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  • The Search for the Killer Painkiller

    02/14/2005 7:03:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 11,153+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 15, 2005 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Despite all the advances of modern medicine, the main drugs used to fight pain today are essentially the same as those used in ancient times. Hippocrates wrote about the pain-soothing effects of willow bark and leaves as early as 400 B.C. Opium was cultivated long before that. Aspirin and morphine, based on the active ingredients in these traditional remedies, were isolated in the 1800's and helped form the foundation of the modern pharmaceutical industry. But scientists are now trying to find new ways of fighting pain. The effort has been given new impetus by the recent withdrawal of Vioxx and...
  • Aspirin benefits for heart attack debated in FDA report

    06/29/2014 11:39:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    KVUE ^ | 06/26/2014 | Jim Bergamo
    Is a daily aspirin regimen helpful in preventing heart attacks? In the past, conventional wisdom said yes, but a recent advisory by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says not so fast. Call it the Bayer facts. On the label, the aspirin is called the wonder drug with lifesaving benefits. The FDA agrees aspirin is proven to help patients who've already suffered a heart attack or stroke. "Those patients should unequivocally be on aspirin," said Doctor Kunjan Bhatt, a clinical cardiologist at Heart Hospital of Austin and Austin Heart. When Bayer wanted to change its labeling to include the prevention...
  • Aspirin may lower pancreatic cancer risk, Study [48 percent reduction in risk]

    06/28/2014 6:31:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Canada Journal ^ | 06/28/2014
    Taking regular low doses of aspirin may lower the risk of contracting pancreatic cancer, according to research conducted at Yale University. The study, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, surveyed data on 362 people with pancreatic cancer and 690 people without the disease. According to the study, men and women who took low-dose aspirin regularly had 48 percent reduction in their risk for developing pancreatic cancer and protection against pancreatic cancer ranged from 39 percent reduction in risk for those who took low-dose aspirin for six years or less, to 60 percent reduction in risk for those...
  • FDA: Acetaminophen doses over 325 mg might lead to liver damage

    01/17/2014 6:10:07 AM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2014 | Holly Yan
    Acetaminophen is often used in pain medications with opioids such as oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and codeine (Tylenol with Codeine). These are called combination drugs, and the Food and Drug Administration is asking doctors to stop prescribing those that have more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose. Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings worldwide," according to the National Institutes of Health. Taking too much of this pain reliever can lead to liver failure or death. n 2011, the FDA asked manufacturers to limit the amount of acetaminophen in prescription combination drugs to 325 mg per capsule...
  • Aspirin and Warfarin Equally Effective for Most Heart Failure Patients, Study Suggests

    05/10/2012 7:39:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 2, 2012 | NA
    Neither aspirin nor warfarin is superior for preventing a combined risk of death, stroke, and cerebral hemorrhage in heart failure patients with normal heart rhythm, according to a landmark clinical trial published in the May 3, 2012, New England Journal of Medicine. The 10-year Warfarin and Aspirin for Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction (WARCEF) trial is the largest double-blind comparison of these medications for heart failure, following 2,305 patients at 168 study sites in 11 countries on three continents. The research was led by clinical principal investigator Shunichi Homma, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and statistical principal investigator John...
  • Nanoscale engineering of wound beds

    04/12/2012 8:07:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 12 April 2012 | Alisa Becker
    A collagen-binding peptide with applications in wound healing has been developed by scientists in the US. The peptide is able to invade the strands of collagen, forming a strong and stable non-covalent bond at room temperature. Pendant drug molecules could be attached to the peptide and anchored at the wound site to aid wound healing. Representation of a collagen mimetic peptide (CMP) annealing to damaged collagen to anchor a molecule (X) in a wound bed Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and makes up three quarters of the dry weight of skin. It is formed from three...
  • The corrupt media and a joke Rick Santorum did not tell.

