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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,...