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Health News Scan 7/9/2019: Healthcare Myths, Triclosan and more

Health News Scan 7/9/2019: Healthcare Myths, Triclosan and more

Health can be a finicky subject. So many times healthcare just seems logical — of course, a stronger pain reliever will work better to stop pain… but that’s not true. Of course it’s a good idea to use antibacterial soap to kill more germs… but that’s not true.  And why…

When Side Effects Prevail

When Side Effects Prevail

Nearly one-third of all patients will stop taking a prescription medication without even telling their doctor. There are a variety of reasons people stop taking medications that have been prescribed for them. Sometimes they don’t think they need to take the medicine, or think it isn’t working. Maybe they’ve heard…

Pros and Cons of Aspirin

Pros and Cons of Aspirin

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…

Another Study Questions Low-Dose Aspirin for Cardiovascular Protection

Another Study Questions Low-Dose Aspirin for Cardiovascular Protection

People without cardiovascular disease should not take a daily low-dose aspirin, as the benefit in reducing heart attack and stroke is relatively modest but is associated with an increased risk for serious internal bleeding. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 13 trials involving more than 164,000 patients that examined aspirin use…

More Risks Than Benefits for Healthy People on Low-Dose Aspirin

More Risks Than Benefits for Healthy People on Low-Dose Aspirin

If you are a relatively healthy person, taking a low-dose aspirin doesn’t help to reduce your risk of a heart attack or death – but it can increase your risk for major bleeding, according to a new meta-analysis. Researchers examined 11 clinical trials comparing low-dose aspirin to placebo in more…

Low-Dose Aspirin for Healthy Older Adults Brings Risks, Not Benefits

Low-Dose Aspirin for Healthy Older Adults Brings Risks, Not Benefits

If you are healthy, taking a daily low-dose aspirin to prevent cardiovascular events may not only not help you, it can potentially be harmful. Researchers enrolled more than 19,000 older people in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. The participants did not have heart problems, dementia or any kind of physical disability….

3 Great Ideas

3 Great Ideas

Here are ideas that made me put down my coffee and pay attention: Avoid taking any drug that has been on the market for less than 3 years. Why? Some drugs have significant side effects that don’t become apparent until a large group of people have taken it under real-life circumstances….

Aspirin & Skin Cancer

Aspirin & Skin Cancer

Aspirin has many benefits and some serious risks. Along with lowering the risk of heart attacks (for men), the USPSTF (US Preventative Task Force) recently indicated that for a specific group of people, those aged between 50 and 70 years of age, aspirin’s benefits for lowering colorectal cancer might be…

Aspirin and Macular Degeneration Link

Two observational studies link regular use (three months) of aspirin to macular degeneration even if that use was TEN YEARS ago. Reported on NYTimes Well Blog, “Aspirin Use Tied to Rare Eye Disorder,” 12/18/2012. “It may be like smoking and cancer, where some people who have stopped years and years ago…

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