    02/17/2012 6:58:03 PM PST · by Corky Boyd · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | February 17, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    For anyone who doubts the legacy media are the handmaidens or the Democratic Party and its propaganda arm, Media Matters, has only to follow the story of the aspirin joke. In some convoluted logic, a joke told by a campaign contributor has become the responsibility of Rick Santorum. In typical fashion the multiple voices of the three legacy networks and major papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post are parroting in unison the identical message. It is shoddy journalism to the extreme. The joke, poorly told by Foster Friess, is most decidedly not anti contraception. Quite to...
  • Myth Busters - Aspirin as a Birth Control Method? [Planned Parenthood expert uses same joke]

    Going back to the aspirin belief, if you are determined to use it as a form of birth control, I will leave you with the following suggestion: the only way that an aspirin can prevent pregnancy is for a woman to carefully place it between her knees and HOLD it there (by keeping her knees and therefore her legs) closed. ☺
  • Santorum mega-backer on contraception: Girls, just put aspirin between the legs (VIDEO)

    02/16/2012 3:25:01 PM PST · by SmithL · 57 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 2/16/12 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s big mega-donor kicked up a controversy over the issue of contraception today when he urged a return to the good old days when gals had a simple solution for it: aspirin between the knees. We’re not kidding. Wealthy entreprenuer Foster Freiss, who’s backed Santorum’s Super-PAC, made the statements to MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell today, after being asked if his candidate has expressed some extremist views on contraception. He appeared to express wonder that women even have to worry about the issue of paying for contraception these days, Politico reports. “On this contraceptive thing, my Gosh it’s...
  • Does aspirin have a surprising new health benefit? (reduce risk of developing cancer)

    10/28/2011 12:47:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | October 28, 2011
    Taking aspirin may significantly reduce your chances of developing cancer according to scientists from the Universities of Newcastle and Leeds, England.LONDON, ENGLAND (Catholic Online) - The results of the research are published Friday in the medical journal, the Lancet. The results show that patients who have a history of cancer in their families, and take aspirin every day for a number of years, have 63 percent lower chance of developing the disease. The authors of the study explained that they had long suspected this link, and that evidence supporting it has been growing, however, this is the first proper scientific...
  • Aspirin every day can cut cancer risk by 60%

    10/27/2011 6:36:49 PM PDT · by djf · 68 replies · 3+ views
    MailOnline ^ | 10/28/2011 | Jenny Hope
    Taking aspirin regularly can cut the long-term risk of cancer, according to the first major study of its kind. British researchers found it can reduce the risk by 60 per cent in people with a family history of the disease. The landmark research covering 16 countries is the first proof that the painkiller has a preventive action that is likely to benefit anyone using it every day.
  • Aspirin Cuts Heart Attack Risks, Not Deaths or Strokes

    04/22/2011 1:39:06 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/11 | Frederik Joelving
    Small doses of aspirin can lower the risk of heart attack in people who never had heart disease, a new look at the medical evidence shows. But the blood-thinning drug doesn't appear to cut the chances of dying from the disease, at least not enough that researchers can say for certain. And experts warn people to consult their doctor before taking the medication, which increases the risk of bleeding ulcers. "I like to say you have to make the recommendation about aspirin one patient at a time," Dr. Michael L. LeFevre, who was not linked to the study, told Reuters...
  • Final data show experimental agent better than aspirin at preventing stroke

    02/10/2011 7:41:18 PM PST · by decimon · 6 replies
    American Heart Association ^ | February 10, 2011 | Unknown
    American Stroke Association meeting reportA new anti-clotting agent is vastly superior to aspirin at reducing stroke risk (1.6 percent per year versus 3.6 percent per year) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients unable to take stronger drugs, according to final data reported today at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2011. Researchers found the drug also works better in people with a history of stroke or a warning stroke. Atrial fibrillation is a heartbeat abnormality that can cause blood clots which raise the risk of stroke, particularly in the elderly. The AVERROES: Apixaban Versus Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA) to Prevent Strokes...
  • Low-dose aspirin lowers colon cancer risk: UK study

