Health: Aspirin Scores Again

It started out as a painkiller and fever reducer, but in recent decades we have learned that aspirin can also reduce the risk of heart attacks and help prevent strokes. Last week I was surprised to read in the Journal of the American Medical Association that high doses of aspirin taken for long periods of time can prevent colorectal cancer.

That finding comes from the Nurses' Health Study, a long-term project involving more than 80,000 women. Most of them took aspirin for pain. But when the researchers looked deeper, they found that those who took more than 14 regular-strength (325 mg)...

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