step back. There's no interpretation or reconstruction involved in VR; the experience is as visceral and direct as the real world," wrote Michael Abrash, chief scientist at Oculus, as the company began shipping the device in the first week of April.
 
The Facebook-owned Oculus expects to ship 600,000 units of the VR headset by the end of the year.
 
The high-end HTC Vive - with a built-in phone, front-facing camera and room sensors - may become the most immersive VR experience later this year. With Vive, users can move around their homes as they play the game and paint in 3D space with Google's "Tilt Brush" feature.
 
According to Andrew House, chief executive at Sony Computer Entertainment, "virtual reality represents a new frontier for gaming, one that will forever change the way users interact with games".
 
Sony's VR headsets are designed to plug into PlayStation 4 (PS4) consoles. More than 230 developers are reportedly working on games for PlayStation VR.
 
The competition that is coming for the Indian VR makers is immense. But they appear ready and create a niche space when VR becomes real in India.
 
"We are optimistic about the consumer response and are confident that Karbonn's range of VR smartphones will be a key factor in bringing the benefits of VR technology to the masses," Devsare said.
 
Both the Karbonn devices currently have two games - "Lamper VR First Flight" and "Deep Space VR" - and come with a pre-embedded apps with which users can create their own VR videos.
 
Devsare promises to invest more in better VR technology and gaming experience for Karbonn VR users in the near future.
 
In Abrash's words, "Welcome to the Virtual Age."
 
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