ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
More Faces Being Spared in Motor Vehicle Accidents
Returning to the Road Tricky After Injury
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
CANCER
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Your Refrigerator Getting Enough Attention For Your Raw Food Success?
To Feel Better, Low-Fat Diet May Be Best
Atkins Diet Tougher on Heart After Weight Loss
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Lead Exposure in Childhood Linked to Criminal Behavior Later
EYE CARE, VISION
Diabetic Eye Disease Rates Soaring
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Protect Against Eye Disease
FITNESS
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
MRSA Infections Can Bug Fitness Buffs
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Working Intensely Early on May Help Autistic Kids
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
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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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