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February 3, 2011

Women, the Super Bowl, and Heart Attacks

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WOMEN, THE SUPERBOWL  AND HEART ATTACKS

 

Dinasaur in Ligonier Valley Library, Ligonier PA

February 4, 2011, is National Wear Red Day, a day set aside to raise awareness for women’s heart health and the effect of heart disease on women.

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Super Bowl fans, watch out: If you’re a Packers or Steelers fan and your team begins to lose, the resulting stress could trigger a heart attack. “It is known that stressors such as intense sporting events may increase cardiac event rates in fans…” researchers report.

A recent study by a Los Angeles researcher at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of Southern California has found that not only men but women can be susceptible to a heart attack while or after watching the Super Bowl.

  • A 1980 study of cardiac events and Super Bowl suggests that cardiac deaths in both women and men increased for fans of the losing side.
  • A 1984 study suggested that cardiac deaths decrease for fans of the winning team.

     The studies, based on the 1980 Los Angeles Super Bowl loss and the 1984 Super Bowl win showed that the loss “triggered more (more…)

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November 8, 2009

It’s Been an Animal Day

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 IT’S BEEN AN ANIMAL DAY

      It’s been an animal day.

      Black bear. Cat. Cat. Owl. Horse.

     While I groggily prepared my morning coffee, something caught my eye. I glanced out my window and was amazed to see a small black bear strolling through my driveway. I called my husband Monte, and we watched the bear lumber to the path leading to my daughter’s house.

     I grabbed the phone and called Sandy. She and her husband, Michael, watched the bear approach their yard, meander between her house and the neighbor’s house, return (more…)

November 6, 2009

SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

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SPORTS VS. SOAPS: Television Addiction

Nancy Briskay Cornell Lipsius

     Have you ever walked into a room anticipating an enthusiastic greeting and some lively conversation, only to be greeted by a blank wall of inert bodies, eyes glued to a piece of furniture lighted by miniature figures darting across a square that might be anywhere from 12 inches to 25 inches wide? If you listen carefully and closely their response to your greeting may be a ‘oomph’ or “Oh wow, what a play!”

     It could be Saturday, Sunday, or, in mid-fall and winter, almost any evening. Of course, that doesn’t leave much (more…)

August 11, 2009

Honus Wagner & Me

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HONUS WAGNER & ME

     When Johannes Peter Wagner babysat the late Harriette Parker in Carnegie (PA), she feared him because of his large hands, according to her daughter, Arlene Carr. Those same hands, later described as “shovel-like,” accompanied his large size, bowed legs and long arms—a combination that contributed to his clumsiness.

Johannes, who  played eighteen seasons with the Pirates—1900-1917—is featured in the play Honus Wagner & Me, (adapted from the book by Dan Gutman). My family and I attended the Mountain Playhouse (Jennerstown, PA) production of the play four days after we saw the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.

NOTE: Although this article/post is not a sporting event, it is about a renowned baseball player, Honus Wagner. Though written earlier, (semi)qualifies for a response to the June 22, 2014 WordPress daily prompt, offside: (share a) funny/harrowing/interesting memories from a sporting event you attended, participated in, or watched?

I expected to be bathed in baseball. Instead, I was caught up in (more…)

June 13, 2009

A DAY IN MY LIFE: Journaling on June 12, 2009

     Tonight, by typing directly into the post box rather than onto a word document (followed by cut and paste),  I’m doing something different. In addition, I am doing a distinctly journal post. This is not my intent on my writing blog. So be it. Bear with me.

     As I type, I can hear my husband and a family friend, Lois, screaming in the background. They are watching the third period of the seventh game in the Pittsburgh-Detroit hockey playoffs—for the Stanley Cup. It is the seventh game of the series, and each team has won three games. At this time, the Pittsburgh Penguins are ahead, 2-0.

     Since it is my husband’s seventy-first birthday, it would be nice if the Penguins win.

     While they watch, I will (more…)

February 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH STEELER FANS: THE YOUNGEST

My post tonight is just a link, to a photo of those among the youngest of the Pittsburgh Steeler fans, favoring Roethlisberger 7 and Polamalu 43: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3245437555/

Perhaps there will be a story later. For now, I hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl game.

In all the excitement over the Steeler’s win, don’t forget that tomorrow, February 2, is Groundhog Day. Check out the following posts: 

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL, WEATHER PROPHET EXTRAORDINARY

 

FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

ADDITIONAL READING:

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THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!! An Adoption Reunion Story

WHAT RIGHTS DO CATS HAVE, I ASK

BODIES

ALL SUMMER IN A DAY: The Use of Descriptive Language

WHAT ARE THOSE NUMBERS IN MY CAMERA VIEWFINDER?

IN SEARCH OF THE ARABELLA: A Story of Two Boats

THE UNICORN: MYTH OR REALITY?

HOW TO HARVEST & STORE ICE (Ice Harvesting)

THE UNUSUAL GROUNDHOG

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