Aspirin Helps Some Colon Cancer Patients Live Longer

It’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

Two 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

Many 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

New 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.

The Takeaway: Aspirin Cuts Bowel Cancer Risk; GPS Shoes For Patients With Dementia

Patients who took 600 mg of aspirin daily for two years were 63 percent less likely to get colorectal cancer than those who took a placebo. New GPS sneakers were designed mainly with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in mind.

The Takeaway: Taking Aspirin? Don’t Stop; Longevity Study; Prehistoric Grandparents

Aspirin wards off heart attack–just don’t stop taking it, study warns. Researchers tracked people ages 50 to 84 and found patients with a history of heart disease who had recently stopped low-dose aspirin were 63 percent more likely to have a heart attack. “Even stopping aspirin for 15 days was associated with the short-term risk.”