New Study Shows This Common OTC Pain Reliever Has a Really Scary Side Effect

Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter pain reliever, has a troubling side-effect that’s often overlooked, but new findings have proved it’s more important to know about this now than ever before. Recent evidence found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, can increase your chances of having a heart attack in as little as one week of continuous use.

In a recent study published in the British Medical Journal, data from almost 450,000 people, 61,460 of whom had suffered a heart attack, was analyzed looking for the effect over time of taking three common anti-inflammatory painkillers: ibuprofen, diclofenac and naproxen. The data revealed that compared with people who didn’t take the painkillers, those who did ingest them had a 20 percent to 50 percent increased risk of having a heart attack.

Additionally, the risk was found to be higher for people who ingested 1,200 mg a day of ibuprofen (about six tablets of Advil) and 750 mg a day for naproxen (about three and a half Aleves), Yahoo! reports. The study reported that it only took a week for a higher risk of heart attack to set in on a person, with the highest risk occurring at about a month of usage. After a month, researchers found that the risk didn’t increase further but rather stayed the same.

Typically, NSAIDs are safe when used correctly for mild pain relief, however, many people have begun relying on NSAIDs for prolonged periods of time at a higher dosage to treat their pain, which is why the risk of heart attack associated with the use of NSAIDs has begun to rise.

While this study certainly revealed a scary truth about the drug, it’s important to note that taking an NSAID for minor pain relief at the lowest effective dose and a minimal length of time isn’t likely to cause aheart attack. It’s the usage level over a longer time period at higher dosage that can be dangerous, so it’s best to limit your use as much as possible to avoid any unwanted negative side effects.





This Master Barber Has Some Advice About Hair Loss

And also some pretty solid grooming tips.

Fellas, as we adjust to these warmer months of summer, it’s imperative that we understand how to maintain proper grooming as it relates to our hair and facial hair.

No matter how fly your wardrobe is, if you don’t look presentable or know how to maintain one of the most integral parts of our image, it’s pointless.

I asked a couple of guys to send us questions they wanted answered by AXE Hair master barber Pedro Rosario. I chatted with Pedro to get some grooming tips and advice based on what our readers wanted to know. Here is what he had to say.

BET: When guys shave their face, which method is better, razor shave or clipper shave, and why?

Pedro Rosario: Honestly, it depends on your skin. There are some men that, no matter how well they prep their skin or how good their razor is, they feel irritation. A clipper shave is never going to be as close as a razor, but it is the best way to avoid feeling razor burn or getting bumps. When done the right, a razor shave is amazing; it’s just not going to be appreciated by everyone because of sensitivity.

BET: How can Black men avoid ingrown hairs?

PR: One of the best ways to avoid ingrown hairs is to give the razor a break and buzz your face with clippers or an edger. Also, a good face scrub for a deep clean and to remove dead skin from your face.

BET: What is the best treatment for ingrown hairs?

PR: Unfortunately, one of the best treatments for ingrown hairs is a bit painful. You literally need to remove the hair out of the bump with a pair of tweezers. Once it heals, which takes a while, the skin will be much smoother with proper care.

BET: Is there a proper way to shave?

PR: There is absolutely a proper way to shave. Follow these steps:

  • Wash face thoroughly.
  • Use a hot towel/hot water to open pores.
  • Apply pre-shave oil.
  • Apply lather.
  • Shave with the grain, not against. It’s not as close but it will help prevent bumps.
  • Apply cold towel or cold water to close the pores.
  • Use a quality after shave and/or moisturizer.

BET: What do you recommend for men who suffer from hair loss?

PR: Losing your hair is a humbling experience for anyone. Your options are very limited if you can’t afford surgery. I recommend Axe Daily Thickening Shampoo as a day-to day-option as you fight the valiant fight. Its blended with caffeine and this gives your hair a thicker look and feel for easy styling.

BET: What’s the best product for post-shaving for Black men?

PR: Any good moisturizer or after shave works well. One trick I like using is an ice-cold towel to close the pores after a shave and to soothe the skin.

B: What treatment is there for Black guys who suffer from dry scalp?

PR: There are a few options to choose from. A few drops any tea tree, argan or Moroccan oil rubbed deep into the scalp after washing the hair once or twice weekly should work well.

BET: How can you tell when your barber has taken your hairline back too far? What do you recommend to correct it?

PR: You can usually tell when a barber pushed the hairline back a day or two after it starts to grow out. You’ll notice a slight shadow and a double line, the new one and the natural one. The best way to correct it is buy a hat, find a new barber and get a better shape up in a week.

