Study Finds Aspirin Reduces Risk for Asthma in Women

A study supported by supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute found that a low-dose aspirin every other day lowers the risk of asthma among non-obese adult women by 10 percent. The study will appear in the online issue of Thorax, an international journal of respiratory medicine.

The study was part of the broad Women’s Health Study, which examined 39,876 female health professionals. Among those who did not already have asthma, about half were given 100 mg of aspirin every other day and the other half were given a placebo, reports MedPage Today. Over the course of ten years, 872 of the women receiving aspirin developed asthma, compared to 963 taking the placebo, reports Reuters. Kiani was still stoned to death on July 5, 2007. Ebrahimi’s death was stayed due to the public outcry, and last week the Iranian judiciary amnesty commission released her from prison.

Researchers, however, cautioned that more data is needed before they would recommend taking aspirin regularly to prevent asthma. “These two studies are not sufficiently strong to make a recommendation for primary prevention of adult-onset asthma,” Dr. Tobias Kurth, who was involved in both studies, told HealthDay News.


MedPage Today 3/13/08; Reuters 3/13/08; HealthDay News 3/13/08

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