    10/21/2010 5:39:24 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    .reuters ^ | Oct 21,
    Low doses of aspirin taken to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes can also lower the risk of colon cancer, British researchers reported on Thursday. They found that aspirin reduced the number of cases of colorectal cancer by a quarter and cut colon cancer deaths by a third.
  • Aspirin may help before heart conditions strike

    01/12/2002 5:02:32 PM PST · by Oxylus · 8 replies · 232+ views
    CBC ^ | January 11, 2002 | CBC staff
    LONDON - Aspirin may work to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in those at high risk, according to a fresh look at earlier aspirin studies. Aspirin has been widely used for long-term protection in patients who have previously had a heart attack or stroke, but evidence suggests 40,000 extra lives could be saved each year if those with high-risk conditions received aspirin treatment. Colin Baigent, a Medical Research Council (MRC) scientist who lead the research, said the study shows aspirin is beneficial in a wider range of conditions than previously believed, including high-risk conditions such as angina, peripheral ...
  • Regular analgesic use increases hearing loss in men

    03/01/2010 4:31:32 AM PST · by decimon · 13 replies · 684+ views
    Elsevier Health Sciences ^ | Mar 1, 2010 | Unknown
    According to new study published in the American Journal of MedicineNew York, NY, March 1, 2010 – In a study published in the March 2010 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers determined that regular use of aspirin, acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) increases the risk of hearing loss in men, particularly in younger men, below age 60. Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder in the US, afflicting over 36 million people. Not only is hearing loss highly prevalent among the elderly, but approximately one third of those aged 40-49 years already suffer from hearing loss....
  • The Danger of Daily Aspirin

    02/25/2010 8:23:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 105 replies · 2,797+ views
    Wall Street Lournal ^ | FEBRUARY 23, 2010 | ANNA WILDE MATHEWS
    If you're taking a daily aspirin for your heart, you may want to reconsider. For years, many middle-aged people have taken the drug in hopes of reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke. Americans bought more than 44 million packages of low-dose aspirin marketed for heart protection in the year ended September, up about 12% from 2005, according to research firm IMS Health. Now, medical experts say some people who are taking aspirin on a regular basis should think about stopping. Public-health officials are scaling back official recommendations for the painkiller to target a narrower group of patients...
  • Aspirin, Tylenol May Decrease Effectiveness of Vaccines

    12/01/2009 1:19:13 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 296+ views
    University of Missouri ^ | Dec 1, 2009 | Kelsey Jackson
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – With flu season in full swing and the threat of H1N1 looming, demand for vaccines is at an all-time high. Although those vaccines are expected to be effective, University of Missouri researchers have found further evidence that some over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin and Tylenol, that inhibit certain enzymes could impact the effectiveness of vaccines. “If you’re taking aspirin regularly, which many people do for cardiovascular treatment, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and fever and get a flu shot, there is a good chance that you won’t have a good antibody response,” said Charles Brown, associate professor...
  • Common Pain Relievers May Dilute Power of Flu Shots

    11/03/2009 9:03:32 AM PST · by decimon · 19 replies · 578+ views
    University of Rochester Medical Center ^ | November 03, 2009 | Unknown
    With flu vaccination season in full swing, research from the University of Rochester Medical Center cautions that use of many common pain killers – Advil, Tylenol, aspirin – at the time of injection may blunt the effect of the shot and have a negative effect on the immune system. Richard P. Phipps, Ph.D., professor of Environmental Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and of Pediatrics, has been studying this issue for years and recently presented his latest findings to an international conference on inflammatory diseases. (http://bioactivelipidsconf.wayne.edu/) “What we’ve been saying all along, and continue to stress, is that it’s probably not a...
  • Aspirin Misuse May Have Made 1918 Flu Pandemic Worse

