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Drinking heavily may lead to a stroke earlier in life. A new study of stroke survivors found people who had three or more alcoholic drinks a day suffered a stroke on average 14 years earlier than people who did not drink a lot. Researchers also found that among stroke victims who were younger than 60, heavy drinkers were more likely to die within two years.

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Common painkillers could be harmful or deadly to heart attack survivors even several years after their heart attacks. A new study finds taking the pain relievers greatly increases their risk of death or having a second heart attack. The drugs include over-the-counter medicines ibuprofen and naproxen as well as some prescription medicines. Researchers say patients who took the painkillers increased their risk of death 59% one year after a heart attack and 63% after five years.

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And - a large new study concludes acupuncture may indeed be helpful in treating some chronic pain conditions. The ancient practice is a popular alternative therapy but some continue to question whether it really works. A new analysis of 29 trials involving nearly 18,000 patients found those who received the needle therapy reported less pain than those who didn't.

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