Daily aspirin 'does not improve health', study finds

Daily aspirin 'does not improve health', study finds

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.

Millions of healthy people who take aspirin to ward off illness in old age are unlikely to benefit from the drug, a trial has found.

People are prescribed aspirin after a heart attack or stroke because the drug thins the blood and reduces the chances of a repeat attack. "But in Hong Kong, the traditional teaching is to recommend aspirin to prevent recurrence of heart attack or stroke", Choi said, adding he believed aspirin did not have to be given to healthy people.

Professor McNeil did warn, however, that the results do not apply to people with existing conditions, including a previous heart attack, angina or stroke, for which aspirin can be recommended to prevent further problems. "The concern has been uncertainty about whether aspirin is beneficial for otherwise healthy older people without those conditions".

Doctors in Australia and the United States enrolled more than 19,000 healthy people, mostly aged over 70, for the trial.

The participants took a daily low-dose of aspirin every day for almost five years, with researchers monitoring their health and any occurrences of disease, disability or death.

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.

Professor John McNeil, head of Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine, said the research sought to answer a question which has been "unresolved for a number of years".

Hamilton secures pole position for Singapore GP, Latest Others News
Like a lot of tracks you need a significant performance advantage to be in a position to get by another vehicle . I think it was definitely there for our grasp and the way qualifying happened, it wasn't any more.

Gov. ‘Moonbeam’ says California to launch climate satellite
Salesforce recently opened a 61-story office tower in San Francisco that the company says relies on clean energy to operate. Brown suggested that one of the solutions to climate change is to develop the new economy.

Torres, Ciganda tied in LPGA's last major of '18
Olson set the pace for the day with a round of 65, recording seven birdies and one bogey to move up the leaderboard. Compatriot and top-ranked Park Sung-hyun followed her 77 with a 71 and was six over and likely to miss the cut.

Three reports in the New England Journal of Medicine showed the pills did not reduce their risk of heart problems or have any other benefits.

Of those taking the medicine, 5.9% died during the study compared to 5.2% of the placebo group.

Although aspirin has proven to be effective after a heart stroke, it has no health benefit for those who are above 70, according to a study.

But the trial found no benefit for healthy people over the age of 70, and the pills increased the risk of potentially fatal internal bleeding. For people older than 70, the task force says it does not have enough information.

The aspirin group were also at a slightly increased risk of death. For cardiovascular disease, the rate was 10.7 events per 1000 person-years in the aspirin group and 11.3 events per 1000 person-years in the placebo group - also considered no difference.

But 3.8% of the aspirin takers experienced serious bleeding, compared with 2.8% of the placebo group.

"The use of low-dose aspirin resulted in a significantly higher risk of major hemorrhage and did not result in a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease than placebo", the researchers wrote in one of the papers.

Related Articles

  • Knicks, Joakim Noah expected to part ways

    Knicks, Joakim Noah expected to part ways

    This would mean he'd be teaming up with his former teammates Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, Aaron Brooks, and Taj Gibson. The Knicks have tried mightily to figure out a way to part ways with him since about the middle of last season.
    Chelsea Not ‘Solid Defensively’ Despite Cardiff Bashing

    Chelsea Not ‘Solid Defensively’ Despite Cardiff Bashing

    Cardiff went into the worldwide break with a 3-2 loss to Arsenal, a game that earned the Gunners their second win of the season. It's been a rough beginning for Cardiff, as they've only managed to secure two points in their first four games.
    Samsung Galaxy Note9 to soon get Silver color variant in the US

    Samsung Galaxy Note9 to soon get Silver color variant in the US

    Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes with the Samsung S Pen stylus with which you can write or draw while OnePlus 6 no such feature. This is probably the basis of the belief that Samsung's "4x fun" refers to that particular smartphone with four cameras .
  • US Coast Guard Member Removed from Hurricane Response Team Over Hand Gesture

    US Coast Guard Member Removed from Hurricane Response Team Over Hand Gesture

    Zorn later gave a statement that the unidentified man had been removed from duty and that the incident is now under investigation. The Anti-Defamation League has dismissed the conspiracy theory , pointing out its origins as a hoax started on the 4chan website.
    Sick Southern Resident orca hasn't been seen for 'several days'

    Sick Southern Resident orca hasn't been seen for 'several days'

    Scarlet, or J50, is so emaciated that she's lost the fat at the base of her head and has what scientists call "peanut head". They said the controversial step would only be taken as a last resort to treat the whale and release her back to the wild.
    Newcastle United vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report

    Newcastle United vs. Arsenal - Football Match Report

    Arsenal now have nine different goalscorers for their 10 goals of the campaign - with the 10th being an own-goal against West Ham. We didn't concede a lot o chances, but we gave away a lot of corners, a lot of opportunities for them to arrive into our box.
  • Pregnant Carrie Underwood Reveals She Had 3 Past Miscarriages

    Pregnant Carrie Underwood Reveals She Had 3 Past Miscarriages

    The star, who is a mom to three-year-old son Isaiah , told Tracy Smith that past year hadn't turned out the way she imagined it. Finally, after fearing she'd had yet another miscarriage, Underwood turned to her faith with a sort of desperate prayer.
    Border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

    Border agent charged in 2-week killing spree

    Accused serial killer was 10-year veteran of United States border patrol, and police say he may have claimed more victims. Webb County Sheriff's spokesman Eduardo Chapa told CNN investigators are not ruling out the possibility of more victims.
    Vontae Davis leaves midgame: Bills CB retires during vs. Chargers

    Vontae Davis leaves midgame: Bills CB retires during vs. Chargers

    According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Davis put on his street clothes at halftime, said he was quitting and then left the stadium. He had played with the Colts since 2012.
  • Florence continues to wreak havoc in North and SC

    Florence continues to wreak havoc in North and SC

    As authorities rescued people by boat and even airlifted 50 stranded people in North Carolina, there were also reports of looting. In Hampstead, North Carolina, emergency responders going to a call for cardiac arrest found their path blocked by downed trees.
    Chiefs defeat Steelers 42-37, now 2-0 for the season

    Chiefs defeat Steelers 42-37, now 2-0 for the season

    The Steelers defensive front wreaked havoc against the Browns , racking up 7 sacks and applying constant pressure on Tyrod Taylor. Hill's 13 touchdowns of 50-plus yards tied for most in player's first 35 games in National Football League history.
    Ump behind the Serena Williams mess strikes again

    Ump behind the Serena Williams mess strikes again

    Moments earlier, the 18th-ranked Coric had landed a delicate forehand drop-shot victor to close out a close second-set tiebreak. After being 6-1 down in the tiebreak, I just played aggressively and from then on the pressure just builds", said Querrey.