For decades, doctors have been prescribing low-dose aspirin for healthy people over the age of 70.
Taking low-dose aspirin daily doesn't delay the onset of disability in healthy older people. Nor does it prevent heart attack or stroke in those who hadn't experienced either condition before.
Horses for courses?
They're often no more effective than placebo, but that shouldn't necessarily stop us using them.
If only we had a few more recruits.
Trials into the effectiveness of drugs and treatments struggle to recruit enough participants, yet we rely on their results anyway.
Aspirin has an extraordinary history that involves many different discoveries around its many different effects.
What makes aspirin different to other NSAIDs, used to relieve pain, is its ability to thin the blood. It is used to prevent blood clotting in those at risk of heart disease and stroke.
Look for a warning on the box before you attempt to crush or chew tablets, or cut capsules open.
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical or psychological reasons. What should they do when the doctor prescribes a drug that comes in tablet form?
Aspirin dissolves extra cancer risk in inherited condition and could have same effect for others.
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Aspirin reduces cancer risk in overweight people with an inherited condition, but the findings could be relevant to the rest of us too.
Recent research suggests that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help prevent certain skin cancers.
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Cheers to thwarting cancer.
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The study found that the longer women take aspirin, the lower the risk of melanoma skin cancer.
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Aspirin was linked to age-related macular degeneration, the study found.
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Stroke patients resistant to the anti-platelet effects of aspirin are more likely to have severe strokes. A study found 29…
The evidence for taking aspirin daily as a cancer preventative is not considered sufficiently robust.
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This blanket advice doesn’t hold.
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Repositioning a drug affords pharmaceutical companies the opportunity to enhance the return on their initial investment.
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