Daily aspirin unlikely to help healthy older people live longer, study finds
Daily aspirin unlikely to help healthy older people live longer, study finds
17 September, 2018, 23:43
Major risks of bleeding in people who consume aspirin on a daily basis overwhelm its benefits.
The participants were followed for around 4.7 years and could also not have dementia or a physical disability and had to be free of medical conditions.
A low daily dose of the blood-thinning medicine has limited health benefits for older people hoping to prolong good health, a study involving more than 19,000 participants found.
According to these three new studies, however, taking a low-dose aspirin daily is, at best, a waste of money for healthy older adults.
McNeil added that a small increase in deaths observed in the aspirin group, primarily from cancer, required further investigation as researchers can not rule out that it may be a chance finding.
"The increase in cancer deaths in study participants in the aspirin group was surprising, given prior studies suggesting aspirin use improved cancer outcomes", Dr. Leslie Ford, associate director for clinical research in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention, said. "But not only did it not decrease risk of disability or death, it did not decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke, and there was an increase in the rate of death".
Indeed, the second study details that "the risk of major hemorrhage was significantly higher with aspirin than with a placebo". "Aspirin is a double-edged sword; it is absolutely essential drug and a lifesaver in patients with established heart disease (or arterial blockages) and many patients with diabetes where risk is high".
When the participants were followed up almost five years later, doctors found that compared with the placebo, a daily aspirin had not reduced the risk of heart attack or stroke, or prolonged the number of years people lived without dementia or physical disabilities.
The big difference between the groups was in the rate of internal bleeding.
The study also showed slightly higher rates of death in those taking aspirin, primarily from cancer, although the results were not statistically significant, he said.
Until now, the balance between risks and benefits in older individuals was unclear, said Dr McNeil. The authors added, "In the context of previous studies, this result was unexpected and should be interpreted with caution".
Cardiologist Dr. Erin Michos called the results, "alarming", saying that aspirin should be prescribed only selectively. Patients now get statins to lower cholesterol and anti-hypertensive medications to lower blood pressure.
In the UK, GPs generally do not advise aspirin for pensioners who have not previously suffered cardiovascular problems, such as a heart attack or stroke.
"Some of them will say, 'if it ain't broke don't fix it, '" predicted Huffman, an associate professor of preventive medicine in the division of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and a cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine. "The number of elderly people is increasing rapidly and it's becoming important to keep people active and out of institution as long as possible not only for their own self but for the sake of the economy", he said.
You're like the biggest figure in sports and you know it's gonna be painful for this kid to hear probably from one of his heroes". According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Gonzalez has been kicking with a groin injury that requires an MRI.
The test determined that Ford was being truthful when she said a statement summarizing her allegations , according to the Post . However, Katz said no lawmakers had contacted Ford asking her to testify. "These are all the ills that I was trying to avoid".
But Ronaldo finally got off the mark after almost 320 minutes of league action during the Bianconeri's 2-1 win against Sassuolo . Cristiano Ronaldo has suggested that he is relieved to have finally netted his first competitive goals for new club Juventus .
OnePlus might be best known for its nifty smartphones , which are marketed in approximately the same manner as Scientology. It will also have AI features and assistive functionality that is now offered by the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.
The deal in this bit of marijuana news would have the two companies working together on cannabidiol (CBD) drinks. Coca-Cola Co.is in "serious conversation" with Aurora Cannabis about producing marijuana-infused drinks.
Mr Gove's call came as Boris Johnson said: 'We are heading full throttle for the ditch with a total write-off of Brexit '. Speaking to BBC Panorama, she said: "I think that the alternative to that will be having no deal".
Weary, drenched coastal cities were scenes of daring rescues. "If you are still without power we have not forgotten you". Trump, who plans to visit the region this week, tweeted his condolences to the families and friends of those who died.
The duo were entering the Evening Before the Emmys event in West Los Angeles when Arnold ran into Burnett. Arnold responded to the tweet that he is filing a police report and "suing you for defamation". "Bullshit.
It said it was located about 60 miles west of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and forecasters predicted a slow westward march. But with half of the storm still out over the Atlantic, Florence continued to collect warm ocean water and dump it onshore.
NASA space laser targets melting poles
Going into Saturday's flight, the boosters had chalked up 154 launches with only one outright failure in 1997, 100 flights ago. ICESat-2 will orbit Earth's poles, allowing ATLAS to cover the entire planet as it rotates below.
Google has quietly revealed three Pixel 3 color options
Given recent leaks along with the general timing of this event, we're all expecting Google to debut the Pixel 3 during the show. It is not clear if the company will follow the same strategy and keep its new mint colour for the buyers of Pixel 2 phones.
Putin, Erdogan to discuss Idlib in Sochi
Before the end of the year, roads between Aleppo and Hama, and Aleppo and Latakia must be reopened for transit traffic, he said. Assi said the sides could also agree to modify the borders of the deescalation zones to keep armed rebels from certain sectors.
Florence barreling closer to coast of Carolinas
Leaders of the states in the path of the storm have warned people all week to evacuate the most susceptible areas. The message from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to residents was bleak. "There is going to be a lot of rain".
Barack Obama's Return: Good or Bad for Democrats?
Without mentioning Republican President Donald Trump by name, Obama said, "This is not normal what we're seeing". Obama drew a contrast between Cordray's polite - some say boring - style and the president's.
Paul Manafort's scalp is flipping triumph for Team Mueller
On Sunday, Mr Trump's lawyer Mr Rudy Giuliani tweeted: "Mueller can investigate endlessly and he will find no evidence". In that way, Manafort's flip matters both for what he might tell Mueller and the signal it might send to others.
Gordon scores 3 TDs in Chargers' win over Bills
Allen struggled through much of the first half in going 8 of 14 for 126 yards, and leading the Bills to score two field goals. Davis made his Bills' debut against the Chargers after being inactive against Baltimore last week.
Browns snatch defeat from jaws of victory
After Cleveland's first three kickoffs went for touchbacks, Hill chose to return the fourth from 7 yards deep in the end zone. But Gonzalez pushed his second extra-point miss of the game left, and the Saints got the ball back in great shape.
Swollen Rivers Near Record Levels as Florence Floodwaters Rise
Officials urged those who had evacuated to stay away. "It's the first time we've ever had to move anything like this", Rose said. Two people in a canoe paddle through a street that was flooded by Hurricane Florence north of New Bern , North Carolina USA.