Aspirin May Lower Risk of Skin Cancer in Women

Posted on 03/12/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOlder women who took aspirin at least twice a week had a lower risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, a new study finds. The study, published in the journal Cancer, looked at melanoma in about 60,000 Caucasian women ages 50 to 79, reported National Public Radio (NPR). (Researchers focused on light-skinned people because they’re at the highest risk for this type of cancer.) Over a 12-year period — and after controlling for risk factors like tanning and …

Is Coated Aspirin Really Better for You?

Posted on 12/10/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthExperts have told us for years that coated aspirin is easier on the stomach, but few have questioned whether that coating might, in fact, reduce aspirin’s heart benefits. Now, though, a new study from the University of Pennsylvania — partly funded by Bayer, a major supplier of safety-coated (also called enteric-coated) aspirin — finds that the coating may reduce or delay aspirin’s effect in the blood. The study, published last week in the journal Circulation, had been designed to discover whether some …

Aspirin Helps Some Colon Cancer Patients Live Longer

Posted on 10/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s one of the oldest, cheapest drugs around, which makes it even more remarkable that humble aspirin helped dramatically cut the death rate among people with a specific kind of colon cancer, compared with those who didn’t take aspirin, new research shows. Harvard researchers in a large, government-funded study found that among patients whose tumors had a PIK3CA gene mutation — the cause of about 15 to 20 percent of colorectal tumors — regularly taking aspirin cut the risk of …

Aspirin and Cancer: It May Help With Prostate, Not With Breast

Posted on 08/28/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTwo new studies, published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, offer contrasting news about aspirin’s potential role in cancer prevention and treatment. Men who were being treated for prostate cancer and were taking aspirin for other medical conditions were less likely to die of their cancer than were men who were not taking aspirin, The New York Times reports. On the other hand, taking aspirin did not appear to protect postmenopausal women from developing breast cancer, according to Health …

Aspirin The Anti-Cancer Drug? New Evidence From 3 Studies

Posted on 03/21/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMany people already take a daily low-dose aspirin as a heart drug, but three new British studies suggest it may prevent and possibly even treat cancer. The studies, published in The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology journals, add to mounting evidence of the drug’s anti-cancer effects, reports BBC News. Previous studies have found that daily aspirin reduces the long-term risk of death from cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, but people needed to take the drug for about 10 years to get …

The Takeaway: Gingrich Pushes Private Social Security Accounts In Debate; Rethinking Aspirin

Posted on 01/17/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayNew Gingrich once again touted private Social Security accounts at last night’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina. The televised debate was spirited but lacking in substance.