In a nutshell, here’s what’s new in health news this month so far:
(Apologies in advance: It has been a depressing month for the human body).
Too Many Painkillers Could be Harming Your Health?
Do you take Ibuprofen—Mortin or Advil—or Aspirin or Aleve or other NSAIDs on the regular?
Do you ignore recommended daily doses because you figure a bit more can’t hurt?
A new study published in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety says that 15 percent of adults do just this.
The result: They take too many non-steroidal, non-prescription anti-inflammatory drugs, to the point that we’re increasing our risk of side effects, such as internal bleeding and heart attacks.
Researchers suggest our overindulgence is generally because frequent over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and painkiller users start to get nonchalant to a certain degree
Meaning we start to choose our own doses and ignore label instructions
The assumption being they must be safe because we don’t need a prescription. According to this research, this is NOT a good approach.
The Flu Linked to Heart Attacks?
More bad news for our hearts!
According to a Canadian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, having the flu can increase your risk of a heart attack, especially if you’re older than 65.
Specifically, you’re six times more likely to have a heart attack during the week after you have the flu, the research says.
Reason for a flu shot next year?
The Human Body has hit a Plateau?
Ironic timing with the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in process, but recent research published in the journal Frontiers in Physiology says both men and women have essentially reached a plateau when it comes to human performance. Or at least, we’re slowing down dramatically.
To discover these findings, researchers analyzed human performance data going back to the beginning of the 20th century.
After 70-plus years of major improvements in various sports, performance began leveling off in the 1980s, they said.
In other words, our bodies have peaked! World Records are fewer and further between, and there’s a good chance this trend will continue.
Here’s to hoping the start of spring will bring better news!