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ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2004 | Michael T. Jarvis
The song that helped Potsie get an A+ in his college anatomy course on the TV show "Happy Days" has come to the aid of another hopeful entity. This time it's St. Joseph aspirin, which looked to the past to freshen its brand. When McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals needed a song to pump the importance of aspirin and a healthy heart, it turned to Anson Williams as Potsie singing "Pump Your Blood" from "Happy Days" episode No. 142, "Potsie Quits School."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2004 | Erin Ailworth, Times Staff Writer
Irvine police have again found aspirin tablets scattered in the playground sand at a neighborhood park, officials said Friday. Thursday's incident is the fourth time since March that pills have been found in play areas, said Police Cmdr. Jeff Kermode. Two piles of painkillers -- about 20 aspirin in all -- were found at Racquet Club Park in the 4000 block of Robon Drive, Kermode said, by a mother who took her child to play there. One pile had been placed near a slide.
HEALTH
June 28, 2004 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
About half of older patients regularly taking Vioxx or Celebrex for pain also appear to be on aspirin therapy to prevent heart attacks. But that combination could be endangering their health. Combining the two drugs increases the risk of ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. Even worse, about half the aspirin-takers are further boosting their bleeding risk by using excessive doses of aspirin, a new survey indicates.
SCIENCE
May 26, 2004 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
An aspirin a day may keep more than just heart attacks, strokes and colorectal cancer at bay. It also may protect women against breast cancer, especially those who have gone through menopause. Researchers from Columbia University in New York compared the use of pain relievers among 1,442 women with breast cancer and 1,420 healthy women. Overall, women who took aspirin daily (at least seven pills a week) were 28% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who didn't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2004 | Steve Harvey
Medical care, as we all know, is getting more and more expensive. But $3,250 for a single aspirin? That's the price that an unidentified bidder paid for a tablet at the Space Memorabilia Auction at Aurora Galleries in Ventura County over the weekend. And he didn't even have a headache. Of course, the pill was accompanied by this letter from astronaut Michael Collins: "This aspirin tablet came from the medical kit aboard Apollo 11.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Scores of aspirins were discovered piled near play areas at two south Orange County parks Thursday, prompting a daylong search that revealed more than 30 roofing nails buried under slides and swings at one of the parks. In Aliso Viejo and Irvine, small piles of high-strength aspirin were found near play areas. The 1 1/2-inch nails were found buried in the groundcover under playground equipment at the Irvine park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Police cautioned parents Thursday after 10 colored plastic eggs containing jellybeans and a handful of extra-strength aspirin tablets were discovered at an Irvine park. The first egg was scooped up by an 18-month-old girl playing in the sand early Wednesday at a private recreation area in the Northpark Square neighborhood in Irvine. The child's nanny took the egg from the girl and searched the park.
HEALTH
November 3, 2003 | Jane E. Allen
An aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But if you suddenly stop taking that little pill, you could be in trouble. Heart patients who go off aspirin to reduce their risk of bleeding during minor surgery or dental treatment, or who are somehow unable to stick with the routine, are putting their health at risk, French researchers have found.
NATIONAL
June 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Aspirin was cheaper and more effective than the popular prescription drug ticlopidine at preventing stroke-producing blood clots from forming, a study of at-risk blacks said. The six-year study of 1,809 black men and women who previously suffered a stroke found 12% of those who took aspirin had a recurrent stroke, heart attack, or died from a vascular problem, compared with nearly 15% of those taking ticlopidine. The results, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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