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Air Pollution From Traffic Boosts Risk Of Heart Attack

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Next time you're in a traffic jam, it might not be a bad idea to huff and puff with your windows UP!

According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, breathing in the fumes from heavy traffic can boost your risk of heart attack for up to six hours.

Air pollution won't start causing heart attacks for just anyone, but could increase the chance of heart attacks in people already at risk.

To discover this revelation, researchers looked at health data from 79,288 people who have had a heart attack between 2003 and 2006 in the United Kingdom.

They then looked at traffic pollution data, including carbon monoxide and ozone levels, in different parts of the country.

After studying and comparing the data, it was determined that the likelihood of having a heart attack was the highest 6 hours after the people studied had been exposed to traffic fumes.

The connection is not entirely clear, but pollution can possibly thicken blood to make it more likely to clot. A co-funder of the study told news sources:

"We know that pollution can have a major effect on your heart health, possibly because it can 'thicken' the blood to make it more likely to clot, putting you at higher risk of a heart attack."

A similar study on the link between heart attacks and traffic suggests that although pollution may have an effect on the heart, it may also be stress!

The researcher presenting her findings during American Heart Association's 49th Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease, said:

"One potential factor could be the exhaust and air pollution coming from other cars, but we can't exclude the synergy between stress and air pollution that could tip the scale."

It's pretty hard to avoid traffic if you live anywhere near civilization, so the best way to avoid being at risk at ALL is to lead a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise and good food!

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NBC Waves Goodbye To Wimbledon, While ESPN Says Hello!

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ESPN has snatched up the rights to exclusively air the Grand Slam tournament Wimbledon for the next 12 years, ending NBC's 43 years as the tennis tourney's broadcast home.

If any die hard NBC fans are upset by this movie, ESPN at least promised:

"Comprehensive coverage from start to finish across a variety of platforms will result in more tennis for fans and all of it live."

NBC expressed interest in continuing to air Wimbledon, but was simply outbid. Maybe NBC spent too much money when the network outbid both ESPN and Fox for the rights to air the Olympics through 2020!

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Hugh Hefner Wedding Special Is A Go Again!

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For a guy who just got dumped days before his wedding, he's taking it pretty well!

Assuming Hugh Hefner's wedding to 25-year-old Crystal Harris would go off without a hitch, Lifetime had a two-hour special, Marrying Hef planned to air July 13.

Unfortunately, we all know the story of how Crystal broke Hef's heart, but surprisingly, the Playboy founder STILL insists on airing a wedding show on the network.

Hef seems to be rolling with the "runaway bride" them, as he shared with his followers in a series of tweets on Twitter:

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Compressed Air Turns Trucker Into ‘Human Balloon’

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Compressed Air Turns Trucker Into ‘Human Balloon’

Ouch.

A New Zealand truck driver, Steven McCormack, found himself in painful predicament after he fell onto the fitting of a compressed air hose, which pierced his right buttock and started forcing air into his body.

At 100 pounds a square inch.

WTF.

Said Steven:

"I felt the air rush into my body and I felt like it was going to explode from my foot. I was blowing up like a football. I had no choice but just to lay there, blowing up like a balloon."

Thankfully, his coworkers heard him yelling and came over to help. He was then rushed to the hospital and treated for terrible swelling and fluid in one lung.

He’s lucky to be alive!

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Anderson Cooper Will Not Air Osama Bin Laden Tape

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Damn straight!

Before his death, Osama bin Laden reportedly filmed a tape that he wanted to air if he were to die, which is said to be currently circulating by his supporters, and leaving many media outlets conflicted as what to do with the material.

However, CNN's Anderson Cooper has been the first to speak out against doing so, and told Wolf Blitzer - as well as his viewers - that no show that he is on OR associated with would air the tape, as Osama was a mass murderer who should never be heard from again!

Hell to the YES! We couldn't agree more!

Thank goodness he's taking a stand against it! That man did enough hurt and destroyed enough lives during his time on Earth - the last thing anyone needs to do is honor his wishes or let his memory live on any longer than it already has!

Thanks for maintaining your integrity, you delicious Silver Fox! Ha!

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All Aboard! New Titanic Mini-Series Coming To ABC!

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Wow! It takes a lot of balls to try to tackle this topic, especially after what James Cameron managed to produce!

Academy Award winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes has reportedly written a four-hour TV mini-series based on the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Set to air on ABC, Global TV, and ITV, Titanic will focus on the lives of different characters in various social standing as they attempt to survive the iconic ship's sinking on that fateful day in 1912.

Quinn Taylor, SVP movies miniseries and acquisitions for ABC Network, says:

"The Titanic retained a powerful hold on people around the world for almost 100 years, and this new miniseries will offer a compelling take on this epic, tragic story. We look forward to bringing this remarkable series to our viewers."

Agreed! It really is such an unbelievable and heartbreaking event in our history, and we're sure that Fellowes' take will be a fascinating one.

However, we do have to wonder if people will be disappointed with the results, when compared to James Cameron's Titanic and the amount of money, construction, and special effects the director put into re-building the ship and its actual likeness - not to mention the disaster scenes at the end!

We doubt that a mini-series will have that kind of production value!

But who knows??

What do U think?? Will U tune into the Titanic mini-series??

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North Korea Airs Bend It Like Beckham On TV! First Western-Made Film To Do So!

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So crazy!

North Koreans were allowed to watch a western-made film for the first time on TV this past week when the British Embassy made arrangements for the British soccer film Bend It Like Beckham, co-starring Keira Knightley, to be broadcast!

Normally, western films are considered a big no-no in the country, but given the public's love for the sport, an exception was made. However, much of the film's content - including interracial relationships, homosexuality, and religion - was cut out of their edit, leaving the film's new running length to be about an hour.

We find it so unfortunate that so many places enforce censorship to that degree, but we suppose this is a step in the direction of progress!

Hopefully it will continue to come!

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