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Cape Gazette H[j ll TH & FITNESS TUESDAY, JUNE 7- THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 23 e e here is bad news for people in pain. Those who have had a heart attack raise their risk of another if they take popular pain relievers such as celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac " (Cataflam, Voltaren), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc) or naproxen (Aleve). That's what Danish re- . searchers concluded after study- ing medical records for roughly 84,000 patients (Circulation, May 24, 2011). It's not just people with heart disease who may be at risk. In 2oo4 the popular prescription. :pain reliever Vioxx was pulled off the market beca,use it was linked to an increased risk of :heart attacks and strokes in seemingly healthy people. Vioxx raised a warning flag." Then researchers found that :other nonsteroidal anti-inflam- matory drugs might be haz- ardous to the heart. Not only do such drugs raise blood pressure, they also damage the lining of .the stomach. For some, that can i lead to bleeding ulcers. Many people switch to aceta- i minophen (APAP, Tylenol) if they need pain relief without di- gestive distress. This ingredient is also found in many prescrip- tion narcotics, such as hy- drocodone with APAP (Lorcet, L ortab, Vicodin) or oxycodone with APAP (Percocet, Tylox). Now, even acetaminophen is under fire. High doses can Ix toxic to the liver. Because many consumers are unaware of the :ingredients in products such as :cold remedies, allergy pills, cough medicine and nighttime. pain relievers, some people can end up with an unintentional overdose of acetaminophen. Long-term use of acetamino- phen has just been linked with certain blood cancers. People who took acetaminophen-con- taining products at least four i days a week for four years or more had nearly double the risk of being diagnosed with ileukemia or lymphoma (Journal of Clinical Oncology, online May 19, 2011). iSurvivors group offers support in Milford People's Place, in conjunction with the Mental Health Associa- ition of Delaware, is offering a monthly support group for peo- pie who have lost a family mem- ber, friend or coworker to a sud- den and violent death. The Sur- ,vivors of Accident or Murder support group meets from 7 to 18".30 pan. on the fast Tuesday of. leach month. The meetings are ifree and confidential and are I held at People s Place in MiLford. Call 302-422-8026, Ext. 116, to re- serve a seat. Because blood cancers are rare, the impact of acetamino- phen was quite small overalL Nevertheless, there is growing recognition that a medication perceived to be one of the safest drugs in the pharmacy may have some unexpected risks. Another potential complica- tionassociated with acetamino- phen is asthma. Several studies , have suggested that regular use might be linked to an increased risk of wheezing or asthma (Chest, Nov. 2009; American Journal of Respiratory and Criti- cal Care Medicine, ]an. 15, 2011). Hearing loss is an additional risk that may arise from regular use of over-the-counter pain re- lievers. It has long been known that aspirin or NSAIDs can cause tinnitus (ringing in the ears). A study in the American Journal of Medicine (March 2010) found that even acetamin- ophen use may boost the risk of hearing loss. The youngest men in the study, those between 45 and 50, almost doubled their likelihood of hearing problems if they took acetaminophen fre- quently It's tragic that people in pain. don't have safer, more effective options. All of the commonly used pain relievers have down- sides. It's hardly any wonder that people are seeking more natural approaches, especially for chronic inflammatory condi- tions. Our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis offers a number of these, from herbs such as boswellia and turmeric to foods like cherries and pineapple. Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist. Write to them in care of King Features Syndicate, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, or at Palti "We never imagined we would be riding in a helicopter looking down on beautiM Hawaiian waterfalls." The Bariotric program at Beebe Medical Center offers minimally invasive surgery combined with personal training and nutritional education to help you improve your health. Ken and Patti Stenger were always watching their weight, gaining and losing. But when Ken, now 64, learned that his health was deteriorating, they both began to take a serious look at surgery as a tool to help them toward a healthier life. More than a year ago they both had the gastric banding pro- cedure. And today, after losing about 100 pounds each, they are healthier and enjoying new adventures. To read more about the Stengers' story, visit beebemetLorg and click on Patient Care Services and then Bariatric Services. Insist on Quality. Insist on Beebe.