BET: What is your advice when switching your haircut style and trying to stay ahead of trends without going too far left?

PR: When choosing a new haircut, its always best to consult with your barber and get their input based on your texture and head shape. They can guide you through a style change and keep you neat if you’re going from short too long.

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B: Without insulting any of your clients, what hairstyle or grooming trend do you think needs to be retired?

PR: The man bun. If you’re not a samurai or a yogi, it’s time to let it go.

B: Hair units for men, do you think this trend will last?

PR: I think that variations of hair replacements, paint jobs and any product that creates the illusion of hair will last until someone finally invents the magic pill that regrows hair. Men are vain even if we pretend not to be and our hair is part of our identity. I tell guys buzz it or shave it all off, join a gym, get a tailored suit and a nice pair of shoes and their confidence will be restored to the maximum.


This is the Astounding Impact Exercise has for Older Americans

Beyond keeping in shape, exercise can reverse the effects of aging on your body and fight brain decline.

Exercise has long been touted as an essential aspect of a healthy lifestyle, so it will come as no surprise to hear that if you don’t exercise, you should start.

What may surprise you, however, is the astounding effects exercise can have during your golden years. Beyond keeping in shape, exercise can reverse the effects of aging on your body and fight brain decline.

Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, research backs up these claims.

Reverse physical aging

After the first few decades of your life, you likely noticed your energy levels were sapped earlier in the day than they used to be and that it was harder to keep healthy. Generally, these changes are only exacerbated with time.

“Even the most athletically fit cannot escape these changes,” the National Institute on Aging said. “Take marathon runners, for example. An NIA-funded study found that their record times increased with age — aging literally slowed down the runners.”

At its most basic level, aging changes your cells. For example, lung tissue loses elasticity and rib cage muscles shrink, so the amount of air you inhale in a breath decreases, according to the NIA. Your gut produces fewer digestive enzymes, making it difficult to absorb nutrients. Your heart’s blood vessels accumulate fatty deposits.

Enough of the bad news. The good news is you can fight the breakdown.

For example, researchers found that high-intensity interval training can slow the decline of aging. Also called HIIT, this type of training involves doing a workout that goes back and forth between intense exercise and recovery periods.

Study participants did both HIIT workouts and resistance training — working out with weights — for 12 weeks, and researchers said HIIT was the workout that made the biggest difference to aerobic capacity and cells in the muscles.

Before being scared away by the words “high intensity,” consider all the workouts you can do. For example, one workout designed for seniors involves running and walking on a treadmill in this pattern:

  • Work interval: 20-second sprint
  • Rest interval: 90-second walk
  • Repeat 4-6 times
  • Cool down: 5-minute walk

If running isn’t your thing, incorporate the same pattern of exercise and rest in any activity you like such as swimming, cycling, weightlifting and so on.

Fight brain decline

Perhaps the idea that exercise can reverse aging’s physical effects makes sense, but understanding how it strengthens brain function is a little harder to grasp. Well, here’s the scoop.

Multiple studies have found that physical activity, particularly aerobic exercise, enhances cognitive function. That means exercise helps with activities in the brain including memory, attention span, language skills, logic and reasoning. These studies show exercise has “substantial benefits” according to an article published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest journal.

Exercise isn’t the only way to fight cognitive decline. Socializing and cognitive activities like doing puzzles or learning a language can also help. Still, “physical activity has the most support as protective against the deleterious effects of age on health and cognition” according to an article in the Journal of Aging Research.

These deleterious, or harmful, effects include more than just occasional forgetfulness. Physical activity can help delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in people who are 65 or older, according to research in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal.

All 1,740 participants were cognitively intact at the beginning of the study. After six years, the people who exercised at least three times per week had a lower rate of dementia than those who exercised less.

“These results suggest that regular exercise is associated with a delay in onset of dementia and Alzheimer disease, further supporting its value for elderly persons,” the researchers write.

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As research shows, there is every reason you should exercise, even if you never have before. Don’t let common myths about exercise — such as exercise not being safe — get in your way. Of course, before you start any exercise program, you should always consult with your physician.

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Delhi has worst air quality in India

TNN | Updated: Jan 12, 2017, 12.05 PM IST

Delhi leads the list of most polluted cities in the country followed by several in UP , Jharkhand, Haryana and Bihar, a report by Greenpeace India has revealed.