    10/02/2009 10:44:59 AM PDT · by decimon · 30 replies · 1,715+ views
    HIV Medicine Association ^ | October 2, 2009 | Unknown
    The devastation of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic is well known, but a new article suggests a surprising factor in the high death toll: the misuse of aspirin. Appearing in the November 1 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online now, the article sounds a cautionary note as present day concerns about the novel H1N1 virus run high. High aspirin dosing levels used to treat patients during the 1918-1919 pandemic are now known to cause, in some cases, toxicity and a dangerous build up of fluid in the lungs, which may have contributed to the incidence and severity of symptoms,...
  • Diabetes drugs don’t fight inflammation

    09/18/2009 11:47:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,115+ views
    Science News ^ | September 15th, 2009 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Two popular treatments lower blood sugar but may not prevent heart disease Tightly controlling blood sugar in people with diabetes doesn’t relieve inflammation that can lead to heart disease, a new study shows. A study of 500 people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shows that a drug called metformin and a once-daily injection of insulin are both effective in controlling blood sugar levels. But the drugs, either alone or in combination, don’t lower levels of three markers of inflammation any more than a placebo does, Aruna Pradhan, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues report...
  • 'Worried well' should not take aspirin to ward off heart attack

    08/30/2009 12:59:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 635+ views
    timesonline. ^ | August 30, 2009
    A study of healthy adults found that those who took a daily aspirin for up to eight years did not significantly reduce their risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. However, those who took the blood-thinning drug as part of a controlled clinical trial did increase their risk of stomach bleeding, compared to those taking a dummy pill. The findings cast doubt over proposals for “blanket prescription” of aspirin for the over-fifties or as part of a polypill, a multi-drug tablet being developed to help prevent heart problems. GPs currently prescribe aspirin to people who have already suffered a...
  • Aspirin improves survival after colorectal cancer diagnosis

    08/11/2009 9:12:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 681+ views
    news-medical.net/news ^ | 11. August 2009 | NA
    Men and women who were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and began regular use of aspirin had a lower risk of overall and colorectal cancer death compared to patients not using aspirin, according to a study in the August 12 issue of JAMA. Numerous prospective, observational studies demonstrate that regular aspirin use is associated with a lower risk of colorectal adenoma (a benign tumor) or cancer. Aspirin is likely, at least in part, to prevent colorectal neoplasia (tumor growth) through inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2; an enzyme), which promotes inflammation and cell proliferation, and is overexpressed in the majority of human colorectal...
  • Aspirin at bedside could save a life

    07/15/2009 4:49:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 16 replies · 1,283+ views
    Heart attack symptoms vary. Most people know about extreme chest- and left arm pain, although there may be no pain in the chest during a heart attack. Other signs include intense jaw pain, as well as nausea and profuse sweating. The latter may occur less frequently; nevertheless, it is important to be aware of these potential danger signs. What happens if you are sleeping when you have a heart attack? The majority of people (about 60 percent) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, severe pain may wake you from a deep sleep. If...
  • Study Compares Formulations of Three Aspirin Types (Heart health)

    05/15/2009 4:43:40 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 509+ views
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | May 15, 2009 | Unknown
    > The chewable aspirin consistently showed greater and more rapid absorption than the regular aspirin, whether swallowed whole or chewed. This seemingly quite simple finding could lead to improvements in the care of heart attack patients. >
  • Guidelines Spell Out Prophylactic Aspirin Use

    05/04/2009 12:28:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies · 3,618+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 April 2009 | MICHELE G. SULLIVAN
    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released the first gender- and age-specific recommendations for aspirin therapy in patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Drawing on data from recent studies, the new recommendations conclude that aspirin therapy reduces the risk of heart attack and ischemic stroke in appropriate male candidates, while it cuts the risk of ischemic stroke in female candidates. Both groups are at risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Daily aspirin therapy therefore should be encouraged in women aged 55–79 years and men aged 45–79 years who have few risks of aspirin-related adverse events and who have potentially large benefits...

