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2005-09-16 14:10:00

BETHESDA, MD -- No other medicine is as common, inexpensive, and yet powerful in so many ways as aspirin; yet despite a century of experience with the drug, researchers are still learning important new lessons, while raising new questions, according to seven special articles in the Sept. 20, 2005, issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. As Franz H. Messerli, M.D., F.A.C.C., from St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, noted in an editorial, "Today, about...

2005-08-29 15:05:03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Taking aspirin before heart bypass surgery may help patients recover and survive better, researchers said on Monday. They said their study, published in the journal Circulation, should reassure surgeons who have advised patients to avoid taking aspirin in the days before surgery because they feared it could cause bleeding. "Aspirin reduces clotting of the blood, so it can help prevent a heart attack or stroke by making it less likely a clot will form and block...

2005-08-23 15:02:12

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Long-term use of aspirin does help ward off colon cancer, but only at high doses that could cause gastrointestinal bleeding, researchers said on Tuesday. Previous studies have shown that patients with a history of colon polyps or colon cancer who take aspirin regularly can prevent recurrence, and researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston sought to determine at what levels the painkillers were effective. "Our study did...

2005-08-10 00:19:07

Treatment failures occur with any drug and aspirin is no exception. Evidence is growing that some people will not respond to the anti-coagulant action of aspirin and the drug will not protect against cardiovascular events despite its regular intake. Professor Andrew Szczeklik from Poland and Professor Graeme Hankey from Western Australia will present the latest findings on aspirin resistance at the XXth Congress of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis today. "There are at...

2005-07-05 01:20:00

A major study that includes nearly 40,000 healthy women found no benefit on preventing cancer from taking low-dose aspirin, or benefit on preventing cancer or cardiovascular disease from taking vitamin E, according to two articles in the July 6 issue of JAMA. A growing body of literature has supported a protective effect of aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) on the development of cancer, according to background information in the first article. Observational...

2005-06-30 13:55:42

Winston-Salem, NC, June 30, 2005 "“ In a review of research to be published in the July issue of Trends In Pharmacological Sciences, Targacept compounds were reported to have a beneficial effect on cognition well after they were no longer present in the central nervous system. For example, in preclinical animal studies, Targacept's compounds TC-1827 and TC-1734 improved cognitive performance for up to 15 and 18 hours, respectively, though the compounds were appreciably metabolized and...

2004-11-29 09:00:20

A recent study indicates a powerful form of aspirin appears to help prevent colon cancer in mice without raising the incidence of gatrointestinal bleeding. The drug is called nitric oxide-donating aspirin, or nitroaspirin. Researcher Dr. Basil Rigas, chief of the Division of Cancer Prevention at SUNY Stony Brook, N.Y., says that while the studies are preliminary, nitroaspirin also may have a positive effect against cardiovascular disease and help ease the pain of arthritis. The compound, he...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.