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Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer

Posted 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

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 15 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Can Coffee Extend Your Life?

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Having a morning cup of java – and another and another – might prolong your life, a new study suggests. In fact, drinking lots of coffee was associated with a lower risk of early death, including among people who downed eight or more cups per day. And it's not the caffeine. To reap the benefit, it doesn't matter if your coffee is decaf or instant or caffeinated, the ...

Coffee May Do Your Liver Good

Posted 11 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 11, 2018 – More good news for coffee lovers: Having three or more cups of "joe" each day may help ward off serious liver ailments, new research suggests. The 26-year study of more than 14,000 Americans couldn't prove cause and effect. However, participants who drank three-plus cups of coffee a day were 21 percent less likely to find themselves hospitalized with liver-related ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, Stanford University researchers reported. That means almost ...

AHA: Aspirin May Help Some Pregnant Women Avoid Preeclampsia

Posted 25 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A daily dose of aspirin could help pregnant women in the first stage of high blood pressure avoid a condition that puts both mother and baby in danger, according to a new study. New guidelines lowering the threshold for what defines high blood pressure pose a quandary for doctors who treat pregnant women at risk for preeclampsia. High blood ...

After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo (Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel) Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Posted 16 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A dual-drug approach after a "mini-stroke" might maximize a person's odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as "transient ischemic attacks" (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of having a more severe stroke during the next three months, explained a team ...

Non-Opioids Often Underused After Back Surgery

Posted 8 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 8, 2018 – Spine and joint surgery patients aren't taking advantage of common pain relievers like Tylenol or Motrin during their recovery, researchers say. Instead, many are given opioids, such as oxycodone (OxyContin) or hydrocodone (Vicodin). These highly addictive narcotics are potentially deadly when abused. The United States is currently grappling with an ongoing opioid ...

Health Tip: Avoid Concentrated Caffeine

Posted 30 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns against taking pure or highly concentrated caffeine products, citing at least two overdose deaths among otherwise healthy people. Given possible difficulty in measuring the products in a safe dose, and the products' resemblence to other beverages, it's relatively easy to overdose, the agency says. One teaspoon of pure powdered caffeine may contain as ...

Take the Ouch Out of Bee Stings

Posted 29 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 29, 2018 – With summer comes the stings of bees and wasps, but one expert has advice on how to keep the pain to a minimum. "The first thing to do is to get the stinger out quickly," said Dr. Carrie Kovarik. She's an associate professor of dermatology, dermatopathology and infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania. "The longer the stinger stays in the skin, the more ...

Advil Plus Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

Posted 25 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say. "What we know is that prescribing narcotics should be a last resort," said study co-author Anita Aminoshariae, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's School of Dental Medicine, in ...

AHA: What Does the Research Say About Coffee and Your Health?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Coffee. Cup of joe. Java. No matter what you call it, millions of people worldwide wake up and fuel their day with it. And though consumers might be jittery about the recent court battle in California over cancer warnings, experts say most of the science actually indicates coffee could have health benefits. "The overall picture is quite ...

Could Caffeine During Pregnancy Spur Weight Gain in Kids?

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23, 2018 – There's new evidence that even moderate amounts of caffeine consumed by a mom-to-be might affect her child's weight years later. The overall effect was small – an average of an extra pound by age 8. But children of women who consumed the most caffeine during pregnancy were 66 percent more likely to be slightly overweight, researchers found. "The results support the ...

Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Posted 20 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for surgical outcomes at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, ...

Coffee Safe for Many With Abnormal Heart Rhythms: Review

Posted 16 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 16, 2018 – Caffeine can send the heart racing, but for some people coffee may help prevent abnormal heartbeats, Australian researchers report. Many doctors advise patients with abnormal heart rhythms ("arrhythmias") to avoid caffeine. But, for most heart patients, coffee and tea are safe and may sometimes reduce the frequency of arrhythmias, the researchers said. "Although coffee ...

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