    04/15/2009 3:26:08 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 16 replies · 1,012+ views
    DailyExpress ^ | April 15,2009 | Jo Willey
    A DAILY dose of the “wonder drug” aspirin can cause bleeding in the brain, researchers have found. Brain scans on more than 1,000 patients revealed a 70 per cent higher incidence of microscopic bleeding among those taking the drug. The shock findings will be of major concern to the millions of Britons who take aspirin every day to stave off fatal heart attacks and strokes. The drug is used to thin the blood, which reduces the risk of dangerous clots forming in key blood vessels. Previous research has already shown that anti-clotting medicines can increase the risk of bleeding in...
  • Aspirin at Night Effective in Lowering Blood Pressure

    05/16/2008 10:13:09 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 11 replies · 1,232+ views
    USA Today ^ | 5/14/08 | Ed Edelson
    WEDNESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- A daily aspirin can control prehypertension, but only if it is taken at bedtime, a Spanish study shows. An aspirin taken every morning didn't lower the blood pressure of prehypertensive people, but the evening regimen did, Dr. Ramon C. Hermida reported Wednesday at the American Society of Hypertension annual meeting, in New Orleans. A previous study by Hermida, who is director of bioengineering and chronobiology at the University of Vigo, showed the same beneficial effect of bedtime aspirin for people with moderately high blood pressure. The new report is the first study to show...
  • An aspirin a day could keep diabetes at bay: study

    05/02/2008 6:16:23 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 23 replies · 140+ views
    CBC ^ | April 29, 2008 | staff
    Taking aspirin and aspirin-like compounds called salicylates can help obese people produce insulin and potentially stave off diabetes, finds a new study. Previous studies have shown that aspirin can decrease blood sugar in diabetics. New research conducted by Spanish researchers finds that healthy obese people who take aspirin actually increase their levels of insulin, reducing the chance of developing insulin resistance. During insulin resistance, the body produces too little of the hormone and fails to effectively regulate the metabolism of fats, proteins and sugars.
  • Ibuprofen Destroys Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk, Study Shows

    03/17/2008 2:40:07 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 1,991+ views
    Science Alert ^ | 3-17-2008 | University at Buffalo.
    Ibuprofen Destroys Aspirin's Positive Effect On Stroke Risk, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Mar. 17, 2008) — Stroke patients who use ibuprofen for arthritis pain or other conditions while taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a second stroke undermine aspirin's ability to act as an anti-platelet agent, researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown. In a cohort of patients seen by physicians at two offices of the Dent Neurologic Institute, 28 patients were identified as taking both aspirin and ibuprofen (a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID) daily and all were found to have no anti-platelet effect from their daily aspirin....
  • Is An Aspirin A Day Good For You?

    01/13/2008 5:10:35 PM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 986+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-13-2008 | University of Kentucky.
    Is An Aspirin A Day Good For You? ScienceDaily (Jan. 13, 2008) — Is an aspirin a day good for you, and how much should you take? Ten years after the FDA issued recommendations about the use of aspirin for people who have had heart attacks or are at risk for them, it may be a good time to talk to your doctor about the aspirin you're taking. University of Kentucky heart disease researchers say that nearly a quarter of a million Americans each year may be hospitalized with bleeding complications caused by needlessly taking a daily dose of an...
  • Can't someone pull off a painless Tooth extraction?

