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Painkillers May Be Risky After Heart Attack

Author Jasmine Roziers

According to a study conducted by Dr. Anne-Marie Schjerning Olsen and colleagues, using NSAIDs after a heart attack could cause health risks in patients. 

NSAIDs Linked to Bleeding and Cardiac Risks

Olsen explains that victims of heart attacks are often given nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce the risk of clots and a second heart attack.

However, NSAIDs can also cause the blood to thin, putting victims of heart attacks at further risk.

According to Olson, her study disproved commonly held notions that short-term treatment with NSAIDs is safe. On the contrary, even limited use is associated with an increased risk of bleeding and cardiovascular events, including heart attack.

Details of the NSAID Study

Olsen conducted the study in Denmark from 2002 to 2011 to examine heart attack victims. The results show that more than 60,000 adults who survived at least a month after hospitalization for a heart attack. The study also shows about 34 percent of patients filled a prescription for an NSAID while taking anti-clotting medication. 

Olsen also noted that "People who filled a prescription for an NSAID while taking other anti-clotting drugs were about twice as likely to suffer a bleeding event as those who were not taking NSAID." 

399 of the 60,000 died from using NSAIDs with anti-clotting medicine, while More than 5,000 heart attack survivors suffered a bleeding event in the brain, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system.

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Truck Driver Arrested After Leaving Scene of Train Crash

Author Farren Washington

The driver of a pickup truck for unknown reasons abandoned his vehicle on some rail tracks, leading to a train crash that left three cars derailed and dozens injured in Southern California on Tuesday.

Description of the California Train Crash

According to Fox News, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, left his Ford F-450 pickup truck on the train tracks at the crash site in Oxnard, CA. 

Three cars of a Metrolink train tumbled onto their sides, injuring dozens of people. Federal investigators have said they are still trying to determine why Sanchez-Ramirez left his truck in the first place. The four passenger cars remained largely intact as did the locomotive.

Police found Sanchez-Ramirez 1.6 miles from the crossing forty-five minutes after the crash. Eight people were admitted to the hospital of the thirty people who were originally examined. Four were in critical condition, including the train's engineer. 

Sanchez-Ramirez was briefly hospitalized before being arrested on suspicion of a felony hit-and-run. The truck was demolished, but investigators stated that the intact engine may give some clues as to what really happened. Video and data recorders from the train were recovered, and sent to Washington for analysis.

Crossing Collisions and Casualties Statistics

  • According to Operation Lifesaver, a motorist is almost twenty times more likely to die in a collision involving a train than in a crash involving another motor vehicle. 
  • Nearly half of all collisions at railroad crossings occur where automatic warning devices such as flashing lights or flashing lights with gates are present and are functioning properly. 
  • There are approximately 3,000 train accidents every year and 1,000 people die as a result of these accidents. 
  • In Los Angeles County, a total of 2,334 railroad accidents were recorded from 1998 up to 2007. There were 134 total fatalities, and 1,839 were injured. 

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Rackspace Faces Child Injury Lawsuit

Author Emaan Elahi

According to the San Antonio Express-News, a Rackspace Hosting Inc. employee is suing the company because her 19-month-old son allegedly broke his leg while going down a two-story tube slide at Rackspace headquarters in San Antonio.

About the Rackspace Slide Lawsuit

The employee, Lisa Carrol, claims her son, Leighton, injured his left tibia after his foot was caught inside the slide on March 1, 2013. Carroll and her husband are suing for at least $200,000 in damages.

This is not the first lawsuit against Rackspace. In October 2013, A Dallas IT executive sued Rackspace because he fractured his right leg riding the slide. The suit was later dropped.

Rackspace did not respond to inquiries concerning the lawsuit.

Playground Equipment Injury Statistics

  • According to the National Program for Playground Safety, 218,851 preschool and elementary school aged children received emergency treatment after sustaining an injury on a piece of playground equipment between 2001 and 2008.
  • 51 percent of these injuries occurred on public playgrounds, and 67 percent of the injuries involved falls or equipment failure.
  • 40 deaths were linked to playground equipment between 2001 and 2008.
  • 27 deaths were caused by hangings or asphyxiation, and seven deaths were attributed to head and neck injuries.
  • Slides were associated with 17-percent of all injuries behind climbers (23-percent of injuries) and swings (22-percent of injuries).

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