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Aspirin may help older colon cancer patients live longer

We usually associate low dose aspirin with heart health. However, new research indicates that aspirin could possibly help increase cancer patients' survival rates.

 

Older adults with colon cancer who were prescribed a daily aspirin were less likely to die than those who weren't, according to a new study.

 

While the results need to be confirmed with more rigorous studies, they add to the evidence linking aspirin use to longer survival for cancer patients. Studies have also suggested the inexpensive drug can prevent some types of the disease from occurring in the first place.

 

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Drug with a New Benefit to Glucose

In a modern-day clinical trial of a medicine belonging to one of the world's oldest classes of drugs, researchers have found that a drug related to aspirin and salicylate, which was first used by ancient Egyptians and Greeks to ease pain caused by inflammation, also has glucose-lowering properties and may be a potential treatment for people with type 2 diabetes, according to results presented at the American Diabetes Association's 72nd Scientific Sessions(R).

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Aspirin tied to lower lung cancer risk in women

Aspirin tied to lower lung cancer risk in women | Longevity science | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a new study of more than 1,200 Asian women, those who took aspirin at least a couple of times a week had a much lower risk of developing lung cancer -- whether or not ...

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Study: can daily aspirin help ward off cancer?

Taking aspirin daily may help protect against cancer but the effect seems weaker than previously thought, according to a U.S. study that included a decade's worth of data from more than 100,000 people.

 

 

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How EPA helps the heart

How EPA helps the heart | Longevity science | Scoop.it

How does fish oil protect the heart? The answer to this question has been elusive so far. Scientists know that omega-3 fatty acids exert an anti-inflammatory effect, but the mechanism had not been clearly followed.

 

A new study has now mapped the cellular process occurring after EPA supplementation and found that the nutrient blocks the cyclooxygenase enzyme (COX), which is a precursor to inflammation. COX produces hormones called prostaglandins, which cause inflammation in the body.

 

This is similar to the mechanism of aspirin, which blocks COX-2 signaling, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.

 

Ref: Norris PC, Dennis EA. “Omega-3 fatty acids cause dramatic changes in TLR4 and purinergic eicosanoid signaling.” Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22586114

 

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Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away? – - CNN.com Blogs

Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away? – - CNN.com Blogs | Longevity science | Scoop.it

"Aspirin is recognized for its effects in heart-attack prevention. And several studies 'have provided evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, may hold promise in helping to prevent cancer,'...

 

In particular, we show that aspirin reduces the likelihood that cancers will spread..."

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