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Is it still safe to take Advil, Aleve, and other pain relievers?

08.03.2015

A new warning by the Food and Drug Administration might make you think twice before reaching for pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and generic) and naproxen (Aleve and generic). The agency says these drugs, also known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, have a small, increased risk of triggering a heart attack or stroke, even if you don’t have an existing heart condition. And, that’s true even within the first few weeks of taking the drugs. Your risk is also upped if you take the medications for extended periods of time and if you take larger doses. The safety alert further strengthens advice our CR Best Buy Drug analysis has long offered. Besides ibuprofen and naproxen, the warning also applies to prescription NSAIDs, such as celecoxib (Celebrex),diclofenac (Cambia, Voltaren, and others), and meloxicam (Mobic). Aspirin is not included in the FDA’s warning. For a complete list, see the FDA’s …

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Tips to Get Faster, Stronger and More Flexible

07.14.2015

If you work out a couple times a week, you are on the right path to good health. But experts say this can and should be just the beginning of your fitness journey. “Our bodies are designed to be fast, powerful and agile,” says Paul “Coach” Wade, fitness expert and author of the new book “Explosive Calisthenics.” “However, modern Americans have become the slowest, least agile members of our species in all history.” Wade says a vanishing percent of people even attempt to unlock their body’s full athletic potential. To help, he is offering tips to take your overall fitness to the next level. Ditch the Excuses Getting in great shape requires consistency, and it’s all too easy to make excuses for missing a workout. Whether you’re always on the road or can’t afford to renew your gym membership, Wade says such excuses don’t hold water. “While modern training methods …

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News Review From Harvard Medical School — More Intense Exercise May Extend Life

07.07.2015

Working up more of a sweat when you exercise may help you live longer, two new studies find. And for most people more vigorous exercise appears to be safe, a third study suggests. All of the studies focused on middle-aged or older adults. One included more than 204,000 people. Researchers kept track of them for more than 6 years. They were divided into groups based on how much of their exercise was vigorous, such as running, compared with moderate activity, such as brisk walking. Those who said up to 30% of their exercise was vigorous were 9% less likely to die during the study than those who did no vigorous activity. The death rate was 13% lower for those who did more than 30% vigorous exercise. A second study had similar results. The journal JAMA Internal Medicine published both of them. The journal Circulation published the third study, which looked …

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Parents Play a Big Role in Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

06.27.2015

(StatePoint) For teens, getting behind a wheel can seem like an exciting taste of freedom. But too much leeway too soon can have dangerous results. Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating high school, reports the National Safety Council (NSC). Luckily, states with a Teen Safe Driving Coalition are helping change the game. The Coalitions — comprised of state and local government, law enforcement, public health agencies, traffic safety and injury prevention organizations, academia, businesses, teens, parents and crash survivors — were established by NSC and The Allstate Foundation. They have worked at the grassroots level for the last four years to educate parents and teens about the risks of teen driving. Coalitions exist in California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas to offer solutions for parents to …

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Should I use Flonase or Nasacort for my allergies?

06.22.2015

Both are good options. Research suggests that nasal steroid sprays like fluticasone (Flonase Allergy Relief) and triamcinolone (Nasacort Allergy 24 HR) are the most effective stand-alone medications available for relieving congestion, sneezing, postnasal drip and other allergy symptoms. For that reason, many experts consider them the best first option for allergy sufferers. Plus, Flonase and Nasacort are both available as over-the-counter medications. One drawback of Flonase and Nasacort is that it can take several hours before you begin to feel some relief from your allergy symptoms. And it may take several days before you get the full benefit of the drug. This means to get the best results, you should use them every day during the allergy season and not just when you have a flare-up. To get the most benefit from the steroid sprays, it’s important to follow the proper technique to make sure the medication stays in your …

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The best place to go for urgent care medical help in Boca Raton, Florida is Boca Regional Urgent Care.

04.29.2015

The best place to go for urgent care medical help in Boca Raton, Florida is Boca Regional Urgent Care. Urgent Care is the place to go when traveling to a hospital emergency room is not feasible. Urgent Care is the type of facility where medical needs are met in an urgent and rapid manner. This Urgent Care facility is staffed with board certified Emergency Medical Physicians. Urgent Care centers are rapidly becoming the foremost manner of medical care for many age groups. Mothers with young children appreciate the Urgent Care centers for their kind and compassionate manner when attending to their child’s needs. To wait in a typical emergency room for hours is not the way in which mothers with children would choose to treat their families. Urgent Care centers offer almost no wait, and are changing the way in which families medical issues are addressed. Young professionals also search …

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How to Best Protect Your Skin this Summer and Beyond

04.27.2015

(StatePoint) Despite the warnings about the aging effects the sun can have on your skin, only five percent of Americans apply sunscreen to their body daily, according to a recent survey conducted using GfK’s Knowledge Panel. While experts say that using sunscreen should be a year-round habit, during the active, outdoor days of summer, it’s even more critical. “Make this the year that you adopt a healthy summer sun care routine for your skin, particularly if you spend long periods of time in the sun,” encourages Dr. Richard C. Kirkpatrick of the Brevard Skin and Cancer Center. Kirkpatrick offers several skin-protecting tips for sun lovers: Everyday Protection The midday hours are the most hazardous for UV exposure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends staying in the shade when possible and using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. For everyday sunscreen options for your …

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Why You May Not be Losing Weight

04.09.2015

(StatePoint) When it comes to weight loss, the recommendation of “diet and exercise” has become a standard refrain from personal trainers, fitness gurus, magazines and even doctors. But the issue is more complex, say experts. “There are underlying physiological, and in some cases pathological, mechanisms driving weight gain,” says Dr. Michael A. Smith, senior health scientist for Life Extension Foundation and host of “Healthy Talk” on RadioMD.com. “Until you address these issues, you won’t be as successful on any diet plan as you could be.” So far, research has identified nine weight gaining mechanisms: insulin resistance, hormone imbalance, excessive carbohydrate and starch absorption, muscle loss from low physical activity, low brain serotonin, slow resting metabolism, abnormal fat cell signaling, low adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase activity and diet imbalances. “Think of these nine mechanisms as pillars holding up an overweight frame burdened with too much body fat,” says Smith. A successful approach …

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News Review From Harvard Medical School — Fitness May Reduce Lung, Colon Cancer Risk

04.02.2015

Men who are fit in middle age may have lower risks of some cancers in later years, a new study finds. The study included nearly 14,000 men who were part of a long-term health study. Their average age when the study began was 49. Nearly all were white. Men were given treadmill tests to assess their fitness. After the men turned 65, researchers looked at Medicare records to see who was diagnosed with cancer. On average, they looked at 6½ years of records for each man. Men who had the top fitness scores in middle age were 55% less likely to develop lung cancer than those who were least fit. They were 44% less likely to develop colorectal cancer. But they were 22% more likely than less fit men to be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The men who were most fit also had a 32% lower rate of death from …

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Are You Reaching for the Right Pain Medication?

03.20.2015

(StatePoint) The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and Oxycontin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States — more than any other drug. Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you’re experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be “no.” “Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects,” says Dr. Donald Teater, M.D., medical advisor to the National Safety Council. Acute pain includes dental pain, back pain, renal colic pain (kidney stones), sprains and fractures. What may be surprising to some is that studies show a combination of over-the-counter acetaminophen and ibuprofen is more effective at relieving acute pain than opioids. Not only are opioids less effective than NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) in particular …

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