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April 7, 2012 |
It's a ritual that's beginning to make me feel less responsibly health conscious and more reliably heading toward old age. Every Sunday, I count out seven days' worth of a dozen different pills and load them into the daily compartments in my plastic medication bin. That's "geezer status," my daughter jokes, as I slip an extra set inside my purse, in case my memory-enhancing gingko biloba fails and I forget to swallow them before I leave home....
March 21, 2012 |
Earlier this week, three studies in the medical journal The Lancet ( here , here and here , no subscription required) co-authored by researcher Peter M. Rothwell of the University of Oxford in England and an accompanying comment (subscription required) by Andrew Chan and Nancy Cook of the Harvard Medical School all detailed results suggesting that a daily dose of aspirin can prevent cancer -- or at least slow its progress. So does this mean health-conscious types should pop a Bayer every morning?
February 16, 2012 |
A wealthy backer of GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum left his interviewer scratching her head Thursday when he suggested that in the olden days, birth control was less expensive because women just squeezed an aspirin between their knees to prevent them from having sex. Foster Friess, the retired mutual fund executive from Wyoming who has been basking in the spotlight recently thanks to his six-figure donations to a 'super PAC' backing Santorum,...
February 13, 2012 |
The death of Whitney Houston over the weekend is still being investigated, and it might take weeks to get toxicology reports back, the Los Angeles County Coroner's office said. That's not an unusual time frame for such a case, but why does it take so long? Several factors may be involved, experts said. The main issue may be a big backlog of cases, said Dr. Doug Rollins, professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City: “Funding to most of these labs has been decreased,” he said, “so they don't have the staff to handle that large of a caseload.” Then there are the tests themselves.
October 27, 2011 |
Patients with a genetic condition that increases their risk of colon and other cancers who took aspirin daily developed colon cancer less often than patients who took a placebo, researchers reported Thursday. The study, which was the first randomized controlled trial to look at the effect of aspirin on cancer rates, was published in the journal the Lancet. Professor John Burn, a geneticist at Newcastle University in England, led the research team. The group followed 861 people with Lynch syndrome, which increases the risk of developing colon and other cancers. Some of the patients took two 600 mg aspirins every day, others took a placebo.
July 21, 2011 |
For people who've suffered a heart attack or are at risk for one, low doses of aspirin are a commonly prescribed apple-a-day to ward off future heart attacks. But for some patients on the regimen, it's a treatment that should be taken ... seriously. In a new study, patients with a history of heart disease who had recently stopped low-dose aspirin were more likely to have a heart attack. European researchers tracked nearly 40,000 people with a history of heart disease, age 50 to 84, who had just started taking between 75 and 300 milligrams of aspirin per day. Within up to eight years of follow-up, some adhered to the treatment, while others stopped refilling their aspirin prescriptions.