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2006-04-26 16:41:13

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - People treated with the antibiotic gentamicin can reduce the risk of permanent hearing loss, a possible side effect, by also taking aspirin, a study showed on Wednesday. The finding could be especially important in poorer countries where gentamicin and similar drugs, known as aminoglycosides, are used widely because they are inexpensive and often available over the counter, the researchers said. Millions of people take the drug worldwide each year...

2006-03-24 13:10:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies have suggested that aspirin is less effective for preventing heart attack in women than in men, although women do benefit from a similar reduction in risk of stroke due to a blocked artery. However, a new study shows that the apparent lower efficacy in women is not due to a failure of aspirin to reduce platelet clumping or aggregation, as has been proposed. "Women are clearly benefiting from taking aspirin and should continue to take it to improve their...

2006-01-19 15:15:00

NEW YORK -- The number of US adults who regularly take aspirin for its heart benefits rose about 20 percent from 1999 to 2003, and the Healthy People 2010 objective of having at least 30 percent of diabetics take aspirin on a regular basis has been met, according to a new report. The main reason people are using the drug is to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. The findings, which appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, indicate that 36.2 percent of adults at least...

2006-01-17 16:07:12

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The benefits of taking aspirin regularly differs between men and women, reducing the risk of heart attacks in men while reducing the risk of strokes in women, researchers said on Tuesday. A review of six previous studies found regular aspirin use lowered women's risk of suffering a stroke by 17 percent compared to nonusers, while not having any effect on their chances of having a heart attack or of dying from cardiovascular disease. Aspirin's potent benefit for...

2005-11-14 14:35:00

DALLAS -- Aspirin may significantly reduce death rates in post-menopausal women with heart disease, according to a long-term observational study reported by researchers on Monday. "It was shown before and we have shown it again: Aspirin is a life-saving therapy," said Dr. Jeffery Berger, the study's lead author. "Women with cardiovascular disease should be on aspirin" unless there is some medical reason that they cannot tolerate the common, over-the-counter medicine, Berger said. The study,...

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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...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.