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Use of over-the-counter painkillers increases chances of kidney cancer

Use of over-the-counter painkillers increases chances of kidney cancer

During the study, medical records of an additional 77,000 women and 50,000 men, who had used analgesics, were analyzed. The researchers found that people who were constantly using analgesics called nosteroids, also known as NSAIDs, had a 51 percent greater chance of developing kidney cancer for more than 16 years.

Scientists are not sure that this occurs but assure that the use of analgesics is totally safe if the prescription is followed, and that people who are using this type of medicine under the advice of a professional should not discontinue the treatment. According to data from the Brazilian Association of Pharmaceutical Industries (Abifarma), about 20,000 people die each year in the country that are victims of self-medication. The highest incidence of practice-related problems is linked to intoxication and hypersensitivity or allergy reactions.

Hearing loss

In addition to the increased chance of cancer, indiscriminate use of analgesics can impair other functions of the body. A recent study, published in the American Journal of Medicine, concluded that regular use of some types of painkillers, such as aspirin and acetaminophen (a substance that makes painkillers like Tylenol) can cause partial loss and, in extreme cases, total hearing loss in men, especially those under the age of 60. To investigate the relationship between analgesic use and hearing loss, the researchers defined as regular use the habit of taking medications at least twice a day. week. The findings were that for aspirin, the risk of hearing loss is 33% higher in men younger than 59 years of age. However, the same risk was not observed in men over 60 years of age. Many of these men consume aspirin regularly to prevent cardiovascular disease, given that this substance is considered a blood thinner.

According to otolaryngologist Luciano Neves, the ears are really very sensitive and there are medicines that can show ototoxic substances ( which attack and degenerate the hair cells of the ear, responsible for creating the nerve impulses read by the brain as sounds). In addition to the painkillers, antibiotics are enemies of the ear and your doctor advises: "only use medicines recommended by your doctor and if you feel a blocked ear or noise, contact a specialist to see if you can cut the medicine", says the doctor.


CA-125: exam evaluates risk for ovarian cancer

CA-125: exam evaluates risk for ovarian cancer

The CA-125 exam measures the amount of this tumor marker in the blood. The CA-125 antigen is a protein present in most ovarian cancer cells, and is therefore commonly used during and after treatment. In some cases, CA-125 can be used to evaluate early signs of cancer. ovarian cancer or patients at high risk for this type of tumor.

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Smokers are unlucky in love?

Smokers are unlucky in love?

Romantic prospects may be telling smokers to quit smoking, according to research by the UK Health Department, which dictates government policies on health and social care. The department published survey findings on its website in February 2012 that reveal that 76% of 18-24 year olds agreed that smoking makes people less attractive.

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