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

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Coffee May Have Another Perk for Kidney Patients

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 – Could that morning cup of joe bring a health boost to people battling kidney disease? According to new research involving nearly 5,000 people with chronic kidney disease, a hike in daily caffeine intake appeared to lower their odds of an early death. The benefit remained "even after considering other important factors such as age, gender, race, smoking, other diseases ...

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

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

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 ...

Surgeons Recommend Fewer Opioid Pills After Nose Jobs

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Many patients who have nose surgery use far fewer opioid painkillers than they're given, evidence that doctors are overprescribing the highly addictive drugs, a new study suggests. For the study, researchers reviewed 173 nose surgery (rhinoplasty) cases performed at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Of those, 168 patients were prescribed opioids (such as OxyContin) ...

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

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Caffeine Not a Dieter's Friend

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 – If you're trying to control your weight, don't look to caffeine for help. Caffeine is not an effective appetite suppressant or weight-loss aid, researchers report in a small, new study. The study involved 50 healthy adults, aged 18 to 50. The researchers found that after the volunteers drank some juice with a small amount of caffeine added (equivalent to caffeine in ...

Health Tip: Understanding Caffeine

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Many people won't start the day without a cup of coffee. Caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, isn't harmful for most people who drink 400 milligrams (mg) or less each day, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. The average 8 oz. cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 mg of caffeine, while a 12-ounce energy drink contains 70 to 100 mg. If you're pregnant, breast-feeding or have conditions ...

Daily Low-Dose Aspirin May Be Weapon Against Ovarian Cancer

Posted 20 Jul 2018 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 5 Jul 2018 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 2 Jul 2018 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 ...

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