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 In thinking in terms of EKG, A-FIB, stock market charts, etc. the following medical study (from Duke University, abstract) was found and indicated the need to be prepared and relatively calm during rollercoaster market events. Perhaps there is a flaw in the conclusions drawn or the data and statistics used— but it is an interesting attempt at any rate (with winter time evidently being more stressful on heart to begin with):

"We sought to examine the relation between the United States economic decrease in 2008 and cardiovascular events as measured by local acute myocardial infarction (AMI) rates. Mental stress and traumatic events have been shown to be associated with increased risk of MI in patients with ischemic heart disease. This was an observational study of data from the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease and includes patients undergoing angiography for evaluation of ischemic heart disease from January 2006 to July 2009. Patients with AMI occurring within 3 days before catheterization were used to calculate AMI rates. Stock market values were examined to determine the period of severe economic decrease, and time trends in AMI rates were examined over the same period. Time series models were used to assess the relation between United States stock market National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (NASDAQ) and rates of AMI. Of 11,590 patients included in the study cohort, 2,465 patients had an AMI during this period. Time series analysis showed a significant increase in AMI rates during a period of stock market decrease from October 2008 to April 2009 (p = 0.003), which remained statistically significant when adjusted for seasons (p = 0.02). In conclusion, unadjusted and adjusted analyses of patients in the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease indicated a significant correlation between a period of stock market decrease and increased AMI rates in our local cohort. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. "

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The next meeting of the NYC Junto will be Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 at the Mechanics & Tradesmen Library, 20 West 44th Street, NYC

We will have Ivan Eland, Director, Center on Peace and Liberty, Independent Institute, author of "The Empire has No Clothes: U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed" and "No War for Oil: U.S. Dependency and the Middle East."

We will also celebrate Ayn Rand 's 108th birthday.

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