Health & Fit Taking a Daily Aspirin Could Be Deadly, Science Says

02:15  22 june  2017
02:15  22 june  2017 Source:   rd.com

Aspirin May Lower the Risk of Dying from Cancer

  Aspirin May Lower the Risk of Dying from Cancer Studies have linked the regular use of aspirin to lower risks of heart attack and stroke, but now researchers say may also lower the risk of cancer death.To clear up the link, researchers led by Yin Cao at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have been combing through data from two large studies: the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. They analyzed the aspirin use and cancer outcomes of more than 130,000 adults over 32 years. The researchers reported their latest findings at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

• Aspirin should not be taken regularly without a cardiovascular risk assessment by your doctor. They may not be up to date on the latest aspirin literature or on the value of the newer cardiovascular tests. • Even small doses of daily aspirin —including baby aspirin at a dose of 81 milligrams— can

Taking aspirin to prevent heart attacks or strokes puts the elderly at far greater risk of potentially deadly internal bleeding than first thought, a study claims. The Oxford University study concluded that the risk of a seriously disabling or fatal bleed in this age group was more than ten times higher than

  Taking a Daily Aspirin Could Be Deadly, Science Says © Stanislaw Mikulski/Shutterstock If you’re at high risk of a heart attack or stroke (here’s how to know), your doc may recommend a daily low-dose of aspirin to prevent the blood clots that can trigger trouble. Now it looks like people 75 and older may want to talk to their doctors about the safest way to follow this advice: A new Oxford University study published in the Lancet reveals low-dose aspirin dangerously raises their risk of internal bleeding.

Some 48 million American adults report being on low-dose or baby aspirin for its blood-thinning capabilities. While experts have long long known that daily aspirin carries a risk of internal bleeding—in particular, upper gastrointestinal bleeding—the risk was small enough that the government medical experts felt the heart benefits outweighed any risk—at least for younger people. But what about older folks?

Long-Term Aspirin Use May Help You Survive Cancer

  Long-Term Aspirin Use May Help You Survive Cancer New research has found that cancer patients who have taken aspirin for a long period of time may live longer than patients who do not take it.The study, now published online in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention found that people who took aspirin regularly had a 7 percent to 11 percent lower risk of dying from cancer compared to those who did not use the drug, Time reported. According to the report, this benefit was greatest among patients with colon cancer, but breast cancer, lung, and prostate cancer was also affected. Also, the benefit was greatest for people taking two to seven doses of regular-strength aspirin each week for about six years.

A daily dose of aspirin ? Not a good idea if you’re a healthy elderly adult. What’s unsettled is whether aspirin can help prevent a first heart attack or stroke in people without cardiovascular disease “There really are no measurable benefits of taking low dose aspirin ” for healthy elderly adults, Murray says .

Daily low-dose aspirin can be of help to older people with an elevated risk for a heart attack. There is still strong evidence that a daily baby aspirin can reduce the risk that many people who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke will suffer another attack.

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Of the 3,166 patients included in the Oxford study, half were 75 and older. The researchers turned up 405 cases of bleeding, and most were gastrointestinal. Disturbingly, the risk of dangerous bleeding jumped sharply with age—and the bleeds were often disabling or fatal. However, one subgroup of 75-and-older patients gained protection from the bleeds due to a prescription heartburn medication known as proton-pump inhibitor (PPI): Being on a PPI cut the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeds by 70 to 90 percent. As a result, the researchers stress that older patients should continue taking aspirin for protection, but they should also talk to their physician about taking PPI such as omeprazole as well.

The 11 Medical Conditions Aspirin Can Treat

  The 11 Medical Conditions Aspirin Can Treat While many of aspirin’s uses have been known for decades if not centuries, new uses are still being discovered. About half of all Americans between the ages of 45 and 75 use aspirin, according to a recent survey. The drug’s popularity is attributable to its wide range of uses, from reducing a fever to treating a headache to preventing a stroke or heart attack.

Daily aspirin therapy can be lifesaving or life-threatening. Discover if you're a good candidate. Research and Clinical TrialsSee how Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials advance the science of You shouldn't start daily aspirin therapy on your own, however. While taking an occasional aspirin

Long-term daily intake of aspirin may lead to internal bleeding for elderly patients aged 75 and above, a new study suggests. Research has also shown that low doses of aspirin (75 milligrams per day) can decrease the risk of heart problems among people who have already had stroke or heart attack.

“In people under 75, the benefits of taking aspirin for secondary prevention after a heart attack or stroke clearly outweigh the relatively small risk of bleeding,” study author Peter Rothwell, MD, PhD, director of the Centre for Prevention of Stroke and Dementia at Oxford University, told Newsweek. “In the over-75s, the risk of a serious bleed is higher, but the key point is that this risk is substantially preventable by taking proton pump inhibitors alongside aspirin.”

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Here's Why Most Americans Prefer to Treat Pain Without Drugs .
In the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, a new survey of Americans has found that most prefer to try a non-drug approach to treating their pain over taking medications prescribed by their doctor. The new report, part of the Gallup-Palmer College of Chiropractic Annual Study of Americans, surveyed about 6,300 adults. Nearly two thirds said that they had neck or back pain so great they sought a health care provider for relief, and 54% said they had neck or back pain for at least five years. Yet 78% said they preferred to try other ways to address their physical pain before taking drugs.

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