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12 Aug 2012

News to Novels #27

This week's theme is relationships.  Ones that don't go smoothly and have obstacles in the way.

Why 'friends with benefits' relationships are doomed to failure
It may initially prove an ideal romantic adventure - and has inspired countless films including the new comedy Friends With Benefits.  But having a 'no-strings-attached' sexual relationship with a friend is all-but-impossible to navigate successfully, according to a study.  Scientists believe that because the nature of such a relationship is undefined - as opposed to the more typical boyfriend/girlfriend model - then such unions are doomed to fail.

Could your friends be making you sick? Toxic relationships are linked to cancer, depression and heart disease

It may be wise to keep your friends close and your enemies not quite so close, after all.  Relationships may be as vital to good health as a balanced diet and plenty of rest, new research suggests.  Scientists at UCLA's school of medicine have found that negative social interactions can lead to increased inflammation, which may in turn cause a host of illnesses from cancer to heart disease and high blood pressure.

'He saved MY life... I just want to help him in return': Owner of sick dog whose picture touched the nation's hearts reveals how loyal companion stopped him from suicide

The man pictured lulling his arthritic dog to sleep in Lake Superior has revealed that his dog Schoep saved him from the brink of suicide.  John Unger, 49, adopted the dog with his ex-fiancée 19 years ago, but after the relationship ended, Mr Unger fought a desperate despair.  The companionship of his trusty rescue dog gave Mr Unger the courage to go on, saying : 'I don’t think I’d be here if I didn’t have Schoep with me. I just want to do whatever I can for this dog.'
The water soothes the animal's pain, Mr Unger said, allowing him to sleep.  Mr Unger's good friend Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, who is a professional photographer,  captured the heartbreaking moment between the man and his ageing rescue dog in Wisconsin when Mr Unger thought his best friend was at the end of his life.
But thanks to the generosity of strangers, the MailOnline can reveal that thousands of dollars have been donated to Schoep's medical care, allowing the pair more time together than they ever imagined.

Mother and father jailed for beating their daughter, 17, for 'bringing shame on the family' by having a black boyfriend

A couple were jailed yesterday for a brutal attack on the daughter they felt had shamed them by dating a black man.  David and Frances Champion repeatedly punched Jane in the face and shouted racist abuse while kicking her boyfriend out of the family home.  They lost control after they returned home to find their 17-year-old daughter in a ‘state of undress’ with Alfonce Ncube, a court heard.

After throwing the waiter out of the house, Mr Champion, 50, grabbed his daughter by her hair and started to hit her, said Nicola Powell, prosecuting.  ‘He told her she was destroying the family and pushed her out of the door, Champion shouting racist language to describe Mr Ncube,’ she added.  Jane went to stay with her grandmother but returned to her parents in St Thomas, Swansea, once the situation had apparently calmed down.   But a month later her parents challenged her over Mr Ncube when they returned from a pub.

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