Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Most Amazing Drug

UK's The Independent today (Webpage http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/the-pill-for-almost-every-ill-aspirin-cuts-risk-of-cancers-2153039.html), there was a very revealing article about aspirin. British researchers have touted aspirin as the pill for almost every ill. In fact, long-term, low-dose aspirin cuts risks of cancers by up to 50 percent.

Peter Rothwell, Professor of neurology at the University of Oxford and his colleagues, tracked eight trials involving 25,000 patients taking a low daily dose of aspirin to ward off heart disease found the humble drug reduced deaths due to all cancers by more than a fifth (21 per cent) – these findings were published online Tuesday in the medical journal Lancet.

If a new medicine were launched tomorrow with a similar sized effect it would be hailed as a miracle cure. But instead of being priced at tens of thousands of pounds a head, aspirin costs 1p a tablet.

Rothwell declared the benefit of taking aspirin was consistent across all the trials, "suggesting that the findings are likely to be generalizable". He takes a daily aspirin himself but advised others against doing so, except with the advice of their GP.

It is already taken by millions to protect against heart attacks and strokes and has an established role in preventing diabetes, dementia, pregnancy complications and pain. Scientists stopped short of recommending it be added to the water supply but declared it was "the most amazing drug".

Liverpool did a good job when they demolished Aston Villa 3-0, even without Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres. David Ngog headed Liverpool into the lead with a header (14) as Villa failed miserably to deal with a corner. Then two minutes later, Ryan Babel added a second with a fine low finish. And finally, Maxi Rodriguez placed a precise side-foot finish high into the top corner (55) to give the Reds a well-deserved win.

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