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.





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


Some Scary and Some Positive Obesity Statistics

The human body holds two types of fat: essential and stored. Essential fat, as the name suggests, is required in order to be healthy and to have properly functioning reproductive functions. The second type, however, is unnecessary fat that accumulates around our organs and between connective tissues. It is this that also leads to obesity and, once obesity gets too great, leads to people searching for Suffolk NY bariatric surgery. It is important that you are able to figure out just how much fat your body holds, and, more importantly, how much of that is stored fat.

Ideally, a human body holds between 1% and 19% fat. If you have 20% fat or more, then it means that you are classed as overweight or obese.

Three Categories of Obesity

There are three main categories of obesity:

  1. This is the most common of all, covering around 90% of people who are obese. IT means that people are 20% to 40% heavier than would be ideal for their gender and height.
  2. This covers around 9% of people who are obese. It means that they carry between 40% and 100% more weight than is ideal for their body.
  3. This is also referred to as morbid obesity. Only 1% of the obese fall into this category. It means that their weight is at least 100% higher than what it should be.

While currently only 1% of the population is classed as grossly obese, this percentage is on the increase. And, more worryingly, children are also starting to enter the moderate to grossly obese categories. One of the reasons for this is because the fast food industry bombards children with advertisements for toys and foods. But did you know that a typical children’s fast food meal contains about 600 calories, made up of 23 grams of fat (six of which are saturated) and more than 800 mg of salt? It isn’t just about the calories, in other words, it is also about what is in those calories. We know that obesity is a global problem and we really must do something about it.

We must all become familiar with our daily calorific recommended amount, how many carbohydrates and fats we can consume and more. We must also make sure that we absorb all the good nutrients and that we avoid the bad ones that contribute nothing to our overall health. You must, therefore, know not just how much you eat, but what you eat as well. This can be difficult as labels are often complex and, frighteningly, misleading. Court cases have actually been held to allow food manufacturers to be less than honest on their labels, which goes to show how difficult it is for people to become healthy, even if they want to.

We must all make a stand against this global epidemic. It won’t be easy, but it will certainly be worth it in the long run, as we are dying.