While smoking boosts the likelihood of heart attack in both men and women of all ages, it has a much more powerful effect in younger women, especially those under 50, a new study suggests.For women smokers ages 18 to 49, the risk of a deadly type of heart attack was more than 13 times higher than it was for non-smoking counterparts, researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology."This study sheds new light on the risk impact that smoking has in provoking major heart attacks, especially in younger and female smokers," said coauthor Dr. Ever Grech, an interventional cardiologist at the South Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Center at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, UK. "I hope (the study) will correct the perception by young smokers that heart attack risks only arise much later in life."There was the hint of some good news in the new study. When women quit smoking, their risk of a major heart attack dropped back to that of non-smokers."This reversibility … [Read more...] about Young women smokers at much higher risk of deadly heart attack
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KALAMAZOO, Michigan: In an early sign of the potential weakness of U.S. President Donald Trump's path to reelection, two Democratic presidential primary frontrunners are outshining the incumbent Republican in a poll of Michigan voters released on Wednesday (Jun 5).Michigan is set to be a key battleground state in the November 2020 election and will be critical to Trump's hopes of getting reelected to another four-year term.The poll of likely voters found both former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders leading Trump by 12 percentage points if the vote were to be held today.Only 36 per cent of likely voters in Michigan said they would vote for Trump, the poll showed.Michigan, which had not voted for a Republican as president since 1988, shocked political observers in 2016 by backing Trump and helping propel him to the White House.Winning Michigan would be critical to Trump's reelection path, along with the states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that have similar voting … [Read more...] about Biden, Sanders lead Trump in battleground state Michigan poll
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 6, 2019 Let me start today with a correction. Last week I answered a question by saying that the Patrick Marleau’s contract could not be bought out since he signed it when he was over 35. That’s not true. It can be bought out, it’s just that the cap hit will remain with the team. So, kind of, there’s no point. But maybe there is. Credit here to a faithful reader, Dave B, who patiently corrected me. I’ll let him explain. “Hi Kevin. Thanks for answering my question last week about getting another team to buyout Marleau. I have a follow-up comment about it. In your answer, you said that Marleau's contract can't be bought out because it was signed when he was over the age of 35. According to capfriendly.com, a 35+ contract can be bought out, but the team receives no cap relief from the buyout. They would only save 1/3 of the salary remaining on the contract, with the rest payable over … [Read more...] about Dubas Mailbag: Can the Leafs trade Patrick Marleau?
In the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals, the team that revolutionized professional basketball only a few years ago, the Warriors, is facing the team that has taken Golden State’s 3-point-bonanza style to an extreme: the Houston Rockets. The story of both teams, who meet Tuesday in Game 2, is 3-pointers delivered in bulk. In 2015-16, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry attempted 886 3-pointers, an NBA record that seemed untouchable. This season, the Rockets’ James Harden crossed that threshold with three weeks remaining in the season, finishing with 1,028 3-point attempts. The strategy may rankle older fans and coaches who still view the 3-point line as some sort of gimmick. But more than ever, NBA teams understand the probabilistic value of a 3-point shot. If a 24-foot shot has almost the same likelihood of going in as a midrange jumper, but it’s worth 3 points instead of 2, why bother with the 2-pointer at all? In his new book, “Sprawlball,” Kirk … [Read more...] about News In the NBA, 2-pointers are so last century
By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Tues., April 30, 2019 It’s gotta hurt in some quarters — Oshawa — to hear General Motors CEO Mary Barra crowing about the ongoing refocusing of the automaker. “We are selling every truck we build,” Barra told analysts on a first-quarter conference call Tuesday morning. Sales of the revamped Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were up 20 per cent, year over year. Barra placed an emphasis not just on growth, but on showroom stickers. The new truck models are selling at the highest prices ever, Barra said. Nearly $6,000 (U.S.) higher than the outgoing models. “Outgoing” is code for “Oshawa,” where the plant had once been hard at work on the finishing assembly of the 2018 Sierra and Silverado models. GM HQ had made it clear at the time of its half-billion investment in the Oshawa truck works, which transformed a vastly underused car line to a pickup line, that this was merely a … [Read more...] about GM’s Mary Barra steers clear of rough corporate news