The list of 20 most polluted cities in the report, “Airapocalypse -assessment of air pollution in Indian cities“, is, however, significantly different from the findings of several others published by the government and other international organisations. This could be because the authors had to obtain data from RTI for nearly 48 cities out of the 168 assessed. The report has Delhi on top with PM 10 concentration of 268 micrograms per cubic metres, followed closely by Ghaziabad, Allahabad and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh; Faridabad in Haryana; Jharia in Jharkhand, Alwar in Rajasthan; Ranchi, Kusunda and Bastacola in Jharkhand; Kanpur in UP and Patna in Bihar with PM 10 concentrations ranging from 258 to 200 gm3.

At least 14 cities, mostly in south India, meet the national air quality standard.

For most cities, PM 10 data for 2015 were used. For some, however, data for January to December 2015 weren’t available, so researchers conside red a year’s data starting March 2015.

PM 10 data for Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Alwar, Ranchi, Kanpur, Patna and several others had to be sourced through RTI, said the authors. Sunil Dahiya, campaigner, Greenpeace India, said: “Data for all cities are not available in a common format on CPCB or state pollution control websites. Plus, for many cities no data are published online, which is why we had to file RTIs.“

Some data were available online for cities like Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and others, but again annual averages were not there. “For Delhi, for example, the DPCC website provides data stationwise and, often, there are gaps.So, we sourced even Delhi’s PM 10 average under RTI from DPCC,“ he said. Delhi’s PM 10 average is about 4.5 times higher than the national standard and about 13 times the annual limit set by WHO, with October to February being the very severe months.

The report also throws light on areas that were not on the air pollution radar at all. It highlights how as many as 94 cities recorded annual avera ges of higher than 100 gm3 when the national annual PM 10 standard is 60 gm3; 13 cities and towns had an annual average of more than 200 gm3 -more than three times the standard. These include cities in the Indo-Gangetic plains, known to be extremely polluted, and places like Jharia, Kusunda and Bastacola in Jharkhand, located near coal mines.

“The report clearly shows that air pollution is not restricted to Delhi. Thus, our pollution reduction strategies needs to be much more ambitious, systematic and with focused targets with clear timelines. Accountability and compliance mechanism should be in place, with no leniency towards fossil-fuel dependent sectors, such as power and transport.“ added Dahiya.

WHO’s urban air quality database 2016, which used PM 10 and PM 2.5 data for 2013 and 2014 from various state pollution control boards, listed Gwalior on the top followed by Allahabad, Patna, Delhi, Ludhiana, Kanpur, Khanna, Firozabad and Lucknow.Data for smaller towns and cities were not considered at all for WHO report


The Google Pixel has a scary vulnerability that could compromise all your data

The PwnFest hacking competition, held in Seoul yesterday saw an interesting demonstration by a white-hat hacker group, called Qihoo 360. The hack successfully targeted Google’s shiny new Pixel handset, won the group a $120,000 cash prize and opened-up a lot of patching work for Google.

Both the regular and XL versions of the smartphone appear to be susceptible to the attack that utilizes what is know as a zero-day vulnerability. What that essentially means is a hole in the device’s security, that was present on the initial software the units shipped with. And to our knowledge, no subsequent patches have remedied the issue, yet.

As for the severity of the hack, we have to say it is pretty high up there. What the hackers demonstrated on stage is known as remote code execution. In this particular case, the attack appeared to be triggered by receiving a special message. Through it, the Pixel then proceeded to open the Google Play Store and Google Chrome. The latter displayed a message that read “Pwned by 360 Alpha Team”.

This was quite aptly put, since the video demonstrated clearly that on the attacker’s side, there was access to the phone’s full list of permissions, thanks to a background, rogue app install. That practically leaves all of your data, including multimedia, contacts and even communication channels open to whatever form of exploitation the attacker sees fit. Scary, indeed.

The good news here is that, as already mentioned, Qihoo 360 is a group of white-hat hackers, who make their money selling information for these kinds of vulnerabilities to the responsible parties, in this case Google. That, theoretically means that the online titan should have enough time to figure out how to patch the holes in peace, without details of the

vulnerability falling into the wrong hands.

It is also curious to note that Qihoo 360 cached-in a total of $520,000 at the event, after demonstrating another v


Honor UK has launched a EMUI 5 beta test for the Honor 8

A few days ago, Huawei unveiled its new Mate 9 pair and really upped the stakes in the high-end smartphone market. Besides its undoubtedly impressive specs sheet, the Mate 9 also shines with the new and improved EMUI 5. It brings about numerous tweaks and changes, most of which stem directly from user feedback. And even though, Huawei specifically outlined the close integration between the OS and its new Kirin 960 chipset, it is good to hear that the OEM plans to bring the ROM to other handsets as well.

