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Health Tip: Daily Aspirin Therapy

Posted 2 Apr 2019 by

-- Aspirin can prevent heart attacks and strokes by lowering the clotting action of the blood's platelets. However, preventing blood from clotting can also cause stomach or brain bleeding, kidney failure and other kinds of strokes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The decision to start daily aspirin therapy is safest when made in consultation with a physician, says the FDA. People who...

Stopping Aspirin 3 Months After Stent Is Safe, Study Finds

Posted 19 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 – Heart patients who get a stent to prop open a blocked artery are typically put on a powerful anti-clotting drug and aspirin for a full year after their procedure. Now, new research suggests these patients can safely drop the aspirin regimen after just three months, and lower their bleeding risk in the process. "Even though this treatment strategy needs to be confirmed...

Docs Back Away From Low-Dose Aspirin for Heart Attack Prevention

Posted 18 Mar 2019 by

SUNDAY, March 17, 2019 – Millions of aging Americans worried about heart attacks and strokes have for years popped a low-dose aspirin each day, thinking the blood thinner might lower their risk. But new guidelines issued Sunday by two cardiology groups say that, for most adults, the practice may no longer be warranted. The new heart health guidelines were issued jointly by the American College...

Low-Dose Aspirin Doesn't Prolong Survival in Prostate Cancer

Posted 5 Mar 2019 by

TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 – Will an aspirin a day keep prostate cancer at bay? Not necessarily, according to new research. Danish scientists say low-dose aspirin doesn't seem to reduce a man's risk of death from prostate cancer, but it may slow down the disease in some cases. For patients with slow-growing, non-aggressive cancer, aspirin did appear to stop the cancer from progressing. A slight...

Daily Aspirin Might Ease COPD Flare-Ups

Posted 4 Mar 2019 by

MONDAY, March 4, 2019 – Many Americans take a daily low-dose aspirin to protect their hearts. Now it appears aspirin may also reduce flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a study of COPD sufferers, researchers found that aspirin was linked to fewer moderate exacerbations, but not severe bouts, of the lung disease. It also reduced moderate and severe episodes of labored...

Aspirin Can Help Prevent Colon Cancer, But Many at Risk Don't Take It

Posted 11 Feb 2019 by

MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 – People with colon polyps spotted during screening are at higher risk for colon cancer. But while low-dose aspirin could lower the odds for the disease, too few patients adopt the regimen, new research shows. Advanced colon polyps are a major risk factor for colon cancer, the third most common cause of cancer death in the United States. The U.S. Preventive Services Task...

Will Healthy Seniors Benefit From Daily Aspirin?

Posted 22 Jan 2019 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 22, 2019 – Daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for heart attack survivors or people at increased risk, but up to now experts have discouraged the practice for aging individuals in good health. Now, a new evidence review suggests that some healthy seniors and middle-aged adults might gain a bit of benefit from taking daily aspirin. Low-dose aspirin decreases the risk of heart...

Low-Dose Aspirin May Help Fight MS, Mouse Study Hints

Posted 28 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 – Although the findings are so far only in mice, studies suggest that aspirin – even the "low-dose" variety – might help counter multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where aberrant immune system T-cells attack and destroy the protective myelin protein sheath that coats nerves. This causes gradual debilitation for the more than 2.3 million...

Does Aspirin Help Prevent Liver Cancer?

Posted 5 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 5, 2018 – Take two aspirins and reduce your risk of liver cancer? New research suggests this weekly routine might help. The researchers found that taking two or more standard-dose (325 milligram) pills a week was associated with a 49 percent lower risk of liver cancer. "Regular use of aspirin led to significantly lower risk of developing [liver cancer], compared to infrequent or no...

Low-Dose Aspirin May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer: Study

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 – Regular use of low-dose aspirin may the reduce risk of ovarian cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from more than 205,000 American women and found that those who reported recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (defined as 100 milligrams or less) had a 23 percent lower risk of developing ovarian cancer than those who did not regularly take aspirin....

Is Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Really Worth It for Seniors?

Posted 16 Sep 2018 by

SUNDAY, Sept. 16, 2018 – There's disappointing news for seniors: A new trial shows that taking daily low-dose aspirin doesn't prolong healthy, independent living in otherwise healthy people aged 70 and older. Aspirin has long been recommended for middle-aged folks with a history of heart disease, to prevent future heart attacks or strokes. Researchers had hoped that aspirin's specific effects...

'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Many of these emergencies occurred because...

Aspirin, Fish Oil May Not Prevent Heart Trouble in Those Already at Risk

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – Aspirin or fish oil probably won't help prevent heart attacks or strokes in folks who are already at risk for cardiovascular issues, three new studies show. In the first study, taking a daily, low-dose aspirin did little to ward off first strokes or heart attacks in people who smoked, or had high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Meanwhile, a second set of studies...

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – One low-dose aspirin a day could help women avoid ovarian cancer or boost their survival should it develop, two new studies suggest. In fact, daily low-dose aspirin – the type many older women already take to help their hearts – was tied to a 10 percent reduction in developing ovarian cancer. It was also tied to as much as a 30 percent improvement in survival for...

Could Aspirin Help Keep Alzheimer's Away?

Posted 5 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 – If new research in mice bears out in humans, that daily low-dose aspirin many people take to keep heart trouble at bay might also protect their brains against Alzheimer's. Scientists report aspirin appeared to help clear out plaques of waste material called amyloid beta in the brain. Those plaques are a major sign of Alzheimer's disease. "The results of our study...

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