    08/21/2007 5:22:27 PM PDT · by Coleus · 107 replies · 4,650+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 20, 2007 | SILVIO LACCETTI
    Opening King Tut's tomb brought to light treasures and curses hidden for thousands of years. One of the lat ter still haunts us -- the curse of King Tut's tooth. Tut, like many teenagers, needed a tooth extraction, in his case, an impacted wisdom tooth. Sadly, ancient Egyptian dentistry was unable to help the boy-pharaoh, as extractions were done only on very loose teeth, by the gentle touch of fingers. Even forceps (pliers) were probably not employed until long after Tut died. Astonishingly, modern dental extraction procedures are still mired in the technology of the an cient world. Recently, I...
  • Patterns: Aspirin Linked to Lower Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease

    06/25/2007 1:12:02 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 979+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 19, 2007 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Regular aspirin use may significantly reduce the incidence of both cancer and heart disease, according to a large new study, but other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or Nsaids, have no effect. Researchers studied 22,507 postmenopausal women, following them for 10 years. All reported their aspirin and Nsaid use as part of a detailed physical and behavioral health questionnaire. None of the women had cancer or heart disease at the start of the study. After controlling for age, exercise, diet and other factors, those who used aspirin had a 16 percent reduced risk of getting cancer, and a 13 percent reduced risk...
  • Aspirin 'Might Prevent Cancer'

    04/17/2007 1:18:55 PM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 929+ views
    Aspirin 'might prevent cancer' Last Updated: 8:14am BST 17/04/2007 A regular dose of aspirin could keep cancer at bay and boost survival rates for those with the disease, according to research. The study, presented yesterday at the American Association for Cancer Research's annual conference, did not explain why the painkiller might prevent cancer. But it tracked the health of 22,500 post-menopausal women for 12 years and showed how aspirin could limit the disease. Those who regularly took aspirin for complaints such as heart problems and arthritis were 16 per cent less likely to develop cancer and 13 per cent less...
  • Salve For The Lungs: Aspirin Might Prevent Asthma

    01/26/2007 3:46:21 PM PST · by blam · 27 replies · 1,022+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-27-2007 | Ben Harder
    Salve for the Lungs: Aspirin might prevent asthma Ben Harder Regular use of aspirin may prevent healthy adults from developing asthma, according to a 5-year study of male doctors. Inflammation in the lungs characterizes asthma. During an attack, inflamed airways constrict, obstructing air flow. The disease affects about 5 percent of men and more than 8 percent of women and children. It most frequently develops during childhood, and some kids outgrow it. For the current study, epidemiologist Tobias Kurth of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and his colleagues analyzed data on some 22,000 male physicians who had participated in...
  • Sterner warnings urged for acetaminophen, aspirin, other drugs

    12/19/2006 8:37:02 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 23 replies · 924+ views
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials on Tuesday proposed sterner warning labels for acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen, again cautioning millions of Americans who take the nonprescription pain relievers regularly of potentially serious side effects. The over-the-counter drugs remain safe and effective when used as directed, the Food and Drug Administration said. However, overdoses of acetaminophen can cause serious liver damage, even death, the FDA said. For aspirin, ibuprofen and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, there is a risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and kidney injury even when patients take the correct dose. The drugs are linked to thousands of deaths a year....
  • Google wants people to stop googling

    08/16/2006 3:11:01 PM PDT · by holymoly · 151 replies · 3,160+ views
    ZDNet ^ | August 16, 2006 | Will Sturgeon
    Google has said it intends to crack down on the use of its name as a generic verb, in phrases such as "to google someone." The Internet search giant said such phrases were potentially damaging to its brand. "We think it's important to make the distinction between using the word 'Google' to describe using Google to search the Internet and using the word 'google' to generally describe searching the Internet. It has some serious trademark issues," a representative for the search company said. Julie Coleman, an authority on linguistics from the University of Leicester, said she could understand Google's concerns....
  • Subway: The New King of Junk Food

    04/08/2006 7:29:41 AM PDT · by Cvengr · 194 replies · 3,940+ views
    What's the largest fast junk food chain in the country? Wrong. It's not McDonald's. It's Subway. Subway overtook McDonald's last year in the United States and now has 15,874 locations in the U.S. compared to 11,533 for McDonald's. Worldwide, Subway has 21,528 restaurants in 75 countries. McDonald's has more than 30,000 restaurants in 119 countries. Subway founder Fred DeLuca says he wants 30,000 outlets worldwide by 2010. Of course, Subway would not want you to think that it is not a fast junk food chain. In fact, the privately held firm has overtaken McDonald's by riding a wave of publicity...
  • Aspirin's impact on female hearts