The Honor 8 will apparently be first in line as the UK branch of the company has already launched an EMUI 5 beta for the handset. You can find more info and download links at the source and there are a few steps you need to go through to actually participate in the beta. You need a FRD-L09 unit, based in the UK, with an active SIM card and a current OS build number of C432B131. The rest of the process is fairly straightforward. You have to download this package, unzip it and install the APK inside. Then use the new BETA app to get EMUI 5.

As for some of the highlight features, first there is finally an App drawer. Better yet, Huawei has made it opt-in, so if you prefer the old flat style, you can just toggle in and out of it live, no restarts required. The app drawer itself has a nifty search bar at the top, followed by a row of frequently used apps and then an alphabetical layout of all the rest. The letters on the right-hand side offer quick navigation trough said list.

Another neat trick in the new EMUI is App twin. It allows you to log into two accounts on supported apps. The Huawei Mate 9 offers an additional separate environment, accessed through putting an alternative finger on the scanner. Perhaps it will be part of the Honor 8 ROM as well.

Speaking of multiple apps, the task manager has been overhauled as well. It now has larger cards in a vertical layout. You can easily swipe away individual apps or clear all of them with one tap. There is also a convenient feature to lock them in place.

Of course, you get all the benefits from Android 7 Nougat, running under the hood as well. Plus, numerous other smaller tweaks and fixes all around the interface


Meizu M5 ups the screen to 5.2″, has a fast fingerprint reader

Meizu counted up twice and announced the Meizu M5. It features a bigger screen than the m3s – now 5.2” big and covered with 2.5D beveled glass. The mTouch 2.1 fingerprint reader below the screen has been optimized and now triggers in just 0.2 seconds. Not bad for a phone that costs CNY 700 ($105/€95).

The M5 continues to be powered by the MediaTek MT6750 chipset found in the m3s. The similarities continue with a choice of 2GB RAM and 16GB storage or 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (both versions have a microSD slot so don’t sweat it so much). The second version goes up to CNY 900 in price.

The 13MP camera on the back of the phone is as fast as the fingerprint reader – its Phase Detection autofocus can get a log in 0.2 seconds. There’s a dual-LED flash to help it at night and a 5MP camera for selfies.

The Meizu M5 will come in five different colors – Matte Black, Mint Green, Blue, Champagne Gold and White. The first two are special. The matte option is designed to be scratch and fingerprint resistant. The Mint Green option has a special UV coating to keep the color from fading due to sun bleaching. All M5s were milled using CNC technology to craft the polycarbonate back cover.

Matte Black Mint Green Champagne Gold and Blue White
Matte Black • Mint Green • Champagne Gold and Blue • White

The phone promises a long life with a 3,070mAh battery. It runs Flyme UI on top of Yun OS and is available in China starting today. No word on international availability, but Meizu is officially sold in a wide number of countries so there’s hope.


HTC Bolt gets pictured in the wild, has specs finally leaked

Soon, the HTC Bolt will become official. Capitalizing on a name from yesteryear, but featuring a design that’s pretty similar to the HTC 10, this device is intriguing because it’s the first from the Taiwanese company to ditch the 3.5mm headset jack. That’s right, HTC is going to follow Motorola, Apple, and LeEco’s lead with this one.

The Bolt’s leaked press renders already showed us the lack of the jack, and today a bunch of live images of the phone have been outed confirming that. We also get a round of specs to speak of this time, thankfully.

According to “someone who has used one”, the HTC Bolt comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p touchscreen, an 18 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, 4K video capture support, and dual-LED flash, an 8 MP selfie snapper, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and BoomSound audio tech that only works when listening with headphones.

The Bolt has a single bottom-firing speaker, located near the USB Type-C port. A fingerprint scanner is under the display, between capacitive buttons.

The Bolt is said to run Android 7.0 Nougat from the day it launches. It’s still unclear when that will be, but the handset will be available globally. In the US, you’ll find it offered by Sprint.


Roku has an app problem, but it’s working on solutions


Roku’s streaming-media players have always stood out from the competition with a simple formula: Affordable hardware, plus an app selection unrivaled in its quality and diversity. But the platform’s app selection is deteriorating even as the company’s players become ever more affordable with the new Express, Premiere, and Ultra modelsannounced this week.

Roku is no longer the primary destination for some major content providers, such as PlayStation Vue and Twitter, and when those providers do get around to supporting Roku, the quality of their apps doesn’t match what’s available on other platforms. Roku seems to recognize the issue, there are some major improvements to its app-development tools on the way. Still, it’s unclear whether those tools will be good enough, or whether developers will even take advantage of them.

