A new study of heart disease patients indicates a link between chronic use of painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen and deadly heart attacks.
Conducted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, the study looked at 22,576 adults with both coronary artery disease and high blood pressure. Researchers determined that heart disease patients who said they chronically used NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) were 66 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack over three years.
NSAIDs include over-the-counter pain meds like Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, as well as prescription arthritis drugs, known as Cox-2 inhibitors, like Celebrex.
Lead researcher Dr. Anthony A. Bavry told Reuters that the study doesn’t conclusively link these painkillers to increased cardiovascular risk, saying, “A limitation is that we did not have information on rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, which may be the reasons a lot of these patients were taking NSAIDs.”
That’s because–on their own–chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis are proven to create increased risk for heart problems.
Those who suffer coronary artery disease should talk to their doctors about how best to manage pain, says Bavry.
Bavry’s study was published in the American Journal of Medicine.
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Next week is National Safe Boating Week, and with summer on the horizon it’s a good time to refresh yourself on how to stay safe aboard your recreational boat.
1) Make sure you are in compliance with all federal laws and regulations for boat safety. If you can’t make heads or tails of all the rules, you’ll want to schedule a Vessel Safety Check by the U.S. Coast Guard. A trained specialist will visit your boat to check for the presence and condition of your safety equipment and to make recommendations and discuss safety issues.
2) Don’t operate a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol is involved in about a third of all boating fatalities, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Plus, an intoxicated boater is liable to incur large fines, have his operator privileges revoked and face serious jail time.
3) Always wear a life jacket. Not only are they designed to keep your head above water for proper breathing, but they can also keep you warm enough to survive in cold water. To meet U.S. Coast Guard requirements, a boat must have a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person aboard. Boats 16 feet and over must have at least one Type IV throwable device as well.
4) Always make a “float plan” and leave it with a friend or family member on shore. Every boater—no matter the size of the boat or the length and type of voyage—should make a float plan that describes the vessel, equipment, crew, and itinerary of a planned voyage. Download a float plan here.
5) Be aware of carbon monoxide dangers. To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, inspect exhaust hoses, water pump impellers, and water pump housing and replace them if there’s any evidence of wear or damage. Also, don’t swim near or under the back deck or swim platform.
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Last month a 27-year-old Indialantic, Florida, man who was texting and impaired by prescription drugs slammed his Ford F-150 into the back of a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was stopped at a red light. The 53-year-old driver of the Chrysler died last week as a result of her injuries from the crash, and investigators are now pursuing a traffic homicide investigation.
At the time of the April accident on U.S. 192, blood was not drawn from the driver for a toxicology test because none of the injured parties were believed to be seriously injured.
“We were told all the injuries were not serious, so we went forward with a routine investigation,” said Florida Highway Patrol Seargant Kim Montes to FloridaToday.com. “It’s difficult, but there are other ways of proving intoxication.”
After the crash the driver of the Ford was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, DUI with injury or damage, and careless driving. The crash report says that the man told troopers he was taking medication that he’d been prescribed and that he was texting at the time of the accident. Lieutenant Channing Taylor, who was at the crash site, said that the man was “messed up” and “nodding off” while he sat on his tailgate after the crash.
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More than one million Floridians are licensed to drive motorcycles, and countless others flock to The Sunshine State every year to soak up its temperate weather and cruise its scenic drives. To heighten awareness of the many motorcycles on Florida’s roadways, Governor Rick Scott has named the month of May, “Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” in an effort to remind everyone to “give others a brake and share the road.”
Motorcycle fatalities in Florida have dropped by 35 percent in the last five years, says Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Julie L. Jones. But there’s still plenty to be done to prevent motorcycle accidents and fatalities. The department recommends that drivers be vigilant in checking mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles.
The DHSMV has also laid out these recommendations for protective gear that every motorcyclist should wear on every ride:
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A man was struck by a pickup truck and killed in Orange County on Tuesday when he reportedly walked across several lanes of traffic and into the path of the truck, which was traveling down State Road 50. The pedestrian was tossed several feet and landed on the highway’s inside travel lane. He was pronounced dead at Florida East Hospital.