    03/21/2006 6:48:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 354+ views
    myDNA News ^ | Tue 21 Mar 2006 | NA
    A recent study looks at why aspirin's effect on female hearts seems to be different than its effect on male hearts. In both men and women, daily aspirin therapy is one of the mainstays of treatment in preventing heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies have shown as much as a 42-percent decrease in heart attacks among men who take aspirin compared to a placebo. However, the recent Women's Health Study of almost 40,000 women showed that low-dose aspirin's effects on women did not reduce coronary artery disease, but did reduce the risk of stroke. To investigate this and similar findings,...
  • Aspirin Reduces Cardiovascular Risks in Men and Women -- But Differently

    01/18/2006 9:48:28 AM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,011+ views
    Duke University ^ | 01/17/2006 | NA
    DURHAM, N.C. – Aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular events -- a combined endpoint including stroke, heart attack and death due to cardiovascular disease -- in both men and women, according to a new meta-analysis of more than 95,000 patients by a Duke University Medical Center cardiologist. However, the researchers found, the major reasons for the risk reduction differed between the sexes. For men, aspirin lowered the risk of a heart attack, while in women, aspirin reduced the risk of a stroke. The use of aspirin, however, also carries an increased risk of bleeding among both sexes, the...
  • "How's Your Wife? - Compared to What?"

    10/19/2005 7:54:15 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 1,905+ views
    The title is, of course, an ancient joke from the vaudeville circuit. It’s an appropriate way to praise, rather than attack, one particular article – and in the process to attack ten thousand others. Here is the lede from “Show Me the Risk!” by Deroy Murdock in NRO (National Review Online) on 19 October 2005: “According to The Archives of Internal Medicine, pharmaceutical companies market a drug that kills some 7,000 Americans annually. These people don’t die instantly, but instead expire after slowly suffering gastrointestinal bleeding. Oddly enough, TV-news producers are ho-hum about this deadly medicine. The Food and Drug...

    09/11/2005 1:10:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 1,119+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 5, 2005
    Giving heart-attack patients a dose of "super aspirin" before rather than during a procedure to restore blood flow to the heart could save tens of thousands of lives a year, new research suggests. In a major international study presented yesterday at a meeting here of the European Society of Cardiology, scientists found that giving heart attack victims the drug Plavix when they arrive at the emergency room almost halved the risk of a stroke, a repeated heart attack or death within the first month after angioplasty. Angioplasty, a procedure where doctors thread a needle through the blood vessels and implant...
  • Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? (joint pain)

    04/07/2005 12:37:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,257+ views
    NorthJerseyNewspapers ^ | 04.05.05 | CHARLES STUART PLATKIN
    Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? Glucosamine, often recommended for joint pain, is one of the most popular supplements on the market. And considering the health concerns recently associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, I thought it would be worth looking into whether glucosamine lives up to the hype.Background: Glucosamine and chondroitin are often combined together and used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), which occurs when the cartilage covering the end of the bone near the joint breaks down. OA affects the knees, backs, hips, hands and feet of more than 21 million people over age 45. And, according to...
  • Aspirin tops warfarin in treating one kind of stroke, study finds

    03/30/2005 9:42:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 853+ views
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 30, 2005 | Alicia Chang
    Doctors should consider treating people at risk of developing strokes caused by narrowed arteries in the brain with aspirin instead of warfarin, a common anti-clotting drug, new research suggests. The study, conducted at more than 50 sites across North America, was done on 569 patients who had suffered a stroke or mini-stroke as a result of a condition called symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis. It is caused by the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries' inner walls, restricting blood flow. Those patients on warfarin, which is marketed as Coumadin, suffered a higher death rate and more major bleeding compared with...
  • Medical Marvel: Versatile and cheap, aspirin making a comeback

