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Today's Top Medical Stories for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New concerns about painkillers and heart problems for seniors.
Researchers in the Netherlands say older adults who use painkillers, including aspirin and ibuprofen, could be at increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat.   A recent analysis of about 900 people with an irregular heartbeat found almost 600 used painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs .   Researchers say more study is needed.   Many physicians prescribe low dose aspirin to prevent heart attacks.

A new study links teenage drinking with pop music that references alcohol.  Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh surveyed 2500 people ages 15-23.  Participants who could recall alcohol brand names in songs were twice as likely to have used alcohol and more likely to binge drink.

The idea that only young women suffer from eating disorders is getting in the way of men getting help.   Researchers in the United Kingdom found that more and more men are suffering with eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, but they don't get help right away because they don't recognize the symptoms.  Doctors found many men thought the disorders were only something girls got.

(Alexis Christoforous, CBS News)


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