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  • Taking painkillers 'raises risk of heart attack'– study

    Commonly prescribed painkillers including ibuprofen increase the likelihood of having a heart attack within the first month of taking them if consumed in high doses, a study suggests.

    All five nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) examined could raise the risk as early as the first week of use, an international team of researchers found.

    They concluded that there was a greater than 90% probability that all the NSAIDs they studied were associated with a heightened risk of heart attack.

    The overall odds of having a heart attack were about 20% to 50% greater if using NSAIDs compared with not using the drugs, although it varied for the individual drugs assessed, which also included naproxen, diclofenac, celecoxib and rofecoxib.

    As it was an observational study, cause and effect could not be established conclusively.

    Nevertheless the authors, led by Michèle Bally of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, write: “Given that the onset of risk of acute myocardial infarction [heart attack) occurred in the first week and appeared greatest in the first month of treatment with higher doses, prescribers should consider weighing the risks and benefits of NSAIDs before instituting treatment, particularly for higher doses.”

    Previous studies had suggested NSAIDs could increase the risk of heart damagebut the authors said the timing, the effect of dose, the treatment duration and the comparative risk between different types were poorly understood.

    For the paper, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, the researchers analysed results on 446,763 people on healthcare databases in countries including Canada, Finland and the UK, of whom 61,460 had a heart attack.

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  • Health Benefits of Sitting on the Floor while Eating


    1. Offers Benefits of Seated Yoga Poses

    When you’re sitting on the floor eating your food, you are actually doing a kind of yoga pose. It might be Sukhasana, Swastikasana or Siddhasana.

    Although these seated postures look simple and easy, practicing these poses with a clear intention offers many health benefits.

    n Sukhasana (Easy, Cross-Legged Pose), you sit with your legs relaxed while lifting your spine and opening your chest. Your shins are kept virtually parallel, and your feet are underneath the opposite knees. This is a very stable pose for doing upper body work, such as shoulder rolls and neck stretches.

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  • Being obese increases your risk of these 11 cancers

    They reviewed 204 previous studies that examined associations between weight gain, body mass index, waist circumference and 36 cancers.

    They conclude other links “may be genuine” but “substantial uncertainty remains”.

    The risk is greatest for cancers of the digestive organs and parts of the body related to hormones.

    The 11 cancers are oesophageal, colon, rectal, pancreatic, womb, kidney, multiple myeloma, breast, stomach, ovarian and biliary tract.

    At the top end of the scale, the risk of biliary tract system cancer – a collective term for the liver, gall bladder and bile duct – increases by 56 per cent for every five unit rise in body mass index.

    A five unit increase is enough to take someone from a healthy BMI of 20 to an overweight BMI of 25, or from an overweight BMI of 25 to an obese BMI of 30

    At the opposite end, every five unit increase in BMI raises the risk of colorectal cancer by 9 per cent.

    The risk of postmenopausal breast cancer increased by 11 per cent for every 5kg (11lbs) of weight gained among women who had never used hormone replacement therapy.

    And the risk of womb cancer increased by 21 per cent for each 0.1 increase in waist to hip ratio, the British Medical Journal reports.

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