Author: Michael Wilcox

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Michael Wilcox is a health and medical journalist who writes frequently about clinical research, health policy, and technology in medicine. He has written previously for a number of medical and health trade magazines with a focus on obesity, cardiovascular health, surgery, and cancer, as well as covered ground-breaking medical science for academic research institutions.

For the past 50 years, aspirin has been hailed as something of a wonder drug. Not only does it reduce pain and fever, but it is also believed to lower the risk of heart attacks as well as certain types of cancer. Some of the most important medical organizations in the world, including the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) have recommended that patients take a daily, low-dose aspirin to prevent having a heart attack. An estimated 40% of US adults over 50 followed their advice. But this…

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