Warriors roll into second round of NBA playoffs

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Golden State rolled into the second round of the NBA playoffs without injured superstar Stephen Curry, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday to clinch the series 4-1.Klay Thompson scored 27 points with seven 3-pointers and Draymond Green added 15 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors, who will face the winners of the Los Angeles Clippers-Portland Trail Blazers series.Portland lead that series 3-2 after winning at Los Angeles, while Charlotte won narrowly at Miami to also take a 3-2 series lead.Golden State, without their MVP Curry, relied on his fellow ‘Splash Brother’ in Thompson to set the tone from the opening tip. Thompson became the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in consecutive playoff games, while Shaun Livingston scored 16 points for his third double-digit performance in three games.deep defendingJames Harden scored 25 of Houston’s 37 first-half points on the way to 35 points, but the Rockets had no chance with a one-man show against the deep defending champions.Portland’s C.J. McCollum scored 27 points to lead the Trail Blazers to a 108-98 win at the Clippers.Damian Lillard added 16 of his 22 in the fourth quarter when Portland pulled away, and the Trail Blazers capitalised on the absence of injured Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to beat Los Angeles.The Blazers are up 3-2 and could close it out tonight in Portland. If Game 7 is needed, it would be tomorrow at Staples Center.Maurice Harkless added 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and 15 boards for Portland.J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 19 points.Charlotte’s Courtney Lee sank a 3-pointer with 25.2 seconds left to put the visitors ahead to stay, and the Hornets beat Miami 90-88 in Game 5.The Hornets have won three straight games in the series, and will take a 3-2 lead into a potential Game 6 clincher tonight.Marvin Williams led the Hornets with 17 points, while Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker each had 14 for Charlotte.Dwyane Wade scored 25 for Miami, while Luol Deng scored 15, Joe Johnson added 13 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds.last_img read more

Using a fan to cool down can worsen allergies like hayfever

first_img Source:https://www.sleepadvisor.org/sleeping-with-a-fan-on/ Image Credit: PR Image Factory / Shutterstock Related StoriesSleep quality could be indicator for later Alzheimer’s disease finds studyCoffee may boost weight loss, concludes studyMore than 936 million people have sleep apnea, ResMed-led analysis revealsThe experts say that the fan works to circulate the air within a room. In turn it can also cause the movement of the dust particles and other allergens. These allergens can cause irritation and may lead to several degrees of allergies in the susceptible individuals. The constant air over the exposed skin can also lead to drying of the skin. Further sleeping with the fan on all night may also cause soreness in the muscles. This occurs mainly because the concentrated air blasting on different regions of the body can cause tensing of the muscles and lead to their cramping.Researchers have said that keeping one’s skin hydrated and moisturized using creams and lotions at night can help prevent the drying. They explain that most people may wake up with a stiff neck in the morning due to continuous fan use the previous night.So does this mean that fans should not be used? Researchers say that fans may be used in closed rooms, in which case they can keep the room moderately cool and keep the air circulating. There is also little risk of the fan bringing in dust and other air borne allergens. Fans can also be a great source of white noise. In places where there is a lot of ambient noise from traffic etc. or people who sleep with a snoring partner, fans can provide with a white noise that can help sleep.The experts believe the real reason why fans should be avoided is due to their potential to cause asthma, dry eyes, eye allergies, hay fever and other allergies. In vulnerable individuals fans can trigger an attack of asthma. Pollen, dust and other air borne particles tend to keep circulating in rooms with fans.The NHS advises that all individuals should keep their windows and curtains closed and preferably use light-coloured curtains and put shades or reflective material on the outsides of the windows. For more comfortable sleep, cool showers before bed and drinking cold water might help. Experts advise against alcohol or cold caffeine rich preparations as they can disrupt sleep. Wearing loose cotton clothing and sleeping in a cool dark room can also help.center_img By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDJul 27 2018Britain is facing a heat wave this week with maximum temperatures hovering around 34C. This heat may make sleeping comfortably at night difficult. To combat the heat many people turn on their fans to cool down as they sleep. Mark Reddick, wrote for Sleep Advisor and explained how the use of the fans at night can have a negative impact on health.last_img read more