Ending illness?

Apparently one way of reducing illness is daily dosage of baby Aspirin..what ever that is? I am sure MacDoctor will be along shortly to educate us all.


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More important than any vaccine, he says, is baby Aspirin, famous for helping to prevent blood clots and thereby staving off heart attacks and strokes, and now revealed to be far more of a panacea than previously thought. Last year British scientists, looking at eight long-term studies involving 25,000 participants, found that 75 mg a day reduces the risk of dying from common cancers by 10 to 60 per cent. And how does Aspirin do that? It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory. Until very recently, baby Aspirin offered a trade-off for physicians and patients—blood-thinning benefits (anti-clot action) versus blood-thinning disadvantages (bleeding). Agus thinks the balance has now tipped decidedly in favour of the benefits.

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  • Kthxbai

    Daily aspirin use as primary prevention for cardiovascular disease or bowel cancer isn’t recommended unless a person’s risk of cardiovasular disease, in particular, exceeds the risks associated with taking regular aspirin – bleeds such as haemorrhagic stroke and difficult-to-control gut bleeds in particular. 

    Regular aspirin use has recently been linked to age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness or reduced vision in the elderly.

    Not recommended on current best evidence, unless your risk of CVD is greater than your risk of significant side effects.

  • Jimmie

    Hmmm yeah so they make people take it every day as a health preventative and then find out in 50 years that ends up causing some other rare weird disease to be come as common as mud.

    People never learn do they

  • Kthxbai

    Jimmy, standard medical practice is to only recommend that people take aspirin if the benefits from the aspirin outweigh the risks – in other words if heart disease is likely to knock them off their perches reasonably soon.  The major risks are fairly well defined – the drug has been in common use for well over 100 years.

    People shouldn’t start or stop regular aspirin use without seeing their doctors first, and certainly not on the basis of reporting of a single study.

    • So have heroin, cocaine and marijuana and, until recent times, all have been used for medicinal purposes.

  • Paulus

    I get 100mg coated Asprin on my prescription.
    I have Ischemic Heart disease, and have had stents inserted into my arteries.
    That’s why, amongst other pills, I take Asprin.
    Coated to avoid possible stomach damage by going directly to the bowel.