ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Health Tip: Anticipating Acupuncture
Maggots as Good as Gel in Leg Ulcer Treatments
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
Mineral May Reduce High-Risk Bladder Disease
Study Cites Gains in Gall Bladder Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
DIET, NUTRITION
Imagine Food Aromas That Prevent Overeating
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
Seasons Arriving 2 Days Earlier, Study Says
Gene Mutation May Cause Some Cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder
EYE CARE, VISION
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
Music Can Help Restore Stroke Patients' Sight
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Good Sleepers More Likely to Eat Right
Regular Yoga May Improve Eating Habits
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
More Whole Grains May Mean Less Fat
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans

SATURDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Watching your favorite NFL team lose in the Super Bowl could actually end your life, a new study suggests.

However, the good news is that a victory might do just the opposite, the researchers noted. The finding was presented Saturday at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

To come to this conclusion, a team from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, looked at death rates in Los Angeles County on the day of two Super Bowls that had decidedly different outcomes for the home team: 1980, when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams in what has long been considered one of the most competitive match-ups in Super Bowl history; and 1984, when the Los Angeles Raiders handily beat the Washington Redskins. The researchers also looked at death rates for the two weeks following each game. They then compared those statistics to death rates in the same county for the same period in the years between and after those Super Bowls.

As it turned out, they found that all-cause death rates rose significantly after the 1980 loss, and death rates declined after the 1984 victory.

"The 1980 Super Bowl has been regarded by sports enthusiasts to be one of the most competitive games in the history of the Super Bowl, with the lead changing seven times. The Rams were underdogs going into the game; they lost by a very close margin after entering in the fourth quarter with a lead. The team had been in Los Angeles for many years, and this was their first Super Bowl game. All these factors might have made the fans more emotionally involved," study author Dr. Robert Kloner, director of research at the Heart Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital and a professor of medicine at Keck, said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology. "The 1984 win, on the other hand, was a victory for L.A. from the beginning and resulted in a large margin of victory. Also, the 1984 game was not played locally, it was played out of state, so there are some differences in the intensity of the game that might have been important here."

Kloner had this advice for diehard football fans:

"Talk to your doctor, especially if you have cardiac risk factors. There may be pharmacologic agents, such as beta blockers, aspirin or anti-anxiety drugs, that could help," Kloner said. "Or relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing. There are some things that can be done. And of course, it is very important to control the well-known cardiac risk factors, such as hypertension, cholesterol abnormalities, smoking and diabetes."

More information

For a look at how soccer fans can suffer the same fate, go to NPR.



-- HealthDay News Staff



SOURCE: American College of Cardiology, news release, March 28, 2009

Last Updated: March 30, 2009

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