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TV Drug-Ad Claims: Take With a Large Grain of Salt

Posted on 09/18/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTelevision commercials for drugs apparently should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, says a new study that found that six out of 10 claims in the ads were misleading and one in 10 was false. Researchers analyzed 168 prescription drug ads airing between 2008 and 2010 on the nightly news, which draws a predominantly older audience and is considered a prime time for drug advertising. They found that nearly 60 percent “had misleading statements that omitted or exaggerated …

Can an Aspirin a Day Be Bad for Your Health?

Posted on 05/11/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthCheck out this AARP Bulletin piece on how new guidelines on aspirin are saying that not everyone should be taking the drug every day, as it may pose serious health risks: The aspirin-a-day controversy erupted publicly in March when a 10-year study of nearly 30,000 adults ages 50 to 75 without known heart disease found that a daily aspirin didn’t offer any discernible protection. The group taking aspirin had cardiovascular disease at the same rate as those taking a placebo. …