Friday, March 14, 2008

Aspirin use may prevent asthma

Aspirin use may prevent asthma, study finds - Yahoo! News:
"...women who took a small dose of aspirin -- 100 mg every other day -- were 10 percent less likely to develop asthma over 10 years than women given placebos...Kurth's team studied 37,000 female healthcare professionals taking part in a study called the Women's Health Study. All were aged 45 and above, and had no serious illness, allergy or asthma at the start of the study...Women who were obese, with a body mass index of 30 or above, got no benefit from aspirin..."The effect of aspirin on adult-onset asthma was not significantly modified by age, smoking status, exercise levels, postmenopausal hormone use or randomized vitamin E assignment,"...

Aspirin can affect compounds involved in inflammation and the hyper-response of airways that is seen in asthma.

The researchers noted that between 4 percent and 11 percent of patients with asthma have an acute response to aspirin."

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