Monday, January 15, 2007

Aspirin 'stops asthma developing'

Taking an aspirin every other day may be a way for adults to avoid developing asthma BBC News 1/15/07 "A US study of 22,000 people found the painkiller reduced the risk of being diagnosed with asthma by 22%, possibly by acting against inflammation...Experts said it might shed light on the reasons for adult-onset asthma, but queried how useful it would be to use aspirin as a means of intervention. Aspirin can trigger asthma attacks among those with the condition...They do not imply that aspirin improves symptoms in patients with asthma. "Indeed, aspirin can cause severe bronchospasm in some patients who have asthma." " (Lead researcher Dr Tobias Kurth)

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