    03/20/2005 3:49:50 AM PST · by billorites · 9 replies · 602+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | March 20, 2005 | John Strahinich
    Where aspirin is concerned, there is almost no such thing as bad news. Take the surprising results of the landmark Women's Health Study released earlier this month by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The 10-year study showed low-dose aspirin taken daily does not prevent heart attacks in healthy women under 65, as it does in men. But aspirin did appear to protect women against strokes caused by blood clots. This finding was especially relevant because the women in the study were actually more likely to have strokes than heart attacks, the report's lead investigator says. ``So it's not really...
  • Aspirin Affects the Sexes Differently

    03/08/2005 5:29:43 AM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 677+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 8, 2005 | RON WINSLOW
    A major new study suggests that aspirin affects women and men differently when it comes to preventing heart attacks and strokes. Researchers said a 10-year trial -- involving nearly 40,000 women aged 45 and older -- found that a regular every-other-day regimen of low dose aspirin was effective in preventing a first stroke. However, it didn't have any effect in helping avoid a first heart attack. The women in the study had no history of cardiovascular disease. That is just the opposite of several previous studies involving mostly men: For them, low-dose aspirin is a potent strategy for preventing a...
  • Aspirin Therapy Benefits Women, but Not in the Way It Aids Men

    03/07/2005 2:15:18 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 3,005+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 7, 2005 | MARY DUENWALD
    Regular use of low-dose aspirin does not prevent first heart attacks in women, as it does in men, a 10-year study of healthy women has found. The nearly 20,000 women in the Women's Health Study who took 100 milligrams of aspirin every other day were no less likely to suffer a heart attack than a like-sized group of women who took placebos. Aspirin did appear to help protect the women against stroke, however, which is something the drug has not been found conclusively to do for men. "What was really surprising and not anticipated was this gender difference," said Dr....
  • Researchers find diabetes trigger, possible fix (inflammation link)

    01/31/2005 4:29:19 PM PST · by QQQQQ · 35 replies · 1,512+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | Jan. 31, 2005 | Raja Mishra
    The researchers, from Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, discovered a genetic ''master switch" in the liver that is turned on when people become obese. Obesity has long been linked to diabetes, but the reason, until now, has been unknown. Joslin researchers found that once on, this switch produces low-level inflammation, which disrupts the body's ability to process insulin, causing type 2 diabetes. Reasoning that aspirin-like drugs are used to quell inflammation, they successfully used the drugs, called salicylates, to eliminate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in mice. Human tests are already underway in Boston, though no results have been...
  • !!!NIH Halts Study on Naproxen!!! (Aleve Ingredient)

    12/20/2004 7:29:28 PM PST · by crushelits · 6 replies · 529+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, December 21, 2004 | Rick Weiss
    Another Painkiller Linked to Heart RiskNIH Halts Study On Aleve Ingredient The epidemic of bad news about the potential risks of popular anti-inflammatory medications expanded yesterday as federal officials announced that naproxen, a painkiller sold by prescription and also over the counter as Aleve, might increase people's risk of having a heart attack or stroke. <> The new findings bring to three the number of widely used anti-inflammatory drugs suddenly in the spotlight for their potential health risks. Vioxx was pulled from the market this fall, and its sister drug Celebrex, the blockbuster arthritis drug, was linked to heart attacks...
  • For Some, Aspirin May Not Help Hearts

    07/20/2004 10:18:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 582+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 20, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    More than 20 million Americans take aspirin regularly to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. But new evidence suggests that for many of them, the pills do little if any good. Recent studies have found that anywhere from 5 percent to more than 40 percent of aspirin users are "nonresponsive" or "resistant" to the medicine. That means that aspirin does not inhibit their blood from clotting, as it is supposed to. "They are taking it for stroke and heart attack prevention, and it's not going to work," said Dr. Daniel I. Simon, the associate director of interventional cardiology at Brigham...