Jingle all the way
Tie some jingle bells to the laces of your running shoes, don a holiday costume, and you'll be all set to participate Saturday in the 11th annual Jingle Bell Run to benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Western New York. The 5K race starts at 11 a.m. at the Flickinger Athletic Center of Erie Community College City Campus and follows a course through downtown Buffalo.
Trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in 13 age categories -- the youngest for 13 years and under and the oldest for the 80-plus set. A post-race party in the athletic center will feature food, beverages, musical entertainment, a costume contest and Chinese auction. Pre-registration is $15 ($18 if you wait until the day of the race) and includes admission to the holiday party (a $5 donation for non-runners). For information, call 626-0333.
Free video on allergies
Everything you ever wanted to know about your child's sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes is available on a new video available in the free rental section of 4,400 Blockbuster Video stores nationwide.
Pediatric allergist Susan Wynn of Fort Worth, Texas, stars in the video, "Children and Allergy: Recognizing and Treating Childhood Allergies," financed through a grant from Schering Laboratories.
The video is designed to help parents differentiate between the similar symptoms of colds and allergies, and it explains the kinds of medical help available.
All snug in your bed
When winterizing your house, don't forget the bedroom.
"The ideal temperature for sleeping is about 65 degrees Fahrenheit. If it gets too warm or too cold, your total sleep time may be reduced," says Cornell University sleep researcher James B. Maas.
"A hot bedroom, or too many blankets and bedclothes, may disturb sleep and even induce nightmares; you're more likely to wake up in a sweat."
And a new survey by the Better Sleep Council confirms that most people retreat to the bedroom for "hibernation" during the winter. The survey found that five times as many adults spend more time in bed during the winter than in the summer.
Remembering loved ones
A candlelighting ceremony in memory of children and babies who have died in Children's Hospital will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, at West Utica Street and Delaware Avenue. The annual ecumenical ceremony will precede a reception given by the Women's Philoptochos Society of the church. Reservations are not necessary. For information, call Lesley Jordans at 878-7773.
Hospice Buffalo will have a Light-A-Life Memorial Tree lighting ceremony Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Computer Task Group, 800 Delaware Ave. The tree will be decorated with special plaques, bows and tags with names of loved ones and will remain lighted for the remainder of December. For information, call 686-8090.
About last night, dear
Sex can be so intense for some men, especially those who are older, that they may suffer temporary amnesia afterward.
Reporting in the British medical journal Lancet, physicians from Johns Hopkins tell of two men, ages 72 and 75, whose wives took them to the hospital shortly after sex because they were suffering from global amnesia. They recovered but had no memory of having had sex.
Physical exertion during sex creates intense pressure on blood vessels in the brain, the physicians explained. This causes a temporary lack of blood to the central part of the brain, resulting in amnesia.
By News Staff Reporter Lisa Muehlbauer, compiled from wire services and other sources.