Aspirin Study: Sorry, No Miracles

Speed Read: The results of a comprehensive aspirin study

Neither aspirin nor vitamin E turns out to be the miracle drug everyone hoped for. Two reports last week from the Women's Health Study (WHS)--a scientifically rigorous trial that followed 40,000 healthy middle-aged women over 10 years--showed that regular use does not, for the most part, prevent cancer or heart disease. Here's what you need to know:

Doesn't aspirin help prevent heart attacks?

Yes, for certain people. Healthy women ages 65 and older and men 40 and older benefit from a daily baby aspirin (81 mg). It also lessens the risk of a second heart attack. But the WHS showed no...

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