The accident occurred around 10:35 p.m. near the Econlockhatchee Trail. The Florida Highway Patrol told FloridaToday.com that the pedestrian was walking northbound across the highway and into the inside travel lane. He was not using a crosswalk. The man reportedly stepped in front of the pickup truck—a 2001 Nissan—which was driven by a 56-year-old man from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The truck’s right front side hit the pedestrian. The driver of the car was not injured.
The man killed is said to be from the United Kingdom.
Investigators say that no charges have been filed and that they’re still investigating the accident.
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A three-car accident involving 13 people shut down a portion of I-275 in Tampa for several hours on Sunday night. Twelve people were transported to hospitals from the scene of the crash, with three in serious condition, including a three-year-old girl.
Authorities told TampaBay.com that the crash occurred shortly before 9 p.m. on an overpass near Fowler Avenue. There, a maroon GMC Envoy, which was driven by a 51-year-old man and carrying nine passengers, hit a center retaining wall. The GMC then crashed into a black Lexus IS300, which was driven by a 24-year-old male. The Lexus was pushed into the path of a white Pontiac Sunbird with three people inside; it then slammed into a pole.
Meanwhile, the GMC continued to careen into a guardrail, a message board pillar, and a speed limit sign before rolling down an embankment. Two of the passengers in the GMC—a 49-year-old woman and a three-year old girl—were ejected from the vehicle.
Tampa Fire Rescue Captain Will Wade said that 12 people total were injured in the accident, though many of those injuries were cuts and bruises. The three people hospitalized with serious injuries were each listed in stable condition on Monday.
Prior to the accident the GMC had reportedly been weaving in and out of traffic.
ABC Action News reports that 32 responders were needed to work the crash and that the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the car accidents.
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A Fort Meyers, Florida, woman was killed on the Sanibel Causeway Saturday morning when a pickup truck struck her bicycle and knocked her over the guardrail and into the water.
Passing boaters rescued the woman from San Carlos Bay and attempted CPR, but she died as a result of her injuries.
The 46-year-old was with her husband, who was also on a bicycle, when a truck headed toward mainland Lee County veered over and struck the woman.
Investigators told WINK News Now that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
The woman and her husband were riding their bikes across the causeway to Sanibel Island—a trek that the experienced cyclists reportedly made each weekend. The husband was not injured.
The Sanibel Causeway connects South Fort Meyers with Sanibel Island. The 2.8 mile bike path over the Sanibel Causeway was improved and officially reopened in August 2010.
Traffic over the Causeway was closed for several hours after the accident on Saturday.
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On Tuesday afternoon a 19-month-old boy fell 13 feet from the second floor interior balcony at the University of Central Florida’s Millican Hall, which was built during the late 1960s.
The toddler reportedly ran toward a railing and fell between a gap in the floor and the window, striking a window ledge during his fall. He was conscious and bleeding when paramedics arrived.
The toddler was with his two siblings and 32-year-old father, who is a student at the university.
Just after the accident occurred university employees installed a Plexiglass barrier to cover the gap through which the boy fell. Crews were also dispatched to determine other potential safety hazards around the university.
University police released grainy video footage that shows the child on the ground after falling.
Police told the Orlando Sentinel that the toddler’s father was nearby during the fall and that they anticipated no criminal charges.
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West Palm Beach County paramedics responded to a Florida auto accident that hurt five people.
According to WPBF, three of them were teenagers in the Florida auto accident. Four of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle.
Law enforcement shut down both directions of Florida’s Turnpike following the Florida auto accident.
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A man was injured and a woman was killed in a West Palm Beach auto accident, according to palmbeachpost.com.
A 21-year-old was ejected from a vehicle in a West Palm Beach auto accident, fracturing his neck, hip and pelvis. His friend, a 16-year-old girl, wasn’t so lucky. She died in the West Palm Beach auto accident.
A 19-year-old driving was driving a 2004 Mustang GT at least 97 mph in a 30 mph zone before he lost control and crashed into a utility pole that injured the 21-year-old and killed the 16-year-old in the West Palm Beach auto accident.
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