Roku apps vs. apps on other platforms

I’ve pointed out examples of Roku’s inferior apps in a couple of product reviews, but it’s worth describing them in greater detail here.

Look at the two screenshots below and compare how the PlayStation Vue app looks on Roku (top) to its appearance running Amazon’s Fire TV (bottom).


Unlike the Roku app, the Fire TV version can play video in the background while you browse the guide. The app is also easier to navigate on the Fire TV, with brief descriptions of the highlighted video and quick access to other sections, such as Favorite Channels.

What’s more, Vue’s Fire TV app includes a grid-based channel guide, akin to what you’d get from a cable box. This feature isn’t available at all on the Roku version.


The problem here is that Sony used a standard Roku template to create its Roku app, instead of building something from scratch. And that’s just a mismatch for a service as sophisticated as PlayStation Vue. Use a Roku device often enough and you’ll see this same template over and over. Here’s another comparison: HBO Go (see see below).


The Fire TV app (pictured on the bottom) isn’t just prettier, it’s also more useful, with a list of navigation shortcuts along the left side of the screen. Similar-looking apps are available on Apple TV and Android TV, but not on Roku.

In some cases, streaming-service providers are simply skipping over Roku, at least in their initial roll-outs. That was the case last week with Twitter, which launched live-streaming apps on Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox One, but not Roku. When it comes to watching Thursday Night Football without cable, Roku users are out of luck.

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As I wrote in my 2016 Roku Streaming Stick review, Roku’s basic apps aren’t always a bad thing. The bare-bones interface likely allows Roku to squeeze a smoother experience out of lower-cost hardware (including Roku smart TVs), while also keeping the interface consistent and familiar to users. Those templates have also helped Roku gain a large selection of niche streaming apps, because they’re so easy to build on.

They only become an issue when streaming services start excluding features from their Roku versions, or skipping over the platform entirely. The examples above show that this is starting to happen.

Roku does allow developers to create more custom apps—Sling TV and Tablo are a couple of noteworthy examples—but because Roku doesn’t have a wider ecosystem beyond its TV boxes, none of that code is usable anywhere else. For that reason, app makers could decide not to bother.

By comparison, mobile platforms such as iOS and Android allow developers to reuse some of their code when building TV apps. Plex, only spent about five weeks building its Apple TV app, versus five months for its custom Roku version. In a blog post, Plex said it was able to use some of its existing iOS code for the new app, and the result was “essentially one of the richest apps we’ve built feature-wise.”

Is relief on the way?

I don’t mean to be all doom-and-gloom for Roku users; signs indicate improvements are on the way. Earlier this month, Cord Cutters News reported that Roku was revamping its templates for app developers. The new templates are visually more appealing, and they allow for new features such as the ability to browse an app’s menu system while the stream continues in the background. These enhancements could attract new “skinny bundle” services such as DirecTV Now and whatever Hulu is working on. They might also be the kind of thing that Twitter is waiting on before investing in the platform.


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Roku has also been signing up app developers for a beta version of Roku OS 7.5, which is due out this fall. This is the first time Roku has opened its beta to all app makers, and in addition to collecting bug reports, Roku is hoping to gather requests for features that would make third-party apps more useful.

When I wrote a lengthy profile of Roku for Fast Company last year, CEO Anthony Wood talked about the importance of developer tools, and how it’s “a big chunk of work” to make sure the company “enables the business models and features of our partners.”

Lately, other platforms seem to be doing a better job, but hopefully that won’t last. It’d be a shame if Roku’s promising new hardware didn’t have first-class apps to go with it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note7’s South Korea relaunch has been pushed back

If you recall, Samsung confirmed over a week ago that it will resume sales of its Galaxy Note7smartphone in South Korea on September 28. That, however, is not happening now, as the relaunch has been pushed back.

The tech giant said yesterday that sales of the new Galaxy Note7 units will now begin October 1. As for the reason behind the move, Samsung said it will help speed up the ongoing recall of the phablet in the country.

“The recall rate will likely fall sharply should new sales have resumed on Sept. 28,” a Samsung spokesperson said. “Affected customers would no longer be able to exchange their devices through domestic carriers starting on Oct. 1, making the process more difficult.”

Just to give you an idea, only half (around 200,000) of the total Galaxy Note7 users in South Korea have registered for a replacement unit so far. In case you missed, the company has also extended the Note7 refund period in the country to September 30.