2 Mar
2021

Live Music Is Scientifically Proven To Help Universally Lower Stress Levels

first_imgA scientific study published in Public Health in 2016 shows clear-cut evidence for the benefit of attending live music events. The groundbreaking test comes in at the biological level, as scientists measured levels of cortisol and cortisone both before and after a concert.Cortisol is a hormone factor, produced under conditions of psychological stress. By measuring saliva samples before and after a specific concert, the entirety of the 117 participants showed major reductions in cortisol levels after the fact.While previous studies had shown similar results, this was the first conducted in a natural concert setting, as opposed to a laboratory. The results showed that cortisol levels were reduced in participants of all ages.“These results are in line with 22 previous studies showing that listening to music in the controlled setting of either a laboratory or a hospital can reduce cortisol levels,” said one researcher in an interview with The Telegraph. “It is of note that none of these biological changes were associated with age, musical experience or familiarity with the music being performed. This suggests there is a universal response to concert attendance among audience members.”The one drawback, however, is that the music selection was limited to classical. Further research would be needed to see if other genres show similar conclusions. Still, as lead researcher Daisy Fancourt said, “This is the first preliminary evidence that attending a cultural event can have an impact on endocrine activity.”So, keep on living for live music!last_img read more

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23 Sep
2020

O’Neil bests Thornton in Cocopah classic as Morris tops Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods

first_imgO’Neil made a bold three-wide pass on the high side to drive from fourth to second in the first set of corners, then powered around the outside of Kollin Hibdon to lead lap one. Thornton, Hibdon, R.C. Whitwell and Tom Berry Jr. rounded out the top five.  Tim Gonska led the final 16 circuits of the Hobby Stock feature to win by 1.5 seconds over Scott Tenney.  Canadian driver Brendon LaBatte came from seventh to claim the Stock Car victory in dramatic fashion. LaBatte was in third as he crossed under the white flag but passed Gene Henrie for second going down the backstretch before powering around Steffan Carey to win the feature in a drag race to the checkers.  Ricky Thornton Jr. moved his way up to the second spot from the fifth starting position by lap four and quickly set his sights on O’Neil. Thornton searched every inch of the oval be­fore taking command of the lead on lap 15.  “I thought once he got by me it was over. Usually when that guy gets to the lead there is no catching him,” O’Neil said. “I just threw a Hail Mary at it and started running the heck out of the car and it ended up working out.” Feature Results  Northern SportMods – 1. Miles Morris; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Wayne Dot­son; 5. Ron Schreiner; 6. Jimmy Davy; 7. Taylor Kuehl; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Manny Baldiviez; 10. Brian Carey; 11. Kyle Salo; 12. Mike Wells; 13. Bill Lundock; 14. David Pitt; 15. Jackie Frye; 16. Chase Alves; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Camron Spangler; 19. Ty Rog­ers; 20. Javier Navarro; 21. Justin Brierley. Before the feature, the field gave the traditional four-wide salute to the fans, but left the pole position open in memory of Jamestown, N.D. driver, Don Gumke, who passed away ear­lier in the week. Gumke competed at Cocopah the prior weekend.  Stock Cars – 1. Brendon LaBatte; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Gene Henrie; 4. Loren DeAr­mond; 5. Troy Jerovetz; 6. Cody Center; 7. Aaron Spangler; 8. Nuggett Shupe; 9. Jody York; 10. Tony Hill; 11. Jake Smith; 12. Tyler Vache; 13. Raymond Doyle; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Leslie Gill; 16. Chanse Hollatz; Austin Daffern; 18. Andy Altenburg.  Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Scott Tenney; 3. Joshua Cordova; 4. Brad King; 5. Jason Beshears; 6. Andy Pearce; 7. Oscar Duarte; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Francisco Cor­dova; 10. Jeffrey Callis; 11. Jim Robinson; 12. Jason Duggins.  O’Neil quickly mounted another charge as the lead duo sliced their way through slower traffic. O’Neil finally cleared Thornton Jr. to take the point with four laps to go and held on for the victory. Repeat winners were seen in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Jake O’Neil won his second straight IMCA Modified feature in the Jan. 16 Winter Nationals show at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 16) – Some of the best racing seen to date at Winter Nationals was displayed Thursday evening, and Jake O’Neil ended the night at Cocopah Speed­way with a second straight $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win. Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 3. Kollin Hibdon; 4. R.C. Whitwell; 5. Tom Berry Jr.; 6. Alex Stanford; 7. Randy Havlik; 8. Chaz Baca; 9. Tim Ward; 10. Darrell Hughes II; 11. Marlyn Seidler; 12. Spencer Wilson; 13. Casey Arneson; 14. Austin Ku­ehl; 15. Austin Kiefer; 16. Jerry Flippo; 17. Jeff Taylor; 18. Russell Allen; 19. Travis Mos­ley; 20. Zane DeVilbiss; 21. Braxton Yeager; 22. Bill Miller; 23. Jason Noll; 24. Justen Yeager; 25. Joey Price. Defending track champion Miles Morris raced to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory. Morris held off 12th place starter Cody Thompson.  Miles Morris made his way to victory lane following the Jan. 16 Winter Nationals Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event. (Photo by Bobby McMorris)  By Mike Spiekerlast_img read more

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27 Aug
2020

NBA trade rumors: Suns expected to make forward Trevor Ariza available

first_img Devin Booker on Suns’ future: ‘I’d like to build a super team’  “I’m not one to get somewhere and then just duck out,” Ariza said. “I’m one to be in it, regardless of whatever the situation is. Fight until the end. That’s the type of person that I am, and that’s what I expect.”Ariza has averaged 9.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game for the struggling Suns this season. He has shot 37.2 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.   Trevor Ariza may not be with the Suns for the rest of the season.Rival teams believe Phoenix will listen to offers for the 33-year-old forward, according to a report from the New York Times. Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Suns in the offseason and is not eligible to be traded until Dec. 15. Devin Booker injury update: Suns star dealing with hamstring issue, no timetable for returncenter_img Multiple contenders are expected to be interested in dealing for Ariza, the report says. Teams had been hoping the Suns would buy out Ariza, but Phoenix is hoping to receive “at least one” asset back in return for him.Ariza is on a one-year, $15 million deal with Phoenix. Interested teams have been hoping the Suns would just buy Ariza out like they did with Tyson Chandler, but they are expected to pursue trades to try to get at least one asset in return— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 4, 2018Ariza addressed the report in an interview with The Athletic on Tuesday.  Related News The 15-year veteran spent four seasons with the Rockets before he signed with Phoenix. The Suns will face the Kings on Tuesday. They’ll carry a 4-19 record into that matchup.last_img read more

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