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October 13, 1986 |
Hal Mason, the creator of the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Mr. Clean, and other animated characters, is dead at age 69. Mason, who died Friday of heart trouble, was a 50-year veteran of the entertainment industry, having worked as a producer, director, writer and animator. He worked with cartoon producer Walter Lantz on Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda and Oswald Rabbit. In 1982, Mason wrote the "Chipmunks Christmas" television special.
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August 26, 1999
Either three hours of brisk walking per week or half that time spent working up a sweat at jogging, aerobic dance or other vigorous exercise reduced the risk of heart disease 35% to 40% in a study of 72,488 women, according to Massachusetts researchers. The study also suggests it's never too late to start: Women who were couch potatoes when the eight-year study began reduced their risk of heart trouble by about the same amount as those who were active from the start.
February 15, 2014 |
John Henson, who occasionally performed as a puppeteer in the Muppets troupe his father founded, died Friday of a heart attack at his home in upstate New York. He was 48 and did not have a history of heart trouble, his sister Cheryl said. His father, Jim Henson, also died young: He was 53 when he died of pneumonia in 1990. John Henson sometimes performed as Sweetums, a large, hairy Muppet who towered over other puppets and humans. Henson played the character for a while at a Muppets movie/live-action attraction at Disney World, where he would suddenly run into the audience near the end to screams of delight from fans, said Brian Jay Jones, whose biography on Jim Henson came out last year.
November 12, 1985 |
A 25-year study of coffee users found that people who drink five or more cups a day have almost three times the risk of heart problems as non-coffee drinkers, researchers say. In a study of 1,130 white male graduates of Johns Hopkins Medical School between 1948 and 1964, the risk of heart trouble was 2.8 times higher for heavy coffee drinkers, the researchers said. Even when other risk factors--smoking, high blood pressure, cholesterol levels and age--are considered, there is a 2.
August 21, 2001 |
Stock-car champion Dean Roper died when a blood clot in a coronary artery caused his heart to stop during a dirt-track race Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, officials said Monday. The death of Roper, 62, who had a history of heart trouble, came 10 months after his son, Tony, died in a NASCAR truck-series race in Texas. Dean Roper crashed his Ford Taurus into an inside retaining wall on the front straightaway during Lap 17 of the 100-lap ARCA event at the fairgrounds.
December 31, 2007 |
Neurotic people are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease, and being extroverted seems to protect people from dying from respiratory illness, U.K. researchers report based on a study they conducted. Neuroticism -- a proclivity toward worry and emotional ups and downs -- is related to anxiety and depression, which could help explain the relationship with heart trouble, say Beverly A. Shipley of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and colleagues in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
October 23, 2004 |
Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Jerome McDougle did not practice Friday because of an irregular heartbeat and was doubtful for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. Trainer Rick Burkholder said McDougle complained after Thursday's practice of feeling lightheaded, shortness of breath and upper respiratory infection symptoms. The Eagles sent him to a hospital, where he was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
November 1, 1995 |
The latest study to explore the question of whether eating fish reduces the risk of heart disease found that it does--in modest quantities and for a certain type of the illness. The study found that people who ate the equivalent of three ounces of salmon a week were only half as likely to be stricken with cardiac arrest as those who ate no fish. Results are published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.